Here’s a clip that’ll cement Prince’s reputation as one of the greatest entertainers—and not just musicians—of all time. To mark the second anniversary of his death, his estate shared an official studio recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” set to rehearsal footage from 1984. Both had never seen the light of day until now.
And no offense, Sinead: This OG version crushes yours. We’ve only heard live versions of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and this previously unreleased recording is unlike all of those. It doesn’t so much as drip with desire but demand for it. The Purple One sounds at the top of his game here, confident, powerful and downright inimitable. If anything, the recording proves that nothing—not yet, probably not ever—compares to Prince.
The song is set to a montage of Prince rehearsing with his band in the summer of ’84. On top of being one helluva musician, his moves are pretty much on par with James Brown’s. Okay, we’ll stop gushing now and let you judge for yourself below.
This recording is available as a seven-inch picture vinyl now, or a regular seven-inch on May 25. Excuse us while we get our credit cards out.
Check out the clip here: