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Learning Purple Rain

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The second track on the disc is entitled "Learning Purple Rain". It's a near 12 minute look at Prince teaching The Revolution the future classic. Sadly, a good portion of this recording involves Prince talking to band members off mic, so it is very hard to hear what is being said. The song picks up at the five minute mark as they are working on the instrumental section of the song right after Prince's soon to be legendary guitar solo. Prince cuts this off after a few minutes though to go over more with the band, so there truly is not a lot of music on this recording.

The instruction and conversation present on a lot of these rehearsals is often as entertaining as the music, but there is not a lot of juicy stuff here. Whereas other tapes capture Prince bitching out a band member, or revealing a sense of humor too often not shown publicly, about the best bit here is when he takes a little shot at former bassist, and childhood friend, Andre Cymone. He says to the band, "When in doubt, don't play, that's safer than playing! Some reason, that don't bother me. If you're just playing by yourself, it reminds me of Andre." Basically instructing them, don't improvise if you're not sure

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