One of the defining releases of the '80s – along with Michael Jackson's Thriller and Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. – Purple Rain (1984) elevated Prince from cult hero to superstar. The movie, loosely based on Prince's life story, was set in Minneapolis and his real-life hangout, the First Avenue & 7th Street Entry Club. Prince wrote the treatment and played the lead role of "The Kid."
The film also included electrifying performances by Prince and the Revolution – his racially and sexually integrated band, which included guitarist Wendy Melvoin, keyboardists Matt Fink and Lisa Coleman, bassist Brown Mark and drummer Bobby Z. The film grossed $80 million and the album, which won Prince an Oscar for Best Soundtrack, rained hits for a year: "When Doves Cry" (No. 1), "Let's Go Crazy" (No. 1), "Purple Rain" (No. 2), "I Would Die 4 U" (No. 8) and "Take Me With You" (N. 25).
12" vinyl reissue of 1984 maxi-single featuring a long version of Purple Rain's third hit single, the anthemic title track and Prince signature "Purple Rain," plus the overtly religious b-side "God."