Prince’s previously unheard acoustic demo of ‘I Feel For You’ released

The stripped-down, intimate demo of the Grammy-winning track features nothing but Prince, who was 20 at the time, and his acoustic guitar for over four minutes.

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Prince performs on stage at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris in 2011.

Prince performs on stage at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris in 2011.

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Prince fans are in for a musical treat!

On Friday, theestate of thelate singerreleaseda previously unheardacoustic version of his 1979song “I Feel For You”in honor of the40th anniversary ofhis second album, “Prince.”

Thestripped-down, intimatedemoof theGrammy-winning track features nothing but Prince, who was 20 at the time,and hisacoustic guitar for over four minutes.

It was recorded on a cassette tape recorder in the winter of1978-1979,according to his estate, “around the time Prince was preparing to make his solo debut at the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis.”

“I Feel For You” first appeared on hissophomore album, which was released onOctober 19, 1979, but gained commercial success years later followingChaka Khan’s cover in 1984. Her rendition wonPrince a songwriting Grammy Award forBest R&B Song, in addition to Best Female R&B Vocal Performancefor Khan.

The new music release comes more than three years after Princedied of an accidental opioid overdoseat his Paisley Park compound in suburban Minneapolis in 2016 at age 57.

Hisestate says the recording was “recently rediscovered on one of the countless cassette tapes stored in Prince’s legendary vault.”

Prince’sacoustic demoof”I Feel For You” is available on all streaming platforms, in addition to a7” vinyl single for a limited timethat also features Prince’s original studio recording.

Read more at usatoday.com

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