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"Prince – Original Live Reco…"
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This is the original version of "Purple Rain". Cut live at First Avenue.
If I knew that, I’d forgotten it. That "Purple Rain" was live, along with "I Would Die 4 U" and "Baby I’m A Star".
It doesn’t sink in until Prince hits the mic at 3:51. You start to tingle. You’re witnessing history. You don’t believe someone, that a band can be this good. In a year where seemingly every Grammy appearance was lip-synched, you’d think the ability to deliver sans crutches is a lost art. But it’s not. That’s why Prince owns the Super Bowl crown, that’s why he still does great business today.
Yes, MTV blew him up. But before it all began, before you knew who he was, he and his band could BLOW!