In 1996, I was invited to Paisley Park to hear Emancipation.

Prince was finally free of his prohibitive recording contract with Warner Brothers Records, thus the title of the album, a 3-record set.

It was his first recording to include covers of songs he loved. He told me that he wished that he had written “One of Us”, a hit by Joan Osbourne.

In this song, he famously changed the lyrics “What if God was one of us / Just a slob like one of us” to “…Just a slave like one of us”.

Song of the Day

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