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Purple Rain

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Let's Go Crazy
Artist: Prince & The Revolution
4:40
 
02
Take Me With U
3:54
 
03
The Beautiful Ones
5:14
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04
Computer Blue
4:00
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05
Darling Nikki
4:14
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06
When Doves Cry
5:54
 
07
I Would Die 4 U
2:58
 
08
Baby I'm A Star
4:24
 
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Purple Rain
Artist: Prince & The Revolution
8:48
 
Album Information
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 44:06

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05.25.10
A nine-song chart-clogging monster
1984 | Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.

In pop, certain years ring out like the Liberty Bell, and for American listeners of a certain age, none rings louder than 1984. Hit radio was healthier than it had been since the mid '60s, a "giddy season," in critic Tom Ewing's words, "when rock and pop and disco and funk all melted together under the MTV studio lights." Or those of the warehouse space in Minneapolis where Purple Rain, Prince's first movie, was rehearsed… read more »

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Fantastic, but where is an official soundtrack?

FelixSF

Everyone knows that this album is a funky classic, but it would be great to have ALL of the music from the movie on one album. He wrote all of the tunes anyway, so why not? Download this !

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Hell Yeah!

parksmarcus

This album brings back memories of my Middle School days. I have to say that "Purple Rain" has to be one of the greatest songs ever....in history!

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Peak

prubino201

I'm a Metalhead, and this is still on my top 50 albums of all-time. Prince peaked here with Purple Rain. Every song on here is excellent, and one song even started the PMRC.

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Royalty Reigns

El Raptor

I can't add much to what the emusic community has already said here. Great "Way-Back Machine" memories & owning the movie adds to the mix. Just get it! C'ya round campus...

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All things to all people

rickstervc

If you're thinking about buying this for any reason, just do it. You know the artist, you know the songs. A classic.

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Classic

UncoolMusicCritic

If your just now buying this album, you should be ashamed of your self. That is unless you are under the age of 20. Purple rain is a must have for any collection.

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As Great as When it 1st came out!!

suzyncub

Still sounds fresh to me...Still finding new things in it!!!

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This is why he's Prince!

LTB

There's a reason why this is Prince's # 1 downloaded album - pure genius. You already know half the songs - and the other ones will sink into your soul.

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RAINING SPECTACULAR

GINNYPOOH

PURPLE RAIN IS PRINCE AT HIS BEST. INSTRUMENTS, SONGS, MESSAGES. THIS IS MUSIC THAT YOU TURN ON AND JUST LET IT PLAY

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All Time Classic

mpgoroff26

Prince's soundtrack to the movie of the same name has some of the finest moments of the 80s such as Purple Rain, Lets Go Crazy and his first number one single When Doves Cry. An absolute masterpiece, you should own this album

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Prince designed Purple Rain as the project that would make him a superstar, and, surprisingly, that is exactly what happened. Simultaneously more focused and ambitious than any of his previous records, Purple Rain finds Prince consolidating his funk and R&B roots while moving boldly into pop, rock, and heavy metal with nine superbly crafted songs. Even its best-known songs don’t tread conventional territory: the bass-less “When Doves Cry” is an eerie, spare neo-psychedelic masterpiece; “Let’s Go Crazy” is a furious blend of metallic guitars, Stonesy riffs, and a hard funk backbeat; the anthemic title track is a majestic ballad filled with brilliant guitar flourishes. Although Prince’s songwriting is at a peak, the presence of the Revolution pulls the music into sharper focus, giving it a tougher, more aggressive edge. And, with the guidance of Wendy and Lisa, Prince pushed heavily into psychedelia, adding swirling strings to the dreamy “Take Me With U” and the hard rock of “Baby I’m a Star.” Even with all of his new, but uncompromising, forays into pop, Prince hasn’t abandoned funk, and the robotic jam of “Computer Blue” and the menacing grind of “Darling Nikki” are among his finest songs. Taken together, all of the stylistic experiments add up to a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever recorded. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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