Album: Purple Rain Deluxe

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Purple Rain Deluxe (Expanded) Edition

Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition album artwork

Album details

Released: 23 June 2017
Length: 43:54 + 76:47 + 78:45 + 108:18 (DVD)
Label(s): Warner Bros. Records
Studio(s): Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA; The Warehouse, St. Louis Park, MN, USA; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA; Record Plant Remote - Mobile Truck (from New York, NY in Minneapolis, MN USA) at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA; Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, MN, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards

Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: 23 Jun. 2017 18 6 (days)
Canada: 23 Jun. 2017 20 22 (days)
Brazil: 23 Jun. 2017 25 4 (days)
Australia: 23 Jun. 2017 12 7 (days)
UK: 23 Jun. 2017 19 6 (days)
Germany: 23 Jun. 2017 57 36 (days)
France: 23 Jun. 2017 12 8 (days)
Spain: 23 Jun. 2017 3 25 (days)
Italy: 26 Aug. 2014 19 7 (days)
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Canada: Billboard Canadian Albums 100 15 Jul. 2017 12 2
USA: Billboard 200 15 Jul. 2017 4 8
USA: Billboard Top Album Sales 100 15 Jul. 2017 3 7
USA: Billboard Catalog Albums 50 15 Jul. 2017 1(2) 5
USA: Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 50 15 Jul. 2017 3 4
USA: Billboard R&B Albums 25 15 Jul. 2017 1(1) 16
USA: Billboard Digital Albums 25 15 Jul. 2017 5 1
USA: Billboard Vinyl Albums 25 15 Jul. 2017 1(1) 7
USA: Billboard Tastemaker Albums 25 15 Jul. 2017 1(2) 7
USA: Billboard Movie Soundtracks 25 15 Jul. 2017 1(1) 3
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Austria: Austria Albums Top 75 7 Jul. 2017 9 2
Belgium: Ultratop 200 Flanders 1 Jul. 2017 4 8
Belgium: Ultratop 200 Wallonia 1 Jul. 2017 13 6
Denmark: IFPI Hitlisten Vinyl Top 40 Week 26/2017 20 1
Germany: Offizielle Deutsche Top 100 Album Charts 30 June 2017 18 1
Hungary: Magyar Slágerlisták Top 40 Albums 29 Jun. 2017 33 2
Ireland: IRMA ChartTrack Top 100 Albums 30 Jun. 2017 14 2
Italy: FIMI Classifiche Album 100 1 Dec. 2016 13 1
The Netherlands: Album Top 100 1 Jul. 2017 3 5
The Netherlands: Dutch Albums Vinyl 33 1 Jul. 2017 2 4
Norway: VG-Lista Topp 40 Albums Week 26/2017 34 1
Portugal: AFP Portugal Albums Top 30 Week 26/2017 22 2
Spain: ProMusicae Top 100 Albumes 29 Jun. 2017 13 10
Switzerland: Schweizer Hitparade 100 2 Jul. 2017 12 4
U.K: Official Albums Chart Top 100 7 Jul. 2017 7 3
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Japan: ORICON CDアルバム Albums 3 Jul. 2017 11 6
Japan: ORICON 洋楽アルバム World Albums 3 Jul. 2017 4 4
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Australia: ARIA Top 50 Albums 9 Jul. 2017 13 2
New Zealand: NZ Top 40 Albums Chart 3 Jul. 2017 29 1
This album has not received any certifications in the USA
This album has not received any awards in the USA

Singles released

See also

Purple Rain
Purple Rain
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Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition is an elaborated remastered re-issue of Prince’s best known, sixth full-length studio album Purple Rain (the motion picture soundtrack to the movie Purple Rain) and the second official posthoumous release.

In the 2CD version Deluxe Edition the remastered original album is augmented with a From The Vault & Previously Unreleased disc with eleven previously unreleased songs or versions, recorded between April 1983 and September 1984.

The more elaborate Deluxe Expanded Edition has third disc Single Edits & B-Sides with b-sides, extended versions and edits from the Purple Rain era as well as a DVD release of the concert Prince and the Revolution gave on 30 March 1985 in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, USA, which was previously released on video Prince And The Revolution: Live VHS/laserdisc.

Sessions and compiling

See Purple Rain for details on recording of the nine original tracks.

The original album was remastered at Paisley Park Studios in 2015, overseen by Prince. Originally a remastered edition was already expected and (at some point) planned to be released in 2014, when in April of that year Warner Bros. announced they signed a deal with Prince for a new album or album(s) by Prince to be released through them. At the same time it was announced a 30-year anniversary of Purple Rain was in the making.

After the end of 2014, with the momentum gone, the impression was that this re-issue would not come to fruition after all. But with its release in 2017 it became clear the original album was in fact remastered at Paisley Park Studios in 2015, said to be done under Prince’s supervision, which would have been too late for a timely 30-year anniversary release.

The second disc, From The Vault & Previously Unreleased, contains material purportedly from the sessions of the original Purple Rain album, although in fact some songs were never considered for the Purple Rain album, or are even from sessions that took place after the original album’s release.

