Prince Demo Tapes Market Booming
Prince Demo Tapes
Prince demo tapes, original recordings, and mastering reference tape prices have been on the rise since the artist’s death on April 21, 2016. Nate D. Sanders Auctions recently handled the sales of the following Prince demo tapes and A&M mastering tapes.
Prince Reel-to-Reel Master Demo Tape from 1977 Featuring “Soft and Wet” — David Rivkin’s Copy, Prince’s Long-Time Collaborator Who Engineered “Purple Rain”
Engineered by long time Prince engineer David Rivkin, this one-of-a-kind reel-to-reel master tape was recorded by Prince to demo his first solo hit single, “Soft and Wet”, released in June 1978 on his debut album, “For You”. This master tape, recorded in the summer of 1977 at the Minneapolis studio Sound 80, was used to strike all the demos sent to publicize the new, unknown superstar to record labels. This looser and “funkier” version of “Soft and Wet” differs from the subsequently re-recorded version that appears on Prince’s debut album, “For You”. Tape measures 7″ in diameter, housed in a Sound 80 box measuring 7″ square. On back of box is written “1/2 Trk / Soft & Wet” and masking tape on demo tape itself states the same. Some wear to box, otherwise near fine condition. With an LOA from David Rivkin. Sold for $6,250.
Nate D. Sanders Auctions offers free estimates of Prince demo tapes and for any memorabilia personally owned by the pop star. Our client demand for Prince memorabilia is at an all time high. Take advantage of this seller’s market and auction your Prince demo tapes before his estate settles and the market is flooded with Prince recordings and memorabilia. Here is another example of a recent Sanders’ sale:
Prince A&M Mastering Tapes
Two reel-to-reel mastering reference tapes for Prince’s first album, “For You”. Dated 8 March 1978, the stereo tapes come housed in their original boxes, with each tape pertaining to one side of the original album. Once approved, an album “Master” was made and used to press up the individual albums. This was the last version of the album heard before the 9 songs were pressed to vinyl. Songs were recorded at the Record Plant in Sausalito, mixed at Sound Labs LA, and mastered at A&M. Only 5 copies were likely made, making this pair of tapes extremely rare. Tapes are offered as collector’s pieces only and do not come with rights for reproduction, manufacturing or distribution. Each square box measures 7.25″. Minor wear and tearing to box, overall very good condition (we can help you evaluate the condition of your Prince demo tapes). With an LOA from Owen Husney. Five percent of net proceeds on this item will go to the charity, Our House LA’s Camp Erin for Grieving Children. Sold for $5,236.
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