On June 25, 1984, Prince released his most iconic album, Purple Rain, and changed the pop music world forever.
34 years later, Purple Rain endures as a masterpiece — not just Prince's most culturally and commercially impactful release, but a collection of material so potent and instantly recognizable that it can only be described as classic.
From the bass-less and provocative pop of "When Doves Cry" to the righteous guitar riffs of "Let's Go Crazy," the songs from Purple Rain became massive hits on radio and @mtv
and fueled the intrigue around his feature film of the same name, which was released just a month later. Prior to Purple Rain, Prince was an industry underdog, tirelessly working to carve out a niche for his funk-rock sound. By the end of the summer of 1984, Prince had become a global superstar and a leader of the pop culture zeitgeist.
Although much of the world may have perceived Prince as a sudden, overnight success, Purple Rain is Prince's sixth full-length album and the result of nearly a decade of recording-studio experimentation, live improvisation and relentless creative reinvention. It captured Prince in a moment of pure discovery, combining the R&B, funk, and rock roots of his past with cutting-edge new wave, punk, and electronic sounds to create something wholly original and irresistible with his newly cemented band, @therevolution
. Purple Rain isn't just an album; it's a road map for the direction that pop music would take over the next decade.
What sort of an impact has the Purple Rain album had on your life? Has it changed the way in which you interpret or listen to music? Maybe the music represents your own outlook on life? Tell us how Prince's masterpiece has affected you over the years!
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