I have never, ever understood Prince's vast popularity. Never. And, after listening here to Purple Rain - I am even more perplexed by the rantings of those who rave about his songs.
To me - There was not one, single, solitary song on this 2-disc set that even came close to being a stand-out track. Every song sounded so much like the song just before it that after a while I couldn't tell which track was which.
Anyway - To each their own - But, for me - I definitely scratch Prince right off of my listening list.
The DVD of the stunning live performance is the best part of this 4-disc set. You can't really appreciate the genius of Prince and the Revolution until you see them live on stage. Of all of the audio tracks on this set, my favorite by far is "Computer blue (Hallway speech version)" on Disc 2. It is addictively compelling in its intense, relentless, and complex Funk & Synthopop glory.
Released in 1984 (in conjunction with the motion picture of the same name) - Purple Rain's soundtrack would go on to sell over 25 million copies, worldwide, making it the 3rd bestselling soundtrack album of all time.
All of Purple Rain's 9 original tracks were written/performed by Prince (along with musical accompaniment by Revolution).
A Grammy-award winner - This album has gone platinum 13 times.
With its multi-layered tracking - Purple Rain's music is a genre mix of funk, dance, and soul that has been polished to perfection with a psychedelic sheen.
This 2-disc set contains all 9 original songs, plus 11 remixes and bonus tracks.
*Note* - In 2016 - Prince Rogers Nelson (57 at the time) died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl.
prince playing on WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS is an experience to be repeated. I've talked to Jehovah's Witnesses: they're pretty nice.
RIP Prince - You were ahead of your time and taken too soon. :(
When I hear this sound track, I'm right back in college. Some days, I wish music still felt like this!!
On the 30th anniversary of the release of this album, it is worth remembering it as one of the greatest recordings ever.
The breadth of musical styles, pacing, rhythm and lyrics mark it as one of the most transgressive pop masterpieces of the 20th century. The context includes Prince updating the "bad man" on guitar symbolism of Jimi Hendrix, responding to the pop supremacy of Michael Jackson and referencing Avant Pop Queen Laurie Anderson. Not too many people have covered as much ground or even dared to try.
Audacity, brazen confidence, frenzied Freudian Id-isms run-amok, the heightened energy of a live show, this album has it all.
The film is a little dated and the not-so-veiled misogyny makes it tough to swallow today, but there is no doubt that the film doubled as a nice cinematic vehicle for the songs which are still rewarding in their own right.
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