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Prince — Purple Rain
Album: Purple Rain
Avg rating:
8.1

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Total ratings: 1756









Released: 1984
Length: 8:35
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted to one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you
Laughing in the purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you
Bathing in the purple rain

I never wanted to be your weekend lover
I only wanted to be some kind of friend
Baby, I could never steal you from another
It's such a shame our friendship had to end

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you
Underneath the purple rain

Honey, I know, I know
I know times are changing
It's time we all reach out
For something new, that means you too

You say you want a leader
But you can't seem to make up your mind
I think you better close it
And let me guide you to the purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
If you know what I'm singing about up here
C'mon, raise your hand

Purple rain, purple rain
I only want to see you
Only want to see you
In the purple rain
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I'm always going to miss him. 
I have not heard this in a long time...  forgot how really good this is.  Makes you stop and listen
perfection.

hbriggs60 wrote:
Anyone who gave this song a 1 should be banned from RP for life.

 
mariodrv wrote:


Anyone who suggests that someone should be banned based on his personal opinion should be banned from life.
 
Any personnel  who thinks that somebody else banned what they think they banned the number one should be banned.  'Nuff said.
Prince was 57 and still on hard drugs  !!  Gezz... I'm 66 and  Oh wait, I'll roll a small one..
I really didn't appreciate Prince until his untimely death. Great guitarist and performer. Love this song.
Long Live                                                                                                              Radio Paradise
Rating to me is                                                                                                      9 -OUTSTANDING
They'll never make another like Prince. Gone too soon.
Prince is a musical genius. You can get lost for days watching his stuff on youtube.
blues, jazz, top notch guitar solos.
miss that guy
 hbriggs60 wrote:
Anyone who gave this song a 1 should be banned from RP for life.
 

Anyone who suggests that someone should be banned based on his personal opinion should be banned from life.
Still gives me goosebumps after all these years!
Thought this was crap when it first came out.  Man how things change. 
Hands up, every time. RIP Prince, we miss you!!!
Long Live     Radio Paradise
Rating to me this is still    9 - O U T S T A N D I N G    
This recording is the first time it was played live. There's a longer version and you can hear him working through the solo and he hits that repetitive part, recognizes what he's got, and then starts working it.
Great story (podcast) at the link below about Prince for Prince fans.  

This Is Love - Episode 11 - Nothing Compares to You 
Still stops me in my tracks every time I hear it.
Pure magic!
If there is a reason to have an 11 on the song rating, this song is it! What an absolute gem!
Anyone who gave this song a 1 should be banned from RP for life.
I much preferred the world with Prince in it. {#Guitarist} Sometimes I go back and watch the vid of the live recording of this at First Avenue, and it never fails to give me goosebumps.
U. of Maryland Homecoming 1984 -- Amy Schechter grabbed my butt during this song.  We ended up dating for the rest of the semester. Freshman year didn't suck.
It is a great song.  Not his best, but still great.
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
love this song because it moves me
I know it's not a great song
but it really moves me the way he gets more and more emotional as the song goes on
 
It is a great song.
One of my favorite songs of all time. Let it play on and on and on and on....{#Notworthy}
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
love this song because it moves me
I know it's not a great song
but it really moves me the way he gets more and more emotional as the song goes on
 
i know, i know, i know.........
love this song because it moves me
I know it's not a great song
but it really moves me the way he gets more and more emotional as the song goes on
Ahhhhh...The Holy Grail of Prince's songs. {#Notworthy}
 LYS wrote:
THE ONLY THING BETTER THAN SOME PRINCE, IS more PRINCE!
 
Couldn't have said it any better! 
 LYS wrote:
THE ONLY THING BETTER THAN SOME PRINCE, IS more PRINCE!
 
True that. {#Notworthy}
THE ONLY THING BETTER THAN SOME PRINCE, IS more PRINCE!
fuck this song..whoooooo hoooo ooo hooo oooo indeed!
Expert guitar player, all else is out the phecking fenster{#Frustrated}
variety.com/2018/music/news/prince-estate-releases-original-version-of-nothing-compares-2-u-watch-video-1202758541/
WOW! Still wow after all these years!
oh no, "Purple rain" after "Can't find my way home"? Started to like Prince much later than he became popular, but Purple Rain I never liked. Thus, this time from "10" for the previous sog down to a max of "3". I am sorry, but anyway, this is great Internet Radio station ..
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

OK you asked for it... smartass reply #1 repetitive melody, virtually no chorus, inane and one line lyrics.

RIP Prince and I do not wish you or your legacy any disrespect - just don't think this is very good on any criteria.

 
I agree that it's not as good - to me - as his other work. It has a nice iconic feel to it, and some brilliant musicianship. But I love so much of Prince's work (and have tons of obscure things by him - I'm a real fan and have been since Wanna Be Your Lover) and he is one of the few people that make me laugh out loud during a song at his creativity (like Dorothy Parker)...but this song isn't a reflexive ten for me like Penny Lane would be. More like a seven.
This song has always knocked me flat out, and it always will, I hope. 
 hbs47 wrote:
Good song, including Purple Numb/Comfortably Rain solo.  

 
I heard or read somewhere that the solo in Comfortably Numb inspired the solo in this song.

Thank you Prince
for Purple Rain

To me it is 9 - OUTSTANDING


{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}
Having trouble making this _loud_ enough.
 mdnlsn wrote:
Upped it to 10. If this isn't "Godlike", what is?

(Cue a smartass reply...)

 
Agreed... breathtaking. Does not sound like anything else from that era... I was a 14 year old-metal-head-transitioning-to-classic-rock kid in 1984.. just digging into Zeppelin, the Who, Pink Floyd, etc... this album made me realize that i didn't have to pigeon-hole myself into one genre... 

shit, this album almost made me want to wear eyeliner and lace. 
 Schmoogsley wrote:
Leading Retard of all music. 

 
Don't be so hard on yourself.
 mdnlsn wrote:
Upped it to 10. If this isn't "Godlike", what is?

(Cue a smartass reply...)

 
OK you asked for it... smartass reply #1 repetitive melody, virtually no chorus, inane and one line lyrics.

RIP Prince and I do not wish you or your legacy any disrespect - just don't think this is very good on any criteria.
Upped it to 10. If this isn't "Godlike", what is?

(Cue a smartass reply...)
One of my all time favorites!  And never had that ending version.  Very nice Bill!  Thank you!!
 Schmoogsley wrote:
Leading Retard of all music.
 
Classy.
Did you come up with that clever quip all by yourself or did you need help?
Leading Retard of all music. 
His creation of the Beverly Hills shrink named "Dr. Everything Gonna Be Alright" made me a permanent fan.
Good song, including Purple Numb/Comfortably Rain solo.  
 dwhayslett wrote:

Name 500,000.

 
Never mind that, he should name one other song from the era that this song sounds like.
 Tomasni wrote:

 

Thank you  Prince  for
Purple Rain

a strong 9 for me  OUTSTANDING



 
Absolutely agree. So glad I got to see him live too.
You can say a lot about this guy; both good and bad, but to me he was a musical iconoclast.  He was a disdainer of the norms of his industry, seeking always to do things his way.  And baby that is exactly what he did.  He paid the price for his independence, too. 

But regardless you cannot ignore his talent.  He had some "chops."  Check his playing in a tribute to George Harrison on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."  Watch it thru to the end then ask yourself this....where'd his guitar go?  Heh!  Insolent to the end.  If you're an artist ya gotta love that?  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 DocStrangelove wrote:
overrated, repetitive, derivative pop — sounds like a million other songs from that era
talented, but boring guitar masturbation

 
Name 500,000.
A true genius.
Never liked "The little purple mthufkr"  But over the years his contributions have become obvious.

 

Thank you  Prince  for
Purple Rain

a strong 9 for me  OUTSTANDING


 the_jake wrote:

I remember that Super Bowl. Colts defeated the Bears - in the rain.  Great half time show, game - not so much.
Only SB where opening kick-off returned for a TD.

 
I vaguely remember Prince's performance. He was always crisp, smooth and relentless when he was live. 

