The importance of timing in music relates to more than just tempo. For certain artists there seems to be a moment where the world conspires to create an opening for them to take their shot. The rare opportunity to make an album and integrated feature film came at a time when Prince somehow combined the freshness of a new discovery with the pedigree of an industry veterin. Purple Rain was the result of an artist looking over the event horizon of popular music and seeming to see everything at once. The album shifts effortlessly between styles and genres, between radio-friendly accessibility and brash experimentation, and yet you’d struggle to find an album with a more cohesive sound.
This reconception of Purple Rain restores the uncut singles and alternate versions of the album tracks against previously unreleased material like “G-Spot”, which was originally considered in-place of “Darling Nikki”, and “Electric Intercourse”, the epic ballad that acted as a placeholder for “Purple Rain”.
Let’s Go Crazy (Film Intro/ Special Dance Mix)
Take Me With U
G Spot (Guide Vocal)
Purple Rain Music Excerpt
The Beautiful Ones (Unreleased Alternate Version)
Computer Blue (Extended Hallway Speech)
Darling Nikki (Unreleased Alternate Version)
When Doves Cry (Remix)
I Would Die 4 U (12″ Version, Edited)
Baby I’m a Star
Purple Rain (Film Version)
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