Here’s what happened when Beck went to Paisley Park to cover Prince

Beck’s love of Prince is well-known - his 1999 album, Midnite Vultures, frequently strayed into purple pastiche - so it was quite a thrill for him to step inside Paisley Park, the great man’s former Minneapolis studio complex, to record a session.

“It’s impossible to pick a cover of Prince,” said Beck. “He’s a big influence for me; he’s an inspiration.”

Pick he did, though: Beck chose to record a Prince medley that includes Raspberry Beret, When Doves Cry, Kiss and 1999. He also performed a couple of his own hits: Where It’s At, which appeared on Odelay, and Up All Night, taken from the Colors album.

The resulting EP is currently exclusive to Amazon Music (opens in new tab), but you can check out a behind-the-scenes video above. 

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.