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Thread started 09/16/10 4:03pm

funkyhead

Who were the funkiest live - P & the Rev 84-86 or P & The NPG 93-95

Well after listening to some of the P.Rain / Parade stuff there is just no competition, the Revolution totally kicks the NPG's ass. Thoughts please!.

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Reply #1 posted 09/16/10 6:01pm

crazydoctor

I agree. But I think the reason is not the band... the music had gone downhill. Also, he started use weirder arrangements... the synths from the purple rain era were gone... Listen to a purple rain era song performed by the npg... it doesn't sound nearly as good.

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Reply #2 posted 09/16/10 6:26pm

motherfunka

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NPG all the way!

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Reply #3 posted 09/16/10 6:36pm

colorblu

motherfunka said:

NPG all the way!

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Reply #4 posted 09/16/10 6:39pm

noize

NPG..................................Hands down

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Reply #5 posted 09/16/10 7:15pm

Dogsinthetrees

The Revolution, no contest.

I'm just saying...
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Reply #6 posted 09/16/10 7:31pm

alexnvrmnd777

The Revolution, easily!!

Those bass grooves Brown Mark were layin' down, on top of the chicken grease that he RARELY goes to and uses anymore, and that bad ass horn section (Eric ALWAYS killed it!!) just leave the NPG in the dust.

Don't get me wrong. The NPG was funky in their own way. But they just don't compare to the Revolution at their musical peak, when they were the "Counter Revolution"!

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Reply #7 posted 09/16/10 7:44pm

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Can I vote for the 2002-4 NPG? The aftershows from that era are hands down the funkiest Prince I ever heard!

84-86 Revolution & 93-95 NPG is about a tie. They both had a lot of funky good stuff happening.
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Reply #8 posted 09/16/10 7:58pm

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The Revolution! 'Nuff said!

Here's what bothers ME:

Prince died of an overdose of the drug Fentanyl. Of which, it is very highly fucking likely that he never even knew he'd taken.
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Reply #9 posted 09/17/10 12:19am

SuperFunk59

I'm going to go with The Revolution as they were heard around the SOTT era with Sheila E, Eric Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, etc.

Shit, they were fonkay!!!!

Then again, saying that I've recently been listening to some NPG era boots and those brothers certainly have a streak of extreme funkiness.

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Reply #10 posted 09/17/10 10:55am

Romeoblu

The Revolution.

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Reply #11 posted 09/17/10 11:07am

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SuperFunk59 said:

I'm going to go with The Revolution as they were heard around the SOTT era with Sheila E, Eric Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, etc.

Shit, they were fonkay!!!!

Then again, saying that I've recently been listening to some NPG era boots and those brothers certainly have a streak of extreme funkiness.

I kind of agree with pushing it toward the SOTT era.

So 84-87...damn.

I mean, listen to the horns on Head on any live boot from 85/86.

FONKAY.

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Reply #12 posted 09/17/10 11:15am

Graycap23

The NPG would CRUSH the Revolution in EVERY way conceivable.

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Reply #13 posted 09/17/10 11:32am

skywalker

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Graycap23 said:

The NPG would CRUSH the Revolution in EVERY way conceivable.

I tend to agree. What song by the Revolution can compare to the heavy funk of a song like "Days of Wild"?

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Reply #14 posted 09/17/10 11:37am

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as far as funk goes, the NPG, but that's about ALL they could do.

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Reply #15 posted 09/17/10 11:43am

Spinlight

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errant said:

as far as funk goes, the NPG, but that's about ALL they could do.

You're killing me.

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Reply #16 posted 09/17/10 11:44am

Spinlight

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Graycap23 said:

The NPG would CRUSH the Revolution in EVERY way conceivable.

yeahthat

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Reply #17 posted 09/17/10 11:59am

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NPG.

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Reply #18 posted 09/17/10 12:05pm

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I'd go with the Lovesexy band as my favorite for the perfect blend of creativity AND funk.

