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5.0 out of 5 stars Prince's masterful 6th album...
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...
Published on 21 Nov 2003 by L. A. Stanley
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2.0 out of 5 stars Beware MP3 Version of this album!!!
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...
Published on 20 May 2010 by Mr. W. J. Robbins
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purple Rain turned him into a superstar,
This review is from: Purple Rain (Audio CD)Another classic Prince album the forth in a row coming after Dirty Mind, Controversy & 1999. This run continued with Around The World In A Day,Parade and he hit his creative peak with Sign Of The Times.
This album was his commercial peak(24 weeks at No 1 on U.S charts)and every track is a killer. The B sides for the singles are every bit as good, 17 Days, Erotic City and Another Lonely Christmas and if this album was remastered they would be a great addition along with the unreleased Electric Intercourse.
Many of these tracks have been edited down to make room for new material that was added later,(when Doves Cry was last track recorded)which means Computer Blue is significantly cut.It's still wonderful but the long version is unbelievable.
When Doves Cry is Prince at his stipped down best,still nothing else sounds like it.
It topped the U.S singles charts for 6 weeks. Let's Go Crazy reached No1 and Purple rain made it to No2.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album from 80's!!,
This review is from: Purple Rain (Audio CD)Really I been listening this album for long time, so no surprise to me ..
in transportation came in time (to Spain), the only thing unusual..
was that the cd was unsealed..
someone has this happened ??
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't you just love Prince,
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This review is from: Purple Rain [Explicit] (MP3 Download)I bought this MP3 album to replace my old LP version. I saw the film when it first came out and loved the music.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD,
This review is from: Purple Rain [Explicit] (MP3 Download)This CD has got to be one of Prince's best ever all the songs are terrific and you find yourself, even after CD has finished, having the songs still going through your head later on in the day. Brought back some happy memories of when had the LP version and never got round to getting it on CD so to find could get it for my MP3 player was brilliant.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect introduction to Prince,
This review is from: Purple Rain (Audio CD)I'd always liked the Prince singles I heard, but this was the first full length I chanced. I soon realised the man is about more than great singles; every song here is excellent.
The album swings more towards the 'rock' end of the spectrum than some of his other output, but any rock god type indulgence never comes at the expense of his pop instincts; even at approaching 9 minutes epic power ballad Purple Rain never feels flabby.
Compare the album to something like The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour album (both ostensibly film soundtracks, actually more resembling greatest hits by fellow pop genuises). On both albums interspersed between the solid gold pop moments are more 'challenging' compositions but where approaching Flying or Blue Jay Way you think 'here comes one of the weird ones,' Purple Rain is seamless. I listened to Computer Blue a fair few times before I fully clocked that there's only one verse and chorus, an extended instrumental jam, then the end. I kept misremembering that the chorus came back, it seems so much like another perfect pop song. (I had no idea it was an edit of a longer track either). From there it's on to Darling Nikki, a perverted nursery rhyme with a heavy metal guitar riff on top. But these songs don't sound like experiments as much as another two hit singles. Obviously, the pedigree of When Doves Cry, I Would Die For You and Let's Go Crazy is well proven.
If I had to pick a fault, it would be that the vocal style can be a little overwrought, but Prince without such eccentricities wouldn't be Prince. Even though I'm in the early stages of my love affair with The Purple One, I already feel like this is one of my favourite albums.
5.0 out of 5 stars When the world knew his name,
This review is from: Purple Rain (Audio CD)This is where I came in. I still remember when I first heard "When Doves Cry" - a Thursday night, lying on my parents' lounge floor, watching "Top Of The Pops". A short snippet of the song was played in the "top 40 breakers" (new entries to the chart) section and I was transfixed: it sounded like nothing I'd ever heard before. Two days later I bought the album on cassette, and if I close my eyes I can still see myself lying on the same floor, listening to it on my Walkman, my life in music changed forever. That was it - I was a Prince fan, some may say a fanatic.
As a Prince album it could be argued that "Purple Rain" is a failure, simply because it isn't that varied, every track a rock song, with very little of the variety which has become his trademark. Some fans actively hate the album for this reason, describing it as "one note" simply because all of the songs are in the same broad style, but in my opinion when the songs are this good, does it really matter?
By now, most of the tracks will be familiar, with the exception of a few on the first half. The album starts with the electrifying "Let's Go Crazy", its distinctive sermon-like opening still sending shivers down my spine twenty-five years after I first heard it. The album then shifts into rock-ballad territory with the hugely enjoyable duet, "Take Me With U", but then things take a darker turn with "The Beautiful Ones", "Computer Blue" and "Darling Nikki" - three superb songs, and probably the three least-known tracks on the album outside of the fan community. Of these, "Darling Nikki" is the dark and sleazy tale of a night with a prostitute, its X-certificate lyrics the reason why this album was one of the first to feature a "Parental Advisory - Explicit Lyrics" sticker.
The second half is a triumph. Opening with "When Doves Cry" it doesn't put a high-heeled pixie boot wrong. "I Would Die 4 U" and "Baby I'm A Star" merge together into one huge adrenalin rush, the full-length version of "Purple Rain" their finale. By the time the album ends you'll be exhausted, but desperate to hear it again.
