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Albums Of The Week: Prince | Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition

Enjoy another treasure trove of rare gems in His Purple Majesty's third archival box.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Diamonds And Pearls was the 13th studio album by Prince and the first with The New Power Generation. Featuring six massive international singles, including the hits Gett Off, Cream and the iconic title track, the 1991 album was a worldwide smash, reaching multi-platinum status in the U.S. and the U.K., where it remains his best-selling album.

Now, following the successful release of the 1999 Super Deluxe Edition (2019), and Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition (2020), the Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition represents the third deep dive into Prince’s vault. It includes a total of 75 audio tracks across seven CDs or 12 180g vinyl records. The set offers a newly remastered version of the album, plus 15 incredible remixes and B-sides from the era, including the never commercially released Gett Off (Damn Near 10 Min.) mix. The Super Deluxe Edition also features 33 previously unheard studio gems from Prince’s illustrious vault, ranging from alternate versions of album tracks, to numbers the artist gave away to other artists, and songs recorded while on the road in 1990.

Prince & The NPG previewed the Diamonds And Pearls Tour at Prince’s Minneapolis club Glam Slam on Jan. 11, 1992. The sweaty, sold-out, last-minute show captures the sheer joy and sense of endless possibility that came to define this era. This previously unreleased live concert performance has been mixed from the 24-track master and rounds out the audio content of the set. This concert is also presented in stunning 2K video on a Blu-ray disc that also features Prince & The New Power Generation’s performance at The Special Olympics at the Metrodome in Minneapolis in July 1991, as well as a previously unseen soundcheck. The Blu-ray is completed by the long-out-of-print Diamonds And Pearls Video Collection, originally released on VHS and LaserDisc in 1992.

The 120-page hardback book which accompanies the set features unseen photos by Randee St. Nicholas, and essays by author / broadcaster Andrea Swensson; archivist and senior researcher for the Prince Estate Duane Tudahl; British music critic and Prince expert Jason Draper; De Angela L. Duff, an industry professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn; social media personality KaNisa Williams; and an introduction from Public Enemy founder Chuck D.

The Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition holds a magnifying glass to the prolific output of this truly unique musician, songwriter, producer, and performer who started the 1990s writing and recording at such a rapid pace that his next album would be practically complete by the time the Diamonds And Pearls Tour debuted in Tokyo that April.”