Over the weekend two rare videos of Prince performing surfaced online, and one has already been taken down, so make sure you watch this one fast before it too disappears! In this haunting footage, Prince sings “Purple Rain,” which is the vocal take used for the song on the album, recorded live in 1983. It really makes you think about the power of Price as a performer — there’s nothing manufactured about it, as the legendary artist relies on nothing but natural talent for his music.
As The Lefsetz Letter puts it, “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.” The performance itself is emotional and raw, and there’s no way you wont be moved by this intimate, exclusive footage.
Prince – Original Live Recording of Purple Rain (First Avenue 1983) with Commentary [The Lefsetz Letter]