During this incredible fall of Super Deluxe editions, Prince's iconic masterpiece, "Diamonds and Pearls" has been curated with an in-depth listening experience over 7 CDs and a Blu-ray that includes immersive mixes. Featuring six hits including “Gett Off”, “Cream”, and the iconic title track, the album was a worldwide smash reaching multi-platinum status in the USA and the UK, where it remains his best-selling album.
Clearly the Blu-ray is of greatest interest to high resolution audio collectors, featuring three hours of captivating video content. Here fans can relive the magic of the previously unreleased "Live at Glam Slam 1992" show in 2K HD video with spatial Dolby ATMOS, Dolby True HD 5.1 Surround, and Stereo mixes. Feel the energy of the Special Olympics Concert recorded on July 20th, 1991, in 1080p HD video with Dolby ATMOS, Dolby True HD 5.1 Surround, and Stereo audio. And enjoy the rare gem of the Special Olympics Soundcheck from July 19th, 1991, in 2K video with Stereo audio. To complete the visual journey, a meticulously restored "Diamonds and Pearls Video Collection" in 1080p video with Stereo audio that was originally released in 1993 has been included. However, let’s be clear there is no spatial mix of the core album, only the live material.
The box set also contains on CD1: Experience "Diamonds and Pearls" like never before, remastered for the very first time under the expert guidance of Prince's original mastering engineer, Bernie Grundman.
CD2: Get immersed in the era with 15 newly remastered Singles Mixes & Edits, including the elusive and previously unreleased "Gett Off (Damn Near 10 Min.)" mix.
CD3-5: Delve into the heart of Prince's creative genius with 33 previously unreleased studio recordings plucked from his legendary Vault. Over three hours of audio await, each a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.
CD6-7: Transport back to a previously unreleased concert performance recorded live at Glam Slam on January 11th, 1992, featuring 14 electrifying live tracks that capture the essence of Prince's dynamic stage presence.
This Super Deluxe Edition boasts a staggering 75 audio tracks spread across 7 CDs, with a jaw-dropping 47 tracks previously unreleased, including 33 studio recordings from Prince's mythical Vault. A full remaster of Prince & The New Power Generation's multi-platinum album, "Diamonds and Pearls," which is a sonic masterpiece has been lovingly revitalized by Bernie Grundman.
As part of the visual spectacle, gaze upon the restored "Diamonds and Pearls Video Collection" in 1080p video, accompanied by Stereo audio. This collection features the original promotional videos for "Gett Off," "Cream," "Diamonds and Pearls," "Insatiable," "Strollin'," "Money Don't Matter 2 Night," and "Call the Law," alongside riveting live renditions of "Thunder," "Jughead," and "Live 4 Love."
The Super Deluxe Box comes housed in an exquisite telescoping 12" box and includes a lavish 120-page hardback book. Inside, listeners can read enlightening essays by distinguished authors and experts such as Andrea Swensson, Duane Tudahl, Jason Draper, De Angela L. Duff, and KaNisa Williams. Chuck D, the founder of Public Enemy, provides an insightful introduction. Adorned with rare and previously unseen photography by Randee St. Plus check out Nicholas and Prince's handwritten lyrics, adding even more visual and literary delight.
Completing this extraordinary offering is a fold-out double-sided poster, perfect for adorning one’s space with Prince's iconic imagery. Best for deep pocketed Prince fans and those who seek out high quality Atmos concert mixes. Certainly, a deep dive into one of the most ambitious and fascinating artists of our times.
Also, worthy to note, a stand alone Blu-ray edition of the album featuring both Dolby Atmos and 2.0 Stereo LPCM mixes is avaiable from a few sellers. While this greatly reduces the material when compared to the Deluxe edition, it also may satisfy spatial audio enthusiasts seeking to enjoy the album without the plethera of bonuses.
Released October 27, 2023.
7 CD + 1 Blu-ray Super Deluxe Box set featuring live concerts with Dolby Atmos, Dolby True HD 5.1 Surround, and Stereo mixes. Also available as Vinyl + Blu-ray Box Sets, CD, Blu-ray, and Vinyl editions. Previous masters available for streaming.
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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.