Originals (Prince album)

Originals is a posthumous demo album by American musician Prince, released through Warner Bros. Records on June 7, 2019, exclusively through Tidal, with a wide release following on June 20, 2019.[1] It compiles the original demo versions of songs Prince wrote and gave to other artists. All but Prince's recording of "Nothing Compares 2 U", which was first officially released in 2018, were previously unreleased.[2] Originals debuted at number 15 on the Billboard 200 and reached the top 10 in Belgium, Hungary, Portugal and Switzerland.

Originals
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Demo album by
ReleasedJune 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)
Recorded1981–1991
Length63:49
Label
ProducerPrince
Prince chronology
Piano and a Microphone 1983
(2018)
Originals
(2019)

BackgroundEdit

The songs were written and the demos recorded from the early 1980s to the early 1990s,[3] but a specific emphasis was placed on those recorded between 1981 and 1985 due to the size of Prince's unreleased archive.[1] Troy Carter, a music manager and entertainment adviser to Prince's estate, selected the tracks, with some input from Jay-Z, who "pushed" for Prince's demo for Martika's 1991 single "Love... Thy Will Be Done" to be included.[1]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic89/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
Classic Pop     [5]
Pitchfork9.5/10[6]

Rebecca Bengal of Pitchfork awarded the album a "Best New Reissue" tag and said that "Hearing Prince sing these songs that he gave to other performers brings you close to the pulse of his artistry: transgressive, funky, sexy, a testament to his genius even in the form of demos."[6] Wyndham Wallace of Classic Pop wrote that "the slow unveiling of Prince's private recordings remains suitably seductive, if – true to form – wilfully unpredictable," noting that the record's "greatest revelation is how few artists strayed far from the Prince template of these Originals."[5] Adam Mattera in Echoes wrote "fans can debate amongst themselves whether Morris Day’s pimp loverboy croon tops Prince’s coquettish Valentino vocal approach to the creamy slow jam "Gigolos Get Lonely Too", but what’s in no doubt is the virtuosity of the talent that tossed out these funk diamonds and pop pearls with abandon through the 80s into the mid 90s."

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Prince, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
1."Sex Shooter" Apollonia 63:06
2."Jungle Love"Prince, Morris Day, Jesse JohnsonThe Time3:04
3."Manic Monday" The Bangles2:51
4."Noon Rendezvous"Prince, Sheila E.Sheila E.3:00
5."Make-Up" Vanity 62:27
6."100 MPH" Mazarati3:30
7."You're My Love" Kenny Rogers4:24
8."Holly Rock"Prince, Sheila E.Sheila E.6:38
9."Baby, You're a Trip" Jill Jones5:51
10."The Glamorous Life" Sheila E.4:12
11."Gigolos Get Lonely Too" The Time4:41
12."Love... Thy Will Be Done"Prince, MartikaMartika4:07
13."Dear Michaelangelo"Prince, Sheila E.Sheila E.5:22
14."Wouldn't You Love to Love Me?" Taja Sevelle5:56
15."Nothing Compares 2 U"  4:40
Total length:63:49
Japanese and Target editions bonus track
No.TitleLength
16."Nothing Compares 2 U" (Cinematic Mix)4:24

ChartsEdit

Release historyEdit

Region Release date Version Format
Various[3] June 7, 2019 Standard (Tidal only) Streaming
June 21, 2019 Standard (other retailers)
July 19, 2019
  • Standard
  • limited deluxe

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Edwards, Gavin (May 29, 2019). "Next Out of Prince's Vaults: The Hits He Gave Away". The New York Times. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  2. ^ Breihan, Tom (April 25, 2019). "Prince 'Originals' Album Coming In June: See The Tracklist". Stereogum. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Schatz, Lake (April 25, 2019). "New Prince album, Originals, to feature previously unreleased demos". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "Originals by Prince Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Wallace, Wyndham (June 2019). "Reviews". Classic Pop (53): 81.
  6. ^ a b Bengal, Rebecca (June 7, 2019). "Prince: Originals Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
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  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Prince – Originals" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
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  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Prince – Originals" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
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  16. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Prince". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  17. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Prince – Originals". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  18. ^ "Oricon Top 50 Albums: 2019-07-01" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  19. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Prince – Originals". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  20. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  21. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Prince – Originals". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Prince – Originals". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Prince – Originals". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  24. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  25. ^ "Prince Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  26. ^ "Top 200 Albums". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  27. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 2019". Ultratop. Retrieved December 20, 2019.

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