That SB sucked hard. Eight turnovers, pelting rain and Rex Grossman as the Bears' QB. Oh, and Peyton won so now we get to see his rubbery face doing endless Nationwide Insurance commercials.

{#Stop}
 
overrated, repetitive, derivative pop — sounds like a million other songs from that era
talented, but boring guitar masturbation
Bleh
Larger than life.
Absolute genius.
Absolute garbage. 
 LPCity wrote:
And tomorrow will be 10th anniversary of Prince performing the half time show of the Super Bowl.  In the rain in Miami.  Most half time shows are crap.  That one wasn't.

Do yourself a favor and check it out on you-tube and elsewhere. 

 
I remember that Super Bowl. Colts defeated the Bears - in the rain.  Great half time show, game - not so much.
Only SB where opening kick-off returned for a TD.
And tomorrow will be 10th anniversary of Prince performing the half time show of the Super Bowl.  In the rain in Miami.  Most half time shows are crap.  That one wasn't.

Do yourself a favor and check it out on you-tube and elsewhere. 
Love this song. Reminds me of playing Opertaion Wolf in the snack bar section of Hill's
 fahartle wrote:
**Sniff** - Anyone who hasn't seen Prince's guitar solo live for "While my guitar gentle weeps" should seriously look it up...

 
Well said

Nuff said 2
fahartle wrote:
**Sniff** - Anyone who hasn't seen Prince's guitar solo live for "While my guitar gentle weeps" should seriously look it up...

 
It's amazing
Played way too much on all stations. I can go the rest of my life without hearing it again. 
Not his best song!

I am never really fond of songs which take ages to end, even when they are good and this one - is not!
Great movie, superb song, epic artist. R.I.P.
Overrated artist. Terrible song.
wow... what are the chances that I've heard this song play every time this month...  THIS is spin number FOUR for Purple Rain...   ... how bout shakin up the Prince options... he has sooooo many other great songs!  Let's go Crazy!!! (just sayin) {#Drummer} {#Bananajam} {#Bananasplit} 123K
 DigitalJer wrote:

Had the opportunity to see him perform live here in Edmonton the last time he came through town.  Easily among the top 3 concerts I've seen, if not #1.  Prince never phoned it in - he left it all on stage.  We were entertained from start to finish, and it was a sincere effort.  The entire audience felt it, and gave back.  Absolutely world class.

 
So glad I got to see him in one of the last performances before he passed.  Just him on a piano. Amazing.
 kingart wrote:
I always liked the anthemic ballad quality of this, an ultimate concert crowd pleaser. I could listen to it many time. And it's hard and dumb to crab about a great showman who could f****** play that axe. 
A manager owner of a classic big old time movie and concert theater in Elizabeth NJ is a former road manager of many big music acts. He said that the greatest of them all was Prince. The dude could really play, was a real gentleman and he really cared about his audience, his team, the venue. And you can hear it in this piece. 

 

 
Had the opportunity to see him perform live here in Edmonton the last time he came through town.  Easily among the top 3 concerts I've seen, if not #1.  Prince never phoned it in - he left it all on stage.  We were entertained from start to finish, and it was a sincere effort.  The entire audience felt it, and gave back.  Absolutely world class.
I always liked the anthemic ballad quality of this, an ultimate concert crowd pleaser. I could listen to it many time. And it's hard and dumb to crab about a great showman who could f****** play that axe. 
A manager owner of a classic big old time movie and concert theater in Elizabeth NJ is a former road manager of many big music acts. He said that the greatest of them all was Prince. The dude could really play, was a real gentleman and he really cared about his audience, his team, the venue. And you can hear it in this piece. 

 
 passsion8 wrote:
SO MANY other good songs from this album. What we need is more diversity!
How about Computer Blue next time?

 
Excellent Request... agreed! I second that.  :)  Love All Prince.  Sign of the Times is a fave...  it's all good to me. 
Maybe it's Bill's way of doing a mashup
 DrLex wrote:
Uh-oh, we're having a mixup of Prince and The Waifs…
OK, good to know it's not only me having the problem... 
 


