Prince - Purple Rain

Remastered and Reissued on 180 Gram Vinyl

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Purple Rain is the sixth studio album by American musician, singer-songwriter Prince with his backing band The Revolution, released in June 1984 via Warner Bros. Records.

This album is the first to feature his backing band The Revolution, and is the soundtrack album to the 1984 film of the same name.

The resulting album was musically denser than Prince's previous one-man albums, emphasizing full band performances, and multiple layers of guitars, keyboards, icy electronic synthesizer effects, drum machines, and other instruments.

Musically, Purple Rain remained grounded in the Minneapolis sound and R&B elements of Prince's previous work while demonstrating a more pronounced rock feel in its grooves and emphasis on guitar showmanship.

As a soundtrack record, much of the music had a grandiose, synthesized, and even—by some evaluations—a psychedelic sheen to the production and performances. The music on Purple Rain is generally regarded as the most pop-oriented of Prince's career, though a number of elements point towards the more experimental records Prince would release after Purple Rain.

As with many massive crossover albums, Purple Rain's consolidation of a myriad of styles, from pop rock to R&B to dance, is generally acknowledged to account in part for its enormous popularity.

The album yielded five singles that were massive worldwide hits:

  • When Doves Cry - US #1, US R&B #1, UK #4, Australia #1
  • Let's Go Crazy - US #1, US R&B #1, US Dance #1, UK #7, Australia #10
  • Purple Rain - US #2, UK #8, Australia #41
  • I Would Die 4 U - US #8, UK #58, Australia #96
  • Take Me With U - US #25, UK #7

Prince won two Grammy Awards in 1985 for Purple Rain, for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Special, and the album was nominated for Album of the Year.

The album spent 24 consecutive weeks at #1 on the U.S. Billboard albums chart (August 4, 1984 to January 18, 1985), becoming one of the top soundtracks ever, and also topped the Australian album charts.

To date, it has sold over 22 million copies worldwide, becoming the sixth best-selling soundtrack album of all time.

This LP Record is Remastered and Reissued on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl with Lyric Insert, pressed in Europe.

(081227991494)

Tracklisting:

A1

Let's Go Crazy

4:39

A2

Take Me With U

3:54

A3     

The Beautiful Ones                  

5:15       

A4

Computer Blue

3:59

A5

Darling Nikki

4:15

B1

When Doves Cry

5:52

B2

I Would Die 4 U

2:51

B3

Baby I'm A Star

4:20

B4

Purple Rain

8:45

SKU 081227991494
Record Label Warner Bros. Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 8122-79914-9
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 01 January 2009
Original Release Date (Year) 25 June 1984
Barcode # 081227991494
Shipping Weight 0.3050kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format 180 Gram Vinyl Remaster Reissue with Lyric Insert
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre R&B
Genre Funk / Soul
Genre Rock
Genre Pop
Format VINYL LP

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