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Prince / Purple Rain reissue unboxed

As we wait in anticipation of the Prince Purple Rain reissue, which is due on Friday this week, one lucky fan in America took delivery of his 3CD+DVD expanded edition from Best Buy yesterday! He immediately made an unboxing video (as you do) which will give SDE readers a feel for the packaging and presentation. Click ‘MORE’ to view the video…

Purple Rain is reissued on this Friday, 23 June 2017.

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Purple Rain 3CD+DVD expanded edition

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PURPLE RAIN DELUXE – EXPANDED EDITION (3CD+DVD)

Disc One:  Original Album (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)

  1. Let’s Go Crazy
  2. Take Me With U
  3. The Beautiful Ones
  4. Computer Blue
  5. Darling Nikki
  6. When Doves Cry
  7. I Would Die 4 U
  8. Baby I’m A Star
  9. Purple Rain

Disc Two:  From The Vault & Previously Unreleased

  1. The Dance Electric
  2.  Love And Sex
  3.  Computer Blue (“Hallway Speech” version)
  4.  Electric Intercourse (Studio)
  5.  Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden
  6.  Possessed (1983 version)
  7.  Wonderful Ass
  8.  Velvet Kitty Cat
  9.  Katrina’s Paper Dolls
  10. We Can Fuck
  11. Father’s Song

Disc Three:  Single Edits & B-Sides

  1.  When Doves Cry (edit)
  2. 17 Days
  3. Let’s Go Crazy (edit)
  4.  Let’s Go Crazy (Special Dance Mix)
  5.  Erotic City
  6.  Erotic City (“Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive”)
  7.  Purple Rain (edit)
  8.  God
  9.  God (Love Theme From Purple Rain)
  10. Another Lonely Christmas
  11. Another Lonely Christmas (extended version)
  12. I Would Die 4 U (edit)
  13. I Would Die 4 U (extended version)
  14. Baby I’m A Star (edit)
  15. Take Me With U (edit)

DVD:  Prince And The Revolution, Live at the Carrier Dome,  Syracuse, NY, March 30, 1985

  1. Let’s Go Crazy
  2. Delirious
  3. 1999
  4. Little Red Corvette
  5. Take Me With U
  6.  Do Me, Baby
  7.  Irresistible Bitch
  8.  Possessed
  9.  How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?
  10. Let’s Pretend We’re Married
  11. International Lover
  12. God
  13. Computer Blue
  14. Darling Nikki
  15. The Beautiful Ones
  16. When Doves Cry
  17. I Would Die 4 U
  18. Baby I’m A Star
  19.  Purple Rain

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124 responses to Prince / Purple Rain reissue unboxed

  1. RJS says:

    That spine is just waiting to get creased…! I hope mine from Amazon arrives with the spine intact. David Bowie’s three disc ‘Nothing Has Changed’ CD turned up with a ruined spine.

  2. Galley says:

    An actual Digipak would’ve been nice, but I should’ve known it’d be a cardboard sleeve.

  3. Auntie Sabrina says:

    I do not like this type of packaging, I don’t think it will last very long. The booklet looks very nice and of course the price of £20 for 4 discs is fantastic value.

  4. Piotr says:

    Not quite the same high standard as your videos Paul. I’ll never understand why people record videos with their phones vertically? Do they then rotate the TV vertically to watch the video on the full screen?

  5. baward says:

    Wow, nice looking package but I am constantly amazed that folk feel its more important to make an ‘unboxing/unwrapping’ video with their phone than to carefully handle their brand new CD/DVD/record.

  6. adam shaw says:

    Shame he didn’t clear the crumbs off the table before making his video !!!!

    • WILLIAM ENGLAND says:

      That’s a bit unfair – he got his copy early and went to the trouble of making an ‘unboxing’ video to share on this site – so come on, stop nitpicking – this site is getting very depressing for all the (unwarrented) negative comments….

