Let's Go Crazy

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Let's Go Crazy

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from the album Purple Rain
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single art for Let's Go Crazy
Song details
Performer: Prince and the Revolution
First Released: 25 June 1984 - Purple Rain album
Album(s): Purple Rain

The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
Ultimate
Prince 4ever

Writer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Let's Go Crazy is the first track on Prince's sixth album Purple Rain, the first album to be credited to Prince and the Revolution. One month after the album's release, Let's Go Crazy was released as the album's second single, becoming his second US number one single (following When Doves Cry). The track is also featured in the movie Purple Rain.

In 1993, the track was included as the eighth track on Prince's first compilation album The Hits 1 (also included as the first disc of The Hits / The B-Sides).

In 2001, the track was included as the fifth track on the compilation album The Very Best Of Prince.

In 2006, the Special Dance Mix version of the track was included as the first track on the second disc of the compilation album Ultimate.

On 31 March 2013 a slowed down, 6:37 studio rehearsal of Let's Go Crazy was streamed on Madison Dubé Vimeo account and promoted by 3rdEyeGirl Twitter account.

Before a studio recording was made, Prince and the Revolution recorded the song live on 3 August 1983 at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA (at the same concert where I Would Die 4 U, Baby I'm A Star and Purple Rain were also recorded).

In October 1983, a studio version was recorded at the St. Louis Park Warehouse in St. Louis Park, MN, USA, which would be edited down for the album (the full version was released on the 12" version of the single), during the same sessions that produced an unreleased studio version of Computer Blue.

The full-length version (later retitled Special Dance Mix) was included as the first track on the 7 November 1983 and 23 March 1984 configurations of the album, but this was edited down for the final 14 April 1984 configuration to make room for the inclusion of Take Me With U. The Special Dance Mix was included as the seventh track on the first disc of an early configuration of the compilation album Ultimate before the album was reworked for release.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
3 August 1983 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA Live recording
October 1983 St. Louis Park Warehouse, St. Louis Park, MN, USA Initial tracking
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Let's Go Crazy 4:39 Purple Rain

Let's Go Crazy promo
The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince

Studio
Let's Go Crazy (Edit) 3:46 Let's Go Crazy single

When Doves Cry Back To Back Hits re-release single
Prince 4ever

Edit Alternate beginning, with shortened 'Dearly beloved' speech
Let's Go Crazy (Special Dance Mix) 7:35 Let's Go Crazy single

Strange Tales From The Rain promo
His Majesty's Pop Life promo
Ultimate

Extended version Original version, before album edit was made
Let's Go Crazy 2:39 NPG Ahdio # 9 mp3 (not available as a separate track) Live 26 March 1993, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY, USA
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Let's Go Crazy 4:30 Purple Rain 20th Anniversary DVD Promo video See Let's Go Crazy video for more details
Let's Go Crazy 5:30 Prince And The Revolution: Live VHS/laserdisc Live 30 March 1985, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, USA
Let's Go Crazy T.B.C. Lovesexy Live 1 VHS Live 9 September 1988, Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, West Germany
Let's Go Crazy T.B.C. Rave Un2 The Year 2000 VHS/DVD Live 18 December 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA
BRIT Awards 12:20 NPG Music Club WMA download Live 15 February 2006 2006 BRIT Awards, Earls Court, London, England; part of medley containing Te Amo Corazón / Fury / Purple Rain / Let's Go Crazy
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Let's Go Crazy / Baby I'm A Star T.B.C. Live performance TV broadcast Live 20 July 1991 (matinee), Special Olympics, The Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN, USA; intro only
Diamonds And Pearls / Let's Go Crazy T.B.C. Live performance TV broadcast Live 4 September 1991, Arsenio Hall Show, Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA, USA; Diamonds And Pearls intro only
Let's Go Crazy T.B.C. Delayed lip-sync TV broadcast Studio December 1996: Muppets Tonight, unknown location, USA; lip-sync over brief clip of the song
Let's Go Crazy T.B.C. Live awards performance TV broadcast Live 8 February 2004, 46th annual Grammy Awards Ceremony, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA; with Beyonce
Let's Go Crazy T.B.C. Delayed awards show performance TV broadcast Live 15 March 2004 19th Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, Waldorf Astoria, New York, NY, USA
Let's Go Crazy T.B.C. Live performance TV broadcast Live 16 June 2006, Good Morning America, Bryant Park, New York, NY, USA
The Superbowl 11:52 Lotusflow3r.com video stream Live medley 4 February 2007, Dolphins Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL, USA; medley of We Will Rock You / Let's Go Crazy / 1999 intro / Baby I'm A Star / Proud Mary / All Along The Watchtower / Best Of You / Purple Rain
Let's Go Crazy Reloaded 6:37 3rdEyeGirl's YouTube account Rehearsal March 2013, Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed); includes Frankenstein interpolation
Let's Go Crazy TBC Live awards performance TV broadcast Live 19 May 2013, MGM Grand Garden Arena , Las Vegas, NV, USA; includes Frankenstein interpolation
Let's Go Crazy 6:19 3rdEye TV Show # 17 concert video stream Live 15 July 2013, Auditorium Stravinksi, Montreux, Switzerland; includes Frankenstein interpolation
Let's Go Crazy 4:18 3rdEye TV Show # 18 concert video stream Live 4 August 2013 Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden; includes Frankenstein interpolation
Let's Go Crazy 5:48 3rdEye TV Show # 19 concert video stream Live 7 August 2013, Dyrehaven - Bøgescenen, Skanderborg, Denmark; includes Frankenstein interpolation
Let's Go Crazy T.B.C. 3rdEye TV Show # 20 concert video stream Live 11 August 2013 (show 2): Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; includes Frankenstein interpolation
Let's Go Crazy 6:02 3rdEyeGirl's YouTube account Live 7 August 2013 , Dyrehaven - Bøgescenen, Skanderborg, Denmark; includes Frankenstein interpolation
Let's Go Crazy (excerpt) 1:40 3rdEyeGirl's YouTube account Live 19 Oct. 2013, Chanhassen, MN, USA
Let's Go Crazy (excerpt) 1:07 3rdEyeGirl's YouTube account Live 22 February 2014, Manchester Academy 1, Manchester, England
Let's Go Crazy 6:25 3rdEyeGirl's YouTube account Live 22 February 2014, Manchester Academy 1, Manchester, England; includes Frankenstein interpolation
Let's Go Crazy T.B.C. Live concert online stream Live 10 May 2015, Baltimore, MN, USA, Royal Farms Arena; includes Frankenstein interpolation
Let's Go Crazy T.B.C. 89.3 The Current Crazy 2 Cool broadcast Live 1 June 2014, Le Zénith, Paris, France (2nd show); includes Frankenstein interpolation
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Purple Medley 11:03 Purple Medley single Studio medley See Purple Medley for more details
Purple Medley (Edit) 3:14 Purple Medley single Edit See Purple Medley for more details
Million $ Show 3:10 Hitnrun Phase One album stream Studio Contains samples from openings of For You, 1999 and Let's Go Crazy
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Let's Go Crazy Live recording 3 August 1983, First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA
 
Additional Information

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