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Purple Rain

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Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums; he toured frequently, produced albums and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of ... Read more in Amazon's Prince Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: warner
  • ASIN: B000IMMR1U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware MP3 Version of this album!!! 20 May 2010
Format:MP3 Download
Purple Rain [Explicit]

I was shocked to find when listening to this that the MP3 download contains the heavily edited 'radio' version of the track "Purple Rain".

The album is a triumph, and it was fantastic to hear it again after so many years, but I feel somewhat cheated having wasted the monety to download it when I am going to have to buy it again on CD to get the full version of the album.

Very disappointed :-(
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince's masterful 6th album... 21 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
In 1984 Prince released what would come to be his biggest selling album: 'Purple Rain'. The soundtrack to his highly successful film of the same name; the album catapulted him to superstardom.
'Purple Rain' isn't just a movie soundtrack though, but a collection of some of the most electrifyingly impressive songs you will ever hear from this decade , or any other for that matter.
Crammed with highly distinctive melodies and sharp hooks; 'Purple Rain' remains one of Prince's most accessible albums, yet it still manages to surprise the listener on multiple playing, and it's the more unorthodox and intriguing songs, such as 'Computer Blue', that impress the most.
Every track on the album is brilliantly crafted, with many of the songs building from gentle openings to fiery climaxes, tracks such as 'When Doves Cry' and 'The Beautiful Ones' have an incredible amount of emotion poured into them and reach heights rarely reached in other Prince songs.
Picking a greatest track is impossible, EVERY song stands out.
The 4 singles taken from the album ('When Doves Cry', 'Lets Go Crazy', 'I Would Die 4 U', and the title track) still impress, but the real masterstroke of the album is with the threesome of 'The Beautiful Ones - Computer Blue - Darling Nikki'.
These three tracks complete what is possibly the greatest sequence of songs on any Prince album ever.
'The Beautiful Ones' is a phenomenal ballad with an outstanding vocal delivery from Prince. The song builds from a wonderfully gentle opening to a conclusion of keyboard bursts and screaming vocals. The song has been a fan favourite since its release and it remains Prince's greatest ballad ever, which is quite a feat considering the quality of his slow jams.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My desert island disc! 20 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
Can I give this 10 stars?
You know that famous question people always enjoy asking? "If you were stuck on a desert island and could only have one music album with you, what would it be?" Well, 1984's "Purple Rain" LP is my desert island album! I can no longer listen to many of my past favourite albums anymore because I have listened to them so much I'm actually too familiar and a little bit tired of them. This never seems to happen with the "Purple Rain" LP. No matter how many times I've listened to it, it never loses its effect on me. It is the kind of album you have to listen to all the way through and in its proper order (not on random/shuffle mode).
"Let's Go Crazy" is an all-time classic, "Beautiful Ones" is Prince showing all kinds of musical styles and singing in one magnificent track, "Computer Blue" is an amazing guitar adventure, "Darling Nikki" is downright dirty, "I Would Die 4 U" has great lyrics and an unforgettable tune, "Baby I'm A Star" is Minneapolis funk at its strongest and is a great song to hear before going on a night out. "Purple Rain" closes the album in gobsmacking fashion, Prince's guitar playing skills on this track are fabulous and it is epic stadium rock at its finest. There is something about this album that works so well, so cohesive - you can't get that effect from hearing "Let's Go Crazy" or "When Doves Cry" on some off-the-shelf Prince greatest hits album. Prince's performance of these songs in the Purple Rain movie make it all the more memorable, I highly recommend seeing that as well.
In short, this album is as close to a perfect cohesive rounded album that is tight enough it doesn't outstay its welcome, and leaves you wanting to hear the whole thing again as soon as it comes to an end.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
If you don't already own this album, where have you been! Im surprised anyone actually needs to read a review. Needless to say, I love Purple Rain. It's the first Prince album I ever heard, and its the album that made me a fan. It's hard to choose favourite songs because theyre all great. But I truly couldn't do without 'The Beautiful Ones' and 'When Doves Cry'. Not to mention 'Take Me With U' and 'I would Die 4 U' This was probably the Make AND Break album of Prince's career. It propelled him to super-stardom, but every album he made after it was constantly compared to it's brilliance. Lyrically it is inspired, musically it is genius. Definately one of my all time favourites and certainly not dated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince's most rocking album and one of his best 13 Oct 2011
By Koala
Format:Audio CD
This album covers a range of themes, some romantic/sexual and some more general, such as going crazy/nuts, but Prince puts his characteristic energy and passion into every song. His voice soars on songs like The Beautiful Ones, or you might say he screams like a lunatic. Either way, singing like that is beyond most mortal men. His songs are delicately crafted, even when they're also very in-your-face, with many creative bridges and interludes which you wouldn't necessarily expect. This guy doesn't write songs by the book - he writes his own book! If you like songs which are sexy and full of passion as well as lots of fun, this is an album you absolutely don't want to miss. Whether you're looking for a song to have a good time to, or a song to capture the depths of your romantic angst, this album has it all!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars an old favorite
I had this on tape and had to get it on cd. It was even better if that is possible
Published 5 days ago by helen judge
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Love this movie! Every time I watch it I think I love prince a little more if that's possible! Buy it!! :)
Published 28 days ago by Ashers1805
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
The condition of the case and cd was as new and the delivery was very quick.
It meant I could get a long lost and loved album replaced without paying the full price. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JoMo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Prince Album Ever
This album is just truly incredible and song after song it's just brilliant. It also has an amazing film to it. 10/10 album. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TRACY
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Even nearly 20 years later this is a classic. I don't think the purple one ever surpassed it, but he had a very hot streak during the80s and early 90s. Read more
Published 7 months ago by B. J. Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Present
I bought this as a present for my friend. She likes Prince. I do too, but I'm not fond of this album.
Published 8 months ago by Spen
5.0 out of 5 stars purple rain say no more
fantastic cd, One of the great classics Prince at his complete best sound track from a great film. When Doves cry one of my all time favourite songs
Published 8 months ago by Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince purple rain
You have just got to love prince. I would recommend this cd it is brilliant to listen too and the price was right
Published 11 months ago by Mags
3.0 out of 5 stars Singles aside - has not aged particulalry well
I have never been a fan as such of Prince but have always appreciated SOME of his muisc - 'Sign of the Times' stands out to me as his defintive piece of work - but singles aside,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by New Kid in Town
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
What an album! prince was way ahead of his time a total genius! If you haven't heard it.... where have you been!!!!!
Published 12 months ago by L. E. Cooper
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