  7. Rory says:

    The price is fantastic of course but the packaging is poor. It looks a bit rushed with the packaging (e.g. The disc design). I would rather have paid a bit extra for a more extensive booklet and nicer packaging, such can as a digibook/bookset (can’t go wrong with those) or one of the lift off boxes used by The Verve and Simple Minds. I certainly hope that when it comes to do Sign O The Times its a bit more like that – but then the packaging would be inconsistent, arghhh!

  8. CJ Feeney says:

    Utterly underwhelming packaging (apart from the nice silver foil). The album deserves much better than this.

  9. Francis says:

    Not keen on this thin type of packaging so that the spine and corners can get creased and bent and the discs scratched and finger marked due to being crammed in to pockets and especially when priced at £24.99 or being a popular artist such as Prince. I have just recently purchased the Super Deluxe of R.E.M’s “Out Of Time” for the same price and it is so much better with its 4 discs and hardback style packaging. For such a top selling album as “Purple Rain” I expected much more so am very disappointed, although I will be purchasing it to update the old standard CD version so as to get the extra tracks and DVD.

  10. David M says:

    Yes, nice video but please rotate phone next time so that more than a third of the screen is used.

  11. Francis says:

    Correction, I meant £19.99 (oops). Although, still expensive for the cheap style card packaging.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      For what you get, £19.99 isn’t expensive, although I totally agree that Warners should have done something far more impressive than this, packaging-wise.

      • RJS says:

        Money wise it’s a giveaway but I disagree about the packaging. A big box for the sake of a big box as is often the case nowadays is a storage nightmare. Even if it looks a bit flimsy, I’d opt for a gatefold cardboard sleeve or, better still, a flip-top cardboard box with mini LP type sleeves for the CDs.

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          I wasn’t arguing we needed a ‘big box’ but as was mentioned something like REM’s Out Of Time super deluxe would have been fine.

          • Larry Davis says:

            Actually, I have no problem with the packaging…I kinda prefer it because it doesn’t take up much room and will fit in my tower perfectly. If it’s not a bookbox (like T’Pau or Jethro Tull) or a 12 x 12 box with vinyl included (like the Ramones), I want them all to be this size (top to bottom) so it will fit perfectly next to my regular jewelcase-sized Prince CD’s like “The Hits/B-sides” in a section of my 400-CD spinnertower. The glossy silver packaging is a nice touch, has a nice peel-able sticker, and the booklet has lots of readable content. Great price, looks appealing, not unlike Sony’s Essential 3.0 series, and no prob with the pockets…glossy surfaces will not scratch the discs either. Sold. On sale at Target for $19.99!!

      • Paul E. says:

        @Mr. Sinclair- no chance this guy passed the interview to assist SDE with future unboxing videos! Thanks, of course, for the entertainment. I have two double CD jewel cases at the ready the second I perform autopsy to remove these discs from that egregious packaging. Looks like the DVD disc will go easiest with the booklet backing the playing surface to help slide it out [undamaged hopefully]- the other three discs are a crapshoot.

        • Larry Davis says:

          I would actually put the DVD inside the booklet, to give it extra protection, or you can put it in a paper sleeve. The new Foreigner “40” has an exclusive 3rd CD (live) at Walmart where there is no 3rd pocket for the 3rd CD…they combined it with the booklet in the same pocket…so I thought “no problem”, and took out a paper sleeve, placed live disc inside and envelope inside the booklet and then both inside the 3rd pocket. Will do the same with the Prince & 4th pocket.

        • Randy Metro says:

          I have a huge box of slimline jewel cases on standby for all these “non-conformer” releases. After I’ve read the booklets and admired the artwork a few times, they get sent to storage in Ziploc baggies; which are several xerox paper boxes upstairs. The 12 x 12 and 12 x 6 box sets end up in my library book case.

