Finally, after 34 years, the original recording of one of Prince’s biggest hits is released for the first time. “Nothing Compares 2 U” was originally recorded in 1984 (how many great things happened in ’84 by the way?), but Prince did not want to release the song under his own name at the time due to creative reasons.
Instead, the song was released on the debut album of The Family, a band Prince had assembled under his own Paisley Park Records at the time.
The song remained a largely unheard B-side until Sinead O’Connor covered it in 1990—a version that remains the definitive rendition of the song to this date.
So here we are, one day before the second anniversary of Prince’s death, enjoying the original recording of the iconic “Nothing Compares 2 U” entirely performed by Prince himself, except for some backing vocal and saxophone work.
The artist’s estate, in collaboration with Warner Bros. Records, released an accompanying music video on Prince’s official Youtube channel on Thursday, featuring previously unseen rehearsal footage of Prince & The Revolution from the summer of 1984. Hopefully this is the first release of what estate advisor Troy Carter promised as “mind-blowing” material from the archive.
Listen to the full studio recording with never-seen-before footage below. Nothing compares to Prince.
Video: Prince Official Youtube