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.


Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Back in the early days of MTV, when the “M” actually stood for “Music”, I was introduced to Prince via the song Little Red Corvette and became instantly intrigued by his sound, style, and image. 1999 came out in 1982, but was so fresh and fully formed that the listener could actually believe the future had already arrived. Prince was literally a one-man band, playing all the instruments and composing all the songs on this double album, with the exception of some guitar work by Dez Dickerson and various backing vocalists. In addition to the title track and the aforementioned Little Red Corvette, other notable tracks included Delirious, Let’s Pretend We’re Married, and International Lover, which earned him his first Grammy nomination. Prince brought the funk, rocked when needed, and provided the sensual ballads that he excelled at throughout his career, and made it all seem easy. He was preparing for world wide superstar status that would explode with Purple Rain, but this was the one that hooked me in, and it still makes me want to party like its 1999!

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind