Prince / Purple Rain reissue / full details including four-disc expanded edition

4-disc expanded edition • 2CD deluxe • remastered • Prince-approved

NPG Records and Warner Bros. Records will release two expanded editions of Prince‘s 1984 album Purple Rain in late June, both of which contain a disc of unheard tracks from the late musician’s infamous ‘vault’.

The four-disc expanded edition and the two-CD deluxe both include the official 2015 Paisley Park Remaster of the album and From The Vault & Unreleased, a disc of sought after rarities, more than half of which “have never been released or distributed in the collector or bootleg community”.

These unheard tracks include Possessed – the ’83 Prince solo version; Electric Intercourse– the studio version not known to exist before it was discovered at Paisley Park; Father’s Song – a full, five plus minute version that prior to this fans could only find a minute and half snippet of in the movie; We Can Fuck – a track that has never circulated as the full, 10 minute version with these lyrics; and Katrina’s Paper Dolls – a finished master of the song, which has previously only circulated as a demo. All of the material is taken from the source and mastered by Bernie Grundman, the mastering engineer who worked on the original album.

The 3CD+DVD expanded edition adds a third disc of Single Edits & B-Sides, as well as the concert DVD Prince And The Revolution Live at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, March 30, 1985. Audio and video has been restored from the original production master tape, although there is no confirmation as to whether the sound is mixed at 5.1 surround, in addition to stereo. The DVD is region free.

Finally, a vinyl LP of the new Paisley Park remaster is being issued, although curiously, there is no word out the vinyl picture disc, noted by SDE last month. Indeed, this is still listed on Amazon Italy. It may have been cancelled – we’ll keep you informed.

Warners have provided no information on packaging or presentation right now, for either expanded edition, and we don’t know what kind of book/booklet, sleeve notes or annotations fans can enjoy (if any!). We are also left to wonder what happened to the “two incredible albums of previously unreleased Prince music and two complete concert films.” that Warner Bros. Records promised us back in February. On the positive side, the four-disc expanded set is a wallet-friendly £25 in the UK right now.

Purple Rain will be reissued on 23 June 2017.

Prince / Purple Rain vinyl LP remaster

Vinyl LP pre-order links:


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


Includes Disc One and Disc Two as from deluxe and adds:

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

Purple Rain Vinyl LP (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

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£19.99 delivered (no pun intended) at base.com

Frank Piehler

Just discovered on my Spotify Release Radar List that Disc 2 Track 5 Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden is available. Listened to it on my way to work without knowing what was on that list and recognized immediately that this was classical Purple-Rain-era Prince! Enjoy!

Aubtie Sabrina

Regarding the packaging, pledgemusic,com have the 3CD/DVD release as a digipak release

Charlie Waffles

WB dropped the ball on this release. My wish list would be able to see one disc devoted to the other groups that are featured in the movie. Every artist in the movie were on their A game at this point in time. Shame on you, WB Records.

boogie tonight

$24.80 pre order at Target.com I’m sure they don’t ship outside the states. ORDERED with my Target gift cards i had laying around. brought my total down to $8


yes, + they have the picture disk :)


looks to have dropped to £ 22.99 on amazon


Let’s face it – packaging aside – it’s a bargain for the equivalent 3 CD/ 1 DVD content of The Human League box set…


One of the few super deluxe editions where there was no need to pause and think “Is it really worth getting?” before hitting the ‘confirm purchase’ tab.


Now available at jpc.de for foreign customers (i.e. outside Germany) as well for EUR 23.


Just wanted to point out that it’s not only available for German customers anymore ;-)


I believe that if the alternates takes of Darling Nikki, Take Me With U or The Beautiful Ones are not on this release is because of two reasons :
1/ they may not have found the master tapes yet (remember the vault is a huge thing), or they couldn’t be properly restored / upgraded
2/ they save these for a future, larger release. The 2nd DVD have been postponed due to time restrictions for the remastering, but might compose a bigger release in the future. If we look at this release with Warner’s eyes, they sure have prefered to fill the CD with edits and b-sides than alternate takes that look, for most, very similar to the final release.

[…] of a vinyl picture disc edition of the new remaster of Prince‘s Purple Rain album as part of last week’s press release, that does indeed seem to be one of the formats available for fans to purchase. The picture disc […]


There has been no indication that the singles edits are being included at this cost of other outtakes, none at all.

Just because we know songs to exist doesnt mean they had any inclination to include them at any point.

Maybe the choices for cd3 to the compilers was single edits or nothing.

Kevin Henry

On my way to HMV on 23rd June.


Personally, I’m excepting a kind of box ‘à la’ Michael Jackson’s Bad 25.


I still think that we may see a bigger ‘super’ box set toward xmas with this ‘other’ live concert that was being put forth in the original press release as part of the package. However I will buy the 2 disc set as the Syracuse performance isn’t all that good apart from the phenomenal 18+ minute version of Purple Rain. I also feel that the Syracuse concert will get a stand alone release in the near future.


my view on the edits is i know there’s a lot more great unreleased material and there has been a fantastic opportunity to make a really outstanding release that would finally give fans the chance to hear great music in great quality. a mix of pure sonic upgrade for the hardcore fans, along with great tracks being heard for the first time to other fans. whilst superdeluxe editions aren’t aimed at the casual listener, i know that when they are on offer in stores they can be an appealing impulse buy. this set could have been chock full of amazing material that would have people raving about how great it was, about how great the unreleased music was, but it’s been let down by wasting space by including what is essentially shortened versions of tracks already on the set

i know there are some people who do appreciate edits on releases like this as it allows them to collect the versions in the best quality, but i think more people would be interested in either longer alternate unreleased versions, or different unreleased songs. on the second disc, i would say keeping the extended versions would be the right thing, but i’d remove the edits and include the exteded version of 17 days (and remove the released version), add the bassline version of when doves cry, add the purple rain demo with extra verse, add wednesday, the baby i’m a star demo and that would make a better disc

theres plenty of space on the first disc to add more so i’d add the b sides at the end of the album and a few outtakes and fill disc 2 with mostly unreleased alternate versions. the longer take me with u and beautiful ones, alternate darling nikki. disc 2 could have been an alternate version of the album with long / alternate versions of each track and electric intercourse and wednesday and father song at the end for example

Miguel Rocha

Very excited about this release, and looking forward to a 1999 deluxe edition also, but at this price I’m not expecting much in terms of packaging. As a best case scenario we’ll get something akin to the 20th and 25th anniversary Joshua Tree and Unforgettable Fire boxes, with the possibility of a small, hard back book. Worst case scenario, the Sony Legacy Editions, with a paper cd insert booklet. For this price that isn’t too bad, but still a major lost opportunity, and somewhat disappointing. Could have been fantastic with a remastered DVD/bluray of the film, the 1983 First Avenue Concert where much of the music made its debut, and a stunning book reflecting on this rich period in Prince’s career, all packaged in a 12×12 box with a variation of the poster that came with the original LP. Oh well.


YES! I totally agree. Some people moan for the sake of it.

The album remastered is great. The single edits and extended versions are a logical compliment – and great. The unreleased tracks are a gift!

So why the complaints?

If this was a 10 CD set and 5 DVDs people would still be moaning relentlessly.

Personally I don’t get it and in actual fact I’m beginning to get really bored with people moaning for the sake of moaning – over and over again – give it a break!

If you don’t like it then don’t buy it!!!


Rough cut

Why is everyone knocking the single edits? Even though I occasionally dip into the extended versions, I find the edits to be much more accessible.

The way this deluxe edition is set up is perfect to me, with each disc designed to serve a specific purpose. Other artists should be so lucky.

elliott buckingham

there is no need for single edits on this release as these are available on last years prince 4 ever release. what we need is a comprehensive 12″ collection I have most on original 12″ singles but a nice remastered cd would be welcome.


Several of the single edits for this album were not on the 4Ever compilation. They haven’t even been released on CD at all! So I, for one, welcome them on this release. And this release does include all the 12″ versions of the Purple Rain singles. So you got your wish in that respect. :)

Chris Squires

Has the deal alert widget bitten the dust? I hope not. it is the highlight of my working day when something good pops up…. It’s quite addictive.

Has it gone or just a glitch Paul?


Is there any reason why my post about this being cheaper on hmv has not been published Paul ?


I hate it when product mere less re-issues do not have BOTH the original year release on it as well as the re-issue year…of which it appears the “Purple Rain” picture disc does not have the re-issue year on it which between the two that should be on it…


Can a Prince super-fan advise on what got missed from this release? Are there a lot more tracks in the vault from these sessions?


There is too much to ever list.
However masses of material from this era has been bootlegs over the years, particularly outtakes and unreleased songs and the First Avenue concert used to record the ‘live’ tracks from Purple Rain.
There are many multiple versions of tracks; demos, different lyric versions and many lengthier versions.
Computer Blue has loads of different experimental versions with Wendy And Lisa.
It’s all out there and has been for years!


Clifton Montgomery

There are extended versions of Take Me With You (slightly longer) The Beautiful Ones (has some extra lyrics/verses) & Darling Nikki (instrumental section). There are a few more outtakes that are Purple Rain related, Wednesday being the main missing one. All Day, All Night is from that period too. There’s also a rumored extended version of 17 Days (supposedly Questlove has heard it). Truthfully, though many fans won’t admit it, this set is pretty good as is.

Randy Metro

Apologies if this was mentioned and I didn’t see it. I believe there are 3 versions of God: single edit, 12” or extended version , and instrumental.

