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Variety reviews Prince’s Purple Rain reissue, calls it remarkably diverse


Warner Bros.The deluxe edition of Prince‘s iconic 1984 album Purple Rain, which includes two CDs — the original album, and a second CD of previously unreleased tracks — has been reviewed by Variety.  

The verdict?

The magazine calls the 30th anniversary disc “remarkably diverse,” and “compact and loaded with hits.” 

Fans can also expect the album to include a sound that’s much brighter than the original version — make sense, since it’s been remastered — with “tighter definition on a few previously obscured elements.” 

As for the previously unreleased tracks, Variety calls them a “mixed but satisfying bag.”  

The recently released “Electric Intercourse” is labeled an “aching synth-driven falsetto ballad similar but inferior to ‘The Beautiful Ones,'” while and another song titled “Father’s Song,” is “a lovely piano-driven instrumental.” 

In addition to the original album and the second CD of previously unreleased tracks, there’s also the Purple Rain Deluxe — Expanded Edition set, which includes the two Purple Rain Deluxe CDs, plus a third CD of single edits and B-sides.  

There’s also a DVD of Prince & The Revolution on his Purple Rain tour performing at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York, on March 30, 1985.  

Both Purple Rain Deluxe and Purple Rain Deluxe — Expanded Edition formats will be released June 23. 

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