The Prince Estate and Warner Records are proud to announce the release of “Holly Rock”, a song originally written and recorded for Sheila E., and the second single from the critically acclaimed album Originals.
The basic tracking for “Holly Rock” took place at Sunset Sound studios in Los Angeles at the end of April 1985 – the very same week that Prince also recorded “Kiss” for his own Parade album.
The “Holly Rock” single, now presented for streaming and download in a 3:47 edit version, is accompanied by a vibrant new animated video, created by London-based Electric Light Studios, and co-produced by The Prince Estate and Warner Records.
“Holly Rock” was recorded for inclusion on the original soundtrack for the 1985 movie Krush Groove. While Prince gave Sheila E. sole writing and producer credit, he actually produced the track himself and co-wrote it with Sheila. Though not a hit at the time, the electrifying full six and half-minute version has become a firm fan favorite due to the scarcity of copies of the soundtrack. Originals is the first time that “Holly Rock” has appeared on a Prince-related album and been made available digitally.
Originals is a 15-track album featuring 14 previously unreleased recordings that illuminate the vital, behind-the-scenes role Prince played in other artists’ careers featuring his original versions of tracks such as “The Glamorous Life”, “Manic Monday”, The Time’s “Jungle Love” and “Love… Thy Will Be Done”, as well as deep cuts like Vanity 6’s “Make-Up” and Jill Jones’s “Baby, You’re A Trip”. The album also features Prince’s original 1984 version of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” released in 2018 as a standalone single.
Originals is available now from Warner Records via all download and streaming partners and physically on CD, 180 gram 2LP, and limited edition Deluxe CD+2LP Purple Vinyl set.