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Reissue of Prince's 'Purple Rain' with songs from his vault now on sale

Cover art for the new reissue of Prince and the Revolution’s “Purple Rain.” (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records)

CHANHASSEN, Minn.—More than two years after it was announced, and 14 months after Prince's death, the deluxe reissue of "Purple Rain" arrived in stores and online this past Friday, June 23.

It's important for two reasons. It marks the first time the landmark bestseller has been remastered since it was released in 1984, finally giving the nine tracks the benefit of decades worth of improvements in sonic technology. But what really has fans salivating is the 11-song bonus album, the first major dip into Prince's legendary vault.

Given the buildup, endless delays and towering stature of the original album, it's almost certain some listeners will shrug off the new tracks as inferior. And, to be sure, there's not another "Let's Go Crazy" here waiting to shoot to the top of the charts around the world. But with expectations properly adjusted, the "Purple Rain" reissue offers plenty of near-gems as well as intriguing detours and hints of what was to come later.

"Purple Rain" is available as a two-CD set, with the original album and bonus disc, as well as an expanded version that includes a third disc with edits, remixes and B-sides and a DVD that captures a Prince and the Revolution performance from March 1985.

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