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Hear Prince's Original 1984 Recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U”

The Prince Estate and Warner Bros. Records have released Prince's original, 1984 recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” You can hear it above.

"Nothing Compares 2 U" was given by Prince—who wrote the song—to the band The Family, who recorded it for their self-titled, 1985 album. Sinead O'Connor's 1990 cover of the song became a massive, worldwide hit.

The previously unreleased recording was made in 1984, and was arranged, performed and produced by Prince at the Flying Cloud Drive “Warehouse” in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The music video for the song features footage of Prince & the Revolution rehearsing the song in that same room in the summer of 1984.

This version of the song will be released as two 7" vinyl singles—in picture disc and black vinyl formats.

For more info on Prince and his music, stop by officialprincemusic.com.

Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at guitarworld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.