Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain (1984) [Deluxe Expanded Edition 2017] (Official Digital Download 24-bit/96 kHz)

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Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain (1984) [Deluxe Expanded Edition 2017] (Official Digital Download 24-bit/96 kHz)

Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain (1984) [Deluxe Expanded Edition 2017]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 198:31 minutes | 4,04 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

"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. The Deluxe Expanded edition contains another additional disc with all the Single edits, Maxi-single edits and B-sides from the "Purple Rain" era. This is Prince's final word on his definitive masterpiece.

Prince designed Purple Rain as the project that would make him a superstar, and, surprisingly, that is exactly what happened. Simultaneously more focused and ambitious than any of his previous records, Purple Rain finds Prince consolidating his funk and R&B roots while moving boldly into pop, rock, and heavy metal with nine superbly crafted songs. Even its best-known songs don't tread conventional territory: the bass-less "When Doves Cry" is an eerie, spare neo-psychedelic masterpiece; "Let's Go Crazy" is a furious blend of metallic guitars, Stonesy riffs, and a hard funk backbeat; the anthemic title track is a majestic ballad filled with brilliant guitar flourishes. Although Prince's songwriting is at a peak, the presence of the Revolution pulls the music into sharper focus, giving it a tougher, more aggressive edge. And, with the guidance of Wendy & Lisa, Prince pushed heavily into psychedelia, adding swirling strings to the dreamy "Take Me with U" and the hard rock of "Baby I'm a Star." Even with all of his new, but uncompromising, forays into pop, Prince hasn't abandoned funk, and the robotic jam of "Computer Blue" and the menacing grind of "Darling Nikki" are among his finest songs. Taken together, all of the stylistic experiments add up to a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever recorded.

Prince returned to Warner Bros. Records in 2014, inking a deal that guaranteed the release of new music as well as expanded reissues of his classic catalog. A 30th anniversary edition of Purple Rain was planned as the first of these reissues but it didn't materialize in 2014 or anytime soon afterward. The expanded Purple Rain didn't appear until June 2017, a little over a year after Prince's early death. It was the first major posthumous archival release and it offers plenty of treasures in its three CDs and accompanying DVD. First up, the proper album gets a needed remaster – it sounds fuller and livelier, not simply louder – and then the DVD is the first digital release of the home video Prince and the Revolution, Live at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, March 30, 1985, a concert from the tail end of the Purple Rain tour. The third disc rounds up all the singles and B-sides from Purple Rain, including 7" edits and 12" remixes, plus the essential flip sides "17 Days," "Erotic City," "God," and "Another Lonely Christmas." All of this material is welcome but previously released. The real finds are on the second disc, which rounds up ten outtakes from the Purple Rain sessions, adding the movie instrumental "Father's Song" – a moody variation on the "Computer Blue" guitar solo – for good measure. A few of these tracks were widely circulated on bootleg – "Wonderful Ass" in particular, but also "The Dance Electric," "Possessed," and "Electric Intercourse" – but there are several whose existence has only been rumored, including the nervy little "Velvet Kitty Cat" and "Katrina's Paper Dolls," which foreshadows the whimsy heard on Sign 'O' the Times. "Electric Intercourse," "Possessed," and "Our Destiny/Roadhouse Garden" were all played live by the Revolution but they're presented in their studio versions, which are primarily solo vehicles from Prince with some Wendy & Lisa vocals added to the mix. Most of the unreleased material consists of synth-heavy solo Prince cuts – the exception is a wonderful 12-minute version of "Computer Blue" featuring the full Revolution – and, because of this, the unreleased cuts feel like a bridge between 1999 and Purple Rain: it's so united in sound and sensibility, it almost feels like a lost album. If nothing on the Vault disc rivals either Purple Rain or its B-sides, thereby proving Prince's skills as an editor, it's still prime Prince – it's inventive, funky, strange, and playful. Having this music officially available feels like a gift.

Tracklist

DISC 1:
01 - Let's Go Crazy (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
02 - Take Me With U (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
03 - The Beautiful Ones (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
04 - Computer Blue (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
05 - Darling Nikki (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
06 - When Doves Cry (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
07 - I Would Die 4 U (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
08 - Baby I'm a Star (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
09 - Purple Rain (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)

DISC 2 - From the Vault & Previously Unreleased:
10 - The Dance Electric
11 - Love and Sex
12 - Computer Blue ("Hallway Speech" Version)
13 - Electric Intercourse (Studio Version)
14 - Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden
15 - Possessed
16 - Wonderful Ass
17 - Velvet Kitty Cat
18 - Katrina's Paper Dolls
19 - We Can Fuck
20 - Father's Song

