Purple Rain

Jock McKenzie
£ 20.00 

At the core of Prince's legacy, Purple Rain will always stand as his signature triumph, a monument to his boundless talent and ambition. He is regarded as one of the greatest musicians in the history of popular music, selling over 100 million records worldwide,

  • Bite-Size Brass Band
  • 3 Cornets
  • 1 Flugel
  • 1 Tenor Horn
  • 3 Trombones
  • 1 Euphonium
  • 1 Tuba
  • 1 Drum Kit




Purple Rain is the 6th studio album by the American recording artist Prince, released in June 1984 by Warner Bros Records. It was the first to feature the billing of his band the Revolution and is the soundtrack to the 1984 film of the same name. Purple Rain was musically more sophisticated than Prince's previous albums, emphasising full band orchestrations and multiple layers of guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, drum machines and other instruments. Purple Rain's consolidation of multiple musical styles, from pop rock to R&B to dance, is generally acknowledged to account in part for its enormous popularity. As a soundtrack recording, much of the album had a grandiose and psychedelic sheen to the production. The album spent 24 consecutive weeks at the top of the charts in the USA. By May 1996, it was certified 13 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, with total worldwide sales at that time of 25 million copies, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. In addition to Purple Rain's breakthrough sales, music critics noted the innovative and experimental aspects of his writing. Aspects of his music, especially its synthesis of electronic elements with organic instrumentation and full-band performances alongside its landmark consolidation of rock and R&B, were identified by critics as distinguishing. Purple Rain is regularly ranked among the greatest albums of all time. It is safe to say there will never be another star quite like Prince. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Prince developed an interest in music as a young child and wrote his first song, "Funk Machine", at the age of seven. He signed a recording contract with Warner Brothers Records at the age of 19 and released his debut album in 1978. Prince Rogers Nelson (1958-2016) was a guitar virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist, known for his genre-crossing work, wide-ranging singing voice and flamboyant stage appearances, alongside the iconic look of ruffled shirt, purple jacket and motorcycle. Prince was a figurehead for pop music of the 1980s. One newspaper described him… “In 1984, there was only one man in America more popular than President Ronald Reagan. His name was Prince, and he was funky.” Purple Rain propelled him from ordinary stardom to supernova status. At the core of Prince's legacy, Purple Rain will always stand as his signature triumph, a monument to his boundless talent and ambition. He is regarded as one of the greatest musicians in the history of popular music. He sold over 100 million records worldwide, ranking him among the best-selling music artists of all time, winning 7 Grammy Awards, 7 Brit Awards, 6 American Music Awards, 4 MTV Video Awards, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award.

“This is absolutely one of the finest and most creative brass ensembles in the world."

Marc Dickman
University of South Florida writing in the International Trombone Association Journal

“The CD is just fabulous. The ensemble playing is fantastic; the tightness of the ensemble is amazing; the balance and dynamics are just brilliant.”

Philip Biggs
The Brass Herald

“Exploding onto the brass music scene with their debut album ‘Under the Spell of Spain’, the depth of versatility and virtuosity within the ranks of Superbrass has firmly secured it's place as one of the greatest large brass ensembles of all time”

Tom Davoren
Brass Band World

“Every now and again a recording that is both truly outstanding and will have great appeal to brass band listeners appears on the shelves. We are delighted to make it the first recipient of our CD of the Year Editors Award.”

Kenneth Crookston
British Bandsman

“Wow! What a great CD. The playing is superb”

Dr. Robert Childs
Musical Director, Cory Band

“One of the finest brass ensemble recordings that has ever come my way.”

Rodney Newton
Composer, arranger and music journalist

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