To mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Prince’s fourth studio album, Controversy, today, The Prince Estate and Warner Records released a previously unheard 1979 solo demo-recording of “Do Me, Baby.”
“Do Me, Baby” was on Controversy, but the track was actually recorded by Prince a few years earlier (hence the 1979 recording date). Additionally, “Do Me, Baby (Demo)” is available to pre-order as a special replica cassette single and an etched 7” single pressed onto purple vinyl. The replica cassette bears re-printed original handwriting, just as the one kept in the Paisley Park vault, and the vinyl incorporates Prince’s handwritten lyrics for the track.
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The artist and his best friend André Cymone recorded a demo of the track in 1978, and a year later he reimagined the song as a single during the April 1979 Prince sessions at Alpha Studios in North Hollywood, CA. The newly mixed–matching the original cassette spec—”Do Me, Baby” was done by Prince’s Grammy-nominated engineer Chris James, mastered by Prince’s longtime collaborator and multiple Grammy-winning engineer Bernie Grundman.
Apple Music is currently spotlighting Controversy today as one of its essential albums, and Apple Music Radio is broadcasting a 40th Anniversary Special to further celebrate the anniversary. Fans can listen in here.