The Beautiful Ones
Name = The Beautiful Ones
Artist = Prince and the Revolution
Album = Purple Rain
Released = 1984
track_no = 3
Sunset Sound, Los Angeles
Funk, Rock music
Length = 5:15
Writer = Prince
Composer = Prince
Warner Bros. Records
Producer = Prince
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"The Beautiful Ones" is the third track on Prince and the Revolution's
soundtrack album"Purple Rain". Produced, arranged, composed, and performed by Prince, the song was recorded at Sunset Soundin Los Angelesby Peggy Macand David Leonard in early September 1983.
"The Beautiful Ones" is a haunting musical tale of emotional longing and unrequited love. Starting out as a slow falsetto ballad, with
Dr. Fink's piano and organ-sounding synthesizers providing a lush backdrop, it gradually builds in volume and intensity, and by the end of the song, Prince is screaming out "Do you want him, or do you want me? 'Cause I want you." The song comes to a quiet close, with Fink's and Bobby Z's drums serving as the closing instrumentation.
In the film, Prince sings the song directly from the stage to Apollonia, who is sitting with his rival
Morris Day. The song is a direct and urgent appeal to Apollonia to choose Prince as her lover — and it is a direct challenge to Day. Ultimately, as the song ends and Prince lies, apparently spent, on the floor of the stage, Apollonia leaves in tears.
Mariah Careycovers the song on her 1997 album "Butterfly".
* [http://video.aol.com/video/tv-princethe-beautiful-ones/1799329 AOL Video of the song from the "Purple Rain" film]
* [http://www.lyricsfreak.com/p/prince/the+beautiful+ones_20111355.html "The Beautiful Ones" lyrics]
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