Prince ‎– Originals

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Originals is an album featuring Prince’s previously unreleased (demo) versions of songs he wrote between 1981 and 1985 (plus one outlier from 1991) for his side projects and/or donated to protégées and other artists. The theme of this album was sparked by the discovery of his demo of "Nothing Compares 2 U", released one year before.

The album was initially released as a Tidal (3) exclusive on June 7, 2019 and widely released on CD and digital formats two weeks later, with vinyl editions announced for July 19, 2019.

Title, recording date and first release artists:
(listed in order of appearance)

Sex Shooter
Recorded: April 1983, released by Apollonia 6 (8/84)

Jungle Love
Recorded: March 1983, released by The Time (9/84)

Manic Monday
Recorded: February 1984, released by The Bangles (12/85)

Noon Rendezvous
Recorded: February 1984, released by Sheila E. (6/84)

Make-Up
Recorded: Summer 1981, released by Vanity 6 (8/82)

100 MPH
Recorded: June 1984, released by Mazarati (6/86)

You're My Love
Recorded: March 1982, released by Kenny Rogers (10/86)

Holly Rock
Recorded: April 1985, released on Krush Groove (9/85) and Sheila E. (7/86)

Baby, You're a Trip
Recorded: July 1982, released by Jill Jones (5/87)

The Glamorous Life
Recorded: December 1983, released by Sheila E.(5/84)

Gigolos Get Lonely Too
Recorded: January 1982, released by The Time (3/83)

Love... Thy Will Be Done
Recorded: January 1991, released by Martika (8/91)

Dear Michaelangelo
Recorded: January 1985, released by Sheila E. (8/85)

Wouldn't You Love to Love Me?
Recorded: June 1981, released by Taja Sevelle (9/87)

Nothing Compares 2 U
Recorded: July 1984, released by The Family (8/85) and Sinéad O'Connor (1/90)

Versions (12)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Prince Originals(15xFile, FLAC, Album, 48 ) NPG Records none 2019
WPCR-18221 Prince Originals = オリジナルズ(CD, Album) NPG Records, The Prince Estate, Warner Bros. Records WPCR-18221 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
R1 591253, 603497851928 Prince Originals(2xLP, Album, 180) Warner Bros. Records, NPG Records, The Prince Estate R1 591253, 603497851928 USA & Europe 2019 Sell This Version
WPZR-30857/9 Prince Originals(2xLP, Album, Dlx, Pur + CD, Album + Dlx, Ltd) NPG Records, The Prince Estate, Warner Bros. Records WPZR-30857/9 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
RCV1 591253, R1 591459, 081227910969 Prince Originals(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Whi) Warner Bros. Records, NPG Records, The Prince Estate RCV1 591253, R1 591459, 081227910969 USA & Europe 2019 Sell This Version
603497851768, 0603497851782, R1 591459 Prince Originals(2xLP, Album, Pur + CD, Album + Dlx, Ltd) NPG Records, The Prince Estate, Warner Bros. Records 603497851768, 0603497851782, R1 591459 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
2-591253 Prince Originals(CD, Album) NPG Records, Warner Bros. Records, The Prince Estate 2-591253 Canada 2019 Sell This Version
R2 591253 Prince Originals(CD, Album) NPG Records, Warner Bros. Records R2 591253 US 2019 Sell This Version
0603497851782, 603497851782 Prince Originals(CD, Album) NPG Records, Warner Bros. Records, The Prince Estate 0603497851782, 603497851782 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
none Prince Originals(CD, Album) NPG Records none Brazil 2019 Sell This Version
0349785178, R2 591253 Prince Originals(CD, Album) NPG Records, Warner Bros. Records 0349785178, R2 591253 Australia 2019 Sell This Version
081227911027, R2 591460, R2-591460 Prince Originals(CD, Album, Tar) NPG Records, The Prince Estate, Warner Bros. Records 081227911027, R2 591460, R2-591460 US 2019 Sell This Version

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midnightrunner

midnightrunner

August 23, 2019
referencing Originals, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Whi, RCV1 591253, R1 591459, 081227910969

Very good, funky music AND the packaging is very lovingly designed too. My only (minor) quibble is with regard to the photograph of Prince that Alex Tenta and Trevor Guy (the designers) chose for the front cover. Prince looks somewhat shifty in the picture, with a guilty look on his face, almost as if he has just secretly let out a silent but deadly fart and now he is worried about the impending consequences of his anal emission.
oneflashoflight

oneflashoflight

August 16, 2019
referencing Originals, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Whi, RCV1 591253, R1 591459, 081227910969
People, stop saying dumb $hit. There were/are WAAAAAYYY more then 500 copies pressed. The estate is NOT going to miss out on all that money. None of it.
whitespyder

whitespyder

August 10, 2019
referencing Originals, 2xLP, Album, 180, R1 591253, 603497851928
Still no comment on the black version of it? Apparently the purple one is ruined by non-fills...
I won't pull the trigger on a 30€ LP if if the QC is awful as usual these days.
Xtraloveable

Xtraloveable

August 5, 2019
referencing Originals, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Whi, RCV1 591253, R1 591459, 081227910969

How limited is this ‘White’ vinyl version...it was out of stock and now it is available again at the Prince Store?!
Carusolips

Carusolips

August 3, 2019
referencing Originals, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Whi, RCV1 591253, R1 591459, 081227910969

Has anyone noticed how eerily similar "Love...Thy Will Be Done" sounds to "Fifty-Fifty Clown" by Cocteau Twins??
MANuckles

MANuckles

July 29, 2019
referencing Originals, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Whi, RCV1 591253, R1 591459, 081227910969

Wish they were numbered since only 500 were pressed in with vinyl.
expectdelay

expectdelay

July 29, 2019
referencing Originals, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Whi, RCV1 591253, R1 591459, 081227910969

This is a really nice pressing. The white vinyl is striking with the red lettering, it is dead quiet, and sounds great!
The art is nice as well.
Xtraloveable

Xtraloveable

July 26, 2019
referencing Originals, 15xFile, FLAC, Album, 48 , none
Just got the White Vinyl version....I don’t want to open the seal, but what really bothers me is that there is NO mention on the cover, of this being the white vinyl release...it does not have the red Hype Sticker...only a tiny barcode sticker at the back of the seal!
Spine number reads RCV1 591253
Would have been nice if there was a red sticker mentioning the limited White Vinyl !!!
JATPL

JATPL

July 22, 2019
referencing Originals, 2xLP, Album, Pur + CD, Album + Dlx, Ltd, 603497851768, 0603497851782, R1 591459
If anyone else has a copy of this which is either offcentre and/or has non-fill on it, can you email MPO like I have. The more people that make noise about this sort of thing the better. Sick of buying expensive new records, which are like this. mpodirect@mpo.fr is one email address I found.