Purple Waifs?
Uh-oh, we're having a mixup of Prince and The Waifs…
Epic performance
Long live Prince!
Purple rain is  the highway Companion of sleeping satellite.
**Sniff** - Anyone who hasn't seen Prince's guitar solo live for "While my guitar gentle weeps" should seriously look it up...
 OHMish wrote:
I still have not understood/accepted that he's gone

 
Was just thinking about that when this came on tonight. Sadly, I was not surprised when Michael Jackson passed, but Prince seemed so vivacious and relevant that it didn't make sense. Still doesn't, but at least we have a deep catalog to remember him by.
 Aud wrote:
 OHMish wrote:
Most of this song was recorded live with audience, First Avenue 1983
Very intense, if you can find it 

 

He had Appolonia sit in the balcony so he could sing to her when this was filmed.

He wanted the human connection to make it be real



 
But the "live" filming and the album recording is not the same.
You can see the raw footage here https://uproxx.com/music/watch-prince-purple-rain-original-1983/
This is the actual recording that what was used for the album and movie (+ cuts/overdubs/edits)
 OHMish wrote:
Most of this song was recorded live with audience, First Avenue 1983
Very intense, if you can find it 

 

He had Appolonia sit in the balcony so he could sing to her when this was filmed.

He wanted the human connection to make it be real


 OHMish wrote:
I still have not understood/accepted that he's gone

 
In Minneapolis the feeling is so much the same!
 Cueburned wrote:
Prince didn't get the broadcast play he deserved for his artistry.  Some say it was just a factor of being "ahead of his time".  Actually it was because radio in large parts of the country would not play "black" music.  Trust me  I was in a room when that decision was explained by Top 40 and Album Rock radio programmers.  "Our audience doesn't want to hear..THAT music".  

 
Obviously this is new to the playlist here with Prince's death.  I just happened to be listening when this is being played and popped in to rate and see the comments.  It seems we were very fortunate here in Cleveland where Prince got lots of airplay on our wonderful (then) WMMS and a couple of others here back when he was fresh and current.  

Maybe an acquired taste in some markets, but not here in Cleveland where it fit wonderfully into what was a wonderful tapestry of broad tastes at the time.  Oh well.  A lot of things and people are only missed when they are gone.
 nano_k wrote:
This song gives me the chills and is played with such emotion, intensity and musical genius that I feel it in my core...can't say that about too many songs.  RIP Prince...you leave an incredible legacy.

 
Amen
 Cueburned wrote:

...... So an "acquired taste" is exactly right. A lot of great music fits that category I think.  Must remember to send off a few more dollars to Bill.
Thanks to RP I've acquired a lot of tasty music.   .   

 
Caught up to this.....

Great comment!   That has certainly been my experience:  lots of new, tasty music 'acquired' thanks to RP.   
I still have not understood/accepted that he's gone
This song gives me the chills and is played with such emotion, intensity and musical genius that I feel it in my core...can't say that about too many songs.  RIP Prince...you leave an incredible legacy.
I simply don't get the Prince appeal. This song is dull. Sorry, I realize it's musical heresy to dislike the purple one.
A rare 10 - play it as often as you can.
This is one of those songs. I was not a huge Prince fan, although, I always recognized his musical genius. I was turned on to "1999" in 1983 at a college party. I guy put a tape in the player and said "check out this dude's guitar playing, and watch the girls dance". Both were amazing, the guitar and the dance energy. Then about a year later "Purple Rain" came out. I find it a powerful song, and since his passing more so. Peace Prince.
 Cueburned wrote:
Prince didn't get the broadcast play he deserved for his artistry.  Some say it was just a factor of being "ahead of his time".  Actually it was because radio in large parts of the country would not play "black" music.  Trust me  I was in a room when that decision was explained by Top 40 and Album Rock radio programmers.  "Our audience doesn't want to hear..THAT music".  

