July 7 [18:00 EDT] -- Fans of Prince will soon be able to order a three-CD set called, "Crystal Ball," directly from the artist, by phone or through the Internet.
Eliminating the middle man, the artist has decided to take pre-orders for the set, which features only unreleased material -- although much of it has already been played in concert and bootlegged. There will be both old and new material, ten tracks of which are already listed on the Internet.
The set can be ordered through Prince's website (www.love4oneanother.com), or through his toll-free line, 1-800-NEW-FUNK.
The price and release date haven't been revealed yet, although it's rumored the set will go for about $50. The sound is said to fall somewhere between "Sign O' the Times" and "The Gold Experience," with a New Power Generation Vibe. As a special touch, some 2,500 copies of the set will be packaged to look like a crystal ball.
The artist also just finished a 12-track acoustic guitar album entitled, "The Truth." Some 100,000 lucky fans who have either filled out flyers at the artist's concerts or who call his 800 number, will receive copies mailed at random, when the album's ready.