Purple Rain (Soundtrack): Tipstor® Pick
Summary: Featuring the debut of Prince’s first band -the Revolution, Purple Rain was a concerted effort to court rock audiences. The results were overwhelmingly positive, spawning two number-1 hits When Doves Cry and Let’s Go Crazy. The critics raved over the album while its music dominated the airwaves during 1983 and 1984.
Album: Purple Rain Soundtrack
Label: Warner Bros.
What really can be said about a film with “The Beautiful Ones,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Purple Rain” in it? If the surrounding 90 minutes had just been Prince dry-cleaning his scarves, the film would still be a masterpiece by default. Purple Rain is Prince in his prime, at his peak, at his most audacious. It is Prince at his most sensual, his most open and pleading. It is, then, by logical extension, some of the most powerful popular music of the last century, and some of the best we will ever get. That it came alongside a silly, campy picture to enjoy is just a bonus.