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Purple Rain

Prince & The Revolution

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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 /TiVo

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1
Let's Go Crazy (LP Version)
00:04:40

Prince & The Revolution, MainArtist - Prince, Vocals, Writer - PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION, Producer

© 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

2
Take Me with U (LP Version)
00:03:54

David Leonard, Engineer - Suzie Katayama, Cello - David Coleman, Cello - Lisa Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals - Wendy Melvoin, Guitar, Vocals - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Piano, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, MasteringEngineer - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Peggy McCreary, Engineer - Novi Novog, Viola, Violin - Apollonia, Lead Vocals - David Rivkin, Engineer - Matt Fink, Keyboards, Vocals - Brown Mark, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Robert B. Rivkin, Drums, Percussion

© 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

3
The Beautiful Ones (LP Version)
00:05:14

David Leonard, Engineer - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Piano, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, MasteringEngineer - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Peggy McCreary, Engineer - David Rivkin, Engineer

© 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

4
Computer Blue (LP Version)
00:04:00

David Leonard, Engineer - Lisa Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Wendy Melvoin, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Piano, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, MasteringEngineer - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Peggy McCreary, Engineer - David Rivkin, Engineer - Matt Fink, Keyboards, Vocals - JOHN L. NELSON, Writer - Robert Fink, Writer - Brown Mark, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Robert B. Rivkin, Drums, Percussion

© 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

5
Darling Nikki (LP Version)
00:04:14

David Leonard, Engineer - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Piano, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, MasteringEngineer - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Peggy McCreary, Engineer - David Rivkin, Engineer

© 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

6
When Doves Cry (LP Version)
00:05:53

David Leonard, Engineer - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Piano, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, MasteringEngineer - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Peggy McCreary, Engineer - David Rivkin, Engineer

© 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

7
I Would Die 4 U
00:02:59

David Leonard, Engineer - Prince & The Revolution, MainArtist - Lisa Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals - Wendy Melvoin, Guitar, Vocals - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Piano, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Instruments - Bernie Grundman, MasteringEngineer - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Peggy McCreary, Engineer - David Rivkin, Engineer - Matt Fink, Keyboards, Vocals - Brown Mark, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Robert B. Rivkin, Drums, Percussion

© 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

8
Baby I'm a Star (LP Version)
00:04:24

David Leonard, Engineer - Suzie Katayama, Cello - David Coleman, Cello - Jill Jones, Additional Backing Vocals - Lisa Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals - Wendy Melvoin, Guitar, Vocals - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Piano, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, MasteringEngineer - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Peggy McCreary, Engineer - Novi Novog, Viola, Violin - David Rivkin, Engineer - Matt Fink, Keyboards, Vocals - Brown Mark, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Robert B. Rivkin, Drums, Percussion

© 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

9
Purple Rain
00:08:41

Prince & The Revolution, Producer, MainArtist - Prince, Vocals, Writer

© 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

Album review

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 /TiVo

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