PRINCE . THE DAWN . FINAL VERSION The Dawn was to be the first Prince album after Emancipation, but it was shelved in 1997. An acoustic version of the title track can be found on The Truth. Prince had often thought of releasing an album called 'The Dawn' at many points during his career. The earliest known incarnation of 'The Dawn' was from 1986, and seems to have been some kind of musical (an idea that eventually resurfaced as 'Graffiti Bridge'). Another incarnation of 'The Dawn' was assembled around 1994, soon after Prince changed his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol. This time the content was made from tracks that would later surface on Come and The Gold Experience. The last known incarnation of the album was assembled in 1997, this time it came very close to release, and was even advertised on the back of the free cassette single of 'The Holy River' given away at 'Borders' stores in 1997. Over the years, Prince's mid-90s, unreleased masterwork was spread across various albums, scuttled projects, extended mix singles and unreleased tracks. Even casual fans could hear the connected threads that littered various albums like Gold Experience, Come, The Beautiful Experience and others, but the big picture was always elusive.... Was this particular 3CD vision of The Dawn (a title Prince did have in the works) what he actually ... read more