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Songs on Purple Rain caused parent groups to demand warning notices on songs.
Songs on Purple Rain caused parent groups to demand warning notices on songs. Original Cover: Warner Brothers Records

Record album by Prince and the Revolution: Purple Rain (1984)

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Here’s why this album should be in your collection!

Millions of music fans already own Purple Rain, the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning soundtrack album from the 1984 movie. But folks who want to preview it (or any music by Prince) can’t. His entire discography is blocked from Internet playback.

Listening frequently to “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” “I Would Die 4 You,” “Baby I’m a Star,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “Take Me With You” requires purchasing Purple Rain. Hits from the movie by other artists, such as “Jungle Love” by The Time are also blocked.

But Prince-related material can be enjoyed online. Along with The Time and Apollonia Six, he has collaborated with or composed songs for Vanity Six, The Family, Wendy and Lisa, Andre Cymone, Sheila E., Tevin Campbell, Sheena Easton, Meli’sa Morgan, Chaka Khan, and Mazarati.

Prince’s prolific output helped Minneapolis to join New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles as centers for R&B music during the Eighties.

This album is available in CD and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.

Here’s an interesting fact!

Two songs associated with Purple Rain are particularly hard to find. “Erotic City,” the B-side of the extended play vinyl single “Let’s Go Crazy,” is now only available on a CD maxi single. “Darling Nikki” was never released as a single. But its explicit lyrics motivated Mary Elizabeth (Tipper) Gore to co-found the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), resulting in Parent Advisory notices on thousands of songs.