A previously unheard demo of Prince‘s ’17 Days’ has been revealed ahead of the release of a new live album.
The studio version of the track was released in 1984 as the b-side to the star’s single ‘When Doves Cry’.
The song was originally inspired by girl group Vanity 6 and an early version was recorded with the group’s Brenda Bennett singing its lead vocals. The previously unheard recording released today (September 6) features just Prince in his home studio, singing and playing the piano. You can listen to the ’17 Days’ demo below.
It is taken from the upcoming live album ‘Piano & A Microphone 1983’, which features the musician’s solo rehearsals, recorded at his home. The record will be released on September 21.
Earlier this week, Metallica performed a dubious cover of ‘When Doves Cry’ in Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis. The band’s Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett gave the song a metal makeover, which split opinion among fans.
“The only thing I heard during that was Prince rolling over in his grave,” wrote one Twitter user. Others were more favourable, however, with one calling the cover “an epic, unpredictable treat”.
Meanwhile, another previously unreleased Prince song features on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s new movie, BlacKkKlansman. ‘Mary Don’t You Weep’ plays during the film’s end credits.
“Prince wanted me to have that song, I don’t care what nobody says,” the director explained. “My brother Prince wanted me to have that song. For this film. There’s no other explanation to me. This cassette is in the back of the vaults. In Paisley Park. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it’s discovered? Nah-ah. That ain’t an accident.”