The Prince estate have shared a previously unreleased track, “Do Me, Baby.”
The 1979 demo was later reworked to appear on the 1981 album, Controversy. Today (October 14th) marks that record’s 40th anniversary.
This new version of “Do Me, Baby” has been mixed by Chris James and Mastered by Bernie Grundman. Despite being reworked, the raw sound of the original is still engrained in the track. Today’s demo is around three minutes shorter than the final album version. It also boasts simpler instrumentation and pretty different vocals.
Listen to the “Do Me, Baby” demo below.
The “Do Me, Baby” demo can be purchased as a limited cassette. There’s just 1,981 copies in honour of the Controversy release date. It’s also available as a purple 7-inch. Both of those releases can be purchased here.
The Prince Estate recently released a posthumous album, Welcome 2 America, back in July. It featured 11 original Prince tracks alongside a cover of Soul Asylum’s “Stand Up and B Strong.” While the tracks had never gotten an official release, Prince had played some of the songs live.