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Purple Rain Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 17 1984)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002L68
  • In-Print Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 177 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Let's Go Crazy
2. Take Me With U
3. The Beautiful Ones
4. Computer Blue
5. Darling Nikki
6. When Doves Cry
7. I Would Die 4 U
8. Baby I'm A Star
9. Purple Rain

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Gospel, rock, funk...it's all here on this soundtrack to the film loosely based on Prince's life. He grabbed an Academy Award and two Grammies for these gems and you'll know 'em all: Let's Go Crazy; When Doves Cry; I Would Die 4 U; plus the title track and more!

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Maybe this music by Prince & the Revolution will never quite sound as, well, revolutionary as it did in 1984 (and nothing else has ever sounded like the extraordinary cooing and fluttering of "When Doves Cry"), but it's a pop landmark in Prince's Artistic career. The hit movie was really just a big-screen showcase for Prince to perform these songs (some of them in tear-the-roof-off "live" versions set in a Minneapolis club). It's unclear why that warped sermonette introduces "Let's Go Crazy" (one thing you've got to love about Prince: he's always been weird), but somehow it works. Other highlights include the sexual scorcher "Darling Nikki" (with its crazy backwards coda) and that anthemic title tune. Don't you miss Wendy and Lisa, too? --Jim Emerson


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As soon as Purple Rain arrived in the mail, my mom and I took turns listening to the album (which she has now had for over a week, but I can't blame her since she's the biggest Prince fan I know!). There is not one track that is disappointing and again, is a great story, especially if you've watched the movie.
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My parents bought this album for me in 1984 when I was 9 years old. I grew up listening to music from Prince. I love the songs When Doves Cry and I Would Die For. For more than 30 years, I have been listening to music from Prince. Prince was an incredible talent. It's hit me hard his deatrh today. I was completely shocked and stunned at the news. Three of my favorite singers have died in the past 10 years: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Prince. There is no denying the talent and the brilliance of Prince and he was influenced and inspired by the music of Motown. I remmeber listening to Let's Go Crazy over and over again. Bryan Adams, Prince, Michael Jackson, Billy Idol, Twisted Sister, and Quiet Riot. These artists and groups started my interest in music. Prince is a one of kind artist that will be missed. Rest in Peace, Prince.
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What can a person say about one of the most imaginative musicians that ever lived? Prince was a truly unique artist who was completely devoted to his music and his fans. This collection of songs is not only entertaining but thought provoking.
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Prince, Prince, Prince!! The best musician on the face of this earth! There may be many great singers, or songwriters, or producers...but this man is all of them wrapped in 1! He is on fire, although a few times it was calmed. But the fire he possesses will NEVER be burnt out! Count on that.
I know just about all there is to know about him, so let's talk music, baby. This album, Music from the Motion Picture "Purple Rain" is great. I would say that this is his rock-iest album. Sign 'O' the Times comes close to being the rock-est, but this pure blend of rock got me introduced to what rock and music is supposed to be. I am originally an R&B fan, but this is just about my favorite album. My favorites are "Computer Blue", "When Doves Cry" (I mean, who doesn't love that song?), and "The Beatiful Ones". I love ever last one of the songs on this album and I also know all the words...
We all know there is a wonderful movie to accompany it and there is no way you can own this and not see the movie, and you cannot own the movie without giving this a listen (then you'll buy it after one hear!). I recommend it and as long as you don't play "Darling Nikki" your children can love it as well (as long as they don't see the movie until they're alot older...). But this can't possibly be a waste of money. Besides 1999, this was the first album I owned and listened to. If you are becoming a Prince fan or wanna do it right, you have to start off with this!
BUY IT AND LOVE IT!!!
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As always, the amazing talent and musicality of Prince and the Revolution shines through with this album! A great addition to any music collection that will have you falling in love with Prince every time you listen!
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After Prince went forward and made a major breakthrough with 1982's "1999" that spawned the hit singles "Little Red Corvette" and the dance-pop hit, "1999", Prince and his new band the Revolution began to write music for the album that made him a superstar called "Purple Rain". "Purple Rain" was the first album to be credited to the Revolution that featured longtime keyboardist Matt Fink, drummer Bobby Z, bassist Brown Mark, and the fabulous female duo of guitarist/vocalist Wendy Melvoin and keyboardist/vocalist Lisa Coleman. While Prince strays away from his R&B roots in favor of more pop-oriented styles, that doesn't mean he turned his back on soul music since a lot of the album carries soulful elements. Though the soul is still on Prince's mind, he mixes it up with dashes of metal, new wave, pop, and even some traces of psychedelia. "Purple Rain" was the one that helped launch Prince into superstardom. The album opens up with the rocking, "Let's Go Crazy". As Lisa Coleman's wailing organ and Prince's gospel-like sermon ends, Bobby Z's rhythmic elctric drum tracks comes with metal-blazing guitar riffs and wailing keyboards. Then, there are the puncy bass lines that come in. Next, there is the smooth and psychedelic tune, "Take Me With U", as it opens with the mid-tempo bass drums and the melodic synthesizers that are accompanied by the pounding bass lines. It's a beautiful duet with the Purple Rain movie co-star, Apollonia. The strings are just wonderful. "The Beautiful Ones" is a great R&B-like ballad, which has some great drum work by Bobby Z and Matt Fink's piano and organ-sounding synthesizers are lushy, as well as, great. The tune is about how beautiful women aren't always happy.Read more ›
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This is one of my favorite records now and when it came out. Prince is a great singer/songwriter, one of the world's best, if I may say so myself. This was Prince's highest selling album, and I can see why. While some other of Prince's releases may seem not my style, this one shows that Prince is one of pop/rock's greatest stars. Adding equal amounts of pop, rock, and funk, Prince shows off his talent. Although this record may seem extremely 80's at first listen, it really is one of those timeless ones, like the Beatles 'Revolver' or Ratt's 'Out Of The Cellar'.
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