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94 East

The Cookhouse 5

*2021 Repress features Gold Vinyl.

In 1975, Brooklyn transplant Pepe Willie booked time at Cookhouse Recording Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to demo five original compositions. Without roots in the Twin Cities’ insular scene, Willie had no fixed backing group to help realize the arrangements he and vocalists Marcy Ingvoldstad and Kristie Lazenberry had been rehearsing. Willie organized a young cast of backing musicians for the session, among them his wife's cousin: a 16-year-old guitar prodigy named Prince Rogers Nelson.

Known colloquially as “The Cookhouse 5” these recordings showcase Prince’s instantly recognizable guitar playing, seasoning to perfection 94 East’s short-but-sweet songbook. A crucial document concerning the origins of the Minneapolis Sound, the B-side boasts instrumental versions of each infectious tune, providing an even greater vantage point from which to admire the Purple One’s expressive playing style, already evident in his teenage years.

  • LP

    1 140g LP
    1 single LP tip-on jacket with purple velvet and gold foil stamping

Track List

  1. 94 East If We Don't
  2. 94 East If You See Me
  3. 94 East I'll Always Love You
  4. 94 East Games
  5. 94 East Better Than You Think
  6. 94 East If We Don't (Instrumental)
  7. 94 East If You See Me (Instrumental)
  8. 94 East I'll Always Love You (Instrumental)
  9. 94 East Games (Instrumental)
  10. 94 East Better Than You Think (Instrumental)