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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today 2 get through this thing called life. Electric word, life, it means forever and that’s a mighty long time, but I’m here to tell you there’s something else–the afterworld. A world of never ending happiness. U can always see the sun, day or night. So when u call up that shrink in Beverly Hills, U know the one – Dr. Everything’ll Be Alright. Instead of asking him how much of your time is left, ask him how much of your mind, baby. ‘Cuz in this life, things are much harder than in the afterworld. In this life, you’re on your own; and if de-elevator tries 2 bring u down, go crazy – punch a higher floor!

So kicks off Prince‘s monumental soundtrack for his movie, Purple Rain. Do you know how some people are just born geniuses? Well, I don’t know if Prince Rogers Nelson was born a genius or if he became one overnight, but one thing is certain, in 1984, Prince had the world’s attention when he released the soundtrack, Purple Rain to accompany his first starring picture of the same name.

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Prince was IT and Purple Rain was THE album.

Purple Rain came into my life the same way that Guns N’ Roses and Run-DMC came into it. One man. My cousin, Nick Mak. I was born in 1980, but Nick lived and breathed the 80’s (we have a 9 year age difference). Nick was the one I looked up to the most when it came to what was hot and popping in the then-crack infested streets of New York. Prince was IT and Purple Rain was THE album. Next to the late, great Michael Jackson‘s Thriller, Purple Rain was the only other important album of the 1980’s.

the soundtrack itself, which was ahead of its time in 1984, is almost reaching its pinnacle in 2013.

The movie itself seems dated by today’s standards, but the soundtrack itself, which was ahead of its time in 1984, is almost reaching its pinnacle in 2013. That’s how fresh the album sounds today; and that’s saying a lot. Radio over the years has overplayed Purple Rain. We all know the songs by heart although that’s not something we all like to admit. Admit it, at one point or another in our lives, haven’t we all known someone just like the one Prince describes in the song Darling Nikki?

Purple Rain is a straight eargasm for anyone who is willing to allow themselves to be blown away.

Purple Rain is an eclectic album to match the eccentric enigma that is the Purple One. It does not fit in any one catergory of music more so than it encompasses almost every genre across the board. Some might read this and think that I’m probably giving too much credit to this one soundtrack, but the fact remains, the album is 29 years old and is it being talked about? Yes? Well then, I wonder the fuck why? Maybe because it’s probably the best soundtrack ever. Period. This is another one of those albums that from the first track to the last plays like a greatest hits record, but it’s NOT! I could only hope that had the movie had never been made, that this album would have still seen the light of day. In many ways the soundtrack eclipsed the movie it was written for to accompany and so what? Purple Rain is a straight eargasm for anyone who is willing to allow themselves to be blown away. This is the soundtrack, my fellow kilSters. If you’ve never had the pleasure, well then, fear not. Click right here and be satisfied.

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