Purple Rain is not just a soundtrack to a film, it’s a soundtrack to a moment in time and an iconic piece of popular culture
On the 25th June 1984 Prince released an album that would super-charge his popularity and elevate his status beyond imagination. Prince’s sixth album, Purple Rain, would truly put Prince Rogers Nelson on the world stage with a record that not only reflected the time in which it was made, but also pushed the boundaries of popular music with its outlandish style and inspirational production.
From the album opener Let’s Go Crazy through to its sublime close out track Purple Rain, Prince showcases an incredible talent through his musicianship, writing, arrangement and evocative performance.
The album is still regarded as one of the very best albums of the 80’s and is frequently included in many Best Albums Of All Time lists. Purple Rain was rightly inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2010 and has also been added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry list of sound recordings that “are culturally, historically or aesthetically important”.
Culturally this album had a massive impact, both on the pop music of the time but also on the future career of Prince. This album didn’t define him, it propelled him and fuelled his fire to go on to be an even more creative, inspirational and above all influential artist in the future.
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