  12. Carlo70 says:

    Uhlalalala it looks gorgeous!!! In my opinion an hard card box would have been a better choise. For example Emi/Parlophone have done great job in the past for special edition, deluxe etc. I think that the guys at Warner have never had a particular ”good” taste for those king of things. Indeed, I think they don’t like anniversaries at all! See what they have done with Madonna’s first 3 albums expanded edition… ahahahahah… oh dear! I can’t wait to hear the unreleased tracks and I’m soo happy that it is REAL and not just another dream. So, let’s celabrate and go CRAZY guys.
    Ciao

  13. Graham Turner says:

    Looks nice enough for the price point. I’m resigned to waiting for a *proper* 40th Anniversary Edition down the line once (if!) the family/Estate can sort out all their issues. However, this will do me for the time being….

  14. Jack says:

    Just wish we could get the specs for the concert DVD. Is it PCM Stereo 2.0 or is there also a 5.1 option?

    It really did deserve better packaging. I love the silver foil and I think the discs look cool with the mirror look with the designs fits with the silver foil.

    Will be picking this up in store Friday at Best Buy.

  15. Ron de Joode says:

    I am more interested in the soundquality than in the quality of the packaging.

  16. Auntie Sabrina says:

    Fair point Ron de Joode, but if the discs get scuffed it will affect the sound too.

  17. Don says:

    The packaging looks pretty good even if it isn’t practical. The silver accents are nice and I love the fact that the insides of the sleeves are PURPLE! Also, the booklet looks to be around 32-36 pages, which is good, and I’m thrilled that there are images of all the single sleeves in there. I wish more deluxe editions had this. The artwork on the discs is super boring though. They should have recreated the WB vinyl labels.

  18. Rough cut says:

    I don’t think I have anything negative to say about this. All critisism seems to be nitpicking. Looks like a job from WB all around.

    • Paul E. says:

      @Rough cut – from my vantage, all I have now to comment on IS the physical product. Intentionally purchased in the best physical format offered by Warners. My immediate contention is with the subpar packaging: even if the discs are inserted without damage by the manufacturer, there’s a risk in removing them without scratching the media. It also makes storage rather tenuous since I’m not electing to put them back (ever) in their original packaging [using jewel cases for safe/long term storage].

  19. Luis says:

    Looks GREAT! And great content too. Some people complaining about everything (the packaging, the unboxing video, ALL) when this is a dream. Lots of unreleased stuff, thick booklet, the unreleased concert. Just enjoy the release :)

    • John says:

      Well said Luis, took the words right out my mouth… can’t wait to hear the unreleased tracks and watch the DVD. So many times these days with so-called deluxe editions you’re short changed with the content… whereas this has lots to look forward to. Some would argue there could’ve been more but I’m happy we’re getting as much as we are after waiting so long for it to materialise. Roll on Friday I say!!

  20. MINO says:

    The greatest and already said gift would be to have the remastered movie inside the package but let’s not complaint too much. The CD is almost out and it is already a small miracle!

    • boogie tonight says:

      The movie is currently on Blu Ray stand alone and also in the Prince Collection with UTCH and GB. No need to add it everyone should have it as a stand alone.

  21. Kauwgompie says:

    Im happy this set is not $110 like Paul McCartney’s 4 disc set of FITD. Same amount of discs and 5x or even 6x more expensive. Not to mention the quality of Prince’s work. Tastes differ but conventional wisdom has this as one of the best albums of the 80’s, if not THE best. Everything points to Warner trying to score a mega seller with this one. Yes, packaging is a bit flimsy but if you store it properly, it will be fine. I cannot wait to hear how the unreleased music is. Paul, please post a review of the music as soon as you can!!

  22. Don says:

    This set is so affordable that if you REALLLY want a pristine, untouched, unscratched copy you can just buy two copies and keep one sealed.

  23. Alan says:

    Just a shame Amazon.ca is gouging fans by selling this for $48.

