Prince – Purple Rain


A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

The shootout winner for this album earned top grades and showed us a Purple Rain we had never heard before. 

The best copies sound pretty much the way the best copies of most Classic Rock records sound: tonally correct, rich, clear, sweet, smooth, open, present, lively, big, spacious, Tubey Magical, with breathy vocals and little to no spit, grit, grain or grunge. That’s the sound of analog, and the best copies of Purple Rain have that sound.

Copies with rich lower mids and nice extension up top did the best in our shootout, assuming they weren’t veiled or smeary of course. So many things can go wrong on a record! We know, we heard them all.

’80s vinyl is almost always tricky in terms of sound, and Prince is not an artist we associate with audiophile-quality sonics. While Demo Quality Sound may never be in the cards for his records, we have at very least found pressings that do a better job communicating the music. I don’t want to throw on a record that just sounds like a CD when I have access to so much amazing sounding vinyl, but clean and play enough copies of this album and eventually you’ll find one like this copy that gives you something to enjoy.

Bottom line? While this may not be a record that’s going to blow anyone’s mind the way a killer copy of Zuma or Deja Vu might, it does a very good job bringing this music to life in a way that most copies out there simply cannot. If you’re a fan of Prince, there is very little chance that you will find a better sounding copy than this one.


Side One

Let’s Go Crazy
Take Me With U
The Beautiful Ones
Computer Blue
Darling Nikki

Side Two

When Doves Cry
I Would Die 4 U
Baby I’m A Star
Purple Rain

AMG 5 Star Review

Prince designed Purple Rain as the project that would make him a superstar, and, surprisingly, that is exactly what happened. Simultaneously more focused and ambitious than any of his previous records, Purple Rain finds Prince consolidating his funk and R&B roots while moving boldly into pop, rock, and heavy metal with nine superbly crafted songs.

… Taken together, all of the stylistic experiments add up to a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever recorded.