Judge blocks sound engineer's release of Prince EP

  • Judge blocks sound engineer's release of Prince EP

Judge blocks sound engineer's release of Prince EP

Judge Wright's decision is wholly in favor of Paisley Park, ordering Boxill to return all Prince recordings back to the estate and to stop disseminating them. Friday, April 21st, will the one year anniversary of his passing, and in honor of the event, Rogue Music Alliance is releasing a six song EP titled DELIVERANCE.

George Ian Boxill worked with Prince on five tracks in 2006, and made at least one recording - called "Deliverance" - available Wednesday for online sales.

Prince performs onstage at the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The recordings are surprisingly strong, particularly the title track, a bluesy slow-burner with some blazing guitar work, gospelesque backing singers, and a soaring falsetto vocal from Prince.

Prince died at age 57 of an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl. "The Estate has not granted permission to Mr. Boxill to use or distribute Prince's performances", the complaint states.

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Additionally, the order directs Boxill to turn over "all of the recordings acquired through his work with Paisley Park Enterprises, including original recordings, analog and digital copies, and any derivative works". The record's title track was serviced to radio on Wednesday evening, but has since been removed from iTunes.

Independent record company Rogue Music Alliance (RMA) said earlier this week that the six songs were recorded by Prince between 2006 and 2008 and Boxill spent the past year completing, arranging and mixing the songs.

This particular order expires on May 3, but the court could grant a more formal injunction before then that would put a halt to the release of these songs pending the outcome of the case.

Boxill's attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday morning.