ATTENTION PRINCE FANS! The 1984 masterpiece Purple Rain has been given the royal treatment, with the album being released today in a few new formats: a beautiful, double-sided 12" picture disc, and a 2015 Paisley Park remastered version which Prince personally oversaw the production of. The latter comes in original packaging and poster. Both of these look (and sound) incredible. I know Prince's output extremely well, but I've never heard the album like this before. The remastering is insanely good.
There's also a super deluxe expanded version which features the remastered original album, 11 previously unreleased tracks from the Purple Rain era (these are really special), as well as 15 edited and b-side bonus tracks.
What's not to love about this album? The soundtrack to the film of the same name, it not only gave Prince the #1 album, single, and film in the world, it also turned him into a bonafide superstar.
Musically, it featured all the hallmarks of any other Prince album released up until that point (elements of funk, rock, soul, and R&B), but the tracks on here were radio-friendly pop songs which paved the way for mainstream success.
The track list on here is legendary - Lets Go Crazy, Take Me With U, The Beautiful Ones, Darling Nikki, Computer Blue, When Doves Cry, I Would Die 4 U, Baby I'm A Star, and Purple Rain make this a near perfect album.
These latest releases are definitely some of the best offerings from the Prince camp in a long time.