The Family - Nothing Compares 2U (2016 version) (Prince Tribute)

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2016 Recording of #NothingCompares2U, featuring fDeluxe (aka The Family).

The Family, aka fDeluxe, was the first to release this Prince penned song in 1985, ahead of Sinead O'Connor's popular version.

In this re-recording, the original string arrangement by the late Clare Fischer is at the forefront, featuring members of Mpls' STRINGenius (who have recorded on Prince's last 3 records).

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At the exact same time radio stations across the country committed to play “Nothing Compares 2 U” in honor of Prince on Wednesday afternoon, the band of his peers that originally recorded the song debuted a new orchestral version of it to the world.

The members of fDeluxe -- the Prince-affiliated group formerly known as the Family -- reworked the heart-wrenching classic with the Minneapolis chamber ensemble STRINGenious and unveiled it on their YouTube channel at exactly 5:07 p.m. That time is a nod to the song’s opening line, “It’s been seven hours and 13 days,” which lined up to the time when emergency workers pronounced Prince dead (10:07 a.m. on April 21).

All longtime Prince associates, fDeluxe features singer/bandleader Paul Peterson, one-time girlfriend Susannah Melvoin also on vocals (sister of the Revolution’s Wendy Melvoin), saxophonist Eric Leeds and the Time’s drummer Jellybean Johnson. Prince wrote “Nothing Compares 2 U” for their eponymous 1985 album. Sinead O’Connor plucked it off the record five years later and made it into a hit single. The orchestrations on the new version follow the arrangements originall written for the song by the late Clare Fischer.

“This was a labor of love,” Peterson explained of the re-recording. “Everyone donated their time as a ‘thank you’ to Prince for his musical contributions to the world.”

“It’s with a musically heavy heart that tonight we honor our dear friend,” Susannah Melvoin says at the start of the video.

The rest of it pretty much speaks for itself.

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