9 Songs, 43 Minutes

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.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

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.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

Michael Moorlag ,

What a Great Half-Time Show

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.

mskurdah ,

the soundtrack of 1984

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.

longcoldstare ,

Super Bowl Medley -- please?!?

Not a review, but a plea to iTunes and Prince: put the Super Bowl halftime performance up for download -- audio and video!

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