Purple Medley was released on the stand-alone single Purple Medley, released in March 1995 to coincide with The Ultimate Live Experience tour in Europe. This medley was created to fulfill a request from the promoters of The Ultimate Live Experience tour who wanted Prince/ to play his old hits. The video was screened prior to the concerts.
The track is a medley of many of Prince’s best known songs, containing re-recorded clips of, in order, Batdance (sampled), When Doves Cry, Kiss, Erotic City, Darling Nikki, 1999, Baby I’m A Star, Diamonds And Pearls, Purple Rain, Let’s Go Crazy, Sexy Dancer, Let’s Work, Irresistible Bitch/Sexy M.F., I Wanna Be Your Lover/Kiss (coda), Alphabet St., Thieves In The Temple, 777-9311 (bass line only), A Love Bizarre, If I Was Your Girlfriend, Raspberry Beret, Little Red Corvette, Peach/Cream (lyrics only), It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night (instrumentation). The edit ends with a fade-out during the Let’s Go Crazy segment.
While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking likely took place in late 1994 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The edited version was initially included as the opening track on the 2006 Ultimate album, before being removed for the final release.