Song of the Day: Prince – “Nothing Compares 2 U” (previously unreleased original version)

With the two-year anniversary of Prince’s death (April 21) approaching, Prince’s estate decided to release this previously unreleased recording of his classic “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which originally was given to his band The Family and later covered by Sinead O’Connor. This version has a bit more of a rock flavor and is just as powerful as any. In an interview with The Guardian, sound engineer Susan Rogers said one day Prince went into a room with a notebook and then one hour later emerged with the song. “The song came out like a sneeze,” Rogers said. Rogers also told The Guardian she believed the song to be about Prince’s former housekeeper Sandy Scipioni, who Prince developed a close friendship with but left his side due to health issues with her father, and that in the end he gave the song away because he didn’t want the public to know about their friendship. “There was no romantic relationship with Sandy,” Rogers said. “It’s not a pained ‘Help me, baby’ track. It’s: ‘You’re gone and I miss you,’ which is probably why he felt comfortable giving the song away to the Family. He released his material based on what he wanted us to know about him and, wonderful as it is, he didn’t want it to represent him.”

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