It was inevitable, surely.
When Prince passed away in April of 2016, he left behind a significant treasure trove of unreleased material, surely due to his almost unmatched prolificness. And so today Warner Bros, in conjunction with The Prince Estate, releases a fascinating collection of the demos of songs that he wrote and gave to other artists, under the obviously fitting title Originals.
The collection, of course, includes Prince’s raw, revealing versions of what would go on to become unforgettable, sexed up classics like The Time’s “Jungle Love,” Sheila E’s “The Glamorous Life,” and Apollonia 6’s “Sex Shooter.” But the Purple One was also a master of melancholy – and The Bangles cover of his wistful “Manic Monday” climbed all the way to #2 on the Billboard chart in 1986, ironically blocked from #1 only by Prince and the Revolution’s “Kiss.”
To fête the release of Originals, a totally new video for “Manic Monday” also debuts today, with never before seen behind-the-scenes footage of Prince and his band. It is available only at Apple Music – but we have this intriguing teaser trailer.
Expect more Originals goodies to come.