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So it's no exaggeration to say that had Prince lived, we wouldn't have this expanded edition of his landmark 1984 classic Purple Rain in our hands. As strange as that thought is, it also means that this 35-song, 3-disc set isn't padded with 'alternate mixes' or the kind of bonus material that only diehards care about -- it's stuffed with fully finished Prince and the Revolution songs from when the band was at its creative peak. It's fuller picture of the mind of a genius as he worked on what most critics and fans consider his magnum opus. And while these unreleased songs, taken from his basement vault, might not equal the nine that made the cut on Purple Rain, they're still leagues above most music that came out in 1984 – or today, for that matter.
The former Billboard 200-topping album, which spent 24 weeks atop the list in 1984 and 1985 and also re-entered the top five in May 2016, re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 4 with 52,000 equivalent album units earned (48,000 in traditional album sales) in the tracking week ending June 29, according to Nielsen Music. The set collected a 3,633 percent gain in units for the week and a 4,767 percent leap in album sales.