Prince And The Revolution – Purple Rain - 1984 Soul Funk - Audiophile Kevin Gray - Sealed 180 Gram LP + Poster
Prince And The Revolution – Purple Rain
A1 Let's Go Crazy
A2 Take Me With U
A3 The Beautiful Ones
A4 Computer Blue
A5 Darling Nikki
B1 When Doves Cry
B2 I Would Die 4 U
B3 Baby I'm A Star
B4 Purple Rain
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Pressed By – Record Technology Incorporated
Remastered At – AcousTech Mastering
Pressed By – Rainbo Records – S-66596
Pressed By – Rainbo Records – S-66597
Recorded At – The Warehouse, St. Louis Park
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Recorded At – First Avenue
Recorded At – Record Plant, N.Y.C.
Art Direction – Prince
Bass, Voice – Brown Mark*
Design – Laura LiPuma
Guitar, Voice – Wendy*
Keyboards, Voice – Lisa Coleman, Matt Fink
Mastered By – Kevin Gray
Percussion – Bobby Z*
Producer, Arranged By, Composed By – Prince And The Revolution
Producer, Arranged By, Composed By, Performer – Prince & The Revolution*
Words By, Music By – John L. Nelson (tracks: A4), Prince, Lisa, Wendy* (tracks: A4)
"Let's Go Crazy" & "Computer Blue" were recorded at The Warehouse in the summer of '83
"Take Me With U," "The Beautiful Ones" & "When Doves Cry" were recorded at Sunset Sound
"I Would Die 4 U," "Baby I'm A Star," "Purple Rain" recorded live at 1st Avenue in the summer of '83 & Record Plant, New York.
"Darling Nikki" was recorded at a place very close 2 where u live.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Scanned): 081227991494
Barcode (Text): 0 81227-99149 4
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched): R1-25110-A S-66596 KG ATM
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched): R1-25110-B S-66597 KG ATM
As it stands today, the Purple Rain Soundtrack is still one of the best albums I've ever heard. The nostalgic qualities it possesses after just a few notes into "Let's Go Crazy" are very powerful to me
So what exactly is it that makes Purple Rain so much more enjoyable than the rest of his catalog? What makes it the indisputable stand-out? For me, I think it has a lot to do with the Revolution's sound. They had a huge influence on the aesthetic of Prince's early albums, particularly from the input of Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman (a/k/a Wendy & Lisa). Furthermore the production and instruments used by this group of musicians were less polished than what you'd hear from Prince today. And therein lies the primary reason for his decline over time.
The moment "Let's Go Crazy" opens with its funeral-esque keyboards and Prince's dialogue about life, there's a certain prevailing darkness. It remains until the ending moments of "Purple Rain," which I'll get to in a moment. And even though this is a pop record by design, there isn't the sugary sweet coating typically associated with this sort of music.
"Computer Blue" is another Purple Rain highlight. With a solo from Prince and an unobtrusive rhythm section, we get to hear the intricacies of his guitar skills. The song leads directly into the infamous "Darling Nikki." It's usually a favorite among the female crowd, but I find it to be one of the best due to the screeching vocals that have become synonymous with Prince. "When Doves Cry" is self-explanatory. "I Would Die 4 U" shows the same keyboard flair Prince possessed when writing the music for Stevie Nicks' "Stand Back." It glides along effortlessly and stands as one of the best tracks to grace this 40-minute experience.
Ending with Prince's most recognized song, "Purple Rain," I can't help but declare this one of the most perfect pop songs ever recorded. It's been played to death and just about everyone knows it, but that doesn't mean a thing to me. I'm talking about a song that should never be mentioned without words like iconic, transcendent, or epic attached to it. It also happens to be a gripping part of the film, in which Prince dedicates its lyrics to his father who has just committed suicide. Very few songs have since matched its beauty or timelessness.
Ultimately, I'd admit that it's inconsequential to review an album like the Purple Rain Soundtrack. It had such a huge impact on '80s culture and is still one of the most highly respected soundtracks in the history of our generation. It doesn't need press and it certainly doesn't need justification from me, but it's certainly worthy of celebration from time to time. And really, that's all I'm here to do. Well, that and maybe to relive my past a bit.
|Format||LP, 180 Gram|