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Details of Prince's expanded 'Purple Rain' reissue revealed, coming June 23

Prince on screen in "Purple Rain." / AP Photo

Prince on screen in "Purple Rain." / AP Photo

Prince’s “Purple Rain” is finally getting the royal reissue treatment it deserves. As expected, Warner Bros. and NPG Records will re-release the landmark 1984 movie soundtrack with bonus material on June 23, based on a deal that Prince made with his former record label about a year before his death.

Both the “Deluxe” and “Deluxe Expanded Edition” will feature a remastered version of the original album -- the refurbishing of which Prince himself purportedly oversaw -- along with a second disc featuring other studio tracks recorded around the same time but never formally released, including “Electric Intercourse,” “Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden” and the instrumental “Father’s Song,” all of which have been hot bootleg tracks for Prince completists over the years. Six of the tracks were supposedly unearthed from the Paisley Park vault for the project and never before heard, including studio versions of “Possessed” and “Katrina’s Paper Dolls” and a 10-minute track whose title, “We Can F---,” probably explains why it never saw daylight.

The “expanded edition” will also feature a third disc, “Single Edits & B-Sides,” plus a DVD of a concert on the “Purple Rain” tour recorded March 30, 1985, in Syracuse, N.Y. The former features alternate cuts of tracks like “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry” alongside such beloved B-sides as “Erotic City” and “17 Days.”

Fans can pre-order the album starting today and will receive a download of “Electric Intercourse” if they do. The full track listings are below. Prince originally planned to include "Electric Intercourse" on "Purple Rain" but traded it for "The Beautiful Ones" instead, which is similar in tone.

It makes perfect sense that the first major reissue project after Prince’s death is based around his most historic and beloved album, but it's of course just a coincidence since the deal behind it pre-dates Prince’s passing. It’s still not clear what kind of reissue opportunities or vault access have been given Warner Bros. or Universal Music, the other record company dealing with Prince’s estate.

As interesting as what’s on the deluxe “Purple Rain” editions is what’s not on it. Perhaps the most significant recording in Prince’s vault – arguably one of the most significant concert recordings sitting on a shelf in all of rock ‘n’ roll – is from the Aug. 3, 1983, benefit for Minnesota Dance Theatre at First Avenue, which was used as the blueprint and some of the basic tracks for “Purple Rain.” Lo-fi video of that performance also exists and emerges online with great fanfare every so often (see below; yeah, wow is right). There’s another stellar bootleg of a performance Prince gave at First Ave on his birthday, June 7, 1984, a month before “Purple Rain” came out, in which he and the Revolution performed many of these unreleased tracks and B-sides featured in this new reissue collection. During the Celebration events at Paisley Park last week, organizers also showed attendees a film from the final date on the “Purple Rain” tour.

In other words, there’s a lot more that can be released from just this two-year span surrounding “Purple Rain.” Which is to say nothing of the other 40-plus years Prince recorded and performed.

Electric Intercourse live @ First Avenue Minneapolis 1983 from RealMuzik on Vimeo.

PURPLE RAIN DELUXE
 Disc One:  Original Album (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
1. Let's Go Crazy
2. Take Me With U
3. The Beautiful Ones
4. Computer Blue
5. Darling Nikki
6. When Doves Cry
7. I Would Die 4 U
8. Baby I'm A Star
9. Purple Rain
 
Disc Two:  From The Vault & Previously Unreleased
1. The Dance Electric
2.  Love And Sex
3.  Computer Blue ("Hallway Speech" version)
4.  Electric Intercourse (studio)
5.  Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden
6.  Possessed (1983 version)
7.  Wonderful Ass
8.  Velvet Kitty Cat
9.  Katrina's Paper Dolls
10. We Can F--k
11. Father's Song
 
PURPLE RAIN DELUXE - EXPANDED EDITION
Includes Disc One and Disc Two as Listed Above
Disc Three:  Single Edits & B-Sides
1.  When Doves Cry (edit)
2.  17 Days
3.  Let's Go Crazy (edit)
4.  Let's Go Crazy (Special Dance Mix)
5.  Erotic City
6.  Erotic City ("Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive")
7.  Purple Rain (edit)
8.  God
9.  God (Love Theme From Purple Rain)
10. Another Lonely Christmas
11. Another Lonely Christmas (extended version)
12. I Would Die 4 U (edit)
13. I Would Die 4 U (extended version)
14. Baby I'm A Star (edit)
15. Take Me With U (edit)
 
