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Label: Warner Bros.
Art direction: Matthieu Bitton
Photographer: Matthieu Bitton
If an alien landed on planet Earth looking to expand their record collection, but only had time to buy the one Prince album (well, one “Best Of” Prince album), Ultimate Prince would provide the broad strokes. Fittingly, the text on the cover looks like it was painted in literally broad strokes.
The original timing of the album's launch by Warner Bros. on March 14, 2006 caused friction for Prince, intending to put out his 3121 release via Universal only a week later. And so, Warner Bros. bumped the release to August later that year, providing a collection of anthems to the enjoyment of audiences terrestrial or otherwise.