Friday, June 23, 2017

CD/DVD Review: New "Purple Rain" Deluxe Edition Collects All It Can From Prince

Finally the vault has opened. Since the death of Prince last year, fans have been patiently waiting to hear what Prince has kept in his musical vault. Rumors have swirled that there are full albums, live concerts and collaborations that have been professionally recorded and scrapped for more impulsive music. On June 23, we will get a new deluxe version of Prince's 80's soundtrack masterpiece "Purple Rain." It will be released through Warner Bros. Records and comes as a 3CD/DVD set, a 2CD set and a rare picture disc vinyl.
The first disc features the original 9-song soundtrack, remastered at Paisley Park back in 2015 and approved by Prince himself. The music in these songs sound so crisp and clear that you may even notice things within the songs that you may never have heard before. The chiming of the cymbals in "Take Me With You" and the amazingly forgotten guitar solo in "Computer Blue" stand out on this new remastered version of the album. The classic hits of "Let's Go Crazy" and "I Would Die 4 U" sound better than ever with a new polished feel and "Purple Rain" still burns with its timeless guitar solo.
Disc 2 is filled with what fans have been waiting to hear, as we get 11-tracks that were recorded for the album and the movie, but were never released until now. It kicks off with the high energy, 11-plus minute electronic, experimental/jam piece "The Dance Electric," while Prince's backing band, The Revolution lead the way on the funk-fueled "Love And Sex." Prince and the band expand upon "Computer Blue," pushing it past the 12-minute mark as Prince reads his "Hallway Speech" poetry. Prince steps away from the mic on the first half of "Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden," allowing his keyboardist Lisa Coleman to take the lead, before stepping back in for the second part of the song. The whole second disc is an undiscovered treasure of high-quality finished music that shows how much Prince had to offer early in his career, before this album made him a global sensation.
The 3rd disc consists of all of the B-sides and single edits that were released from this album. The popular hits like "When Doves Cry," "Let's Go Crazy" and "Purple Rain" appear here in their shortened, less well-known versions. The highlight of this disc is the inclusion of all of the B-sides that were only released on the original singles and have been sought after by fans ever since there release. Songs that have appeared as B-sides like "17 Days," "Erotic City" and "Another Lonely Christmas" have developed as classics in their own right. While most bands used throwaway tracks as B-sides, Prince's songs that he used for B-sides are just a good as the material he placed on the album.
The "Purple Rain" deluxe expanded edition also includes a DVD of Prince live at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY on March 30, 1985. The setlist for the show includes tracks from his current release at the time, plus old favorites like "Delirious," "1999" and "Little Red Corvette." To find out more about this new release of Prince's "Purple Rain" soundtrack, please visit

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