Prince Purple Rain

Data di Uscita: 24 Giugno 1984

Etichetta: Warner Bros

Formati: Cassetta, LP, CD, Tape8


Purple Rain

ID Titolo Durata
01. Let's Go Crazy 04:40
02. Take Me With U 03:54
03. The Beautiful Ones 05:13
04. Computer Blue 03:59
05. Darling Nikki 04:14
06. When Doves Cry 05:52
07. I Would Die 4 U 02:59
08. Baby I'm A Star 04:24
09. Purple Rain 08:40

La Storia

Purple Rain è la colonna sonora dell’omonimo fil

Colonna sonora dell’omonimo film Purple Rain è il sesto album in studio. Esce a Giugno del 1984 negli Stati Uniti e arriva in Europa verso la metà di Luglio. E’ il primo album che esce come “Prince And The Revolution” anche se la band è la stessa del precedente album 1999. Il disco viene registrato a partire dall’estate del 1983 durante la serata al First Avenue di Minneapolis, in particolari le ultime tre canzoni dell’album “I Would Die 4 U”, “Purple Rain” e “Baby I’m A Star”


Purple Rain (the motion picture soundtrack to the movie Purple Rain) is the sixth full-length studio album by Prince, and the first to be officially credited to Prince and the Revolution (Albeit the name The Revolution does appear in mirror-writing on the sleeve of the 1999 album). It was released worldwide in June 1984, a month before the movie, Purple Rain opened in theaters.

Released a year and eight months after Prince‘s previous album 1999, it marked the longest period between albums to date.

Sessions and compiling

The album was mostly recorded between August 1983, and March 1984, although Baby I’m A Star had first been recorded in 1981. The last three songs on the album, I Would Die 4 UBaby I’m A Star and Purple Rain, were recorded live at the 3 August 1983, First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA show, although overdubs and edits took place on all three in September 1983. This marked the first time Prince had included live recordings on an album or on any release.

In keeping with previous albums, all tracks were primarily written by PrinceComputer Blue features songwriting input by Dr. FinkLisa Coleman, and Wendy MelvoinDr. Fink also wrote a keyboard bass line for the track. Prince‘s father John L. Nelson was also credited for the Father’s Song component of the track, which had been worked on during rehearsals on the 1983 leg of the 1999 Tour.

While Prince‘s previous albums were primarily solo recordings by PrincePurple Rain contained the credits “produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince and the Revolution.”

The full band appears on four tracks: Let’s Go CrazyI Would Die 4 UBaby I’m A Star and Purple RainWendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman also appear on Computer Blue, while the remainder of the tracks are essentially solo performances. Apollonia sings co-lead on Take Me With U. Three of the tracks include a string section arranged by Lisa Coleman and Prince, conducted by Coleman and MelvoinTake Me With UBaby I’m A Star, and Purple Rain.

The string players are Novi Novog (violin and viola), David Coleman (cello), and Suzie Katayama (cello).


The album produced five commercially-released singles, When Doves Cry (which preceded the album), Let’s Go CrazyPurple RainI Would Die 4 U and Take Me With U. Both When Doves Cry and Let’s Go Crazy reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Prince supported the album with the Purple Rain Tour, his most extensive to date, and the first billed as Prince and the Revolution. Every song on the album was played regularly on the tour, which comprised of 100 shows throughout the United States, also including two shows in Canada.


On 4 August 1984, after 3 weeks in the chart, Purple Rain reached number 1 on the US Billboard Top Lps And Tape chart, where it remained for 12 weeks (the album remained almost a year in the US charts). It also reached number 1 on the US Billboard Black LPs chart, remaining at top position for 19 weeks.

In Canada the albums topped the RPM Top 100 Albums chart for 17 weeks, and the “The Record Top 40 Albums” chart where it remained 13 weeks. The albums fared also well in Europe, reaching number 1 position in the Netherlands (for 3 weeks), top 5 positions in Germany, Sweden and Norway, and top ten positions in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria and France.

Boosted by the success of the Purple Rain movie, the album catapulted Prince to international stardom as the album outsold all of his previous (and subsequent) albums, selling 13 million copies in the US and 5 million in the rest of the world.


The album was certified platinum by RIAA two months after release, on 29 Aug. 1984. By November 1984, it had reached 8x platinum and in January 1985, 9x platinum indicating 9 million copies shipped in the USA within 7 months.

On 16 May 1996 the album was certified 13x platinum by the RIAA and reached the “Diamond album” status.


The album was remastered at Paisley Park Studios in 2015, overseen by Prince.

See Purple Rain Deluxe for details on the remaster making-off and release.


1984 when doves cry
When Doves Cry
1984 let's go crazy
Let's Go Crazy
1984 purple rain
Purple Rain
1984 i would die 4 u
I Would Die 4 U
1984 take me with u
Take Me With U

I Video

When Doves Cry (Official Video)

Let’s Go Crazy (Official Video)

Purple Rain (Official Video)

I Would Die 4 U (Official Video)

Take Me With U (Official Video)

Album Timeline

03 Agosto 1983

First Avenue

Prince suona al First Avenue di Minneapolis, in questa serata vengono registrate dal vivo “I Would Die 4 U”, “Purple Rain” e “Baby I’m A Star” per essere inserite nell’album.

03 Agosto 1983

04 Novembre 1984

Inizio Tour

Alla Joe Louis Arena di Detroit inizia il Purple Rain Tour

04 Novembre 1984

07 Aprile 1985

Fine Tour

E’ all’ Orange Bowl di Miami che termina dopo xx serate e davanti a più di 50.000 spettatori il Purple Rain Tour, 

07 Aprile 1985

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