Purple Rain [Deluxe Expanded Edition] [CD & DVD]

  • Artist: Prince and the Revolution
  • SKU: 5872707
  • Release Date: 06/23/2017
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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great selection of material not great mastering.

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    Olivethewonderdog
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    Prince worked on the re-master for "Purple Rain" prior to his death that doesn't, however, make this definitive edition. While the song selections and additional material is great, the mastering on the CD is very very poor by comparison to the previous vinyl and CD masterings. For fans of the original album, I would suggest the original CD mastering or even the 2014 vinyl remaster of the album as both are dynamic, powerful and work without cranking up the compression (imagine taking a delicious chocolate cake and using a stone to smash it down making it as thin as possible. Is it still the same cake? Yes. Does it taste the same? Not exactly--you can still taste the basic chocolate but the texture (which can be an important part of taste) and some of the other flavors get lost and the stone leaves a distinct flavor altering the taste--that's what massive compression does to music). The detail is fine on this (not a surprise given that compression pushes detail but damages the sound of the music in the process) and the selection of songs and packaging are great. I would give this set five stars for the content, packaging, etc. and 2 stars for the sound. with an average of three. If all you want is the music and don't care how it sounds, this is, by all means, the set for you. Otherwise, get the original vinyl for the album (or the earlier CD) and try and find the b-sides elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth It Just For Some Of The "New" Stuff!

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    MagicBendy
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    If you like Purple Rain and/or that era of Prince's music, you'll love this. This is a multi-disc set, starting with the full, remastered Purple Rain album from 1984. Let's talk about the new stuff: There are some 7" single versions of some songs that are already on the Purple Rain CD. In my opinion, there aren't enough differences in them to have justified including them, (particularly if anything else was possibly left out to make room for them); but they are enjoyable nonetheless. There are some other songs that have been previously available, though as B-sides and less widely distributed, (Erotic City, Another Lonely Christmas, etc.). It's nice to have them all in one place. "From the vault", there a few songs that, in my opinion, make it worth buying this set for them alone, let alone all the other great songs. "The Dance Electric", the long, "Hallway Speech" version of "Computer Blue", and "Father's Song", (which is a melody taken from "Computer Blue", slowed down and introduced by a very haunting piano), are excellent. I'm sad that I've lived without them theses 33 years since the 1984 release of "Purple Rain"! The final disc is a DVD. It's a full concert from March of 1985. It's okay. I've only watched it once so far. The video and sound quality aren't up to today's digital standards...but it's Prince and I'm glad to have it available to view. The only thing that could've made this more complete is if they included a DVD of the movie, too! Overall, an excellent collection. I'm glad to have some stuff from the vault, but I'd give it all back if we could still have Prince on the planet. Rest well, Prince. We miss U.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Classic with Extra Vault Material and More!

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    Galthelion
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    This album when released in 1984 began my lifetime appreciation of Prince and his music. Not much more can be said about the main disc of this 4-disc set, but the extras are well worth it. My VHS of the Syracuse concert is slowly fading away, so the concert disc alone is well worth it. The Single Edits/B-Sides disc is a nice addition, but one of the main selling points was the Vault material. I was surprised at the version of "Possessed" that was included, however most people would recognize it as it was played as an instrumental in the background during the film "Purple Rain". This disc also let me down just a little. "The Dance Electric" is missing the searing guitar portions as well as the voices of Wendy and Lisa (don't believe the liner notes because they have inaccuracies here and there). All-in-all, though, this is a must-have for Prince fans.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Purple Rain proves to be Purple Reign for Prince

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    audioviewz
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    I have been listening to this album first on cassette then CD since the release of "When Doves Cry". I purchased this 3 CD set with bonus DVD and what I thought I was listening to was taken up to a brand new level. The remastering is perfect for the songs so that they take on a warmer feel and probably alot closer to the original sound from the studio. The bonus two CDs are full of great material. Prince was constantly creating and these extras show a deeper involvement with the whole "world" of Purple Rain. The extended versions for dance clubs, etc are OK but the real meat and potatoes of this set is the DVD live in concert. Prince and the Revolution show a masterful performance on stage that was probably the pinnacle of the live music coming from the group. HIGHLY recommend this purchase!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    For the Prince Completist

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    CMeade
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    There is no shortage of music on this compilations. Four discs worth in fact. For Prince fans, the real treasure is the 3rd disc, which contains an album's worth of unreleased material. While Purple Rain is an iconic album, I'll assume any Prince fan already owns it, and the Disc 2 tracks were all released as B sides and collected on his Greatest Hits/B Sides collection from 1993, the 3rd disc is all new stuff, only available on bootleg before, and it's all up to his standards. The stuff he left out was better than what 99% of everyone else was releasing in the 80s Definitely recommended for any Prince fan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great stuff, even with my complaints

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    Dmdstrhalo
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    I always loved this album, and the second disc proves he *could* have given followed Purple Rain with a "Purple Rain 2" if he was so inclined, but that wasn't his style. The sounds found on the original are abundant on the extra tracks, its really a joy to hear more from such a great era. The DVD is about as good as the bootlegs going around, but I wonder if only so much can be done with video tape from 40 years ago. My ONLY real complaint is disc 3, which could have benefited from sequencing the disc so you wouldn't hear the same songs over and over going through their mixes. LIke, maybe hear the single edits first, then the remixes? Still, wonderful stuff.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition

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    Walterama
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    Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition is the must own 3 CD/1 DVD collection that Prince fans have been waiting for years. In addition to the original music album soundtrack, you have unreleased tracks, singles and special mix tracks, and The out of print 1985 concert show that is now available in 1 DVD. I was a bit disappointed that the blu-ray is not included in this set. Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition is now my favorite CD album and my favorite movie. Prince Reign Supreme at the movie and music

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A masterpiece is made even better!

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    mrowl4life
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    The remastering is excellent, the second disc of music from the vault is revelatory, the third disc of b-sides and remixes, while not essential, is fun nonetheless. The concert DVD is priceless but be warned this was 1984 to don't be expecting 2017 technology. (Also, there was a fantastic live video of "Take Me With U" which came out when the song was released as a single. The concert from which that clip was taken is NOT the concert released in this package. It might've been nice to have both concerts, but I don't even know if that other concert was filmed in its entirety.)

    I would recommend this to a friend



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