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Thread started 09/28/22 4:36pm

SquirrelMeat

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The Ladder is far superior to Purple Rain...change my mind.

razz

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Reply #1 posted 09/28/22 4:39pm

LoveGalore

You're wrong, but I'ma let u wander lost in the abyss of denial.
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Reply #2 posted 09/28/22 4:43pm

SquirrelMeat

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LoveGalore said:

You're wrong, but I'ma let u wander lost in the abyss of denial.

I genuinely believe it. biggrin

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Reply #3 posted 09/28/22 6:18pm

paisleyparkgir
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No it's not.

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Reply #4 posted 09/28/22 7:32pm

TrevorAyer

great tune and far less overexposed

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Reply #5 posted 09/28/22 8:15pm

homesquid

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SquirrelMeat said:

razz

LOl. You're cute. I love the song, nevertheless.

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Reply #6 posted 09/29/22 2:43am

funkbabyandthe
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the version with him just on piano seen in an 88 tour rehearsal in the bbc omnibus or prince of paisley park documentary is incredible.

id say the love we make does the whole epic power ballad thing better too.

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Reply #7 posted 09/29/22 6:01am

RJOrion

I wanna agree with you...but i cant...Purple Rain is just too big... but i kinda see why you would say that
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Reply #8 posted 09/29/22 6:29am

deanm

IMHO, it is not a better song. However the soundcheck on the piano from Lovesexy era is fire !

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Reply #9 posted 09/29/22 8:55am

2freaky

You cannot be helped or saved lol Purple Rain is one of the great classics of rock while The Ladder is just a good song with bonkers religious lyrics that make zero sense, and I'm a Christian.

I'll tell U what the Eye in the Pimp stand 4!
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Reply #10 posted 09/29/22 8:56am

2freaky

Condition of the Heart on the other hand...

I'll tell U what the Eye in the Pimp stand 4!
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Reply #11 posted 09/29/22 9:01am

RJOrion

2freaky said:

Condition of the Heart on the other hand...



Yes...its the Greatest Prince Ballad Ever

1. Condition of The Heart
2. When 2 R In Love
3. Its Gonna Be Lonely
4. Adore
5. The Beautiful Ones
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Reply #12 posted 09/29/22 9:12am

2freaky

no no no!

I'll tell U what the Eye in the Pimp stand 4!
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Reply #13 posted 09/29/22 10:39am

nelcp777

I agree with Squirrel. I have always loved The Ladder. The BBC version from '88 is incredible. I have always wanted that version in full.

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Reply #14 posted 09/29/22 11:31am

jazzz

funkbabyandthebabysitters said:

the version with him just on piano seen in an 88 tour rehearsal in the bbc omnibus or prince of paisley park documentary is incredible.



id say the love we make does the whole epic power ballad thing better too.


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Right! I hope one day we will hear the full version of that, including the sax solo.
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Reply #15 posted 09/29/22 11:45am

claudemorton

Never was a fan of Purple Rain, it was cool during the Super Bowl, but, meh. The Ladder, I've always loved, much better.

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Reply #16 posted 09/29/22 6:11pm

SquirrelMeat

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As a few have mentioned, the bit of The Ladder from the BBC Omnibus is particularly great. The chords (overdubbed or otherwise), take it to another level.

I love Purple Rain, but it doesn't move me like The Ladder. With Purple Rain, it's like, 'Here's an anthem'. With The Ladder, it's like 'Here's my heart'.

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Reply #17 posted 09/29/22 8:14pm

LoveGalore

SquirrelMeat said:

As a few have mentioned, the bit of The Ladder from the BBC Omnibus is particularly great. The chords (overdubbed or otherwise), take it to another level.

I love Purple Rain, but it doesn't move me like The Ladder. With Purple Rain, it's like, 'Here's an anthem'. With The Ladder, it's like 'Here's my heart'.



Come on, purple rain may have been polished in the studio, but the video of that show has all the proof. He left it all on the stage that night and it's forever minted in history on wax. The Ladder is a great song, but pales in comparison to Purple Rain in both composition and execution.
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Reply #18 posted 09/29/22 10:41pm

funkbabyandthe
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Purple rain is cool on the album but the best versions were always live. Like the Atlanta 85 version. The first avebue debut is great but has that unnecessary extra verse. But the feeling on that one is incredible.
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Reply #19 posted 09/30/22 2:19am

Robbajobba

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This is the best new thread on the Org in ages. SquirrelMeat is right. (Always felt guilty for not liking PR as much as I felt I should.)

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Reply #20 posted 09/30/22 3:29am

SquirrelMeat76

There is a fantastic version of The Ladder from the Lovesexy tour rehersals, with Prince at the piano. Gave me a new appreciation of the song. The version on ATWIAD is too overblown for me, and was never a favourite.

As for it being better than Purple Rain? Behave.

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Reply #21 posted 09/30/22 5:38am

funkbabyandthe
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PR only really works when it is allowed to fill a full 19-20 minutes.

anything less than that and its merely just okay.

i also dislike the strings on the album version. i dont need them really.

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Reply #22 posted 09/30/22 6:31am

funkaholic1972

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LoveGalore said:

You're wrong, but I'ma let u wander lost in the abyss of denial.

lol lol lol

Thanks for the laugh, I love this comment!

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time...
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Reply #23 posted 09/30/22 6:34am

funkaholic1972

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nelcp777 said:

I agree with Squirrel. I have always loved The Ladder. The BBC version from '88 is incredible. I have always wanted that version in full.

I am very pleased to hear there is a "Big Black Cock" version of The Ladder, where can I find this treasure?








lol lol lol

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time...
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Reply #24 posted 09/30/22 10:31am

Blondies1973

I agree with SquirrelMeat. We are many.
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Reply #25 posted 09/30/22 12:35pm

dodger07

If you’d have said his Purple Rain remake entitled Gold that would be a tricky one…
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Reply #26 posted 09/30/22 5:48pm

AvocadosMax

Perhaps the LoveSexy rehearsal version that we’ll probably never hear in complete is lmao
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Reply #27 posted 10/02/22 9:52am

nosajd

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Nah, not even close IMO
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Reply #28 posted 10/06/22 5:38pm

SquirrelMeat

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dodger07 said:

If you’d have said his Purple Rain remake entitled Gold that would be a tricky one…

Honestly, If you asked me to rank the 3 (and I love them all), I would go...

1. Gold

2. The Ladder

3. Purple Rain

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Reply #29 posted 10/07/22 10:05am

nelcp777

SquirrelMeat said:

dodger07 said:

If you’d have said his Purple Rain remake entitled Gold that would be a tricky one…

Honestly, If you asked me to rank the 3 (and I love them all), I would go...

1. Gold

2. The Ladder

3. Purple Rain

My order would be:

1. The Ladder

2. Gold

3. Purple Rain

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