Editors’ Notes When Prince died in 2016, he left behind a huge amount of unreleased music—a literal steel vault so private and tightly guarded it had to be drilled open. Following on the heels of 2018’s unprecedentedly intimate Piano & a Microphone 1983, Originals is a collection of highly polished demos for songs ultimately gifted to other artists. As exciting as it is to hear Prince's initial vision for now-ubiquitous hits like “Manic Monday” and “Nothing Compares 2 U,” the most revelatory tracks here tend to be the raunchy ones: “Sex Shooter,” originally for Apollonia 6 (“Come on, kiss the gun”); “Jungle Love,” originally for The Time (and complete with monkey-howl backing vocals); the sex-doll synth-pop of “Make-Up,” for Vanity 6. Not that it isn’t exciting to hear him sing “Manic Monday” (adopted by The Bangles) and “Nothing Compares 2 U” (reportedly inspired by a departed housekeeper before being rendered immortal by Sinéad O’Connor)—it is. But what better testament to Prince’s genius than his ability to lay our nastiest, basest impulses over a funk beat and elevate them to high art?

SONG
Sex Shooter
1
3:06
 
Jungle Love
2
3:03
 
Manic Monday
3
2:51
 
Noon Rendezvous
4
3:00
 
Make-Up
5
2:26
 
100 Mph
6
3:30
 
You're My Love
7
4:23
 
Holly Rock
8
6:38
 
Baby, You're a Trip
9
5:51
 
The Glamorous Life
10
4:11
 
Gigolos Get Lonely Too
11
4:41
 
Love... Thy Will Be Done
12
4:07
 
Dear Michaelangelo
13
5:22
 
Wouldn't You Love to Love Me?
14
5:56
 
Nothing Compares 2 U
15
4:39
 

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