  24. Darren Linklater says:

    Great job with regards to the content and overall design of the booklet but would have been so much better if they had spent another couple of pounds on a hardback book format like the excellent crowded house deluxe editions. Will still be getting this but can see the digipack getting torn with use unless I store the disks separately.
    If they had put this in a hardback book and retailed it for £22 everyone would be happy.

  25. Deborah says:

    HMV have already dispatched my copy today.

    • Neil says:

      You will get it next week then probably as i think HMV have a hired a snail to to do their deliveries lately.

      • SimonP says:

        I got a bit of a shock when I had an email from them saying my order had be refunded. Turned out it was only a three quid refund because the price had dropped between ordering and despatch.

  26. I’m relieved not to be forced to pay for a box I can’t store, and media I can’t play

    And the booklet stuff by Susan Rogers and the Revolution looks like exactly the sort of stuff I want to read

  27. carl says:

    Felt like i was spying on the unboxing through a crack in the door ,when will people turn their phone to landscape when filming ?
    Thanks all the same.

  28. tom m hans says:

    Personally I think that the Jethro Tull Remaster Books have set the bar very high for re-issues. Not only sound wise but storage wise as well. The Vangelis – Peter Gabriel – Sgt. Pepper 12″ by 12″ are a NIGHTMARE to shelf – personally I really lik t he 8.5″ by 8.5″ boxes for the Dylan sets the best.
    In regards to Sign O the times I hope that Crystal Ball will be re-issued to compile the Camille Record – maybe with the Black Album in a 12 by 12… lol – together with the tour flyer “wear something peach or black”. And the movie in blu-Ray – Be safe and enjoy Purple Rain.

    • Randy Metro says:

      My 12 x 12’s are stored on my library shelves. 12 x 12’s are great if they have a booklet. I can read the print; and pictures, ephemera, and single sleeves aren’t reduced to the size of a postage stamp. I could not imagine how my Elton John “To Be Continued…” or T.Rex Tanx/Zinc Alloy booklets would look if reduced to jewel case size.

      My Led Zep 12 x 12 booklet from the 1990 box set is still pristine and a great browse, while the booklet in their mini-sized cardboard 2CD boxset (the rest of Led Zep’s catalog) has totally fallen apart & can’t be repaired except with Scotch tape which would just look like crap.

  29. Jeffc says:

    Hi-Res version of expanded edition (24/44) on qobuz for 32 euros

  30. MusicFan says:

    If you are a fan or a collector, never treat your CDs like this! And always keep sticker that comes with the shrink wrap!

  31. Anthony says:

    Instead of including a DVD, they should have included a BD with the album in a 5.1 uncompressed mix, the concert, and the remastered videos from this album.

  32. Barry Grayshon says:

    The price of this set is very good @ £19.99. However, if “pocket” style sleeve storage is used then the discs should be protected with protective inner sleeves. Pulling them in and out of there won’t do them much good. I would have preferred a fold out digipak with plastic cases to house the CD’s to prevent scratches etc along the lines of the Superdeluxe Editions with the plastic slipcase. I know the content is one of the most important things, but so is ensuring your media is protected. Cheap card digipaks often end up with creases, especially on the spine, which can already be seen in the video, and cause disappointment for the consumer. A little bit more thought could have made this so much better, but I’m looking forward to it all the same.

  33. Mark says:

    For the price the packaging is just fine. I would have preferred a slipcase, but at this price, had no right to expect it. Content is king and we get a remaster of the album ( that has never been remastered BTW! ) a disc of unreleased songs and the single and extended versions of many tracks on the third disc. And of course the Live DVD. We could very easily have gotten only discs one and three for a similar price. The record company has given excellent value for money on this re-issue.

    And I love the look of the booklet. It seems to have extensive liner notes! I’d much rather have these than some old pictures!

  34. Mark says:

    This is a little off topic but I wonder if the packaging for the new pet shop boys re-issues could be similar to this?

  35. Sean says:

    I like the shiny background inside. Thanks for making the video!

