|The Cookhouse Five is the fourth collection of studio recordings by 94 East, the band name given to a number of tracks recorded by Pepé Willie and Prince with occasional other musicians.
The collection didn’t contain any previously-unreleased tracks, although it places together, for the first time, all tracks recorded during the December 1975, sessions at Cookhouse Studios, Minneapolis, MN, USA, without any additional tracks. The tracks have all been remixed by former Revolution keyboardist Matt "Dr." Fink, however, marking their first release in this form.
The album is labeled as a 35th anniversary release, and the artwork for the collection contains a 2010 copyright, but the album was only released in April 2011. It seems likely that a CD was prepared in 2010, but a digital release was agreed upon instead. A limited run of CDRs was made available later in 2011, with alternate artwork.
The artwork (available at www.pepemusic.com), and the associated website, make mention of the songs being accepted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives.
No singles were released from the album, although ten mobile phone ringtones from the track Games were made available at the time of the album’s release. The album was released without much promotion, however, and did not chart.
In September 2016, The Numero Group re-released the album with additional tracks (instrumental versions of the five songs)