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New album ‘Originals’ to contain Prince’s own versions of songs covered by others

“Manic Monday.” “The Glamorous Life.” “Nothing Compares 2 U.” “Jungle Love.” All are iconic songs, all were written by Prince, but all were also given by Prince to other artists who turned them into hits. Now, Prince’s own versions of these and 11 other songs will be released on a new album called Originals.

The album will debut June 7 (Prince’s birthday) on Tidal, fulfilling Jay-Z’s 2018 promise that Tidal would get an exclusive Prince archival collection. On June 21, the album will get a physical release. The album is now available for pre-order on various platforms, with options ranging from a basic CD to deluxe double-vinyl editions in purple or white.

Curated by Troy Carter and Jay-Z from Prince’s legendary Vault, the tracks on Originals were originally recorded between 1981 and 1991. In addition to the songs mentioned above, Originals also includes lesser-known songs like “Love…Thy Will Be Done” (first recorded by Martika) and “You’re My Love” (Kenny Rogers).

Except for “Nothing Compares 2 U,” previously released as a standalone single, all the tracks on Originals are previously unreleased demos. The cover is a shot by Allen Beaulieu from the Dirty Mind era; multiple takes appear in the photographer’s recent book, along with alternate takes where the spray paint reads “Partyup.”

The album shows what devoted Prince fans have long known, which is that at the peak of his productivity the artist would commonly give sterling songs to proteges and friends, often giving them chart-busting smashes in the process. In some cases, as with the Time, Prince would write, perform, and produce nearly entire albums for associated artists.

As fans remember Prince and mark three years since his death, this is the second piece of big release news to be announced. Earlier this week, Prince’s unfinished memoir also got a fall release date.

Originals tracklist (artist who first released the song, and year of that release, in parentheses)

  1. “Sex Shooter” (Apollonia 6, 1984)
  2. “Jungle Love” (The Time, 1984)
  3. “Manic Monday” (The Bangles, 1985)
  4. “Noon Rendezvous” (Sheila E, 1985)
  5. “Make-Up” (Vanity 6, 1982)
  6. “100 MPH” (Mazarati, 1986)
  7. “You’re My Love” (Kenny Rogers, 1986)
  8. “Holly Rock” (Sheila E, 1985)
  9. “Baby, You’re a Trip” (Jill Jones, 1987)
  10. “The Glamorous Life” (Sheila E, 1984)
  11. “Gigolos Get Lonely Too” (The Time, 1982)
  12. “Love…Thy Will Be Done” (Martika, 1991)
  13. “Dear Michelangelo” (Sheila E, 1985)
  14. “Wouldn’t You Love to Love Me?” (Taja Sevelle, 1987)
  15. “Nothing Compares 2 U,” (the Family, 1985)
  • Brian Satchfield

    Excited for this release! While I’m curious about some of the title selections (and maybe even more about which options were left off), I think it will be great to hear [hopefully] high-quality versions of Prince’s original takes on these songs. I imagine some will be quite familiar (The Time, Sheila E.) while others may be a surprise. In any event, great to see more vaulted Prince music coming our way!

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    • PRINCE – BATMAN

      That’s what eye wonder, will they be cleaned up HQ versions?

      • Brian Satchfield

        Prince’s vault recordings – even those intended for other artists – were pretty complete and high-quality. these don’t sound like they were from some “lost demo cassette” or live rehearsal recording. While there may be some tracks that aren’t perfect, I’m betting these masters are already in pretty release-ready shape. If the “Nothing Compares 2 U” cut that was sent to St. Paul as a guide track that we heard last year is any indicator, I think these should sound pretty good.

  • skridder

    Nice !
    Would’ve liked to have had 101 (recorded by Sheena Easton) included

    • Kathy Gaalaas

      Or Sugar Walls

      • skridder

        I’ve heard his version of 101, Sugar Walls would certainly be interesting to hear

        • Maybe we’ll get volume 2. LOL

          • PRINCE – BATMAN

            As long as it’s good quality.

        • PRINCE – BATMAN

          Cool Love as well!

      • PRINCE – BATMAN

        Sugar Walls Extended Remix Version!

    • John Marcinkiewicz

      U should hear Cool Love (Sheena)and Come home given 2 Mavis Staples and Love 89 for Patti Labelle or the rest of the Martikas hmmmm all those Sheila E tracks I want Lkookoo. VOL.2 PLEASE

      • John Marcinkiewicz

        Vol.2 with Jeff Katz ..photos from 87 -88

      • PRINCE – BATMAN

        Eye want P doing the stuff he gave 2 Elisa. Heck, eye also want the entire unreleased Sheila LP!

        • John Marcinkiewicz

          That 2 and so much more step outta 84′ estate!!

    • PRINCE – BATMAN

      Now U mentioned it, eye had 2 listen to P’s version again!

  • Jason Breininger

    I’d love to know if the deluxe edition will have anything special besides the vinyl + CD, similar to how the Piano & a Mic Deluxe had the book w/ contributions from former band members.

    • PRINCE – BATMAN

      A picture book would b nice!

    • Brian Satchfield

      No, it won’t. The only difference will be the color of the vinyl. I contacted the release store and asked that exact question. So, you’re just paying a premium if you want the purple vinyl it seems.

  • PRINCE – BATMAN

    Jungle Love was written by Jesse Johnson. It would be interesting to hear Prince sing it though, as eye have heard Jesse’s original demo. Also, eye wonder which version of Wouldn’t You Love To Love Me? they will use?