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Music From Purple Rain

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2005 Japanese standard jewel case pressing of Prince's 1984 album. Features the same tracks and mastering as the US edition but includes an OBI and Japanese/English insert. Warner. 2005.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Let's Go Crazy
  2. Take Me with U
  3. The Beautiful Ones
  4. Computer Blue
  5. Darling Nikki
  6. When Doves Cry
  7. I Would Die 4 U
  8. Baby I'm a Star
  9. Purple Rain


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  • Audio CD (January 13, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • ASIN: B000803CUC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
So here we have it. One of those dread mid-'80s mega-smashes. But what if I told you that this particular mid-'80s mega-smash was one of the best albums ever? Would you believe me? Because it's true. It's such a great record that even the typical '80s pop tune with Messianic lyrics ("I Would Die 4 U") works spectacularly well, and is one of the album's very best songs.
On a whole, though, this isn't your average pop album, and it's pleasantly refreshing that this album became as big of a hit as it did. Prince does all kinds of weird stuff here, and two of the weirder cuts (bup-ba-da-daaa!) topped the charts. One of them is "When Doves Cry," probably Prince's signature song, for a good reason. Ever tried to think of a dance track without the bass? And with prominent heavy guitar? Prince not only makes it work, it's a fantastic experience. And the synthesizer line the song is based on, which would've been dumb in anyone else's hands, is just about my favorite part of the song! Oh, and you can dance to it. You don't ever want to see ME dance to it, but it's possible. And "Let's Go Crazy's" fusion of heavy metal, rockabilly, and funk would probably be considered audacious even today. It's a very odd fusion of genres, but it succeeds as well.
And those are just the two #1's. This one's a REAL wild ride. "Darling Nikki" (Tipper Gore's favorite song of all time), with its strip-club-on-acid rhythm and crazed, carnivalesque synths, is at least as freaky as its infamous lyrics would suggest. "Take Me With U" is a fun, psychedelic pop song with a slight edge in its intro. "Computer Blue" is a real head-trip, starting with a dirty bit of dialog before launching into a bizarre but captivating jam with memorable guitar and synthesizer solos.
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Everyone can remember the first song that made them love music. Mine was "I Would Die for You". I was 4 when "Purple Rain" hit the big screen, and I was hooked when my mother played the record for Saturday morning chores. I wanted the album on vinyl as a momento for the artist I love, and the soundtrack that made me fall in love with music.

I'm so excited that they had the album on vinyl and it is in excellent condition.
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I was born in the late 70's and grew up with Prince music. I recently purchaced a record player( a year ago) and have been building my collection again. Records I had as a kid were lost or ruined over the years. I was so happy to find this record. It sounds like it did years ago. I play it all the time. Thanks again. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys good 80's music.
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Fabulous.....
this thing was awesome and it never disappointed
the only down side was that this thing was from the eighties,
and of course it was a party every time i played it,
but parties aren't meant to last
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I remember this movie, this soundtrack from back when it was brand new. And I was a small kid, did not understand really what was going on, but dug the music and this musical cat thinking outside the musical box that I knew.

Years pass and I forget (through no conscious decision, rather other music and life factors move me other directions) about this epic album. Then along comes a friend of mine, into DJing who excites me into joining him in the world of spinning, of vinyl. So now that I have plunked down a few hundred on equipment and a few hundred on vinyl from local record stores (please continue to support local vinyl as well as Amazon "big box" efforts), what is an aspiring DJ to do?

Listen to music. I tracked down every CD, every MP3 I could find and combined this with vinyl. Listening to music was literally like homework and I would race home after work and listen to at least a few hours of music a day. After a music marathon (and operation credit card reduction) month, it was time to select various classics that basically every music owner should own (and especially own on vinyl for any DJ work). First two things that popped in my head, were Purple Rain by Prince and Thriller by Michael Jackson. Both albums influenced me earlier in life, were pivotal in my musical (and therefore perhaps life) decisions and have influenced even who I am today.

Purple rain, purple rain... The only thing that could have sounded any better then that was the intial needle touching to the vinyl (MAN, I LOVE THAT SOUND). I usually run around and do other stuff while I am listening to music (I bought wireless headphones, see my other reviews), but I literally had to just sit. And listen. And love. Again.
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This is a real challenge. I don't really feel qualified to write a review of this record. But I didn't want to wuss out on the request because I have a particularly strong memory of this music. My first memory of wanting to listen to the radio when I was a teenager in New Jersey was when I heard "When Doves Cry" on my Panasonic boombox. Until then I think I was just listening to the radio because I thought other kids would think it was cool. There is something about the sound of the album, a specific moment in music history, when Prince was doing something at a slight return to what other people were doing in pop music. This was when the Police were moving into smoother sounds, and New Age was just starting to be really popular, but Prince was returning to a primal sound with his voice and guitar. The result to my ear was and is no less sophisticated for its raw honesty, and represents a particular pillar amongst the important records of that time.
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