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Thread started 07/05/19 10:51am

MendesCity

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Purple Rain "Howl" at 2:42

Listening to Purple Rain for the bazillionith time on good headphones, I noticed something I've never heard before.

At around the 2:42 mark, someone provides a short, almost dog-like howl. Anyone know who it is? I love it - feels like someone just got overcome by emotion while playing.

I came across this while working on a Prince mix for my mom, an 80 year old white woman who's repeatedly asked me what I love so much about Prince. Kind of a fun challenge - she's a fairly open-minded listener, but tends to favor melody and acoustic instrumentation.

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Reply #1 posted 07/05/19 11:32am

jjam

I noticed it the first time I heard the track!

Alas, the howler isn't on the album credits. Could be a band member. Could be someone in the audience. Could be a dog. We'll never know.

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Reply #2 posted 07/05/19 3:44pm

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It's a member of the audience.

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Reply #3 posted 07/05/19 4:07pm

PeteSilas

bluefish said:

It's a member of the audience.

yup, they left it in the mix, it's just a part of what we expect to hear now.

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Reply #4 posted 07/05/19 4:16pm

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bluefish said:

It's a member of the audience.


Yeah, even more evident in the First Avenue video, too. It's a nice nuance.

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Reply #5 posted 07/05/19 6:04pm

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MendesCity said:

Listening to Purple Rain for the bazillionith time on good headphones, I noticed something I've never heard before.



At around the 2:42 mark, someone provides a short, almost dog-like howl.



Crazy you never noticed it, it's one of the merable moments of the song lol

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Reply #6 posted 07/08/19 12:29pm

MendesCity

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FragileUndertow said:

MendesCity said:

Listening to Purple Rain for the bazillionith time on good headphones, I noticed something I've never heard before.

At around the 2:42 mark, someone provides a short, almost dog-like howl.

Crazy you never noticed it, it's one of the merable moments of the song lol

I think maybe it's one of those songs I've heard so often on the radio, I haven't spent enough headphone time with.

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Reply #7 posted 07/08/19 3:25pm

jjam

I expect the person who did the howl to cash in on it and write a book about it and their life story in 2020.

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Reply #8 posted 07/08/19 3:29pm

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OK - how many of you, when singing along with the song, sing the howl too?

I can't be the only one that does that, LOL.

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Reply #9 posted 07/08/19 3:41pm

PeteSilas

RodeoSchro said:

OK - how many of you, when singing along with the song, sing the howl too?

I can't be the only one that does that, LOL.


Not me but I wait for it.
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Reply #10 posted 07/08/19 7:45pm

renfield

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RodeoSchro said:

OK - how many of you, when singing along with the song, sing the howl too?

I can't be the only one that does that, LOL.

EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

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Reply #11 posted 07/08/19 11:07pm

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RodeoSchro said:

OK - how many of you, when singing along with the song, sing the howl too?

I can't be the only one that does that, LOL.




:nod: Yup I do it too lol
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Reply #12 posted 07/09/19 2:13am

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MendesCity said:

Listening to Purple Rain for the bazillionith time on good headphones, I noticed something I've never heard before.

At around the 2:42 mark, someone provides a short, almost dog-like howl. Anyone know who it is? I love it - feels like someone just got overcome by emotion while playing.

I came across this while working on a Prince mix for my mom, an 80 year old white woman who's repeatedly asked me what I love so much about Prince. Kind of a fun challenge - she's a fairly open-minded listener, but tends to favor melody and acoustic instrumentation.

I never heard it before either!

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Reply #13 posted 07/09/19 11:13pm

gsmith5678

RodeoSchro said:

OK - how many of you, when singing along with the song, sing the howl too?

I can't be the only one that does that, LOL.

yeahthat

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