DVD:  Prince And The Revolution, Live at the Carrier Dome,  Syracuse, NY, March 30, 1985
1. Let's Go Crazy
2. Delirious
3. 1999
4. Little Red Corvette
5. Take Me With U
6.  Do Me, Baby
7.  Irresistible Bitch
8.  Possessed
9.  How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?
10. Let's Pretend We're Married
11. International Lover
12. God
13. Computer Blue
14. Darling Nikki
15. The Beautiful Ones
16. When Doves Cry
17. I Would Die 4 U
18. Baby I'm A Star
19.  Purple Rain

The Twin Cities' 5 must-see art exhibitions this weekend

The weekend has come upon us swiftly, just like the rainstorm that hit the other day. But where there is rain, there is art. Or something like that. I cruised around and found these shows that I’m now recommending to you, dear reader. Check them out. Maybe I'll see you at some openings. Write to me and tell me if you liked them, what you thought, and if you are pleased or if you’re pissed: alicia.eler@startribune.com. Or hit me up on Twitter @aliciaeler. See you around town and the internet, lol. 

OPENING -- Queer Street Art, Fighting for Legitimacy

Opening: Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

Amalgamated MPLS, 720 Central Ave., NE, Unit 1, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (612-998-3361)

Event information here

The first time I saw two butch bearded dudes making out, probably on some street in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood, which is lined with phallic rainbow poles, I thought to myself: “Dude, that is hot!” I am certain that street artist Jeremy Novy thought the same thing. For the last two decades he’s been covering the streets of San Francisco with his queerdo artwork, decorating sidewalks and pavement with koi fish and dudes smooching. He’s not nearly as “anonymous” as, say, Banksy, but some only refer to him as the “queer street artist” whose work is for social change. Novy is stopping in Minneapolis while on his whirlwind cross-country tour. For those with some extra cash to spend, sign up for his one-day stencil workshop ($60) by calling 612-998-3361 immediately.

OPENING – "Transitions. A Daughter’s Journey"

Opening reception: Friday, April 28 at 6 p.m.

MPLS Photo Center, 2nd Floor Gallery (2400 North 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55411)

Event information here

Life: It’s a journey! In this photography exhibition by artist Terry Gydesen, the artist displays 30 color photographs documenting her father, who slowly slipped away through four years of Alzheimer’s in 2015.

OPENING -- A Mussel is to A House

Yeah Maybe Project Space (2528 East 22nd St, Minneapolis)

Opening reception: Saturday, April 29 at 5 p.m.

Open hours: Sunday, April 30 from 11 a.m. -3 p.m.
Artist discussion on Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m.

Gallery website here

The word-playful title of the group exhibition “A Mussel is to A House” at Yeah Maybe Project Space actually has nothing to do with shellfish. Actually, it’s a collaboration between Yeah Maybe, the Walker Art Center and University of Minnesota students Havilah Aos, Paige Carlson, Torey Erin, Lexi Herman, Daniel McCarthy Clifford, Xavier Tavera Castro and Emily Swanberg. The show uses the humorous, poetic conceptual work of Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers, whose work is on view as part of “Question the Wall Itself” at the Walker, as the starting point for critical inquiry.

Nathan Hylden, "embracing the dark" (2012). Pen and ink on paper, 3.5 x 2.5 inches

OPENING -- Nathan Hylden

“Nearing On To Do”

Midway  Contemporary Art (527 Second Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414)

Opening reception: Saturday, April 29, 6-8 p.m.

Event information here

Artist Nathan Hylden’s hyper detail-oriented drawings overflow with patterns that often times create a mirror reflection of either side. Ritualistic and entrancing, they seem like images that one can only enter after staring at them for a very, very long time. So it’s fitting that a magnifying glass would be the only image on the Midway website promoting this show, as if to say KEEP LOOKING . . .

ONGOING ---  Vesna  Kittelson, “BABEL LIBRARY”

Form + Content (210 N 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401)

Open hours: Thursday-Saturday 12-6pm

Kittleson’s sculptures look like finely tuned findings from archaeological digs. Working with materials as fine as gold dust to as dirty as tar, the artist creates objects that occupy spaces of conflict.

Exhibition information here

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