The Beautiful Ones

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The Beautiful Ones

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from the album Purple Rain

Song details


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

One Nite Alone... Live!

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:

The Beautiful Ones is the third track on Prince's sixth album Purple Rain, the first album to be credited to Prince and the Revolution. The song also features in the movie Purple Rain.

In 2002, a live version was also included as the eleventh track on the second disc of One Nite Alone... Live!, Prince's first live album (along with Xenophobia, Extraordinary, Avalanche, Family Name, Raspberry Beret, The Everlasting Now, EyeBlue.png Wanna B Ur Lover, Diamonds & Pearls, Nothing Compares 2 U and How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore from the same show).

Initial tracking took place on 20 September 1983, at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA (five days after Irresistible Bitch).

It was included as the second track on the 7 November 1983 and 23 March 1984 configurations of Purple Rain, but became the third track on the final 14 April 1984 configuration after the addition of Take Me With U.

On 18 March 2016 it was announced that Prince would write an unconventional memoir to be released in Autumn 2017, titled The Beautiful Ones after this song.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
20 September 1983 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Initial tracking
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Beautiful Ones 5:13 Purple Rain

Strange Tales From The Rain promo

Studio
The Beautiful Ones 2:10 One Nite Alone... Live! Live 30 April 2002, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Portland, OR, USA
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Beautiful Ones 7:30 Prince And The Revolution: Live VHS/laserdisc
Live 30 March 1985, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, USA
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Beautiful Ones 5:09 Delayed performance TV broadcast
Live 13 April 2011 (matinee), Lopez Tonight, Warner Bros. Studios - Stage 29, Burbank, CA, USA
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
The Beautiful Ones Studio Original version with additional final verse
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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