Let's Go Crazy is the first track on Prince's sixth album Purple Rain, the first album to be credited to Prince and the Revolution. One month after the album's release, Let's Go Crazy was released as the album's second single, becoming his second US number one single (following When Doves Cry). The track is also featured in the movie Purple Rain.
In 1993, the track was included as the eighth track on Prince's first compilation album The Hits 1 (also included as the first disc of The Hits / The B-Sides).
In 2001, the track was included as the fifth track on the compilation album The Very Best Of Prince.
In 2006, the Special Dance Mix version of the track was included as the first track on the second disc of the compilation album Ultimate.
On 31 March, 2013 a slowed down, 6:37 studio rehearsal of Let's Go Crazy was streamed on Madison Dubé Vimeo account and promoted by 3rdEyeGirl Twitter account.
Before a studio recording was made, Prince and the Revolution recorded the song live on 3 August, 1983 at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA (at the same concert where I Would Die 4 U, Baby I'm A Star and Purple Rain were also recorded).
In October, 1983, a studio version was recorded at the St. Louis Park Warehouse in St. Louis Park, MN, USA, which would be edited down for the album (the full version was released on the 12" version of the single), during the same sessions that produced an unreleased studio version of Computer Blue.
The full-length version (later retitled Special Dance Mix) was included as the first track on the 7 November, 1983 and 23 March, 1984 configurations of the album, but this was edited down for the final 14 April, 1984 configuration to make room for the inclusion of Take Me With U. The Special Dance Mix was included as the seventh track on the first disc of an early configuration of the compilation album Ultimate before the album was reworked for release.
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