CD cover analysis for Purple Rain by Prince and The Revolution


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CD cover analysis for Purple Rain by Prince and The Revolution

  1. 1. Rock/Pop Side one "Let's Go Crazy" – 4:39 "Take Me with U" – 3:54 "The Beautiful Ones" – 5:13 "Computer Blue" – 3:59 "Darling Nikki" – 4:14 Side two "When Doves Cry" – 5:54 "I Would Die 4 U" – 2:49 "Baby I'm a Star" – 4:24 "Purple Rain" – 8:41 Purple Rain, an album by Prince and The Revolution, the soundtrack album to the 1984 film Purple Rain.
  2. 2. Rock/Pop <ul><li>Purple Rain was released by Warner Bros. Records on June 25, 1984, and was Prince's sixth album. </li></ul><ul><li>Prince wrote all of the songs on the album, some with the input of fellow band members. </li></ul><ul><li>The album was placed 4 th in the list of The Greatest Albums of All Time. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, in 2007, the editors of Vanity Fair labelled it the best soundtrack of all time and Tempo magazine named it the greatest album of the 1980s. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Rock/Pop <ul><li>Purple Rain sold 13 million units in the United States, earning a Diamond Award from the Recording Industry Association of America. </li></ul><ul><li>The album spent 24 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard album charts (August 4, 1984 to January 18, 1985) becoming one of the top soundtracks ever. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Rock/Pop In relation to the colours used on the CD cover, the mise-en-scene, the clothing that he is wearing are bright and compliments him, this makes him stand out also because of the way the image was edited makes him the most noticeable feature of the album cover.
  5. 5. CD covers Prince’s message “Lets Go Crazy” is a message of all good rock n roll, the lead-off track to Purple Rain —suggests that the best way to rebel is to go against the expectations and norms of our safe society. ' 'Purple Rain,'' which introduces Prince, the rising young rock performer, to theatrical films, is probably the flashiest album cover ever to be released as a movie. The lettering fits in well with the whole design of the cover, making it more edgy rock/pop. Here the artist is the main iconic image, as he is the lead singer and main attraction from the band therefore this would appeal to the fans straightaway when purchasing the album. From looking at the CD cover the main information a fan would need when purchasing the album would be name of the album and the name of the artist/band.
  6. 6. CD covers The theme that is carried out from the front cover is also portrayed unto the CDs as well.
  7. 7. CD covers A use of different font styles for each song. Which makes some songs stand out more than others, for example “Purple Rain”. This is the Purple rains' records company “Warner Bros. Information that may be at the interest of the fans but not always, is displayed at the bottom in very small font size as that is not the main attraction when purchasing the CD.
  8. 8. CD covers Here again we see that only the main basic information required for the fans when purchasing the CD are displayed. These are mainly the name of the artist, Title of the CD. The rest of the information may not be as visible as it could be therefore is in different font size.
  9. 9. CD covers This is the poster that is included in the CD package , this woul be seen as something extra for the Prince fans.
  10. 10. With his mass of carefully tended, black curly locks and his large, dark doe eyes, he looks, like a poster of Liza Minnelli on which someone has lightly smudged a moustache. (New York Times Review 1984) Rock/Pop
  11. 11. <ul><li>Purple Rain was released by Warner Bros. Records on June 25, 1984. </li></ul><ul><li>Prince's hugely successful 1984 film and album Purple Rain cemented his stardom, selling more than thirteen million copies in the U.S. and spending twenty-four consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, while the Purple Rain film won the Academy Award for &quot;Best Original Song Score&quot; and grossed more than $80 million in the US. </li></ul>Rock/Pop
  12. 12. <ul><li>&quot;When Doves Cry&quot; and &quot;Let's Go Crazy&quot; both reached #1 and the title track reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. </li></ul><ul><li>However, the album track &quot;Darling Nikki&quot; generated a major controversy that got worse when politician's wife Tipper Gore heard her 12-year-old daughter listening to the song and investigated the lyrics, her outrage led to the formation of the conservative group called the Parents Music Resource Centre. </li></ul><ul><li>Their argument was opposed by former Warner Bros artist Frank Zappa and others, but the PMRC's political clout eventually forced the US recording industry to adopt the compulsory practice of placing a &quot;Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics&quot; sticker on records deemed to contain &quot;offensive&quot; content. </li></ul>Rock/Pop