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I Feel For You (Acoustic Demo)

Warner Bros. Records

The original demo of I Feel For You was discovered by archivist Michael Howe during his cataloguing of contents of Prince’s vault, in result of the star’s death in 2016. This particular version was found amongst a vast collection of tapes kept in Prince’s Paisley Park home and is the original acoustic demo of the song. Put directly to cassette sometime in late 1978 or early 1979, he captured this raw, stripped down acoustic version and in which, like the finished studio recording, he sings in falsetto. Notably, the recording demonstrates Prince’s skill with the guitar even at this early stage in his career, then aged just 20 years old.

The Prince Estate released this was recording, first as a digital single on 18 October 2019 to honour the 40th anniversary of the release of the original album from which I Feel For You is included – his self-titled second album Prince, released by Warner Brothers on 19 October 1979.

Fans were invited to purchase this as a special limited purple vinyl edition over the following 7 days, after which this 7-inch single undergoes productions and ships from 31 January 2020.

The most well-known version of this song is Chaka Khan’s rerecording of the sing in 1984 and which later won Prince his first Grammy award for Best R&B Song.


Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros. Records
7 months ago on 18 October 2019
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Side A

  1. I Feel For You (Acoustic Demo) (4:31)

Side B

  1. I Feel For You (3:25)
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