Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Prince's Original Version of Nothing Compares 2 U Released

Prince's Original Version of Nothing Compares 2 U Released

Today the Carver County Attorney in Minnesota announced they can not file any charges involving the death of Prince, who died of an accidental fentanyl overdose two years ago. But on the same day, we're also getting a reminder of what a gifted talent he was, with the release of the original recording of one of his best-known songs. Meanwhile PrinceEstate acts as "an immersive annotated discography website highlighting the incomparable breadth and depth of Prince's recorded catalogue". Last April, a federal judge blocked a sound engineer from releasing a five-song EP of unpublished music by Prince after the late superstar's estate objected. 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 release of the original "Nothing Compares" will be accompanied by a video featuring heretofore unseen rehearsal footage of Prince & The Revolution practicing their choreography at the Eden Park warehouse.

"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", Prince archivist Michael Howe said in a statement.

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. Even our "faders up" rough mix was compelling enough to indicate that this was something very special indeed. The track was initially composed by Prince for one of his Paisley Park label's first groups, The Family, and later made famous in 1990 by Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O'Connor.

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Kanye also tweeted "June 1st" and "my album is 7 songs", but it's unclear if he's referring to a seperate project. My guess is that we'll actually see the whole thing released via Twitter but I have no details that support that.

Check out the new video footage below and O'Connor's version of the song.

Prince's version is available for streaming on various services and will be available as a 7-inch black vinyl on May 25 from physical retailers.

In other Prince news, Minneapolis police ruled today that no criminal charges will be filed in the musician's accidental overdose on Fentanyl.

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