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Prince's Purple Rain has aged well as music, but not as a recording

Thirty years after the release of Prince's most famous album, it can still only be heard in the original mastering, which sounds terrible. In this week's music feature, now posted on the Backbeat blog, Alan Scherstuhl discusses what makes Purple Rain's music so powerful and why it never got the re-release treatment afforded lesser recordings.
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Alan Scherstuhl is film editor and writer at Voice Media Group. VMG publications include Denver Westword, Miami New Times, Phoenix New Times, Dallas Observer, Houston Press and New Times Broward-Palm Beach.
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