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Prince & the Revolution - Purple Rain Grammy Winner! RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum! Click here to see this CD at Amazon.com!

By Jim Emerson

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 Artist-ic 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). I don't know 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 I'm glad it's there. 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?

Great news for Prince fans! A 20th Anniversary 2-DVD release of Purple Rain began shipping on August 24, 2004! It features a remastered widescreen film plus three featurettes/documentaries and the videos for Let's go Crazy, When Doves Cry, I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm a Star, Purple Rain, Take Me With U, The Bird Jungle Love, and Sex Shooter! It will also feature commentary with director Albert Magnoli, producer Robert Cavallo and cinematographer Donald E. Thorin. Order your copy today from Amazon.com!

Warner Brothers is also giving Under the Cherry Moon and Graffiti Bridge similar treatments and they too will ship on August 24th! Now if someone will just release Sign of the Times on DVD...

Tracks
1. Let's Go Crazy6. When Doves Cry
2. Take Me With U7. I Would Die 4 U
3. The Beautiful Ones8. Baby I'm A Star
4. Computer Blue9. Purple Rain
5. Darling Nikki

 

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"All I remember is that, as soon as the movie ended, I rushed to the record store and bought it. This record was like my own "Saturday Nigth Fever" time, for a 15yr old boy at that time."

--Gerard

"I totally agree with the review. In '84 Prince ruled with an iron fist. Being a Prince fan, I have 2 say that during the "Purple Rain" era, Prince was at the right place at the right time, doing the right things. He knew what he, as well as the public, wanted, and gave it 2 them. Of course the Awesome80s weren't 2 b taken over by one man, Prince was just a huge slice, especially in '84."

--Paisley Child

"NO I dont miss Wendy and Lisa. They are greatly overrated and the Revolution is probably the weakest band that Prince has ever had. As a Prince expert, I speak from a perspective of experience having seen all his bands live and owning all the albums and hundreds of bootleg audio and video recordings.

Wendy and Lisa are white girls and that gets them alot of unjust attention. [Editor's note: I am torn as to whether or not I should allow a racist statement like this to appear here, but since it is probably the key to his overall comments, I left it in.] Lisa was never the best keyboardist for Prince and the Wendy is easily the worst guitarist that Prince ever had. Dez Dickerson was better before her. The movie immortalized them and then they showed that they were not worth the publicity. [Editor's note: Prince was never as popular as he was when he had their musical input. I have at least as much "experience" as you do and would agree that the Revolution as a live band was inferior to later bands, but they were far superior musically in the studio. Wendy and Lisa, for the record, are the only ex-Prince bandmates to have had a top 40 hit after they left and they record scores for movies to this day. I for one badly miss Wendy and Lisa and judging from the terrible (by his own lofty standards) releases of the past half decade, Prince does too - not that his solar-system sized ego would ever allow him to admit it.]"

--LaMont

" I heard about the movie, and for what seemed like forever, I finally got to see it. It was wonderfully cast, Morris Day was irreplaceable as the Mean but talented opposite to Prince's sexy, but confused man-in-love. Being a long time fan of Prince, It was an experience that as a teenage girl in the Awesome80s, was very sexual for me. As far as the music, I bought the album, learned every lyric and every beat of the music was mimicked by my heart. I have long since admired the talent that comes from a mind that can concieve the musical THRUSTS that prince has given us all. It is a shame that the music industry changed so drastically (now that anyone can sing, or play even if they can't sing or play an instrument!!!) I think that is what we lost when we left the Awesome80s, was the TALENT that is forever lost in songs like we heard in "Purple Rain". (Go on back to the Super70s and we had his talented "Prince" album, which will forever be in my heart!!!!)
Tired of the millineal mush. . ."

--vaniecia,GA

"Decent movie. . . amazing album. Prince remains one of the seminal artists of the Awesome80s, although his relevance to the younger, record buying generation has faded a bit since then (thanks to cRAP). Here's my complaint though. . . like Zappa, none of his studio-recorded songs ever really capture the brilliance of his lead guitar playing. Don't get me wrong -- I like R&B, I like horn sections, I even like Interplanetary Funk (it was great to see George on 2004 Grammys!). . . but nothing gets me like a sustained blistering guitar solo! "

--beast

"My daughter was a tiny baby when Purple Rain first came out. One day, she was really cranky and would not stop crying no matter what I did. I was making her a bottle and carrying her around and I just happened to put on the soundtrack tape, which was on the song Purple Rain. The next thing I knew, she was sound asleep. From that day on, whenever she was having a "bad day" I put on the Purple Rain soundtrack & instantly she would stop crying and go to sleep. She Later had an imaginary friend, who happened to be named "Purple Rain" and when I asked her to decribe him to me, you guessed it he looked just like Prince. I owe this man my sanity and have always wanted to thank him."

--Gr8full Mom

Looking for the Let's Work 12'' single? How about a signed cloud guitar? Whatever it is, you'll probably find it at eBay. In fact, here's a current listing of Prince items up for auction right now on eBay!


 

MUSICAL NOTES

Artist: Prince & the Revolution

Released: June 25, 1984

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Grammy(s) Platinum (14)


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