  36. Michael Khalsa says:

    I wonder if it will include the part where if you played the vinyl backwards of the end of side 1 Prince saying “Hello, how are you? Fine fine ’cause I know that the Lord is coming soon Coming, coming soon.” I tried this & it does actually say that.

  37. Auntie Sabrina says:

    The concert was broadcast on TV, and could be bought on VHS and Lasedisc too. The sound could be uncompressed PCM. I doubt the picture is PAL though…

  38. Jason says:

    Love the unboxing videos you should do more

  39. Evert Baptist says:

    There would be no point in putting the concert on a Bluray, qualitywise. The show was filmed on Beta, which is impossible to remaster and clean up…

    • MusicFan says:

      Beta (BetaSP and DigiBeta) are all massively better than VHS and have better audio.

      These formats can be cleaned up with filters and would still require the space that a blu ray would offer.

  40. Auntie Sabrina says:

    There is also a 2 CD (discs 1 and 2 of the expanded version) for £12.99 in simillar packaging

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Purple-Rain-Deluxe-Prince/dp/B071DQNJVF/ref=tmm_acd_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1498040047&sr=1-1

  41. Andrea says:

    worst unboxing video EVER! :-)
    gave me a headache ;-))))

  42. boogie tonight says:

    Target only lists the 2CD on sale at $12.99 not the Expanded Package… its still listed at $24.89 unless the latest circular is out for next week.

    • Larry Davis says:

      it is…a friend of mine gets the fliers early and he told me the Prince deluxe was on sale $19.99 at Target.

      • Boogie Tonight says:

        Your friend told you wrong. It’s not 19,99 it’s the price i posted as listed on, the site. And it’s not even, listed on next week circular only this week’s 12.99 deluxe.

  43. Kent says:

    Just look at the catalogs of other classic acts (Hendrix, Zeppelin, Doors, Ramones, Queen, etc) – I’d bet money that this won’t be the last reissue of Purple Rain. Proper “box” set for the 35 anniversary? Limited edition steel case for the 40th? Once (If?) Prince’s back catalog rights are properly secured I expect reissue after reissue (after reissue…) of the same titles. Sigh.

  44. Jake T says:

    There is an appalling glitch on the intro of the unedited version of Erotic City. Great quality control, Warner…

    • Randy Metro says:

      I don’t have the physical edition just the download. I put the two versions of Erotic City into Audacity. I cut & pasted the correct intro from the 7” version onto the 12” version. A little bit of surgery and now my 12” is good to go unless the intros to both versions are not the same. Yeah, it’s obvious if you look at the waveform that there is a glitch. Possibly not even noticeable but since you had to point it out…

  45. prince's_left_knee_pad says:

    The main album is compressed to within an inch of its life – really terrible remaster. Now we know why it’s so cheap!

  46. Auntie Sabrina says:

    Oh dear, one if not the most anticipated releases of the year and it’s a big disapointment

  47. Jopla2 says:

    Just got mp3’s of the 3-cd set – it’s brickwalled pretty bad.

  48. Andrew Mogford says:

    The “Hallway speech” version of Computer Blue is missing 2 and a half minutes too.

    • Henry Watson says:

      there’s about 4 or so different versions of the longer Computer Blue that have circulated over the years – so not sure it’s completely fair to say there’s 2 1/2 minutes “missing”!

      • Graham Turner says:

        As Henry says, there’s a few different versions that document the evolution of Computer Blue. The longest (approx. 14:03) doesn’t actually contain the Hallway Speech at all and the difference in time is comprised of an extended section of (fairly unessential) guitar feedback at the end of the track.

        The version included here is the longest version that contains all elements of the song – including the ‘Hallway’ & ‘Righteous One’ speeches, before it was hacked away for the original Album version. As such, it makes sense that this is the alternate version WB have included – whether this was by choice or by virtue of being the one they had access too.

        IMHO, it’s one of the highlights of this new releases – so great to hear it in decent quality / at the right speed after all these years.

