New Releases — June 19, 2017 at 6:57 am

New releases: Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ expanded, plus Lou Reed, John Cale, Nico live set

Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs. All releases due out this Friday unless noted.



RELEASE: Purple Rain
BACKSTORY: At long last, and more than a year after his death, Prince’s landmark 1984 album is reissued in expanded form, pairing the remastered album with a disc of  rare and previously unreleased material from the era.


Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico

RELEASE: Live at the Bataclan 1972
BACKSTORY: This week sees the CD/DVD reissue of the concert by the three former Velvet Underground associates, filmed for TV in Paris in 1972. Features performances of “Waiting For the Man,” “All Tomorrow’s Parties” and more.






  1. Scott Stalcup

    Why is a Prince reissue listed?

    Oh right! The big Minneapolis concert where Prince shared the stage with Husker Du, The Replacements, Rifle Sport and Breaking Circus.

    NOW I remember.

  2. I am far from convinced that the latest version of the Reed/Cale/Nico album isn’t another bootleg release. I’ve never heard of a version that was actually authorized.

  3. Murphy's Law

    Pre-Purple Rain, Prince’s heavily keyboard based sound was played on my local college radio station, next to Devo and Depeche Mode – album tracks from 1999, specifically. Works for me

    • Scott Stalcup

      Doesn’t me, but fair play to you, Murphy’s Law. Closest Prince comes to college radio are the covers by Hindu Love Gods and the Mary Chain, to my mind anyroad.

      • Agreed. Then again I also could never understand why Madonna and Kiss were listed in the “Spin Alternative Record Guide” book published in 1995. No wonder there was never a second edition.

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