Published Apr 18, 2014Back in the '90s, Prince parted with Warner Bros. Records on less-than-friendly terms, but now he's signed a new deal with the label. First up from this partnership is a 30th anniversary reissue of Prince's classic 1984 album Purple Rain.
The details of the reissue have yet to be announced, but a press release notes that it will be a remastered deluxe edition. We will apparently be treated to "long-awaited, previously unheard material," implying that Purple Rain will come stacked with bonus cuts.
This new deal covers albums released from '78 into the '90s. It also gives Prince ownership of the master recordings for some of his biggest hits. We can expect more releases to follow.
In addition to reissues, Prince promised that a new album is in the works. He said in a statement, "A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship."
He might be referring to Plectrum Electrum, his previously promised LP with his backing band 3rd Eye Girl.