It's really a criminal shame how under appreciated Prince is when it comes to his musical range and genius. He released around 40 albums in his lifetime with songs that span the range of hard rock, pop, R&B, funk, hip-hop, blues, jazz, folk, and disco-ish/dance. And he has a vault that is storied to have even more recorded music. I like to believe that what's in it could make 3-4 more superstar careers, and he purposefully left it in there for that reason. Hopefully we'll find out.
Prince was one of the more successful artists at keeping his stuff off the websites. But there are bootlegs and recordings floating around out there that have been put on youtube and elsewhere. I've been getting into more of it recently, especially live stuff, and decided to share some of the best--mostly of what highlights his instrumental virtuosity and how different so much of what he did is from what he is famous for:
"Ultimate Blues Collection"; "Acoustic Collection"; An incredible collection of collections
In his later years, Maceo Parker toured with him, and jamming together brought out the best in both: funky guitar solo; funky bass solo.
There's a big asymmetry in what happens when funk and non-funk artists try to cover each other's songs. "Whole Lotta Love" was one of Prince's favorite songs to cover at one point. He would improvise a lot, so here are two of the best: from Indigo Nights and Vegas.