Graham Turner

Randy, there are only two released versions:
1) God (Love Theme From Purple Rain) which is the instrumental version heard in the film (7:54)
2) God, aka God (Vocal) which is a re-recorded version with vocals (4:02).
The vocal version was the one that featured as the flip side to Purple Rain back in the day (on both 7″ and 12″) – except in the UK where the 12″ substituted this for the Instrumental track.


I always prefer hires music material. So I have preordered on qobuz.com now. The only drawback: the missing video. But as I do not own a DVD/Bluray player anyway…

Clifton Montgomery

There’s a sample video of Let’s Go Crazy from the ’83 gig that’s making the rounds which looks to be cleaned up and has substantially better audio, supposedly supporting that birdie’s claims.


I’m not sure what they sound like, but “Wonderful Ass”, “Velvet Kitty Cat”, “Katrina’s Paper Dolls” and “We Can Fuck” is possibly the best song title sequence I’ve ever seen. If civilisation ends tomorrow I will at least die with a smile on my face.


Great release at the price, which will hopefully translate into great sales- and then further deluxe Prince releases to follow. Its been a rough week for obvious reasons, but this release is a bit of sunshine to help cheer us Prince fans.

Already impatient for news of what follows next!


Later this year Warner will release the August ’83 First Avenue gig on a CD/DVD combo. That’s the show were the Purple Rain tracks were premiered, recorded and later ended up on the actual album. Warner couldn’t get this ready in time for inclusion in the box that will be released in June so it will be a seperate release later this year. Believe me. A little bird told me.

Ben Williams

If your birdie is telling the truth, then that is great news!


It would be awesome if that came with even more outtakes. (Now I’m getting greedy.)


It’s missing the unedited versions of Take Me With U, The Beautiful Oness, and Darlin Nikki. They could have dumped all the single edits and put them on that CD

Darren H

Then loads of people would have moaned about there being no single edits. Can’t win.


I’m one of those digital monkeys out there (sorry purists). Certainly for video, I’ve long since removed a DVD/bluray from the living room. The future is digital downloads/streaming for video so I very much hope there will be an iTunes/Amazon/whatever version of video content as things get released.


Don’t worry. We are sorry for you ;)


You came to the wrong place really


Macca, is that you?

David L



There have been excellent Prince 7″‘s and poor Prince 12″‘s over the years, we’d be moaning if the edits weren’t on this re-release. Ultimately the issues with this set aren’t with what is included but what is not, and the price is right for what IS there. Maybe a super deluxe will emerge in time for the 40th anniversary or there’ll be further outtake specific anthologies down the line…


I can only imagine this won’t be the last Purple Rain special edition…just the first. There is so much more that could be added to complete this release. Perhaps the income from this initial release will go towards the ‘real’ special edition once Warner Bros see the demand?

PS. What is the record for number of comments on SDE? :)


Phew. Ordered them al, couldn’t help myself after all this time!

So very excited, really. What a moment. And to be frank, an expanded deluxe, a remastered vinyl, a picture disc and four 12″ singles for under $190 with shipping to Australia is completely brilliant. Please please please let them arrive safely.

May U Live 2 C The Dawn!


Believe it when I see it.


Was hoping for a super deluxe version and TBH would have paid whatever they asked) but this will have to do.
Thanks for the update Paul, I love your website. It’s on my daily check.

Jim Edwards

I think I’ve just become a Tena Lady.


$32.98 on Amazon.com. Great price!

Clifton Montgomery

Also, for US customers, you can pre-order it on Amazon now, including the pic disc.


Your’e right. Great news. Thanks.

Clifton Montgomery

Someone asked: This is not the same as the Purple Rain remaster that came out in 2009 on vinyl. That one was done by Kevin Gray, released by Warner/Rhino. It’s still widely available.


The two releases are now up for pre-order on Amazon US as well.


The New Prince official site seems to have the LP Picture disc back up, (JPC cancelled my order a few weeks ago).
Only in $ right now so I will wait for a UK / euro site to show it.

The 4 disc set does seem like a bargain right now.


A bit off topic, sorry, but a Sheila E “Best Of” would be nice Warners if you’re watching… :)

Rough cut

This sounds like the greatest expansion ever.

Paul E.

Hey Paul – I this Region free – I pre-ordered and live in the U.S. Didn’t want to wait for Amazon U.S. to list it in fear the price would be more. Thanks in advance.


Any sign of a US Amazon presale link yet?


Copy for sale on eBay. It looks legit as well, with a barcode stickered sleeve.


Doug S.

Does anyone know if this is the same concert that was annoyingly shot in split screen that they broadcast on MTV back in the day or is it a different one?

Graham Turner

If I recall correctly, they use a mirror effect during ‘When Doves Cry’ (similar to the official promo video) that splits the image down the centre and reflects it on the other side – kind of like a Rorschach image. It’s only for that track, though.