Written By Braddon S. Williams
Prince: Purple Rain
Purple Rain…now that I have your attention, let’s talk about one of the most perfect albums ever recorded.
Prince And The Revolution released Purple Rain in 1984 as the soundtrack to the movie of the same name. Massive sales, success, and superstardom followed, and deservedly so.
Purple Rain, in my humble opinion, has no weak songs at all, just brilliance through and through. It also manages to incorporate elements of many genres of music, simultaneously experimental and universal in scope.
When Doves Cry was a huge hit single, but it is still really unique and odd. Computer Blue is funky, but sort of robotic and ice cold sounding…more oddness. Darling Nikki is raunchy, daring, and absolutely brilliantly written. Let’s Go Crazy shows off Prince’s outstanding lead guitar skills.
Michael Jackson hired Eddie Van Halen, but Prince just did it himself. The Beautiful Ones and the title song are works of art; soulful, psychedelic, and hypnotic, with some of the most passionate lead vocals ever recorded.
Prince was fully capable of being a one-man band, but utilizing the skills of The Revolution brought out his best and elevated the other musicians to a level they never would have achieved without him.
The movie was a lot of fun and remains a cool time capsule of the fashion and sound of that era, but the music on Purple Rain the album is the stuff of legend.