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  • Artist(s): Prince
  • Summary: The remaster of the 1984 soundtrack overseen by Prince himself features 11 unreleased tracks, a disc of B-sides and single edits as well as a DVD of the March 1985 concert at Syracuse's Carrier Dome.
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  1. 100
    These unreleased tracks are a nice glimpse behind Prince’s purple curtain, and provide a tantalizing hint at the potential treasures that await us within his Vault. But a discerning ear will easily identify why these songs didn’t quite make the cut for the soundtrack and remained locked away for so long. ... The original Purple Rain soundtrack, however, still sounds fresh, vital, and impassioned.
  2. Jul 14, 2017
    100
    As good as the remaster sounds, the primary attraction of this edition is its second disc, 11 tracks from Prince’s vault of unreleased songs, all cut between 1983 to 1984. ... The vault tracks sound like fully-formed Prince songs—animated, vibrant, reflexive, fluid, almost vehicular in their design and velocity.
  3. Jul 14, 2017
    100
    The original nine tracks have all been remastered, sounding just as crisp and thumping as ever.
  4. 90
    Inevitably, some of the bonus tracks are duds. The Dance Electric is the kind of boxy, Huey Lewis-style synth-funk jam that Prince could churn out in his sleep, while Velvet Kitty Cat and Katrina’s Paper Dolls are twee, lightweight sketches. But overall, the extra material makes Purple Rain a richer, deeper, stranger and ruder album.
  5. The Wire
    Aug 9, 2017
    90
    The meat of the set almost certainly wouldn’t have been released if Prince were still with us. ... They add up to arguably the strongest new set of Prince recordings since Lovesexy. [Aug 2017, p.70]
  6. Uncut
    Jul 20, 2017
    90
    Purple Rain sounds incrementally more alive. [Sep 2017, p.51]
  7. Jul 21, 2017
    80
    While this release fails to be definitive, at least it’s a start for a discography that had been long neglected by its creator.

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  1. Oct 3, 2018
    10
    Prince had an ego the size of Jupiter, but he also had talent the size of Jupiter. What more can be said about The Artist?
  2. Jan 19, 2020
    10
    El mejor soundtrack de la historia, así es. Grande Prince, no te merecemos :"v
  3. Nov 28, 2020
    10
    I've never been so appreciative of music until I heard just how beautiful of a masterpiece the entire Purple Rain soundtrack and album is. TheI've never been so appreciative of music until I heard just how beautiful of a masterpiece the entire Purple Rain soundtrack and album is. The movie may have been weak, but the music made for it truly is god-tier. Expand
  4. Jul 24, 2017
    10
    This edition of Purple Rain is essential for any Prince fan, and is even a good pick up place for novices. The remastering is fine, and wasThis edition of Purple Rain is essential for any Prince fan, and is even a good pick up place for novices. The remastering is fine, and was even overseen by Prince himself before he passed. Much has been said about the album, and the quality of it, so I will pass on reviewing the original album, but I do enjoy the remastered audio. What makes this deluxe expanded edition worth the buy is the B-Sides / 12 inch mix disc, and the Unreleased "vault" material. B-Sides such as "Erotic City" and "17 Days" are 80s classics, and other B-Sides like "God" and "Another Lonely Christmas" are important in the narrative of Prince's music (and are both of great quality). The extended / 12 inch mixes are something to marvel over, and display Prince's top tier musicianship to the fullest. The long versions of "Let's Go Crazy" and "Erotic City" are the definitive cuts of the track, and the extended instrumental to "God (The Love Theme from Purple Rain)" is pure bliss. The "vault" disc is the disc with the most anticipation surrounding it, and it does not disappoint. Most Prince historians didn't even know their was a studio version of "Electric Intercourse", making it's inclusion in this package the most special, and it is my personal highlight of all the bonus material. All the other songs have been bootlegged in various qualities, but on this bonus disc, they have been remastered and sound better than they have on any of their bootlegs. Prince's original version of "The Dance Electric", the Lisa Coleman led "Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden", "Wonderful Ass", "Possessed", the original cut of "We Can F***" (before Prince released it years later as "We Can Funk"), the piano instrumental with that influenced "Computer Blue", "Father's Song", and the "Hallway Speech version" of the Purple Rain album track "Computer Blue" are the standouts of the "vault" CD. "Computer Blue Hallway Speech Version" is specifically interesting for those who only knew of the version from the album / movie. The other songs, "Love And Sex", "Velvet Kitty Cat", and "Katrina's Paper Dolls" sound like demos for his aspiring female artists (Apollonia 6, Vanity 6, Sheila E., etc.), and don't sound like completed songs like the other tracks on the album. The DVD included with this edition is also a great reminder of Prince's incredible stage presence. He commands his band with great precision, reminiscent of a James Brown blended with a Bruce Springsteen. His vocals are fantastic live, as is his guitar and piano playing. The encore of "Baby I'm A Star" and the 20-minute "Purple Rain" are the highlights of this DVD, displaying Prince's extreme skill as a band leader and a master of musical improvisation. The theatrics of the concert are peculiar, and sometimes feel to go overboard, but when he gets into the music, that is all forgotten. Overall this deluxe expanded edition of Purple Rain adds on to the masterpiece that is "Purple Rain" therefore making it a great reissue of the album. I would highly recommend this version for long time fans, Prince fanatics, and newcomers. Prince's recording history is so varied that some super fans might not feel that Prince's estate or whoever chose the best bonus cuts for the project, but every cut they chose, aside from the 7 inch edits, are all infamous in Prince's recording catalog, and all are deserving of inclusion on a reissue of this sort. 10/10 Expand