  • Love And Sex is from February 1984 and was recorded by Prince alone at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California. The title was in fact found on a handwritten sequence for the album, although it was crossed out on there and was likely never seriously considered to be featured on the album.
  • Computer Blue from August 1983 is the full take of the song on Purple Rain, which was then edited down to accommodate the inclusion of Take Me With U on the original album. This version was dubbed “Hallway Speech” version by fans, to indicate it includes a segment where Prince relates a story of a man living in a mansion, escorting a woman to his bedroom, naming the hallways after emotions including lust, fear, insecurity, hate and pain as they pass them. Oddly, the unofficial “Hallway Speech” name is also attributed to the track on this release. There is an even longer, over 14-minute version of the track, but the extra length in that comes from the “crashing guitar-feedback” sounds at the end (on the released original version segueing into Darling Nikki), running for two more minutes.
  • Our Destiny and Roadhouse Garden, segued together as one track were never considered for Purple Rain, as the album’s release date in June 1984 conflicts with the recording of these songs. They were played live together at a 7 June 1984 birthday show, but were initially worked on in the studio as separate tracks. Our Destiny was recorded by Prince alone in early June 1984. But the version here uses the basic tracks recorded on 7 June 1984, albeit seemingly overdubbed so extensively that elements of the live version are very hard to distinguish. Overdubs, including a string and horn section on Our Destiny were done at Sunset Sound in September 1984, when the lead vox by Lisa Coleman (who is not credited for singing lead on the version here) was also recorded. The version of Roadhouse Garden used here was cut from scratch in the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse studio in June and was among the first songs recorded there.
  • Possessed is the version recorded in March 1984 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California. Part of this 1984 version can be heard as an instrumental in the movie Purple Rain. An earlier version was recorded in 1983 at The Warehouse in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. The track on this release is incorrectly attributed to be the 1983 version.
  • Wonderful Ass dates from November 1982 and was recorded at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen. The song was written about Vanity and while it may have been considered for the movie at some point, it never made it to any configuration, possibly in part due to the fact Vanity left the Prince camp and would no longer be in the movie. The liner notes attribute this song as being from September 1984, but this seems to indicate the time Wendy & Lisa recorded overdubs onto the song.
  • Initially recorded in April 1983, Velvet Kitty Cat was originally created for Vanity 6’s second album and later also considered for the Apollonia 6 album, but was never placed on any Purple Rain configuration. In May 1985 Prince re-recorded the track from scratch, making it a more rock-a-billy style vamp, but the version here is the original 1983 recording.
  • Katrina’s Paper Dolls is another song that might have been written with Vanity in mind (Vanity’s real name was Denise Katrina Matthews). It was likely recorded on 1 March 1983 in Chicago, IL while on the road on the 1999 Tour. It is not known if it was ever linked to, or considered for the film.
  • The last track Father’s Song is an instrumental, the motive of which can be heard as a melody in Computer Blue. The recording here is a solo recording by Prince from late October 1983 at Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen. Part of the song can also be heard in the movie Purple Rain, where Prince’s character "The Kid" storms in the house looking for his father and finds him playing the song on piano, although that is a different recording.


Although no true singles were issued, Electric Intercourse was released as a “digital single” ahead of the album on 28 April 2017. On 12 May it was followed by a 'digital single' of Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden. And on 16 June 2017 Father’s Song was released as a last download ahead of the album.


The album reached number 3 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and number 4 on the The Billboard 200.


Certification for this Deluxe edition will be noted as if it were a new release and not linked to the certification of Purple Rain.

Track listing
CD Vinyl

Original Album (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)

  1. Let’s Go Crazy (4:39)
  2. Take Me With U (3:54)
  3. The Beautiful Ones (5:13)
  4. Computer Blue (3:59) 1 
  5. Darling Nikki (4:13)
  6. When Doves Cry (5:52)
  7. I Would Die 4 U (2:51)
  8. Baby I’m A Star (4:20)
  9. Purple Rain (8:41)

From The Vault & Previously Unreleased

  1. The Dance Electric (11:29)
  2. Love And Sex (5:00)
  3. Computer Blue (“Hallway Speech” Version) (12:18) 1 
  4. Electric Intercourse (Studio Version) (4:57)
  5. Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden (6:25)
  6. Possessed (7:56)
  7. Wonderful Ass (6:24) 2 
  8. Velvet Kitty Cat (2:42)
  9. Katrina’s Paper Dolls (3:30)
  10. We Can F**k (10:17)
  11. Father’s Song (5:30) 3 

Single Edits & B-Sides

  1. When Doves Cry (7" Single Edit) (3:49)
  2. 17 Days (B-Side Edit) (3:58) 4 
  3. Let’s Go Crazy (7" Single Edit) (3:49)
  4. Let’s Go Crazy (Special Dance Mix) (7:36)
  5. Erotic City (7" B-Side Edit) (3:57)
  6. Erotic City ("Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive") (7:25)
  7. Purple Rain (7" Single Edit) (4:08)
  8. God (7" B-Side Edit) (4:04)
  9. God (Love Theme From Purple Rain) (UK 12" B-Side Edit) (7:57)
  10. Another Lonely Christmas (7" B-Side Edit) (4:56)
  11. Another Lonely Christmas (Extended Version) (6:52)
  12. I Would Die 4 U (7" Single Edit) (2:59)
  13. I Would Die 4 U (7" Single Extended Version) (10:20)
  14. Baby I’m A Star (7" B-Side Edit) (2:52)
  15. Take Me With U (7" Single Edit) (3:43)

