In honor of the 40th anniversary of Prince’s self-titled album, The Prince Estate and Warner Records have opened the vault and let loose the original demo for his 1979 song, “I Feel For You.”
Originally a funky slice of soul, here “I Feel For You” is stripped down to an acoustic bedroom jam, with Prince’s smooth vocals dancing over some furious fretwork. It’s authentically original, right down to the icon pressing the record button on the tape deck before sliding into position. The song is being made available for the first time, including a limited-run 7” vinyl single edition.
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“I Feel For You” was featured on Prince, released on October 19, 1979 – however it was outshined by singles "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?," "Sexy Dancer," and "I Wanna Be Your Lover." The song got a second life in 1984, when it became the title track for Chaka Khan’s album. It would go on to win the GRAMMY award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, with Prince featured as a writer for the song.
According to The Prince Estate, the recording was created “in the winter of 1978-1979, around the time Prince was preparing to make his solo debut at the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis.” The tape was unearthed recently inside the artist’s legendary vault.
You can listen to “I Feel For You” above, our order your vinyl edition here.