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Prince - Originals (2019) Published: June 7/19 Released: June 7/19 albumPop15 Tracks • 63 Minutes
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    SELECTED LINE: A very good golden-era Prince album. -Rolling Stone
    Originals is a compilation album by Prince, released by NPG Records through Warner Bros. Records on June 7, 2019.
    Preview
    1. Sex Shooter3:06
    2. Jungle Love3:03
    3. Manic Monday2:51
    4. Noon Rendezvous3:00
    5. Make-Up2:26
    6. 100 Mph3:30
    7. You're My Love4:23
    8. Holly Rock6:38
    9. Baby, You're a Trip5:51
    10. The Glamorous Life4:11
    11. Gigolos Get Lonely Too4:41
    12. Love... Thy Will Be Done4:07
    13. Dear Michaelangelo5:22
    14. Wouldn't You Love to Love Me?5:56
    15. Nothing Compares 2 U4:39
℗ 2019 NPG Records, Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.
Critic Reviews (27)

The demos that comprise Originals blow most artists' finished studio work out of the water.

80% 2 weeks ago

theneedledrop theneedledrop

A further testament to how thoroughly this singular artist came to dominate a decade of music.

88% 3 weeks ago

Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune (TOP)

A must-listen but Originals is a quick hit that soon wears off.

60% 3 weeks ago

nzherald nzherald

Thrills and trills.

60% 4 weeks ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

It all makes for a powerful listen and further proof that if there’s bad music inside the Paisley Park vault, we’ve yet to hear it.

91% 4 weeks ago

Entertainment Weekly Entertainment Weekly (TOP)

The entire Prince cosmos, condensed to 15 pieces.

83% 1 month ago

Musikexpress Musikexpress

It really is a treasure trove of amazing music.

80% 1 month ago

American Songwriter American Songwriter

If Prince didn't give away any of these songs and released this as an album in the early 1990s, it would've likely fit comfortably among his discography and may have even been considered one of his most acclaimed releases.

90% 1 month ago

PopMatters PopMatters

There’s plenty to get excited about.

1 month ago


Dazzling tracks from the vault of a pop genius.

100% 1 month ago

The Irish Times The Irish Times (TOP)

This fascinating collection of Prince’s versions of the songs he gave away shows off his talents as a one-man hit factory.

80% 1 month ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

These guide demos of his own songs, recorded by other artists, show just how brilliant and casually confident Prince was.

80% 1 month ago


A window into the artist's relationship with his female avatars.

1 month ago

The Quietus The Quietus

Unheard tracks from his vault reveal a dazzling star at the height of his powers.

80% 1 month ago

The Telegraph (UK) The Telegraph (UK) (TOP)

Originals proves how deeply his artistry defined that era of pop.

1 month ago


Even when Prince was pushing out demos, he was making masterpieces, and it's a revelation to hear them.

1 month ago

The Current The Current

Originals offers a tantalizing glimpse of Prince as an artist whose creativity extended in so many directions at once that his own discography couldn’t contain it.

86% 1 month ago

Paste Magazine Paste Magazine

A rough draft of pop genius.

1 month ago

The New York Times The New York Times (TOP)

These unearthed tracks, which Prince recorded himself and handed over to other artists, show off his astonishing, chameleon-like ability to master practically any genre.

100% 1 month ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)

We learn or are reminded of the vastness of Prince’s creativity at his peak, when the music was pouring out of him and he was grasping for any available container.

1 month ago

Jezebel Jezebel

He only occasionally bests others’ official versions.

1 month ago


You’ll be forgiven if you think you’ve heard it before, you certainly haven’t.

1 month ago

City Pages City Pages

Hearing Prince sing these songs that he gave to other performers brings you close to the pulse of his artistry.

95% 1 month ago


The production values here exceed most of the finished works: not so much blueprints as purpleprints. [Summer 2019, p.118]

100% 1 month ago

Q Magazine Q Magazine

If you're a Prince bootleg freak you'll know most of it already, but if not it's a great introduction to his writing for outside productions. Often, the real revelation is how closely performers hew to his demos. [Jul 2019, p.48]

80% 1 month ago

Uncut Uncut

Prince gives us a gift from the afterlife.

1 month ago


A very good golden-era Prince album.

80% 1 month ago

User Reviews (5)

Sir Lockout2 months ago
Excited for this release I can't wait to hear Prince's takes on songs that he gave to the Bangles, Sheila E. and many others. I hope we get more releases like this in the future.

Currer Bachman1 month ago
A great and catchy collection. I have a Tidal subscription so I was able to listen to the album early, apparently making me one of the few people who can actually review the album. From start to finish this album is actually a great collection of Prince tracks. Many of the lyrics show the intended vocalist but all the songs do have the unique styles that make them feel very Prince, and very very good Prince at that. Some of the stronger tracks include; Manic Monday, You’re My Love, The Glamorous Life, Holly Rock, and Nothing Compares 2 U. This being said, all of the songs are fun or passionate or beautifully arranged. I believe if Prince has released this as an album in the mid-80’s (aside from Love... Thy Will Be Done which was completed in the early 90’s) it would’ve been one of his most popular and memorable. This is an album for hardcore and casual Prince listeners alike. I know I’ll be listening to this album for a good while just to wrap my head around it.

JEDIspartan4102 months ago
"The Reason That Your Cool, Is Cause Your From The Old School!" So excited 4 these songs to Remastered!

Prince Fanatic2 months ago
Keep it coming I too love hearing songs that Prince wrote for other artists. The fact he gave the songs away has no bearing on his ability to completely own the songs and perform them in fashion no one could duplicate!!!

FRANKTHETANK502 months ago
Come on Enough with the rehash recordings, get to the unheard stuff.
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