Prince “Originals” to be released of his version of hit songs he wrote for other artists

On on his birthday, June 7, the late artist’s estate, in partnership with Warner Bros. Records and Tidal, will release a 15-track album.

Recording artist Prince performs with singer Mary J. Blige onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Clear Channel)


 

Before artists belt out songs that were written by another artist, they listen to the tune, add their special nuances and unique style and record their rendition. But it’s not often that we get to hear what the original version sounded like.

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Well, we’re in for a treat because Prince wrote dozens of hits for singers and on his birthday June 7, Warner Bros. Records and Tidal, will release “Originals,” a 15-track album featuring 14 previously unreleased recordings by Prince, Variety reports.

Remember The Glamorous Life by Sheila E? How about Jungle Love by The Time? Those are just two jams that will be included on the album that was composed by the purple one.

“Originals” will stream exclusively on Tidal for 14 days,” according to an announcement.

“In the spirit of sharing Prince’s music with his fans as he wanted, the album will be available to stream in Master quality via Tidal’s HiFi subscription tier. Members will be able to hear the recordings just as the Artist intended the tracks to sound.”

Then on June 21, the recordings will be released by Warner Bros. The recording comes directly from Prince’s archive of “Vault” recordings. They will be available through all download and streaming partners and on CD.

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Other formats, 180 gram 2LP, and limited edition Deluxe CD+2LP will be released on July 19th. (Pre-order the album here.)

Many of the songs became big hits like Vanity 6’s “Make-Up,” Jill Jones’s “Baby, You’re a Trip,” and Kenny Rogers’ “You’re My Love.” Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” became a No. 1 single.

Here’s the list.

Song Title First Released by (Artist: Album – year) Year of Prince’s Recording Included on Originals
1. Sex Shooter Apollonia 6: Apollonia 6 – 1984 1983
2. Jungle Love The Time: Ice Cream Castle – 1984 1983
3. Manic Monday The Bangles: Different Light – 1985 1984
4. Noon Rendezvous Sheila E.: The Glamorous Life – 1984 1984
5. Make-Up Vanity 6: Vanity 6 – 1982 1981
6. 100 MPH Mazarati: Mazarati – 1986 1984
7. You’re My Love Kenny Rogers: They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To – 1986 1982
8. Holly Rock Sheila E.: Krush Groove (OST) – 1985 1985
9. Baby, You’re a Trip Jill Jones: Jill Jones – 1987 1982
10. The Glamorous Life Sheila E.: The Glamorous Life – 1984 1983
11. Gigolos Get Lonely Too The Time: What Time Is It? – 1982 1982
12. Love… Thy Will Be Done Martika: Martika’s Kitchen – 1991 1991
13. Dear Michaelangelo Sheila E.: Romance 1600 – 1985 1985
14. Wouldn’t You Love to Love Me? Taja Sevelle: Taja Sevelle – 1987 1981
15. Nothing Compares 2 U The Family: The Family – 1985 1984

 

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