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Celebrate the Music of Prince with Purple Rain Reissues

Posted by Amoebite, May 16, 2017 04:37pm | Post a Comment

Prince Purple Rain Reissues

One of the greatest albums of all time (and the soundtrack to one of the best ever movies about music, too), Purple Rain, is getting reissued on June 23rd. Originally released in 1984, it's the first Prince album to feature his backing band, The Revolution. The following year, Purple Rain took home two Grammys -- one for Best Soundtrack and the other for Best Rock Performance -- as well as an Oscar for Best Original Song.This iconic album will be hitting shelves in four different versions, each of which offers something special. All four reissue versions are available to pre-order now on Amoeba.com and they'll ship FREE to the U.S.!

Here's why we're digging each one.

Prince Purple Rain


Purple Rain [Deluxe Edition] (2CD)

The Deluxe Edition is the baseline Purple Rain reissue of this batch, featuring (as do the other releases) tracks transferred from the Paisley Park stereo masters and remastered in 2015 by Bernie Grundman, the mastering engineer for the original LP. The second disc in this two-disc set includes a treasure trove full of previously unreleased tracks.

Purple Rain [Deluxe Expanded Edition] (3CD+DVD)

The Deluxe Expanded Edition (you guessed it) expands on the Deluxe Edition and includes the 2015 remastered Purple Rain and a second disc titled "From the Vault & Previously Unreleased" -- plus a third disc of Single Edits and B-sides of hits like "When Doves Cry," "Erotic City," "I Would Die 4 U," and a ton of other essential songs. There's also a live concert DVD of Prince and The Revolution Live At The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY on March 30th, 1985.

Prince Purple Rain Picture Disc VinylPurple Rain [Picture Disc] (LP)

The Purple Rain Picture Disc LP is simple and sweet, with a twist. It's the remastered Purple Rain on picture disc vinyl featuring the instantly recognizable art direction of Ed Thrasher. A must for any Prince fan who digs the ultra-suave, seductive Prince imagery as much as they do his boundary-pushing tunes.

Purple Rain [180 Gram Vinyl] (LP)

The sultry sounds of Prince are even better on crisp new 180-gram vinyl! This LP includes the 2015 Paisley Park remasters on one wax disc. You won't find any extras here, just classic Purple Rain in all its vinyl glory.

 

We're celebrating these new reissues with listening parties at all three stores on release day! Amoeba Berkeley and Amoeba San Francisco are starting the fun at 5pm and Amoeba Hollywood gets going at 6pm.

Purple Rain Listening Parties at Amoeba

 

Don't own Purple Rain the movie? It's available now on remastered Blu-ray (2016) and 2-disc 20th anniversary special edition DVD (2004).

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