Purple Rain

~ Release group by Prince and The Revolution

Album + Soundtrack

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Purple Rain (GEMA/Biem) 12" Vinyl 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 925 110-1 07599251101
Purple Rain 12" Vinyl 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 25110-1 07599251101
Purple Rain CD 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 9 25110-2 075992511025
Purple Rain CD 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 7599-25110-2 075992511025
Purple Rain CD 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) W2-25110, WBXD 112 6001491337129
Purple Rain CD 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 7599-25110-2 075992511025
Purple Rain Cassette 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 925 110-4 [none]
Purple Rain 12" Vinyl 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 925 110-1 07599251101
Purple Rain (Distribution code "France WE 851" on back, barcode given as 07599251102) CD 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 7599-25110-2 075992511025
Purple Rain CD 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 925 110-2 075992511025
Purple Rain CD 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) WBCD1573 6001491149623
Purple Rain CD 9 Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases), Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) W2-25110 [none]
Purple Rain CD 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. 9 25110-2, D 160175 [none]
Purple Rain CD 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 9 25110-2 075992511025
Purple Rain CD 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), Warner-Pioneer Corporation (1972-1991) 20P2-2612 [none]
Purple Rain Digital Media 9 Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 603497999088
Purple Rain SHM-CD 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) WPCR-13535 4943674091492
Purple Rain 12" Vinyl 9 Rhino (reissue label) R1 25110 081227991494
Purple Rain (hi-res audio) Digital Media 9 Rhino (reissue label), Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 603497921836
Purple Rain CD 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) WPCR-78109 4943674146307
Purple Rain (deluxe edition) 2×CD 9 + 11 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 9362-49304-3 093624930433
Purple Rain (expanded edition) 3×CD + DVD-Video 9 + 11 + 15 + 21 NPG Records, Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 9362491320, 9362-49132-0 093624913207
Purple Rain (deluxe, hdtracks) Digital Media 20 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) [none]
Purple Rain (ultimate collector’s edition) 3×CD + DVD-Video 9 + 11 + 15 + 21 NPG Records, Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 547374-2 093624913207
Purple Rain (deluxe, mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 20 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 093624930402
Purple Rain (deluxe edition) 2×CD 9 + 11 NPG Records, Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 561689-2 093624930433
Purple Rain (deluxe, expanded edition, mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 35 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)
Purple Rain (distribution code: WE 835, barcode given as 07599251102) CD 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 7599-25110-2 07599251102
Purple Rain CD 9 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 9 25110-2 075992511025
Bootleg
Purple Rain (unknown) 9

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: I Would Die 4 U
Let’s Go Crazy
Purple Rain
Take Me With You
When Doves Cry / 17 Days
included in: Original Album Series by Prince
mash-ups: The Purple Album by K-12
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 76)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000382324 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/16245 [info]
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087957/ [info]
Wikipedia: en: Purple Rain (album) [info]
lyrics page: http://genius.com/albums/Prince/Purple-rain [info]
http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/Prince:Purple_Rain_(1984) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/prince_and_the_revolution/purple_rain/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/65084/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/6qxm [info]

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Following the commercial breakthrough of 1982's double album, 1999, with all its attendant sexual shenanigans and electro-funk beatbox rock it was time for Prince Nelson Rogers to cement his reputation for all time. Already (and rightly) labelled as the imp of the perverse, Purple Rain was to be the biggest, most audacious statement that the diminutive artist could possibly make. Not only an album but also a (supposedly semi-autobiographical) film, PR was his defining achievement. In the autumn of the year of its release it was well nigh impossible to go anywhere without hearing the words ''Dearly beloved...''.

Already in trouble with the so-called Moral Majority, Prince never could curb his priapic enthusiasm. The track Darling Nikki with its references to female onanism was never going to slip by unnoticed. Yet what really stuck in the mind after the smut had settled was Prince's ability to fashion the most avant garde pop imaginable while still making you want to shake your booty. When Doves Cry manages to squeeze in electro keyboards, squalling guitar, rattling drum machines and snarling backing noises, just in its first 30 seconds. Oh, and it has NO bass. Talk about clever.

On that note; up until that point the purple one had mainly done all the chores himself. The multi-talented multi-instrumentalist was entirely capable of doing it all himself (just like his hero, Todd Rundgren) but here he's properly joined by The Revolution. This beefed up the sound somewhat. Through the alleged religious allegory of I Would Die 4 U (yeah, right) to the prog stretch of Computer Blue, it's very much a product of its time, but resists any ageing process; unlike the film, which mixes superb live footage with cringeworthy acting.

And yet he still had a tour de force waiting. The title track is still one of the most affecting blues soul laments ever recorded. Equal parts Hendrix and Marvin, and yet utterly Prince. Its eight-minute climax to both film and album was a masterstroke. Like Michael Jackson after Thriller, no amount of subsequent weirdness could detract from this achievement.