It is the title track from the album of the same name , which in turn is the soundtrack album for the film of the same name starring Prince, and was released as the third single from the album. It reached No. In France, where it originally peaked at No. It was also the final song he performed live, taking place at the end of his final performance in Atlanta on April 14, , one week before he died.
Broadly, the announcement felt like a harmonious and happy end to the very public battle he fought with the label in the s. But for fans, it meant something different. The Purple Rain sessions alone are legendary: Although director Albert Magnoli later clarified that many of them were basically demos, Prince reportedly delivered some songs for potential use in his breakthrough film. Now, his death has papered over the lock, leaving generations of listeners with only the film itself as a biography, an explanation, an encapsulation of his singular identity. Some 32 years later, Purple Rain feels easy to compartmentalize, and — if you choose not to look closely — to dismiss: separate out the soundtrack, ignore the uneven performances, laugh at or be outraged by its misogyny. Is it any wonder that he passes along his indifference, and eventually, abuse to Apollonia, who clearly loves him? Without the music, Purple Rain is a domestic drama about a son coming to terms with the sins inherited from his father: talent, undercut by questionable mental stability, mitigated by the vices that each has at his fingertips — for The Kid, women, for his father, alcohol.
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