29 Black Music Milestones: Prince Releases 'Purple Rain'
29 Black Music Milestones: Prince Releases 'Purple Rain'

"Purple Rain" is the first Prince album recorded with and officially credited to his backing band, The Revolution. The result? While still rooted in R&B, the album was musically denser that Prince's previous one-man albums thanks to the layers of guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, drums and other live instruments which added a flavor of pop, dance and other genres to the mix.

Thus, "Purple Rain" is regularly ranked as one of the top albums in rock, mainly for it's assortment of musical experimentations and styles.

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