  49. Richard says:

    Just picked this up in Sainsburys for £17!

    Can’t really comment on the re-master as I have gone straight to the previously un-released disc. Will be grabbing the new vinyl issue in HMV later.

    Plenty of Ziggy & Hunky Dory gold vinyls in Sainsburys too!

  50. RJS says:

    Just streaming the 2015 remaster and it is, unfortunately, another victim of the loudness war.

  51. Eric M. says:

    I haven’t analyzed an actual waveform yet, but it doesn’t *sound* brickwalled to me. It may be a little loud, but that’s what they make the twiddly knobs for

    • Randy Metro says:

      It’s all brick-walled. You’ll have ear fatigue unless you play it at low volume. At my age, everything gets played at low vol. In fact, I prefer to have the TV muted most of the time.

      • Eric M. says:

        After listening in the car (where I have a fairly good Bose system, and where I have many times over the last year listened to the original ‘Purple Rain’ CD), I do have to give credence to the idea that the remaster could wear one’s ears down quickly — not necessarily because of its volume (although it is loud), but because of what sounds like very odd, unnaturally boosted high end frequencies.

        I am going to do some A/B’ing with the original CD later tonight, but for now, my perception is that some gratuitous EQ-tweaking has gone on at the (new) mastering stage. I just don’t feel like all that background percussion and sizzle is living as loudly on the master tape — and if it is, then maybe that’s one thing they should have tried to downplay. The “s” sounds in the vocals on “Take Me With U”, for instance, are distracting to say the least. Listening to that track is not unlike when I have used GoldWave to try and amateurishly re-EQ things in the past, and the end result was that the limiter did “too much”.

        It struck me as I was listening to the album remaster today in all of its harsh brightness that as much as we make of how the old masters of albums we love need to be “restored” (for lack of a better term), we also need to remember that engineers and producers and artists at the time also were well aware of the limitations of the studio technology they were working with, and knew that some frequencies/instruments/sound effects would end up losing their clarity and presence in the “dumping down” to vinyl, CD, etc. — So, It’s hard to know, listening back to the old versions in 2017, whether or not they even meant for every single electronic percussion tic and every bit of air to be heard clearly, or if they were in essence, compensating for the limitations of their then-modern equipment to achieve the desired effect they ultimately (mostly) achieved in 1984.

        I know. I’m rambling. But I just really feel like there is something very off-balance tonally here on the new version. I think I may end up preferring the original, or the 2009 Japan reissue, which appears to have been re-EQ’ed a little.

        I do appreciate that this deluxe package exists, and I will say discs 2 and 3 sound superior to the album remaster somehow. I hope it grows on me.

        • Stephen says:

          I enjoyed your ramblings and think you’re spot on. It is a shame about the 12″ version of erotic city’s intro but luckily I have this on vinyl and cd single. It’s still worth having for the vaults/previously unreleased tracks. I probably would’ve paid £20 for a bad bootleg copy of these when I was a teenager!

          • Eric M. says:

            Thanks – and my 20-year-old self would have definitely gone into cardiac arrest if presented with this release! I hope they keep coming.

  52. Luis says:

    I think the remastering is quite GOOD. Much better that I expected. And much needed.

    Is it loud? Yes. Does is sound good? YES.

    You don’t like it? Fine, go listen to the original album instead (good luck doing that on your mobile or any portable device).

    Now we need all of his 80s albums treated this way! :-) Imagine “Sign ‘O’ The Times” finally remastered.

    • RJS says:

      “Imagine “Sign ‘O’ The Times” finally remastered”

      No thanks. This whole remastering malarkey is just a record industry con to keep mug punters buying the same music over and over.

      • Luis says:

        “Imagine “Sign ‘O’ The Times” finally remastered”

        “No thanks. This whole remastering malarkey is just a record industry con to keep mug punters buying the same music over and over.”

