Prince and the Revolution 1985 Live Album Finally Released: Stream

The companion album to Prince's concert film of the same name

Prince and the Revolution Live LP Album Record Stream
Prince and the Revolution

    The companion album to the 1985 concert film Prince and the Revolution: Live has finally been unlocked from the vault. Stream it below via Apple Music or Spotify.

    The recording was made on March 30th, 1985 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York, as Prince and his famed backup band The Revolution toured in support of 1984’s Purple Rain. The set included all nine tracks off of Purple Rain, as well as a smattering of hits and B-sides from 1999,  the Controversy cut “Do Me, Baby”and even a “Yankee Doodle Dandy” interlude. Sheila E., who opened for Prince, joined him on “Baby I’m a Star”, and the concert ended with an 18-minute rendition of “Purple Rain”. To capture the performance in all its luscious glory, the tapes have been remastered by The Purple One’s longtime engineer Bernie Grundman.

    In a Rolling Stone oral history of the “Purple Rain Tour”, The Revolution’s keyboardist Lisa Coleman revealed that while the set was tightly rehearsed, Prince also included moments of improvisation to keep the band on their toes. She said,

    “The fun part was watching him, because a lot of things didn’t happen unless he gave us visual cues. It was like a game watching him run around the stage, and he would do a slight move of his hand, which would cue a riff or something. You’d have to watch pretty darn closely. Every once in a while, to cue the end of a song, he’d throw a hankie into the air, and when the hankie hit the ground, that’s when we would stop. So you had to be able to see the ground, and if you’re backed up on a riser behind keyboards and cymbals, sometimes it was hard to see, like, ‘Oh no! The hankie disappeared!'”


    You can look for those hankies yourself, as the actual footage of Prince and the Revolution: Live is streaming on YouTube through this weekend. During the broadcast, Prince’s estate is soliciting donations for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, with Google pledging to match up to $5 million.

    If you’re a loyal subject of Prince, you’re not alone; Bernie Sanders has a Prince drum head hanging in his office. Earlier this week, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame uploaded hundreds of video clips from past inductions, including that of his Purpleness.

    Prince and the Revolution: Live Artwork:

    Prince and The Revolution Live Artwork Prince and the Revolution 1985 Live Album Finally Released: Stream


    Prince and the Revolution: Live Tracklist
    01. Let’s Go Crazy
    02. Delirious
    03. 1999
    04. Little Red Corvette
    05. Take Me With U
    06. Yankee Doodle Dandy
    07. Do Me Baby
    08. Irresistible Bitch
    09. Possessed
    10. How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore
    11. Let’s Pretend We’re Married
    12. International Lover
    13. God
    14. Computer Blue
    15. Darling Nikki
    16. The Beautiful Ones
    17. When Doves Cry
    18. I Would Die 4 U
    19. Baby I’m a Star
    20. Purple Rain


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