This year makes the 30th anniversary of the release of Purple Rain, one of Prince’s most beloved, best-selling and perhaps most influential albums he’s ever released. And to celebrate such an important milestone, reggae collective, Radio Riddler, which started out as a labor of love between Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ Frank Benbini and Fast Leiser and became a full-fledged act, will be releasing Purple Reggae, a reggae tribute to Purple Rain that features collaborations with the likes of UB40’s Ali Campbell, Sinead O’Connor, Citizen Cope, Beverley Knight and more.
Purple Reggae’s first single is a slow burning “Purple Rain” featuring the vocals of UB40s Ali Campbell. Of course, the song employs the use of soulful reggae riddims instead of the blistering guitar solos, while retaining the original song’s spirt (which is a rare). And perhaps more important, the Radio Riddler cover also further cements Prince’s unquestionable genius – great songs are great songs, no matter what genre.