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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.
Another highlight is the 12" version of I Would Die 4 U, which is a completely different recording of the song from the album version, featuring a combination of Prince, The Revolution, and Sheila E's backing band. Eric Leeds' David Sanborn wannabe alto sax playing gets a little old very quickly for my tastes, but I imagine other people will enjoy it just fine.
The DVD is a reissue of Prince And The Revolution Live, a concert video that was released in 1985, and until this release, had been unavailable for 3 decades. Shot at the Carrierdome in Syracuse NY, and originally broadcast live to Europe as part of a Rockpalast broadcast, this captures the band in full flight. It's not perfect, largely owing to some audio gaffes. Prince's guitar solos on the first couple songs are largely inaudible, as are Brown Mark's vocal at the start of 1999 (Brown Mark sings the part Dez Dickerson sang on the studio version). Also, there's some audio weirdness on the vocal during the first verse of Purple Rain itself. That's to be expected in a live TV broadcast, but one wonders why, if they were planning to release this show on home video (and they must have been, given how quickly the original VHS release came out), they could/should have made sure those anomalies were corrected by remixing the audio (of course, if they didn't think to run multi-track tape on the show, that would have been impossible).
But the performances mostly make up for the shortcomings. The band fires on all four cylinders throughout the entire concert. There's an interlude in the middle of the show where Prince sits down at a Yamaha CP-70 electric grand piano and does several songs, as well as short but silly "conversation with God" skit. But THE highlight of this recording is the 18 minute version of Purple Rain that closes the concert. Featuring three guitar solos from Prince that take up the majority of the performance, it's a tour de force proving once and for all how brilliant an axeslinger Prince was (and believe it or not, there are still people who don't realize Prince could hold his own against any of the top rock guitarists of that or any other era).
My only real complaint about the DVD is the lack of bonus features. I wish they had included the live videos for I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm A Star and Take Me With U that MTV aired at around the same time. The video version of Take Me With U in particular is worthy because unlike the Syracuse version, Prince plays another excellent guitar solo.
This definitely a worthy addition to the collection of any Prince fan.