The Prince Estate and Warner Records have released a previously unheard demo recording of “Do Me, Baby”, which originally appeared on his 1981 album, Controversy. The October 14th release serves as a 40th-anniversary celebration for Controversy, which Prince released back in 1981.
The Purple One recorded this version of “Do Me, Baby” back in 1979 at Alpha Studios in North Hollywood, CA, just one year after the initial tracking made with André Cymone. While minor, there are some differences between the newly-released demo version and the recording of “Do Me, Baby” that eventually appeared on Controversy two years later.
Immediately noticeable is the drums that lead in all other instruments at the beginning of the demo version, something not present on the album cut. Additionally, while the demo version contains a longer intro, clocking in at 30 seconds as opposed to the album’s 15, the Controversy version of “Do Me, Baby” carries a much longer runtime—7:43 compared to 4:47. The entire bridge section that hears Prince belt out a piercing falsetto does not appear on the demo, nor does his sensual sweet talk. Another noticeable difference is the prominence of a synthesizer. Melodies heard only from a standard piano on the album version appear as crisp jabs from a synth, giving the song a slightly different, yet equally-prince, vibe.
The demo version of “Do Me, Baby” will see a limited-edition run on cassette and vinyl, in addition to its inclusion on all streaming services. Both the cassette and vinyl will be limited to 1981 copies each, signifying Controversy‘s release year. Check out the newly released Prince demo version of “Do Me, Baby” below, and head here to pre-order a physical copy on vinyl or cassette.
Prince – “Do Me, Baby (Demo)”
[H/T Rolling Stone]