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The Family

Warner Bros. Records

Nothing Compares 2 U

The Family is an ensemble put together in 1984 out of the wake of the disbanding of The Time, following the release of Ice Cream Castle. All its tracks are written by Prince (under the pseudonym of Jamie Starr) except River Run Dry2 – co-written with Bobby Z. Most of the songs were written during the Purple Rain Tour.

Even before the album’s release the group had disbanded after “St” Paul Peterson quit due to creative differences with Prince. Thus The Family was the group’s first and only album. The Family is notable in Prince lore, in that it contains the original 1984 recording of Nothing Compares 2 U (which he later give to and was famously re-recorded in 1990 by Sinead O’Connor) and for the song Mutiny.

I bought a house with that song.

Prince wrote Nothing Compares 2 U about his then fiancée and The Family vocalist, Susannah Melvoin. She is also the subject of other notable tracks, Starfish And Coffee, Strange Relationship and If I Was Your Girlfriend from Sign O The Times.

The Family

Vocals/Bass
Paul "St. Paul" Peterson
Drums
Jellybean Johnson
Bass Guitar
Terry Lewis
Keyboards
Susannah Melvoin
Saxophone
Eric Leeds
Vocals
Jerome Benton
All other instruments
Prince

Data

Producer
Prince and David Z.
Label
Paisley Park Records
Distribution
Warner Bros. Records
Released
35 years, 1 months ago on 12 August 1985
Running Time
36:01
US Chart Peak
62
UK Chart Peak
-
Orig. Formats

Tracklist

  1. High Fashion (5:06) 1
  2. Mutiny (3:57)
  3. The Screams Of Passion (5:26) 1
  4. Yes (4:27)
  5. River Run Dry (3:31) 2
  6. Nothing Compares 2 U (4:31)
  7. Susannah's Pyjamas (3:58)
  8. Desire (4:58)

1 Released as singles.
2 Written by Bobby Z.

Singles from The Family

The Screams Of Passion single from The Family, Paisley Park Records (1985)

The Screams Of Passion

Paisley Park Records

Released
19 July 1985
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Paisley Park Records [Edit] (3:10)
  2. Yes (4:27)
High Fashion single from The Family, Paisley Park Records (1985)

High Fashion

Paisley Park Records

Released
6 December 1985
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. High Fashion [Edit] (3:45)
  2. Susannah's Pajamas (3:58)

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Nothing Compares 2 U

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