Prince‘s estate has released his original studio recording of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ for the first time.
The late star wrote the song and recorded it in 1984. It was originally released by Prince’s side project The Family on their self-titled debut album, but it wasn’t until Sinead O’Connor shared her single version in 1990 that the track gained recognition.
The version of the song released today (April 19) was recorded at the Flying Cloud Drive ‘Warehouse’ in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. It is accompanied by a video showing previously unseen rehearsal footage of Prince and the Revolution from the summer of 1984. Watch it below.
The original studio recording of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ will be available to stream and buy digitally, and as two 7-inch singles. In a press release, the Prince Estate’s official vault archivist Michael Howe said: “I spotted the 2” 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, analyzed it, put it up on the Studer 24 track machine, and digitized it to 24/192. Even our ‘faders up’ rough mix was compelling enough to indicate that this was something very special indeed.
“No Prince-penned song performed by another artist has enjoyed more chart success (#1 in over a dozen countries) and overall cultural impact than Sinead O’Connor’s 1990 recording, so hearing the song in its original context performed in its entirety by the author makes it particularly noteworthy.”
The musician’s estate has also launched a new website, Prince2Me. Described as an “interactive fan experience”, the site invites his followers to share what he meant, and still means, to them.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that possible charges could be made today (April 19) in relation to Prince‘s death. He died at the age of 57, when he was found alone and unresponsive in his Paisley Park estate on April 21 in 2016. Shortly after his death, it was confirmed that he died from an opioid overdose. The star was found to have fentanyl in his system – which is 50 times more powerful than heroin.