Prince’s sixth studio album has been ranked among the best albums in music history. ‘Purple Rain’ by Prince was the first to feature his band the Revolution while also being the soundtrack to the 1984 film of the same name. It was released on June 25th in 1984 by Warner Brothers Records. All of the songs were written by Prince with input from his fellow band members. Three of the songs from the album were recorded live from a show in 1983 with edits that were added later, these songs include; “Baby I’m a Star”, “I Would Die 4 You” and “Purple Rain”.
The album had many successes including having multiple singles that were released from the album that even made it in the US Billboard Hot 100; “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy” at NO. 1, “Take Me with U” at NO. 25 and of course the titled track “Purple Rain” ranked at NO. 2.
Not only did the album make it on the Billboard Hot 100 but Prince won two Grammy Awards for “Purple Rain” for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media while also being nominated for Album of the year. It doesn’t stop there, Prince also won an Oscar for Best Original Song Score in 1985.
- Prince – lead vocals, background vocals, lead guitar, piano and various instruments
- Wendy Melvoin – guitar and vocals
- Lisa Coleman – keyboards and vocals
- Matt Fink – keyboards
- Brown Mark – bass
- Bobby Z. – drums and percussion
- Novi Novog – violin and viola
- David Coleman – cello
- Suzie Katayama – cello
- Apollonia – co-lead vocals
- Jill Jones – background vocals
- Let’s Go Crazy
- Take Me with U
- The Beautiful Ones
- Computer Blue
- Darling Nikki
- When Doves Cry
- I Would Die 4 U
- Baby I’m Star
- Purple Rain