A classic - pure and simple. Every home should have one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Purple Reign, Not Purple Rain!,
This review is from: Purple Rain (Audio CD)1. Let's Go Crazy. 10/10
2. Take Me With U. 10/10
3. The Beautiful Ones. 8/10
4. Computer Blue. 9/10
5. Darling Nikki. 10/10
6. When Doves Cry. 10/10
7. I Would Die 4 U. 10/10
8. Baby I'm a Star. 10/10
9. Purple Rain. 8/10
OVERALL GRADE: 10/10
Prince's 2nd best album, behind "Sign "O" the Times". Just edit "Purple Rain" a little bit and it would rise from 8/10 to 9/10, because at 8.41, it is too long. (and "Purple Rain's" outro is more than 5 mins!)
5.0 out of 5 stars Tribute to Genius,
This review is from: Purple Rain (Audio CD)Coming back to this album twenty years later, I still can't fail to be swept away by the breadth, energy and brilliance of this work. Five stars just aren't enough. The initial evangelical address exhorts the listener to celebrate life and this music is a celebration of live, love and sex. The energetic funk-rock of Let's Go Crazy getting you off your chair, before collapsing into a scream of a guitars and a pounding drum performance to be followed by the uplifitng catchiness of Take Me With U, one of those songs that makes you smile wherever and whenever you hear it.
The Beautiful Ones strikes a more melancholy note. Prince's vocal performance is the thing of beauty as he appeals to his lover to stay with him, reflecting on the transcience of beauty, he asks her to marry him, demanding that she makes a choice, his voice reaching out for ever greater heights as his desperation increases. It is a great dramatic performance and demonstrates his sense of theatre.
The sexy voices of Wendy and Lisa introduce Computer Blue, the song most similar to some of Prince's earlier works. Although, it is perhaps the least memorable track on the album, the excellence of the band means that is is far from filler and repays repeated listening.
The growling guitar of Darling Nikki and Prince's relaxed delivery announces the song to sing to all the Nicolas and Nicoles of the world, but one that only Prince can really get away with. His bemused and bewildered tone is indicative of the great humour of his work, a quality that critics often seem to choose to ignore.
When Doves Cry is a classic, the lyrics beautiful. We imagine ' the ocean of violets in bloom' , we imagine the lovers trying to repair their relationship but not sure why they have argued, asking themselves' why do we scream at each other'. It is an anthem that expresses the pain of disagreement with someone you love and is touching and powerful.
It is quickly succeeded by the joyful funk of I would die 4 U and the pounding energy of Baby I'm a star- two great songs unlucky enough to be sandwiched between two masterpieces.
The opening chords of Purple Rain grabs your attention and stirs your feelings- how I wept when I heard him play it last year. The beauty of his voice again sweeps you away, the agony of his loss and the beauty of the imagery.
It's difficult to be objective about music of such quality, such drama and such power. There can be few albums which mix such magical music with such sense of drama and such epic power.
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece! Prince in his best era in my opinion.,
This review is from: Purple Rain (Audio CD)This is a classic and includes alot of singles. Before he turned to poppy aswell and had an awesome look. I would have liked to see a few more tracks on there though but oh well. The track Purple Rain is probably one of the best from the 80's, really unique but then again he is. It is also his highest selling album selling nearly 20 million units sold but he's sold over 100 million so don't think his other ones are bad and unsuccesful too. Other highlights for me were "Lets Go Crazy" (a great opening to) I may grow on you, "When Doves Cry" which is beautiful, "I Would Die 4 U", "Baby I'm A Star" is pretty good to and then obviously the perfect ending to a great album. The instrumental is at a very high standard and I love Prince's guitar and hopefully will get to see him live someday. He is a great preformer.
Although I'm sure Prince is not everyones taste this album will give you a good taster of the musical icon, then a phycodelic pop/rock, great guitar player, genious song writer lyrics-wise and a bit of a nutter before he had a downfall and changed is name to a symbol. Anyway he's back now. If your looking for more poppy stuff than the samples if there are any, then look at his later stuff. By the way I would like to add he seems like a cross between Micheal Jackson and Pink Floyd. I like many big artists in different groups like Micheal Jackson to Marilyn Manson to Eminem (3 favourites in different groups) and I can say we have another king. I hope we see some more material like this in the future from you Prince.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius,
This review is from: Purple Rain (Audio CD)With this, ostensibly the soundtrack to Prince's blunt, and obviously autobiographical film of the name, the Genius Pop Dwarf hit lucrative paydirt. It opens, as you all know, with "Let's Go Crazy" - one of the finest opening songs, Side One, Track One's - of all time. Whereas previously Prince had always shown great potential, here he delivered his most concise, concentrated, pure hit of pop endorphins in one sweet 40 minute pill. Unlike 1999, which was consistent, but suffered from occasional filler and thus funk fatigue, every song here was both a stone dead, instant classic, and flowed perfectly between each other. Not one beat, lick, or moan was misplaced. Unless you are Tipper Giore : the obscenely sexualized "Darling Nikki" single handledly offended the Parental Advisory Board. At this point in his career, Prince was fiercely prolific - gifting whole albums to related acts such as Family and The Time - as well as pumping out singles with a seemingly monthly frequency, each with a luxurious selection of b-sides, some of which are even better than the LP tracks.. Quite how then, this record managed to encapsulate the very essence of Prince as his career- and life-defining work is both a little strange and utterly consistent with his general career, or lack thereof. Prince has just made music and stuck it out. Sometimes his orbit aligns with the the universe, and often it doesn't. There's more of course, the thumping - but bassless - "When Doves Cry", "Take Me With U", and the immortal "Purple Rain", which is a song that can singlehandedly transport anyone to a better world. And has to be experienced live with your own sense if you ever get the chance. As it stood, this album - number six in Prince's career - proved that the under-rated -word for selftaught- had grown into himself, and shined. He'd never be quite this amazing again. But betchabygollywow, he came close.
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