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“Purple Rain” (12″ Single) – Prince and the Revolution

Since it’s Saturday, I decided that it’s best to dip into the singles and spend the rest of the day frolicking wherever beer is being served. Luckily, we got ourselves a good pick: the 12″ single version of “Purple Rain” from the movie and soundtrack of the same name.

Purple Rain 12" Single Cover

Now I’ve seen the movie a hundred times and listened to the soundtrack album a thousand. What’s new here? Well we do have have a non-album B-side entitled “God”. And what’s cool about it is that Prince gave it it’s own nice, fancy font.

Fancy Purple Rain Text


Okay, so we all know “Purple Rain”: that beautiful, slow-tempo, powerful, sad and desparate track that closes the album and serves as the beginning of the denouement in the film? (If not, stop reading and get thee to your nearest music source.) Anyway, all eight-and-a-half glorious minutes of it is on this 12″ single, in nice high-quality 45″ RPM. It never sounded better and it still gives me tingles, even after all these years.

Moving onto the B-Side, we have “God”, an experimental piece of pseudo-gospel music. It’s a lot of strange sounds and at times even a bit scary. It has a bunch of high-pitched noises and what sounds like the scream from Minnie Riperton’s “Lovin’ You”. To be frank, it bored me. But that’s okay, because I still have “Purple Rain” on the A-Side, and even better:

Purple Vinyl

The vinyl is PURPLE! Awesome.


About DaveMMR

An avid collector of vinyl records and old video games, and a sometimes fan of talking about same.


One thought on ““Purple Rain” (12″ Single) – Prince and the Revolution

  1. Maybe you would be interested to know that ex-members of The Revolution collaborated recently with French producer RoxyParis?
    Eric Leeds performed an incredible saxophone part on the first single, you can here it here: http://soundcloud.com/publicdifferent/sets/roxy-paris/

    More information about the whole project: http://www.publicdifferent.com/roxyparis/

    Posted by Publicdifferent (@publicdifferent) | February 14, 2013, 9:36 am

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