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More from the Prince collection of Melvin Oliphant III, aka Traxx 

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This layout includes the second Prince Issue by Wax Poetics magazine (2018), a three-CD box set of Crystal Ball (Prince's 20th full-length studio album, released in 1998), and a tour pass from the 1988-1989 Lovesexy tour.
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Vinyl singles "6" and "10," released in 1987 by Prince's "faux jazz" rock group Madhouse, launched in 1986 in Minneapolis
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A custom-made CD containing an interview with Prince, packaged with a booklet of rare images of the artist and his friends
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A rare 12-inch of "I Would Die 4 U," with more percussion from Sheila E. (though she's not credited). Oliphant claims this version was radically shortened because Warner Brothers thought Prince's preferred cut was too long to be released on wax—he says the original tape, 30 minutes long, is absolutely insane!
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A ticket to a Public Enemy show at Prince's Minneapolis nightclub, Glamslam, on Friday, December 28, 1990
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Oliphant played some Prince records from his collection at his home in Rogers Park. Never released officially, this 1989 album is called A Better Place 2 Die, and a few songs from it will appear on the most lavish edition of the 1999 reissue.
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Oliphant looks through his extensive Prince vinyl collection.
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This unofficial release was record live on May 30, 1987, in Vienna, Austria.
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Prince on the cover of the July 1986 issue of Spin
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A look inside the same magazine
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Oliphant pages through another old magazine story about Prince.
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An article about Prince in a September 1991 issue of Spin
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The same Spin article
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A promotional booklet from Prince's 1987 tour in support of Sign o' the Times
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Oliphant enthuses over his Prince books.
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Oliphant plays Prince records from his collection at his home in Rogers Park.
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Oliphant's personalized turntables (he performs, records, and DJs as Traxx)
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Melvin Oliphant III, aka Traxx
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Oliphant wears a one-of-a-kind Prince T-shirt from his collection, made for him as a birthday gift. The back of the shirt pictures a floppy disk that Prince distributed to news outlets, containing a custom-designed font that would allow them to type and print Prince's glyph, known as "The Love Symbol," to which he changed his name in 1993.
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Oliphant wears a one-of-a-kind Prince T-shirt from his collection, made for him as a birthday gift. The back of the shirt pictures a floppy disk that Prince distributed to news outlets, containing a custom-designed font that would allow them to type and print Prince's glyph, known as "The Love Symbol," to which he changed his name in 1993.
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Oliphant wears a one-of-a-kind Prince T-shirt from his collection, made for him as a birthday gift. The back of the shirt pictures a floppy disk that Prince distributed to news outlets, containing a custom-designed font that would allow them to type and print Prince's glyph, known as "The Love Symbol," to which he changed his name in 1993.
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Oliphant holds the 2013 Numero Group compilation Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound.
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The 2013 Numero Group compilation Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound
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The 108-page hardcover book packaged with Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound
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Oliphant holds a seven-inch from Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound. The photo below, from the box set's book, is of a group called 94 East, aka Pepe Willie and Prince with frequent appearances by other musicians. The 94 East recordings, made between 1975 and 1979, contain one song with writing input by Prince, "Just Another Sucker," and Prince appears as a musician on all tracks.
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This layout includes the second Prince Issue by Wax Poetics magazine (2018), a three-CD box set of Crystal Ball (Prince's 20th full-length studio album, released in 1998), and a tour pass from the 1988-1989 Lovesexy tour.

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