DISC 3 - Single Edits & B-Sides:
21 - When Doves Cry (7" Single Edit)
22 - 17 Days (7" B-Side Edit)
23 - Let's Go Crazy (7" Single Edit)
24 - Let's Go Crazy (Special Dance Mix)
25 - Erotic City ("Let's Go Crazy" 7" B-Side Edit)
26 - Erotic City (Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive) [Extended Version]
27 - Purple Rain (7" Single Edit)
28 - God ("Purple Rain" 7" B-Side)
29 - God (Love Theme from Purple Rain) [U.K. 12" B-Side]
30 - Another Lonely Christmas ("I Would Die 4 U" 7" B-Side Edit)
31 - Another Lonely Christmas (Extended Version)
32 - I Would Die 4 U (7" Single Edit)
33 - I Would Die 4 U (Extended Version)
34 - Baby I'm a Star ("Take Me With U" 7" B-Side Edit)
35 - Take Me With U (7" Single Edit)

Analyzed: Prince & The Revolution / Purple Rain Deluxe (Expanded Edition) (1)
Prince / Purple Rain Deluxe (Expanded Edition) (2-6)
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 0.00 dB -12.38 dB 6:25 14-Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden
DR8 0.00 dB -8.82 dB 5:01 11-Love and Sex
DR9 0.00 dB -10.99 dB 12:19 12-Computer Blue ("Hallway Speech" Version)
DR10 0.00 dB -11.52 dB 2:43 17-Velvet Kitty Cat
DR9 0.00 dB -11.27 dB 3:30 18-Katrina's Paper Dolls
DR12 0.00 dB -14.05 dB 3:48 21-When Doves Cry (7" Single Edit)
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Number of tracks: 6
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1579 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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Analyzed: Prince & The Revolution / Purple Rain Deluxe (Expanded Edition) (1-23)
Prince / Purple Rain Deluxe (Expanded Edition) (24-29)
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR5 0.00 dB -7.51 dB 4:38 01-Let's Go Crazy (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
DR7 0.00 dB -8.64 dB 3:53 02-Take Me With U (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
DR6 0.00 dB -8.53 dB 5:13 03-The Beautiful Ones (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
DR7 0.00 dB -8.78 dB 3:59 04-Computer Blue (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
DR5 0.00 dB -7.66 dB 4:15 05-Darling Nikki (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
DR8 0.00 dB -9.55 dB 5:53 06-When Doves Cry (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
DR9 0.00 dB -10.35 dB 2:49 07-I Would Die 4 U (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
DR8 0.00 dB -8.76 dB 4:23 08-Baby I'm a Star (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
DR7 0.00 dB -9.24 dB 8:45 09-Purple Rain (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
DR11 0.00 dB -12.88 dB 3:56 22-17 Days (7" B-Side Edit)
DR10 0.00 dB -11.61 dB 3:48 23-Let's Go Crazy (7" Single Edit)
DR9 0.00 dB -11.34 dB 7:36 24-Let's Go Crazy (Special Dance Mix)
DR10 0.00 dB -11.02 dB 3:56 25-Erotic City ("Let's Go Crazy" 7" B-Side Edit)
DR10 0.00 dB -11.08 dB 7:24 26-Erotic City (Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive) [Extended Version]
DR11 0.00 dB -13.35 dB 4:05 27-Purple Rain (7" Single Edit)
DR11 -0.07 dB -14.71 dB 4:03 28-God ("Purple Rain" 7" B-Side)
DR10 0.00 dB -13.42 dB 7:58 29-God (Love Theme from Purple Rain) [U.K. 12" B-Side]
DR9 0.00 dB -11.09 dB 4:54 30-Another Lonely Christmas ("I Would Die 4 U" 7" B-Side Edit)
DR9 0.00 dB -11.74 dB 6:48 31-Another Lonely Christmas (Extended Version)
DR10 0.00 dB -11.49 dB 2:58 32-I Would Die 4 U (7" Single Edit)
DR9 0.00 dB -11.45 dB 10:18 33-I Would Die 4 U (Extended Version)
DR10 0.00 dB -11.12 dB 2:49 34-Baby I'm a Star ("Take Me With U" 7" B-Side Edit)
DR10 0.00 dB -12.08 dB 3:43 35-Take Me With U (7" Single Edit)
DR9 0.00 dB -10.37 dB 11:29 10-The Dance Electric
DR10 0.00 dB -12.34 dB 4:58 13-Electric Intercourse (Studio Version)
DR10 0.00 dB -11.56 dB 7:57 15-Possessed
DR9 0.00 dB -10.32 dB 6:27 16-Wonderful Ass
DR9 0.00 dB -11.28 dB 10:18 19-We Can Fuck
DR13 0.00 dB -15.37 dB 5:30 20-Father's Song
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Number of tracks: 29
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2798 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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