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

  1. Let’s Go Crazy (6:03)
  2. Delirious (2:51)
  3. 1999 (5:51)
  4. Little Red Corvette (3:38)
  5. Take Me With U (4:56)
  6. "Interlude" (6:46) 5 (unlisted)
  7. Do Me, Baby (2:00) 6 
  8. Irresistible Bitch (1:53)
  9. Possessed (4:24)
  10. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore (5:10)
  11. Let’s Pretend We’re Married (4:19)
  12. International Lover (1:49)
  13. God (7:43)
  14. Computer Blue (4:27) 1 
  15. Darling Nikki (5:01)
  16. The Beautiful Ones (5:17)
  17. When Doves Cry (9:29)
  18. I Would Die 4 U (3:26)
  19. Baby I’m A Star (10:56)
  20. Purple Rain (19:24)
  • Side 1:
  1. Let’s Go Crazy (4:39)
  2. Take Me With U (3:54)
  3. The Beautiful Ones (5:13)
  4. Computer Blue (3:59) 1 
  5. Darling Nikki (4:13)
  • Side 2:
  1. When Doves Cry (5:52)
  2. I Would Die 4 U (2:51)
  3. Baby I’m A Star (4:20)
  4. Purple Rain (8:41)

All songs written by Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution) except where noted.

1  Written by John L. Nelson, Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin and Prince
2  Written by Prince and Jill Jones (lyrics), Prince (music) (credited to Prince)
3  Written by John L. Nelson and Prince
4  Written by Prince, Lisa Coleman, Dr. Fink, Wendy Melvoin (credited to Prince and the Revolution)
5 traditional, standard, ca. 1775
6  Written by André Cymone (music (assumed, uncredited)) & Prince (lyrics)




Lisa Coleman: Keyboards and Voice. Wendy: Guitar and Voice. Bobby Z.: Percussion. Brown Mark: Bass and Voice. Matt Fink: Keyboards and Voice.

All words and music by Prince except “Computer Blue” written by John L. Nelson, Lisa & Wendy and Prince
All songs published by Controversy Music
Originally mastered by Bernie Grundman
Art Direction: Prince
Design: Laura LiPuma
Front cover photo: Ed Thrasher & Associates/Slenzak
Additional photography: Larry Williams
Painting: Doug Handers
Photos by Larry Williams and Ron Slenzak
On the hair side – Earl Jones
Makeup by Jayson Jefferys
Rags by Louis & Vaughn, Marie France & Prince


"Thank u all-may u live 2 see the Dawn."

Executive Producer: Michael Howe
Thanks to: Cameron Strang, Dan McCarroll, Lenny Waronker, Tim Fraser Harding, Charles Hamilton, Emio Zizza, Hildi Snodgrass, Larry Mattera, Lynn M. Scott, Mike Sherwood, Jack Yslas, Kate Haffenden, Michael Nance, Kirdis Postelle, Phylicia Fant, Alex Tenta, Sheryl Farber, Norman Wonderly, Jonna Terrasi, Daniele Taska, Cheryl Jenets, Dion Singer, Jesse Coolbroth, George Lydecker, Garrick Kobylarz, Justin Smith, Scott Levitin, Tal Miller, Carlos Montes, Brigette Boyle, Francesca Del Regno, Kathy Malloy, Wil Wesley, Lisa Glines, Mike Wilson, Ali Johnson, David Dieckmann, Craig Anderson, Bernie Grundman, Jack Doutt, Randee St. Nicholas
Very special thanks for their invaluable contributions to
Alfred Frank, Alonzo Jackson, John R. Nelson, Norrine P. Nelson, Sharon L. Nelson, Tyka, Kirk Johnson, Trevor Guy, Dr. Susan Rogers, David Z, Geoff Neal, Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Dr. Fink, Brownmark, Bobby Z., Angelo Schifano, Julian Stockton, Mathieu Bitton, and all Prince fans worldwide
Most of all, thanks to
Prince and the Revolution for the music.
Larry Williams ©2017 Doulbe L. Ranch Productions, Inc. All Rights reserved Nancy Bundt © 1984 Nancy Bundt/Photographer
Rain Image: James Gobel
Art Direction & Design: Alex Tenta

LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

USA CDx2 561689-2 digipak center center center center
USA CDx3+DVD 547374-2 digipak center center center center
Europe CDx2 9362-49304-3 digipak center center center center
Europe CDx3+DVD 9362-49132-0 digipak center center center center
Japan CDx2 WPCR-17821 digipak center center center center
Japan CDx3+DVD WPZR-30757/60 digipak center center center center
Australia CDx2 93362493043 digipak center center center center
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Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

USA Digital n/a center center center center
USA LP 547450-1 2015 Remaster center center center center

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