 
That's funny, I close my eyes and I hear........Rock and Roll
light years ahead of its time.. {#Cheers}
Classic,  lovely track
{#Stop} (Sorry fans, but I don't like Prince's songs apart from maybe one or two songs.)
a classic
 OHMish wrote:
Most of this song was recorded live with audience, First Avenue 1983
Very intense, if you can find it 

 
I went to college in Minneapolis (where 1st Avenue is located).  Several of my friends were extras in the movie and got to see it recorded.
SO MANY other good songs from this album. What we need is more diversity!
How about Computer Blue next time?
weird, i'm reading this article,... 
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Another lesson from Prince’s death: You may want to bank your DNA
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/another-lesson-from-princes-death-you-may-want-to-bank-your-dna-2016-06-17
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..and this song comes on
 westslope wrote:

I dunno.  Lots of other Black American music has received considerable air play in Canada on a variety of radio stations.  

Much of Prince's output falls into the category of 'acquired taste'. 

 
Yes, and / but radio in the US was moving into "narrowcasting" which was, shall we say "interpreted" to "reflect our demographic". I remember thinking at the time that his music was challenging us to get past Motown and the blue eyed soul of Hall and Oates. So an "acquired taste" is exactly right. A lot of great music fits that category I think.  Must remember to send off a few more dollars to Bill.
Thanks to RP I've acquired a lot of tasty music.   .   
 lmic wrote:

I believe you.  In the US... 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XZGiVzIr8Qg

 
I was programming radio in the US back then.  And we were at a radio convention in San Francisco when the subject came up.  Kinda amazing we were still discussing "race music" in 1980whatever.   
 Cueburned wrote:
Prince didn't get the broadcast play he deserved for his artistry.  Some say it was just a factor of being "ahead of his time".  Actually it was because radio in large parts of the country would not play "black" music.  Trust me  I was in a room when that decision was explained by Top 40 and Album Rock radio programmers.  "Our audience doesn't want to hear..THAT music".  

 
I believe you.  In the US... 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XZGiVzIr8Qg
 Cueburned wrote:
Prince didn't get the broadcast play he deserved for his artistry.  Some say it was just a factor of being "ahead of his time".  Actually it was because radio in large parts of the country would not play "black" music.  Trust me  I was in a room when that decision was explained by Top 40 and Album Rock radio programmers.  "Our audience doesn't want to hear..THAT music".  

 
I dunno.  Lots of other Black American music has received considerable air play in Canada on a variety of radio stations.  

Much of Prince's output falls into the category of 'acquired taste'. 
I liked his less anthemic, more stripped-down stuff best, but i did own this album and it's great. He was a musician's musician. RIP,  Prince. 
 planet_lizard wrote:

Hmmmm - sometimes people make a fuss for a reason. In this instance they make a fuss for a whole heap of reasons. Delve deeper, learn about him.

Apparently when Eric Clapton was asked "what does it feel like to be the best guitarist in the world?" he replied: "I dunno. Ask Prince."

 
Apparently not.

No biggie.  Clapton still had nice things to say about Prince. 
Prince didn't get the broadcast play he deserved for his artistry.  Some say it was just a factor of being "ahead of his time".  Actually it was because radio in large parts of the country would not play "black" music.  Trust me  I was in a room when that decision was explained by Top 40 and Album Rock radio programmers.  "Our audience doesn't want to hear..THAT music".  
 sirdroseph wrote:
At the risk of sounding plebian, this album is a masterpiece and by far his best.  I put it right up there with Saturday Night Fever, Rumors, Dark Side of the Moon, Pet Sounds et al in the pantheon of iconic albums.

 
Saturday Night Fever?
Boo. Yuck. Not a fan. At all.  {#Frustrated}  {#Beat}  {#Grumpy}  {#No}  {#Yell}
Most of this song was recorded live with audience, First Avenue 1983
Very intense, if you can find it 
Loving the Purple Rain.
RP has some strange/boring/weird selection of Prince songs.
This one is great.
There are many others that would fit this radio fine 
A profound loss - Goodnight, Sweet Prince.
why some musicians get on this radio only after his death?
 Andy_B wrote:
An incredible song from an even more incredible musician.  We've lost a real pro and were lucky to have him for his time on earth..

 
Amen. I had no idea of his flexibility and musicianship until his death. R.I.P.