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"This is what it sounds like when doves cry."

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called 'life.' Electric word, 'life'; it means 'forever,' and that's a mighty long time. But I'm here to tell you there's something else: the Afterworld. A world of never-ending happiness; you can always see the sun, day or night. So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills— you know the one, Dr. Everything'll-Be-Alright— instead of asking him how much of your time is left, ask him how much of your mind, baby. 'Cause in this life, things are much harder than in the Afterworld; in this life you're on your own. And if the elevator tries to bring you down, go crazy: punch a higher floor!"
Prince's spoken-word monologue that opens the album

Purple Rain is the sixth album by American pop/rock musician Prince. The album was the first to have him co-billed with his backing band the Revolution (which would persist until the band's dissolution in 1986) and was the soundtrack to his 1984 film debut. Widely considered Prince's Ziggy Stardust, it stayed on the Billboard Top 200 for 122 weeks, won the Grammy Awards for "Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group" and "Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media," the Academy Award for "Best Song Score," and in 2012 was inducted into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry in 2012. It is the third biggest-selling soundtrack of all time and is regarded by the broad majority of fans, critics, and music analysts as Prince's masterpiece. It was ranked #76 on the Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, behind Star Time, a box set by one of Prince's heroes, James Brown.


The album produced five singles: "When Doves Cry", "Let's Go Crazy", "Purple Rain", "I Would Die 4 U", and "Take Me with U". While not released as a single, the track "Darling Nikki" did gain just as much notoriety thanks to it being a favorite of Kareana Gore Schiff, daughter of senator and later vice president Al Gore's daughter. Al's wife, Tipper, caught a then eleven-year-old Kareana singing along to "Darling Nikki", and, horrified that her child was singing along to such a blatantly sexual song, co-founded the Parent's Music Resource Center in 1985 with the aim of imposing an MPAA-like rating system on music releases. While the plan didn't work out due to accusations of censorship from the music industry, which came to a head in a court hearing in August that featured counterargument testimonies from the likes of Frank Zappa, Dee Snyder, and John Denver, the PMRC did succeed in forcing the music industry to start applying warning stickers to the packaging of albums with explicit lyrics.


So, to put a long story short, this album indirectly caused the creation of the Parental Advisory sticker. Ironically, to this day Purple Rain has never received one.

As usual, you can find the basics at Wikipedia.


Side One

  1. "Let's Go Crazy" (4:39)
  2. "Take Me with U" (3:54)
  3. "The Beautiful Ones" (5:13)
  4. "Computer Blue" (3:59)
  5. "Darling Nikki" (4:14)

Side Two

  1. "When Doves Cry" (5:54)
  2. "I Would Die 4 U" (2:49)
  3. "Baby I'm a Star" (4:24)
  4. "Purple Rain" (8:41)

"I only wanted to see you troping in the purple rain":

Alternative Title(s): Purple Rain


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