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Prince and the Revolution Live / new official box set

Classic Syracuse, NY gig remixed & restored

Prince and The Revolution’s 30 March 1985 live concert from the Carrier Dome, Syracuse – which was part of his 1985 Purple Rain tour – will be issued as a standalone release in June.

The spectacular two-hour set was beamed into millions of homes via satellite at the time and features a ridiculously great setlist, including classic hits such as ‘Let’s Go Crazy’, ‘1999’, ‘Little Red Corvette’, ‘When Doves Cry’, ‘Purple Rain’, ‘I Would Die 4 U’; superb B-sides like ‘Irresistible Bitch’ and ‘How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore’; and choice album cuts. In fact, Prince plays the whole of Purple Rain, with the concert ending with side two of that 1984 in sequence.

This performance was issued, in full, on DVD as part of Warner Music’s four-disc deluxe edition of Purple Rain in 2017. That previous edition only offered stereo sound and reasonable, but not outstanding, visuals. Sony (who now have the rights) have gone to town on the new editions.

The 2CD+blu-ray edition of Prince and the Revolution Live is a large format package (click image to enlarge)

The two formats are 2CD+blu-ray and a 3LP vinyl edition. The audio for both has been entirely remixed from the original two-inch multi-tracks. Obviously, the triple vinyl offers the newly remixed sound just in stereo but the blu-ray additionally delivers both Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround sound.

For the blu-ray, the picture is said to have been “newly restored” although since this wasn’t shot on film it remains to be seen how good this will actually look.

After the initially extortionate price-tag (in the UK, at least) on the Welcome 2 America box, it’s good to see some sensible pricing with this new release. The 2CD+blu-ray a tad over £20 in the UK and even the 3LP vinyl set a not unreasonable £42. Not including a blu-ray with the vinyl set is a bit strange though, it has to be said.

Prince and The Revolution: Live will be available on 3 June 2022, via Sony Music Catalog.

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Live 2CD+blu-ray deluxe set

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The 3LP vinyl edition of Prince and the Revolution Live (click image to enlarge).

Tracklisting

Live Prince and the Revolution / 2CD+blu-ray

    • CD 1
      1. Let’s Go Crazy
      2. Delirious
      3. 1999
      4. Little Red Corvette
      5. Take Me With U
      6. Yankee Doodle
      7. Do Me, Baby
      8. Irresistible Bitch
      9. Possessed
      10. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore
      11. Let’s Pretend We’re Married
      12. International Lover
      13. God
      14. Computer Blue
    • CD 2
      1. Darling Nikki
      2. The Beautiful Ones
      3. When Doves Cry
      4. I Would Die 4 U
      5. Baby, I’m a Star
      6. Purple Rain
    • blu-ray
      1. Let’s Go Crazy
      2. Delirious
      3. 1999
      4. Little Red Corvette
      5. Take Me With U
      6. Yankee Doodle
      7. Do Me, Baby
      8. Irresistible Bitch
      9. Possessed
      10. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore
      11. Let’s Pretend We’re Married
      12. International Lover
      13. God
      14. Computer Blue
      15. Darling Nikki
      16. The Beautiful Ones
      17. When Doves Cry
      18. I Would Die 4 U
      19. Baby I’m A Star
      20. Purple Rain

Tracklisting

Live Prince and the Revolution / 3LP

    • LP 1
      Side A
      1. Let’s Go Crazy
      2. Delirious
      3. 1999
      4. Little Red Corvette
      5. Take Me With U
      Side B
      1. Yankee Doodle
      2. Do Me, Baby
      3. Irresistible Bitch
      4. Possessed
      5. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore
    • LP 2
      Side C
      1. Let’s Pretend We’re Married
      2. International Lover
      3. God
      4. Computer Blue
      Side D
      1. Darling Nikki
      2. The Beautiful Ones
      3. When Doves Cry
    • LP 3

      Side E

      1. I Would Die 4 U
      2. Baby, I’m a Star

      Side F

      1. Purple Rain

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