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Prince: Purple Rain (Deluxe Expanded Edition)

3-CD/1-DVD Deluxe Remastered Edition

By Eric AllenPublished 6 years ago 3 min read
(© NPG Records and Warner Bros. Records)

In 1984, Prince became a household name when his popularity soared into the stratosphere upon the release of his film debut and its accompanying soundtrack, Purple Rain. Eventually selling over 25 million copies to date, Prince’s sixth studio album concurrently served as a full-length release of new material as well as underscored his dramatic first appearance upon the silver screen.

Prince fans and the mainstream masses alike know the classic hits spawned from The Purple One’s seminal release by heart: “Let’s Go Crazy,” “When Doves Cry” and the epochal title track, all of which became staples of radio, MTV and Prince’s live repertoire. Now, 33 years later, we have reason to rejoice and revisit this stunning work of genius anew with the release of the remastered Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition.

This lengthened compilation contains the official 2015 Paisley Park Remaster from the original master tapes, which was supervised by Prince himself, and presents the historic soundtrack in an exhilarating new light. This is unequivocally the best Purple Rain has ever sounded and an immense enhancement over the original 1984 release. Additionally, the set includes a disc of 11 previously unreleased tracks from the fabled vault, as well as the B-sides, extended dance mixes and single edits from the era, and a 36-page booklet complete with liner notes and song lyrics.

However, this deluxe edition’s pièce de résistance is the first-ever DVD release of Prince and The Revolution: Live. This electrifying 2-hour performance was caught on film during the historic Purple Rain Tour and features Sheila E., Apollonia Kotero, plus, a scorching 18-minute rendition of “Purple Rain.”

This ultimate version of Purple Rain is not only an impressive collector’s item, but it is also Prince’s final vision of his definitive masterwork.

3-CD/1-DVD Deluxe Expanded Edition Tracklist:

Disc 1: Purple Rain (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)

  1. "Let’s Go Crazy"
  2. "Take Me With U"
  3. "The Beautiful Ones"
  4. "Computer Blue"
  5. "Darling Nikki"
  6. "When Doves Cry"
  7. "I Would Die 4 U"
  8. "Baby I’m A Star"
  9. "Purple Rain"

Disc 2: From the Vault & Previously Unreleased

  1. "The Dance Electric"
  2. "Love and Sex"
  3. "Computer Blue" (Extended “Hallway Speech” version)
  4. "Electric Intercourse" (studio version)
  5. "Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden"
  6. "Possessed" (1983 version)
  7. "Wonderful Ass"
  8. "Velvet Kitty Cat"
  9. "Katrina’s Paper Dolls"
  10. "We Can Fuck"
  11. "Father’s Song"

Disc 3: Single Edits, Extended Versions & B-sides

  1. "When Doves Cry" (edit)
  2. "17 Days"
  3. "Let’s Go Crazy" (edit)
  4. "Let’s Go Crazy" (Special Dance Mix)
  5. "Erotic City"
  6. "Erotic City" (Extended Dance Mix)
  7. "Purple Rain" (edit)
  8. "God"
  9. "God" (Love Theme from Purple Rain – U.K. 12-inch B-side)
  10. "Another Lonely Christmas"
  11. "Another Lonely Christmas" (extended version)
  12. "I Would Die 4 U" (edit)
  13. "I Would Die 4 U" (extended version)
  14. "Baby I’m A Star" (edit)
  15. "Take Me with U" (edit)

DVD: Prince and The Revolution, Live in Syracuse, New York, March 30, 1985

  1. "Let’s Go Crazy"
  2. "Delirious"
  3. "1999"
  4. "Little Red Corvette"
  5. "Take Me With U"
  6. "Do Me, Baby"
  7. "Irresistible Bitch"
  8. "Possessed"
  9. "How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?"
  10. "Let’s Pretend We’re Married"
  11. "International Lover"
  12. "God"
  13. "Computer Blue"
  14. "Darling Nikki"
  15. "The Beautiful Ones"
  16. "When Doves Cry"
  17. "I Would Die 4 U"
  18. "Baby I’m A Star"
  19. "Purple Rain"
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Eric Allen

I'm a music journalist, blogger and crate digger. I began writing about music during college and again as a freelancer. Links to my published pieces can be found on my music blog at: and/or follow me on Twitter:@popmartzoo

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