Prince’s estate have released a genuine piece of treasure, with the original 1984 studio recording of Nothing Compares 2 U – complete with unseen rehearsal footage – hitting the world’s ears for the first time.

While totally recognisable, it still differs greatly from the eventual 1990 smash version released by Sinead O’Connor, which was more teary and less funky.

“I spotted the 2” multitrack reel in the vault some weeks back while doing a 1984-era inventory,” said Michael Howe, the Prince estate’s vault archivist, in a press release. “After retrieving my jaw from the floor, we took the reel upstairs, analyzed it, put it up on the Studer 24 track machine, and digitized it to 24/192. Even our ‘faders up’ rough mix was compelling enough to indicate that this was something very special indeed.”

It drops at the same time that news comes through that no charges will be made in regards to the tragic passing of Prince.

Get Sinead O’Connor’s take on Nothing Compares 2 U and more at JB Hi-Fi.