If you are of a certain age, you remember Sinead O'Connor singing "Nothing Compares To You" laning at #1 on the Billboard charts in 1990. A slow dance just made for high school dances and lamenting breaking up with your first love. A beautiful rendition no doubt. But not the original.
Now, the version by Prince, recorded when he composed the song six years earlier has been made available by The Prince Estate. It is accompanied by previously unreleased footage of Prince and The Revolution rehearsing in a warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Watching you can easily recall his high energy, choreographed performances. His intricate coif and flashy wardrobe are even present on the rehearsal floor.
An amped up version of the on stage antics of Jim Morrison and Jimmy Hendrix with a flash of high style made for an amazing show. Listening you can almost hear this song having made a debut on the iconic album Purple Rain. But we would have to wait until 1990 to hear these beautiful lyrics about love and loss crooned by another singer.
Please don't let this be the last secret footage or the last unreleased recording. I am hoping the Estate of this truly unique and original has many more surprises for Prince's legions of fans. Such an incredible talent lost far too soon.