        Sorry but I don’t agree. Times and ways of listening to music change. What sounded great on vinyl in 1984 maybe is not the best for the digital age. Even “SOTT” was great on vinyl but not so great on CD. There are millions of people listening now on Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music so the remastering is needed in some cases.

        Listening to “SOTT” on digital is painful, levels are all over the place… not a great experience – and it’s a great album. Imagine a 15 year old discovering it and thinking “it sounds bad”. And don’t tell him/her to go find the 1987 vinyl to appreciate it!

        • RJS says:

          “Imagine a 15 year old discovering it”

          Remasters are not manufactured and marketed for 15 years olds. The vast majority of teenagers have been bought up listening to loud music on mobile devices and are not audiophiles much like, I suspect, the vast majority of Spotify customers aren’t either!

          • Luis says:

            Yes they are, because they’re aimed to please the general market -> as many people as possible.

            That’s way levels are pumped up to match the rest of the current releases. Millions of people use playlists nowadays.

            A lot of teenagers discovered Michael Jackson after his death and a lot of stuff is done to preserve his legacy. Prince’s catalogue deserves the same.

            And again, you can always go and listen to the original masters :-) They will always be there.

          • Randy Metro says:

            What doesn’t sound good to my 60 year old ears is the new Killers’ single, The Man. I thought it was a bad rip, so I downloaded from another source and it still sounds like something is wrong with the recording. I’m not about to fiddle with my equalizer settings for one song.

    • Eric M. says:

      Actually, I do find the original CD (transferred to MP3) to sound excellent on headphones if you give it a tiny bass boost and hit the up button on the volume a couple times. You should try it before you knock it ;-)

  53. Strawdog says:

    So, the results are in – it looks like it has indeed been brick-walled (at least compared to the original CD, which often has 4/5 db more of range):

    http://dr.loudness-war.info/album/list?artist=&album=Purple+Rain

  54. John says:

    I’m loving “Possessed”… what a tune!

  55. Auntie Sabrina says:

    Maybe their ought to be at least 2 types of remastering, one for CD and one for streaming or downloads…

  56. Luis says:

    “Mastered for iTunes” just means the record company/artist provides iTunes with the original 24-bit 96kHz master files, instead of the usual 16-bit masters. Then, iTunes converts from the highest quality files.

    The physical editions and the digital editions all come from the same master, “Mastered for iTunes” is just a tag.

  57. Matt NYC says:

    Somewhat off-topic. Is this the worst Prince lyric of all time (or just this album)?

    Every time I comb my hair
    Thoughts of you get in my eyes
    You’re a sinner, I don’t care
    I just want your creamy thighs

  58. elliott buckingham says:

    the dvd looks and sounds awful. might look better on a crt tv but on a hd set its virtually unwatchable

  59. Robbert says:

    Got em all today: pic disc, vinyl and box-set. You only live once!

  60. Andrew M says:

    I just can’t believe someone is judging whether a remaster is brickwalled by streaming an MP3!

  61. Morgan says:

    Bernie Grundman did a fine job mastering the original

    This certainly an album I never felt was in desperate need of attention on the mastering front

    to put things in perspective

    1984 CD
    DR11 0.00 dB -14.48 dB 4:40 01-Let’s Go Crazy
    DR12 -0.03 dB -15.48 dB 3:54 02-Take Me With U
    DR12 0.00 dB -16.42 dB 5:14 03-The Beautiful Ones
    DR13 -0.04 dB -16.72 dB 4:00 04-Computer Blue
    DR11 0.00 dB -14.42 dB 4:15 05-Darling Nikki
    DR15 0.00 dB -16.57 dB 5:54 06-When Doves Cry
    DR15 0.00 dB -17.38 dB 2:49 07-I Would Die 4 U
    DR12 0.00 dB -13.36 dB 4:25 08-Baby I’m A Star
    DR14 0.00 dB -17.33 dB 8:42 09-Purple Rain

