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EDITORS’ NOTES

Purple Rain—both the semi-autobiographical No. 1 film and its No. 1 soundtrack—marks the moment that Prince became Prince, the most complex pop mastermind of his generation. After inviting his “dearly beloved” to the opening frenzy of “Let’s Go Crazy,” he leads us on a synth-driven, psycho-sexual odyssey that never lets up. Hits like “When Doves Cry” and the soulful title ballad (which was intentionally modeled after the stadium-filling anthems of Journey and Bob Seger) became pop monuments. But the more eclectic moments—like the menacing fantasy of “Darling Nikki” and the pleading desperation of “Baby I’m a Star”—give shape to this wildly adventurous and irrepressibly freaky masterpiece.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Purple Rain—both the semi-autobiographical No. 1 film and its No. 1 soundtrack—marks the moment that Prince became Prince, the most complex pop mastermind of his generation. After inviting his “dearly beloved” to the opening frenzy of “Let’s Go Crazy,” he leads us on a synth-driven, psycho-sexual odyssey that never lets up. Hits like “When Doves Cry” and the soulful title ballad (which was intentionally modeled after the stadium-filling anthems of Journey and Bob Seger) became pop monuments. But the more eclectic moments—like the menacing fantasy of “Darling Nikki” and the pleading desperation of “Baby I’m a Star”—give shape to this wildly adventurous and irrepressibly freaky masterpiece.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

1302 Ratings

What a Great Half-Time Show

Michael Moorlag,

I came check this out on the day after the Supter Bowl and I had to laugh. There was only one review. I just Ignored it and downloaded the songs I wanted. I have to say however, that I believe that Prince's half - time performance is what has placed his album at #16 now, as well as driven the 23 people (including me) to post a review of this 23 year old album. If he would have put on a mediocre show people would not be reacting so positively. I have to admit, I thought the "Purple Rain" performance was just awesome! The highlight of the entire Suprebowl ?! Possibly. As for this album and his performance, I have to admit they both deservie 5 stars. But I'll remember the "Purple Rain" portion of the show for as long as I live. Wish I could have been there.

the soundtrack of 1984

mskurdah,

I remember where I was and what I was doing the very first time I heard "When Doves Cry." I couldn't believe how tight the harmonies were, the tone of the guitar, the lack of bass. As odd as it was it was a major hit. Even my little sister bought the purple 45. It is one of those timeless recordings that you can still put on and listen to without feeling embarrased. Prince did an amazing job on this project. From the hard grinding "Darling Nikki" to the live recordings of "I would Die 4U" "Baby I'm a Star" and the classic "Purple Rain" Prince was in the zone. 1984 was the year I first got laid and this was the soundtrack to that summer.

About Prince & The Revolution

Prince and the Revolution existed in a formal capacity from only 1984 through 1986, but the origin of the diverse band dates back to 1979, when Prince assembled a team of musicians to help him tour in support of his self-titled second album. Three years later, Prince's 1999 was released with "and the Revolution" printed upside down, in rather hidden fashion, on its cover. The first recording properly credited to Prince and the Revolution was "17 Days," the B-side of the March 1984-released Purple Rain lead single "When Doves Cry." The parent album, as well as the film of the same title, followed shortly thereafter, and featured members Brownmark (bass, vocals), Lisa Coleman (keyboards, vocals), Matt "Doctor" Fink (keyboards), Wendy Melvoin (guitar, vocals), and Bobby Z. (drums). Around the World in a Day (1985) and the soundtrack to Under the Cherry Moon, Parade (1986), were likewise credited to Prince and the Revolution. Despite being associated with the period during which Prince was most popular and adventurous, the Revolution disbanded following the Parade tour. Only Fink continued with Prince, while the other core members either resumed or started new outlets, most notably Wendy & Lisa, and later fDeluxe, a re-formation of the Family. Partial one-off Revolution reunions occurred during the 2000s, and the band reunited in full in 2012 for a benefit concert at First Avenue, the Minneapolis, Minnesota club where part of Purple Rain was filmed. Fink continued to lead the Purple Experience, a Prince tribute band. Following the death of Prince in 2016, Brownmark, Coleman, Fink, Melvoin, and Bobby Z. announced the return of the Revolution. Joined on some dates by Mint Condition's Stokley Williams, they toured the U.S. the following year and performed material spanning from Dirty Mind (1980) through Parade. ~ Andy Kellman

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