WATCH: Prince’s Original Recording of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ Has Just Been Released and it’s Stunning
Posted: 8:30 am Friday, April 20th, 2018
By Donna Donna
Everyone knows Sinéad O’Connor’s version of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’, she had a hit with the song in 1990. But now after all these years we finally have Prince’s version. The track and accompanying video (above) was released by his estate yesterday and it’s gorgeous.
Prince recorded the song in 1984 with his longtime engineer Susan Rogers, at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, a huge rehearsal space he used before building Paisley Park. Prince composed, arranged and performed the ballad in its entirety, with the aid of backing vocals from his then girlfriend Susannah Melvoin and Paul “St. Paul” Peterson. Eric Leeds plays sax on the original track as well. The footage that accompanies the song in the video is never before seen film of Prince rehearsing with his band, The Revolution, in 1984.
The official vault archivist for the Prince estate, Michael Howe said in a press release that the song was only found recently. He said, “I spotted the two-inch multitrack reel in the Vault some weeks back while doing a 1984-era inventory…After retrieving my jaw from the floor, we took the reel upstairs, analysed it… and digitised it.
“Even our ‘faders up’ rough mix was compelling enough to indicate that this was something very special indeed.”
Read more about the song HERE and scroll down to see Sinéad O’Connor’s original video for the tune as well as a beautiful version performed by the late Chris Cornell.
Prince playing at Coachella 2008 Image courtesy of Scott Penner via Wikimedia Commons