Prince and the Revolution recorded “Purple Rain” live on 3 August 1983 at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA (at the same concert where Electric Intercourse, I Would Die 4 U and Baby I’m A Star were also recorded).
This live version was worked on further between late August and September 1983, at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA, where the track was edited to omit a verse and a solo, and a new string section was overdubbed over the finale of the track (during the same set of sessions as The Beautiful Ones, a studio version of Computer Blue, a re-recording of Irresistible Bitch and Sugar Walls).
It was included as the sixth track on the 7 November 1983 configuration of Purple Rain, before becoming the eighth and final track on the 23 March 1984 configuration. It became the ninth and final track on the final 14 April 1984 configuration after some tracklist changes to the album.
Download now: First Recording of “Purple Rain” at First Avenue Club Benefit Concert on August 3, 1983