Saturday, 19 June, 2021


Listen to Prince's Original Version of 'Nothing Compares 2 U'

Prince on stage in 1985 Prince on stage in 1985
Hannah Rogers | 20 April, 2018, 01:49

It's just context for why I may have been ever so slightly more susceptible than usual to being reduced to rubble by this 1984 studio recording (essentially a demo, but a really good one) of "Nothing Compares 2 U"-that's six years before Sinead O'Connor's version-accompanied by video footage of Prince and the Revolution rehearsing for the Purple Rain tour".

Originally released in 1985 on the self-titled album by the Prince-assembled funk band the Family, the song didn't become a hit until it was reimagined by Sinéad O'Connor five years later. After retrieving my jaw from the floor, we took the reel upstairs, analyzed it, put it up on the Studer 24 track machine, and digitized it to 24/192. Later, Prince would perform the song live many times and released a live version on his first greatest hits compilation back in 1993.

Watch the unseen rehearsal footage above and listen to the original version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" below.

With the second anniversary of Prince's death approaching, his estate has given us a taste of what's inside his famous vault. Even our "faders up" rough mix was compelling enough to indicate that this was something very special indeed.

Meanwhile on Thursday, the prosecutor in the Minnesota county where Prince died, Carver County Attorney Mark Metz, said evidence shows Prince - who died from an accidental fentanyl overdose - thought he was taking Vicodin, not the more powerful opioid fentanyl.

It's been almost two years since Prince left us, and it's fair to say the world remains a far lesser place without the Purple One.

Prince was found unresponsive in his Paisley Park estate on April 21 in 2016. According to federal warrants, Schulenberg had admitted to prescribing pain killers for Prince's drummer, Kirk Johnson, with knowledge that the drugs would be passed along to Prince.

The original studio recording of "Nothing Compares 2 U" will be available to stream and buy digitally, and as two 7-inch singles.

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