The NPG's various forms are the most technically gifted band, and funkier than the Revolution, though there have been periods where they sounded more like session musicians than an actual band.

The Revolution was part of Prince's most creative period, and sounded most like a band with an actual style, but they were his least musically accomplished band.

[Edited 9/17/10 12:06pm]

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Reply #19 posted 09/17/10 1:49pm

littleredcorve
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Is this a trick question? cool

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Reply #20 posted 09/17/10 1:50pm

littleredcorve
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Graycap23 said:

The NPG would CRUSH the Revolution in EVERY way conceivable.

are U high? boxed

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Reply #21 posted 09/17/10 2:02pm

funkyhead

skywalker said:

Graycap23 said:

The NPG would CRUSH the Revolution in EVERY way conceivable.

I tend to agree. What song by the Revolution can compare to the heavy funk of a song like "Days of Wild"?

America Live - sorry but ALL bets are off with that one - or try computer blue, baby i'm a star etc. Sorry but the Rev were funky and unlike anyone else.

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Reply #22 posted 09/17/10 2:12pm

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littleredcorvette said:

Graycap23 said:

The NPG would CRUSH the Revolution in EVERY way conceivable.

are U high? boxed

I'm high right now and my opinion (agreeing with Graycap23 implicitly) hasn't changed since earlier when I wasn't.

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Reply #23 posted 09/17/10 2:21pm

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Excellent thread topic!!!!!

The Parade 86 experience was off the chain..but the 94-95ish NPG show was bananas....

omfg I just can't choose one!!!!

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Reply #24 posted 09/17/10 2:52pm

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I'd have to say The Revolution. They were just so raw, brash and in your face. From 85-86 that was pure unadulterated funk that made James Brown wish he was young again.

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Reply #25 posted 09/17/10 6:14pm

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funkyhead said:

skywalker said:

I tend to agree. What song by the Revolution can compare to the heavy funk of a song like "Days of Wild"?

America Live - sorry but ALL bets are off with that one - or try computer blue, baby i'm a star etc. Sorry but the Rev were funky and unlike anyone else.

Much respect to the NPG but I was just about to post that America Live gives Days of Wild more than a run for it's money. Wendy kills guitar on America Live and the horns are not to me !@#%$# with! Rev all night, all day...which is another funky Rev contribution...just sayin'

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Reply #26 posted 09/17/10 6:21pm

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I'd have to say the NPG were funkier!!! But I still like the Revolution a bit better! biggrin

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Reply #27 posted 09/17/10 6:45pm

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Xtraordinary said:

funkyhead said:

America Live - sorry but ALL bets are off with that one - or try computer blue, baby i'm a star etc. Sorry but the Rev were funky and unlike anyone else.

Much respect to the NPG but I was just about to post that America Live gives Days of Wild more than a run for it's money. Wendy kills guitar on America Live and the horns are not to me !@#%$# with! Rev all night, all day...which is another funky Rev contribution...just sayin'

Without getting into the trap of "defining" funk or funkiness, let me say this: The live version of "America" is funky without a doubt, but not a deep monsterous funk that the NPG were so capable of providing. Sonny T. and Michael B. absolutely blow Mark and Bobby out of the water in this regard.

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Reply #28 posted 09/17/10 6:57pm

Dave1992

If we're talking about sheer tightness and funk, agression, precision, drive and power, it has to be the NPG from 1993-1995.

The Revolution had loads of interesting sides to it no other band could ever put across in such a convincing manner, but the NPG was the better band, technically and theoretically, more diverse and more accurate.

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Reply #29 posted 09/17/10 7:14pm

motherfunka

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I also think the NPG had a lot more opportunity to be funky. There were a lot of "loose" shows going on around that time. Where as most of the Revolution performances everyone has seen were very choreographed and rehearsed for a proper tour, not to say that they weren't funky in their own right.

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