The Prince estate is getting ready to release a remastered “Sign O’ The Times” and massive Super Deluxe edition with 63 previously unheard tracks on September 25th. Well, they’ve just shared another one of those unheard tracks with fans.
The latest is the tune “I Need A Man,” which was originally recorded for Prince’s protégé act, The Hookers (an early version of Vanity 6), and was one of four songs Prince had offered to Bonnie Raitt after seeing her in concert, although she wound up passing on it.
Prince’s version was recorded on January 22nd, 1987 at the Washington Avenue Warehouse. Check out the full song at the top.
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Ahead of the Super Deluxe reissue of Sign O' The Times, the previously unreleased vault track "I Need A Man" is available now on all streaming platforms. Prince recorded the song in January 1987 for @bonnieraittofficial. Link to listen in bio. "I Need A Man" was originally recorded for Prince's protege act, The Hookers (an early version of Vanity 6), in August 1981. It was completely redone for Bonnie, with an updated sound that included live drums, Fairlight and Mirage synths, as well as sax and trumpet. It was the first of four songs Prince recorded for her, however, the envisioned collaboration didn’t ultimately materialize and Prince’s re-tracked version of “I Need A Man” was returned to the vault and has remained unreleased until today. The forthcoming Super Deluxe reissue of Sign O' The Times, available September 25, will include 63 previously unreleased recordings from Prince's legendary vault, including 45 studio tracks.