Released on June 25th, 1984, Purple Rain was the 6th album put out by Prince.
Considered by most music critics as his finest album, Rolling Stone magazine named it the 2nd-best album of the 1980s and one of their 100 best of all time.
The soundtrack album featured five singles: “When Doves Cry”, “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Purple Rain”, “I Would Die 4 U” and “Take Me with U”.
Purple Rain was the first Prince album recorded with and officially credited to his backing group The Revolution. The resulting album was musically denser than Prince’s previous one-man albums, emphasizing full band performances, and multiple layers of guitars, keyboards, icy electronic synthesizer effects, drum machines, and other instruments. Musically, Purple Rain remained grounded in the R&B elements of Prince’s previous work while demonstrating a more pronounced rock feel in its grooves and emphasis on guitar showmanship.
Prince won 1985 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group as well as for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Special. Though it didn’t win, the album was also nominated for Album of the Year.
Purple Rain was the highest-selling album for the week of August 4th, and remained the weekly leader through the end of 1984, ultimately holding down the title for 24 straight weeks.