Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 17 November 2019

Prince's estate drops previously unheard acoustic demo of hit song 'I Feel For You'

The release honours the 40th anniversary of the singer's self-titled second album

Prince died in April 2016 of an accidental overdose. AFP
Prince died in April 2016 of an accidental overdose. AFP

As Prince's eponymous album turns 40 this month, the late singer's estate on Friday released a previously unheard acoustic demo of his hit song, I Feel For You.

This four-minute stripped-back version was "recently rediscovered on one of the countless cassette tapes stored in Prince's legendary vault", according to the singer's estate. It was reportedly recorded at some point during 1978 to 1979, as the musician, who died in April 2016 of an overdose, prepared for his debut solo performance.

Listen to the demo here:

The full version of the song originally appeared on Prince, which was released on October 19, 1979, and was later made famous by Chaka Khan, as the title track of her 1984 album. It featured rapper Melle Mel and became a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned two Grammy awards, including Best RnB Song, which gave a nod to Prince for his songwriting contribution.

The song has also been covered by The Pointer Sisters and Rebbie Jackson.

“I was blown away,” Prince vault archivist Michael Howe said of the discovery. “Here is 20-year-old Prince thinking aloud, feeling his way through the song. You hear his incredible talent shining through on acoustic guitar, which is not something he typically showcased, and his guide vocal is astonishingly great.”

The demo is now available across streaming services, including YouTube, as well as on a limited-run seven-inch single CD, with the original album version as a B-side. As of next week, the single will also be for sale on Prince's official website.

Updated: October 19, 2019 12:41 PM

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