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Purple Rain is still great, but the sound is terrible

Your copy of Purple Rain sounds terrible.That's no knock against the music, that urgent, neon, bug-funk zeitgeist bomb Prince straddled and launched and screamed on as it blew up the world -- kind of like what Slim Pickens did to that nuke in Dr. Strangelove, but with more cream. The music still stirs and kills and baffles. Purple Rain is so great that "Purple Rain" itself might not even be its best ballad.