Nick DeRiso is associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock. Named columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association during a lengthy career in the newspaper industry, he previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
How Prince Jammed His Way Back to Brilliance on ‘3121’
He'd long since taken to compiling albums from leftovers and old tapes.
How Eric Leeds’ ‘Times Squared’ Became an Accidental Solo Debut
He was trying to construct a new Madhouse record when Prince did a deep dive into his legendary vault.
When Maceo Parker Met Prince: ‘Really, Really Special for Me’
The only problem was, he thought the legendary saxophonist was dead.
Why Warner Bros. Finally Pulled the Plug on Prince’s Paisley Park Records
Prince's vanity imprint had released 23 albums when its parent label ended things.
How Everything Went Wrong With Prince’s ‘Crystal Ball’
Almost nothing went as planned with this forward-looking, but ultimately poorly executed archival project.
How ‘Shake!’ Underscored the Time’s Lingering Issues With Prince
Turns out, there were some deeply talented artists hidden away in his long shadow.
When Prince Officially Filed for Divorce from Warner Bros.
His official statement even referenced "irreconcilable differences."
How Prince Stitched Together a Final Triumph With ‘HitnRun Phase Two’
He left on a high note, but it wasn't entirely the result of third-act creativity.
Why the First Posthumous Prince Release ‘4ever’ Was Such a Letdown
More often than not, this two-disc set is defined by what it isn't.
How Prince Finally Broke Free With the Sprawling ‘Emancipation’
This album was ultimately about freedom – freedom from expectations, freedom from rules, freedom from his old label.