June 26, 2009

Tribute: Spin celebrates the 25th anniversary of Purple Rain

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Prince's breakthrough album and film debut Purple Rain, Spin magazine enlisted nine artists to cover the nine tracks from the soundtrack.

There are a few fun interpretations (Mariachi El Bronx's "I Would Die 4 U") and a couple misses (Riverboat Gamblers' "Let's Go Crazy"), but the sharpest take is from reliable funktress Sharon Jones and her soul swinging Dap Kings. "Take Me With U"—Purple Rain's final single, sung with costar Apollonia Kotero—is nearly unrecognizable here as a gritty, hip-shaking, vintage piece of funk.

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - "Take Me With U" (from Spin's Purplish Rain)
Prince - "Take Me With U" (from Purple Rain)

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