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Nothing Compares 2 U

Warner Bros. Records

Prince could stand in your shoes and write something as if it’s from your point of view.

Three key versions exist of this song that has been passed down through the years. The original version of Nothing Compares 2 U was recorded by Prince at his warehouse facility at Flying Cloud Drive, on 15 July 1984. The track was immediately re-recorded and released on the debut album for his side-project, The Family the following year. Then in 1990, Prince famously gave the track to Sinead O’Connor, which she rerecorded and released that year and became her breakthrough single – indeed, Billboard ranked it the #1 World Single in their 1990 annual chart.

Following Prince’s death in 2016, Warner Bros. Records in partnership with the Prince Estate, released Prince’s original 1984 version. In this version, Prince performs every instrument and sings lead vocals, and is accompanied by Susannah Melvoin on backing vocals and Eric Leeds on sax. The original song finally received its release in 2018, as the first single released since since his death. Nothing Compares 2 U was released first on digital platforms on 19 April and then physically on 7″ vinyl on 21 April which included a limited run of 1984 copies on picture disk.

On 21 June 2019, Nothing Compares 2 U was included in the track list of Originals compilation album, featuring many of Prince’s demos and vocal guides of the songs that he gave to other artists throughout the 1980s.

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Performers

All Instruments
Prince
Saxophone
Eric Leeds
Backing Vocals
Susannah Melvoin

Data

Production
Prince
Label
NPG Records
Distribution
Warner Bros. Records
Cover/Design
Nancy Bundt and Alex Tenta
Released
3 years, 0 months ago on 19 April 2018
Running Time
4:40
US Chart Peak
Not charted
UK Chart Peak
Not charted
Orig. Formats

Tracklist

  1. Nothing Compares 2 U (4:40)

Nothing Compares 2 U – review

Probably Prince’s most recognisable song, this 1984 original version of Nothing Compares 2 U was released in 2018, and make no mistake this no demo but a full studio is a production of this seminal song, which in fact is the best version available. Utterly tragic to hear it in the wake of Prince’s death, this version oozes more power and emotion than O’Connor and even the duet he recorded with Rosie Gaines and which Warner released in 1993. This original version is both mesmerising and haunting in equal measure.

Nothing Compares 2 U

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