At a time when live music appears to be but a distant dream, music fans are forced to alter the way in which they explore their music intake. To help with this process, Far Out Magazine’s ‘From The Vault’ section is dipping deep in the archives of classic moments.
A couple of years ago, shortly after the death of iconic musician Prince, the musician’s estate announced a collaboration with Warner Brother Records in a bid to release the original version of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’, a song written, arranged, performed, and produced by Prince himself.
Originally recorded by Susan Rogers in 1984 at the Flying Cloud Drive ‘Warehouse’ in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, the track is quite simply stunning and features extra vocals by Susannah Melvoin and Paul ‘St. Paul’ Peterson as well as the kind of saxophone from Eric Leeds that makes you weep.
The song, which was made famous by Sinéad O’Connor who release her cover as the second single from her studio album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, remained somewhat hidden in the Prince archives for many years before his estate put the original recordings out there.
Beyond the release, the estate and Warner Bros. accompanied the recording with a collection of 1984 footage of the track being performed by Prince and The Revolution.
Contrary to popular belief, ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ was first released by the Prince-formed band The Family on their 1985 self-titled record. It wasn’t until 1990 when O’Connor made the track a mega-hit.
This newly-discovered original version will be released as two 7″ vinyl singles—in picture disc and black vinyl.