PRINCE by Ruth Hogben & Andrea Gelardin
Apr. 23, 2018
‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ Directed by Ruth Hogben & Andrea Gelardin
Produced by Lobster Eye + CXA
The video is previously unseen rehearsal footage of Prince & The Revolution from the summer of 1984. It was in this very room at Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie Minnesota that Prince created and committed to tape one of his most beloved and iconic compositions, which six years later would become a worldwide hit for Sinead O’Connor. Prince’s original studio version ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ is presented here for the first time to celebrate the second anniversary of Prince’s death, in collaboration with the artist’s estate and Warner Bros. Records.
The version, which was written and performed entirely by Prince except for some backing vocal and saxophone work, formed the basis for the original officially-released version of the song by The Family. That group, which was masterminded anonymously by Prince, included musicians from several of his projects, including singers Susannah Melvoin (twin sister of the Revolution’s Wendy) and Paul Peterson and saxophonist Eric Leeds, whose work appears on this version. It was recorded in July of 1984 during sessions that also produced material for “Around the World in a Day,” the follow-up to the “Purple Rain” album.