    2017 24/96 HDTracks
    DR5 0.00 dB -7.51 dB 4:38 01-Let’s Go Crazy (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
    DR7 0.00 dB -8.64 dB 3:53 02-Take Me With U (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
    DR6 0.00 dB -8.53 dB 5:13 03-The Beautiful Ones (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
    DR7 0.00 dB -8.78 dB 3:59 04-Computer Blue (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
    DR5 0.00 dB -7.66 dB 4:15 05-Darling Nikki (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
    DR8 0.00 dB -9.55 dB 5:53 06-When Doves Cry (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
    DR9 0.00 dB -10.35 dB 2:49 07-I Would Die 4 U (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
    DR8 0.00 dB -8.76 dB 4:23 08-Baby I’m a Star (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
    DR7 0.00 dB -9.24 dB 8:45 09-Purple Rain (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)

    I havent heard the remaster but dont hold out a lot of hope of enjoying it as I’m not fond of highly compressed remasters. Do note CD2 and CD3 appear to be less compressed.

  62. cdmaniac says:

    My corner is a little crumpled!
    The metallic sleeve isn’t my favorite

  63. Phil Wilson says:

    I have read about a glitch on the long version of Erotic City, at the beginning. Is this the sound in the first second as I recall this being on the import maxi single CD I had some years ago. Can anyone point out where this glitch is as I may have missed it?

    • Eric M. says:

      I believe what is being referred to it is just the little “fry”/loose wire sound in the first synth sound before the drums come in. I have never noticed it on the old maxi CD, but it could be there. Could be there on the 12” for all I know. I probably wouldn’t have noticed it now if not for it being pointed out. Definitely sounds like it could be an analog problem, not unique to the new mastering.

  64. Auntie Sabrina says:

    CDs and downloads have different nitrates and sampling rates too. I do think some CDs from years ago still sound really good. Times, technology and listening tastes change too. Louder is not always better to these old ears.

  65. Neil Wilkes says:

    Very disappointed with this.
    On the main album itself, the mastering to me is very toppy – I checked against a vinyl copy & the vinyl is nowhere near as bright & hard to listen to. Unreleased material or not, this is going back. Now if only I can discover what Amazon I bought it from – would have been the cheapest link from here on announcement.

  66. DavidTW says:

    I got mine from Amazon yesterday, and while it looks lovely, I agree with the general view that the CDs getting scuffed on removal and insertion is very likely. It’s a really tight fit. On the plus side, mine arrived in perfect condition, with no spine damage or anything. The DVD came out easily with the booklet; I immediately placed it inside the booklet for better protection. And of course I removed the sticker from the shrinkwrap and placed it in as inconspicuous a place as possible on the actual packaging. For £17, it really is unbeatable value. And of course, with Autorip, you always have a backup of the CDs, if not the DVD.

  67. Danny Graydon says:

    I have to say I am utterly thrilled with this. I shelled out £195 for both the Beatles and U2 boxes – which I certainly don’t regret – but, in truth, this Purple Rain set is amazing value for what you get: a mere £17 for a remastered classic, two discs of rarities / vault material and an entire concert from the period… you can’t argue with that. Great and informative liner notes too. Very happy to have this in the collection…

  68. colin says:

    This was £24.99 (then soon after price dropped to £19.99) when I pre-ordered PR Deluxe 3CD/DVD. Mine arrived in the post this morning and also had an email today telling me I have had a refund of the amount extra I paid. So I have paid the £17 (price on release day) and the price that the set is listed at now. Excellent service from Amazon. Also had the free MP3 rip too! HAPPY ‘Purple’ DAYS! The digi pack packaging does look a little ‘squashed’ in the shrink wrap, but the spine is fine and intact! The MP3 audio sounds pretty decent I have to say! Buy, you will not regret it!

  69. colin says:

    Listening to the autorip now. It is a mahoosive 3 Hours and 18 Minutes on the 3 Discs. VFM for sure!

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