|94 East (full title 94 East Featuring 10:15 & Fortune Teller Remix With Prince On Guitar) is the third collection of previously-unreleased studio recordings by 94 East (after Minneapolis Genius in 1986 and Symbolic Beginning in 1995).
The collection contained two previously-unreleased songs recorded in 1977 with Prince on guitar, 10:15 and Fortune Teller, although the original tracks had been updated for release (leaving Prince’s contribution untouched, however).
Prince had no input into the final release, however, and was upset at its release (especially the prominent use of his name on the cover), leading to the threat of a lawsuit against Pepé Willie upon its release. No lawsuit was ever filed, however.
Sessions and compiling
Prince’s contributions to 10:15 and Fortune Teller were recorded in March 1977 at Sound 80 while Prince also worked on his own tracks. The two tracks with Prince on guitar were intended for a single by 94 East for Polydor Records, but this release never came to pass.
The recording session did not go well, as Hank Cosby was not interested in Prince’s ideas for the tracks.
The remainder of the tracks on the album are thought to have been recorded in 2001 or 2002, but this has not been confirmed.
The collection was only available through Pepé Willie’s website, www.pepemusic.com (with pre-orders in late 2002, and first shipments in late January 2003). The album was released without much promotion, and did not chart.