Purple Rain Deluxe (Expanded Edition)(3CD/1DVD)
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Purple Rain remains one of history’s most important, indisputable, and influential albums, but you’ve never heard it like this before. Purple Rain Deluxe boasts the official 2015 Paisley Park Remaster of the original tapes overseen by Prince himself in addition to a new “From The Vault & Previously Unreleased” disc with 11 unheard gems from the storied vault. This is Prince’s final word on his definitive masterpiece.
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Beginning of "Erotic City" extended version you can hear the tape warble. There's some other little things here and there. This was a big release. Shame on Warner Brothers and whoever is responsible at Paisley Park for quality control.
Still - anything from The Vault in this high of resolution is welcome even with the glitches. I'm still grateful and still think this is essential for all Prince fans.
See the attached photos. The first is the original CD "Baby I'm A Star". Second is the new version.
First, the Orginal Album has been cleaned up somewhat and it does sound better. But it seems it was a digital clean up and not the old fashion painstaking analog methods of old,
Also is the CD of edits and extended versions and B-sides. Most of these have been released on CD but a few gems are here for the first time. Including the longer version of "Another Lonely Christmas" and the instrumental "God" AKA "Love theme from Purple Rain). Now, this is fine, however, given there are longer and versions of all the songs on the album (some by a few seconds some double the length or more, I would have preferred some of those as opposed to redundant edits followed by their longer counterparts.
Also on the set is DVD of the March 1985 concert in Syracuse. Released in 1985 on VHS this DVD has much-improved sound but the original source is still video and it shows. But it is an experience.
But the real meat is the 2nd CD of Vault material. This disk of 11 tracks and 12 songs shows Prince at some of his raw and raunchy best. With songs like "Possessed" (which is performed live on the DVD) and "We Can F... " A personal standout for me is "Love and Sex" with Pince scream-singing the lyrics. And the rest take the listener into the vault and gives us a taste as to what some mean when they say some of his wildest stuff it unreleased.
I am pleased to say the deluxe Purple Rain is an exception. It kicks ass! 3 CDs PLUS a live DVD of Prince and the Revolution at the heighth of their powers in concert.
For the content and the price you cannot beat this package. Well done, Warner Bros.
Now, which classic Prince album is next for the deluxe release? My vote? Dirty Mind.