Music by Turner: Fans can go crazy for new ‘Purple Rain’ packages

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1985 file photo, Prince performs at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. A new song from Prince's late father, produced at Paisley Park, is being released Thursday, June 29, 2017, to celebrate what would have been his 101th birthday. (AP Photo/Liu Heung Shing, File)

Most anyone who saw the Prince movie Purple Rain will never forget the experience.

 

No, I’m not just talking about the infamous motorcycle scenes nor that “nasty” song Darling Nikki.

Gee, I wonder what Al Gore’s wife, Tipper, and their children think of that song nowadays? Hmmm …

IT WAS 37 YEARS AGO DEPT. Purple Rain was huge right from the get-go. Local theaters had sold-out audiences and turned folks away as this was in the “pre-Internet” days when you couldn’t purchase your tickets in advance.

The flick did stellar business internationally with an initial box office of $220 million. When one factors in the “paltry” $7.2 million it cost to make the movie, it’s no wonder Purple Rain remains a stone-cold, 5-star classic.

REISSUE TIME DEPT. It’s been 15 months since Prince died unexpectedly at the age of 57 his home in Minnesota.

Of course, after an artist passes away, the “record vaults” are searched and scoured for unreleased or out-of-print songs and concert movies.

Happily for Prince fans, two new packages of Purple Rain are now available with extra goodies.

There’s a two-disc set featuring the original album and previously unavailable or hard-to-find songs from the Purple Rain sessions.

The second new offering contains all of the above plus a concert film from 1985 that sums up that unforgettable era quite nicely. It also has some more songs and “single” versions for the hardcore fan.

What can you say about a two-time Grammy-winning album that spawned such amazing singles as When Doves Cry, Let’s Go Crazy, and the title track?

Purple Rain has long been regarded as Prince’s finest work, and to my ears it remains his best.

These new reissues sound better and have a “punch” to them that the original versions didn’t. Either package is a must-have collection for all Prince fans … and a good start for those unfamiliar with his astounding body of work.

Hey, where’s that motorcycle?

 

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