Purple Rain

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Purple Rain

Purplerain.jpg
from the album Purple Rain
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single art for Purple Rain

Song details


Performer: Prince and the Revolution
First Released: 25 June 1984 - Purple Rain album
Album(s): Purple Rain

The Hits 2
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:

Purple Rain is the ninth and final track on Prince's sixth album Purple Rain, the first album to be credited to Prince and the Revolution. Three months after the album's release, Purple Rain was released as the album's third single, available worldwide. The track is also featured in the movie Purple Rain.

In 1993, the track was included as the 18th and final track on the compilation album The Hits 2 (also included as the second disc of The Hits / The B-Sides).

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

In 2006, the track was included as the eighth track on the first disc of the compilation album Ultimate.

Prince and the Revolution recorded the song live on 3 August 1983 at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA (at the same concert where Electric Intercourse, I Would Die 4 U and Baby I'm A Star were also recorded).

This live version was worked on further between late August and September 1983, at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA, where the track was edited to omit a verse and a solo, and a new string section was overdubbed over the finale of the track (during the same set of sessions as The Beautiful Ones, a studio version of Computer Blue, a re-recording of Irresistible Bitch and Sugar Walls).

It was included as the sixth track on the 7 November 1983 configuration of Purple Rain, before becoming the eighth and final track on the 23 March 1984 configuration. It became the ninth and final track on the final 14 April 1984 configuration after some tracklist changes to the album.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
3 August 1983 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA Live recording
late August - September 1983 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Editing and string overdubs
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Purple Rain 8:41 Purple Rain Album

Purple Rain Single
The Hits 2
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
Ultimate

Prince 4ever

Live with overdubs 3 August 1983, First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Purple Rain (Edit) 4:02 Purple Rain Single

The Crown Jewels promo
Strange Tales From The Rain promotional album
The Story So Far... promotional album

Edit
Purple Rain (Long Version) 7:05 Purple Rain Single
Edit
Purple Rain (Radio Edit) 4:19 Purple Rain promo
Edit
Purple Rain (7" Edit) 4:30 Purple Rain promo
Edit
Purple Rain (Long Radio Edit) 5:37 Purple Rain promo
Edit
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Purple Rain 7:05 Purple Rain 20th Anniversary DVD Promo video See Purple Rain video for more details
Purple Rain 18:24 Prince And The Revolution: Live VHS/laserdisc
Live 30 March 1985, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, USA
Purple Rain T.B.C. Lovesexy Live 1 VHS
Live 9 September 1988, Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, West Germany
Purple Rain 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
Purple Rain T.B.C. Live concert radio broadcast
Live 28 January 1985, American Music Awards, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Purple Rain T.B.C. Live concert radio broadcast
Live 22 July 1990, Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
Purple Rain T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 29 July 1990, Estadio Santa María del Mar, La Coruña, Spain
Purple Rain T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast
Live 31 August 1990, Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム), Tokyo, Japan
Purple Rain T.B.C. Live performance TV broadcast
Live 4 September 1991 (mat.), Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA, USA
Purple Rain T.B.C. Live performance TV broadcast
Live 12 November 1996, Emancipation Freedom Concert, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA
Purple Rain (Live From Las Vegas 1999) 7:00 Love4oneanother.com RealAudio stream
Live 29 May 1999, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Purple Rain 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
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
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
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Purple Rain Live 3 August 1983, First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA; contains extra verse
Purple Rain Live with overdubs 3 August 1983, First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA; contains extra verse and string overdubs
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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