You’ll need to be sitting down for this one…
Nearly two years to the day that we lost one of of the elite masters of music Prince, his estate, along with his former record label he fought with for years (Warner Bros.) have released the original version of the hit that made Sinead O’Connor famous – Nothing Compares 2 U. According to an article in Esquire Magazine, as told by Susan Rogers, the day he laid down the vocals for the song back in 1984 was nothing short of magical:
One day, he went into a room with a notebook and, within an hour, emerged with the lyrics to Nothing Compares 2 U. Rogers, who witnessed many such bursts of creativity, remembers, “The song came out like a sneeze.” As usual, she rolled the tapes as Prince laid down instrument after instrument, mixing and overdubbing in the same session (Eric Leeds overdubbed the sax part three days later).
After his historic and highly publicized battle for rights over his music (remember he wrote the word Slave on his face while performing for years) one can only imagine the man behind the music is rolling in his grave over this and upcoming releases from his famed vault of songs and albums he kept under lock and key. Will you be listening for new music or are you the type to listen to what he released the way it was intended to be heard? Tough call right?