Nothing Compares 2 U

Cover of Prince’s song, Nothing Compares 2 U. Although composed by Prince, this was made famous by Sinead O’Connor, but the version that inspired me to record it was Chris Cornell’s rendition. I originally recorded this in April of 2021. I added an electric guitar solo in December of 2021. That’s the version linked below.

Nothing Compares 2 U (Dropbox/WAV)

Drums and bass created in my DAW. Vocal and acoustic guitar recorded with mics. Electric guitar was a Gretsch hollowbody through a Boss GT-1000 Core.

(Edited to update the link to an embedded SoundCloud “omnibox” – I think that’s pretty nifty.)


That was great.
Really good vocal and the playing was excellent.
Nice to hear such a great song getting an airing.
Love Sinead’s version.

Have a great Xmas.


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Thank you, Digger. Merry Christmas to you, as well!

Digger’s here fantastic, now we have confirmations its comfortably strange !

Great cover Jason, loved it :sunglasses:

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Thank you, I’m pleased that you like it.

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I loved the original version you posted, and with the additions this one is equally good. Love the lead you added. Such a haunting song, and you really bring feeling to it. Gorgeous.

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Thank you, mari, I appreciate the compliment. :slight_smile:

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Jason, this is great. Great vocal and playing. Don’t know how I missed it till now, but so glad I found it.

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Thank you, John. I’m pleased that you liked it.

Wow, so good! :clap: :clap: :clap:

You’ve got a little croakiness in your vocals that really brings that Chris Cornell vibe. Not sure if that is a natural feature of your singing, or if you’re deliberately effecting it because you’re covering Chris. Either way it totally works.

The solo was lovely.

Have you considered adding some backing vocals? On some of the recordings I’ve heard, there is a “ah ahhh-ah ahh” in the back, after “since you took your love away”, repeating in the same line of each verse. I kept expecting to hear it in this version, and being a little let down when it wasn’t there :slight_smile:

If I ever manage to sing half as well as you do here, I would extremely happy.

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Thank you!

I wasn’t really thinking about it when I recorded it, but I do hear a little more vocal fry on this one. I usually just sing the way I want the song to feel, so maybe I subconsciously did it because I had Cornell’s version in the back of my mind. I’ll have to go back and listen to some of my other recordings and compare the character of the vocals. Interesting.

Originally I intended to include a cello or viola part that would cover those notes. I even scored the part for my daughter (who is a violist). But I (or we) never got around to recording that.

I appreciate the compliment; thank you. I’d encourage you to practice singing. Just like any other instrument, the more you practice the more you improve. I’ve thought about taking some vocal lessons, but again, it’s one of those things I never seem to get around to. I content myself with reading free/online stuff and watching videos that sometimes pop up in my youtube feed.

Jason, that was really nice, great vocals, great playing and great backing.

I’ve had a crack at this one but the version I use has a Eb in it and I don’t think I’m quite there yet on my guitar journey.

Another fantastic song penned by Prince and you really have done it justice.

@Willsie01 Thank you for dragging this up from last Christmas. Not sure how I missed it.


Very nice vocal and a really tasty solo!

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My pleasure, Stefan. I missed it first time as well. I found it searching the community as I’m interested in trying the song and wanted to see if anyone had done it before. So happy to have found this great recording.

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Thanks, guys.

Glad you enjoyed the solo, Michael. I was pretty pleased with how that one came out when I recorded it.

That was great!

I always loved the song, was introduced to it by Sinead. Your version was really well put together. At first I thought the bass and drums were rather weak but when the vocal came in, they fell to their proper place in the background as the focus was clearly on the incredible voice. Great mix!

I totally downloaded the mp3 an popped it on my phone. Thanks for this interpretation.

Thank you.

I know what you mean about the bass and drums being kinda weak. They’re very basic – just something I put down to keep time and give me a harmonic reference, really. I do that on quite a few of the songs I record. I really should devote more time to bass and drums when I’m recording.

@J.W.C a short while ago I came across your cover (and @LievenDV who I name checked on the night) of Nothing Compares 2 U while I was looking for a song to do on the community OM, that was held on Saturday. Your recording got me hooked on the idea of doing it for the OM and consequently I did. So thanks for leading the way. I would never have thought of doing it otherwise. I did listen to Cornell’s version a lot and it’s superb.


Cool; love the dynamic of members inspiring other members. loved your version on the OM @Willsie01 and still enjoy this one by @J.W.C as well because it is superb :smiley: