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Thread started 12/19/15 2:35pm

funkaholic1972

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Was "The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker" ever performed live?

And if so, are there any known bootlegs?

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Reply #1 posted 12/19/15 2:39pm

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funkaholic1972 said:

And if so, are there any known bootlegs?



Can't help you with the boots, but it's definitely been played live - there's a version on the ONA Live box and he performed it on Leno in the early 2000's as well.
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Reply #2 posted 12/19/15 2:44pm

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TwiliteKid said:

funkaholic1972 said:

And if so, are there any known bootlegs?



Can't help you with the boots, but it's definitely been played live - there's a version on the ONA Live box and he performed it on Leno in the early 2000's as well.


I love the Leno version mixed with Madhouse and Prince's jazzy piano.
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Reply #3 posted 12/19/15 3:09pm

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I saw him performing the song live in Vienna in 1987 and I think the bootleg of the Vienna 87 show is from that day too hmmm.

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Reply #4 posted 12/19/15 3:23pm

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You can find a version on 1988-11-07 - The Palace Aftershow (Confusion Records).

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Reply #5 posted 12/19/15 3:26pm

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it's even on the official live aftershow disc "it ain't over" from 2002 lol

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Reply #6 posted 12/19/15 3:31pm

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Although not technically "live" as in performed in concert, a really nice version can be found on the first disc of 4DaFunk's SOTT Rehearsals Volume 1 where it's jazzed up and mixed with the Madhouse track Four. It's also in perfect sound quality unlike some of the audience recordings of shows that might be floating around. So yeah, I highly recommend seeking out that release if you haven't really done so cool

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Reply #7 posted 12/19/15 5:49pm

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I swear I heard of him doing it at one aftershow in 2007.

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Reply #8 posted 12/19/15 5:51pm

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Quite a few times.

My favorite is the 21st May 1987 aftershow in Munich version. Absolutely sublime.



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Reply #9 posted 12/19/15 7:59pm

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Many, many, many times. And with great arrangements.
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Reply #10 posted 12/19/15 9:57pm

williamb610

Yeah. He performed it in Memphis. It was the merge with a Madhouse song version with Prince on keyboards. I can still remember it as if it was yesterday.

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Reply #11 posted 12/20/15 1:17am

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He did a full version of it at the Melkweg in Amsterdam on July 26, 2011. And yes, there is a bootleg which is surely worth getting. When he opened with What's My Name I knew it was gonna be great...
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Reply #12 posted 12/20/15 2:31am

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... and he performed it on Leno.
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Reply #13 posted 12/20/15 3:42am

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I think I actually remember now seeing the Leno version. I am looking for a version though that is close to the original. Any suggestions?

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Reply #14 posted 12/20/15 4:08am

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funkaholic1972 said:

I think I actually remember now seeing the Leno version. I am looking for a version though that is close to the original. Any suggestions?

See my previous reply. It's literally less than 2 months after the song was released, that's as close as it gets IMO.

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Reply #15 posted 12/20/15 5:24am

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Reply #16 posted 12/20/15 5:27am

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funkaholic1972 said:

I think I actually remember now seeing the Leno version. I am looking for a version though that is close to the original. Any suggestions?




Do you mean "close to the original" as in sounding like the original? With the Linn drums and everything?
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Reply #17 posted 12/20/15 6:39am

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KingSausage said:

funkaholic1972 said:

I think I actually remember now seeing the Leno version. I am looking for a version though that is close to the original. Any suggestions?

Do you mean "close to the original" as in sounding like the original? With the Linn drums and everything?

Well, actually I was listening to the song and thought about how the song would sound with a live drummer playing (something close) the Linndrum pattern. And then I realised I couldn't actually think of a tour where that song was played. Hence my question. I figured someone like Sheila E or John Blackwell would kill that beat!

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Reply #18 posted 12/21/15 5:49am

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The performance on Leno was classic Prince. That band was one of the best - if nto the best - he ever had and it was perfect. The jazz vibe that he was doing around that time was probably my favorite to see live. Having to endure Josh makes me long for that era.

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Reply #19 posted 12/22/15 7:30am

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I swear I heard of him doing it at one aftershow in 2007.

Yes, early in the run at the IndigO2.

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Reply #20 posted 12/22/15 8:42am

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Yes on the Munchen Park Cafe soundboard boot from 1987.
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Reply #21 posted 12/24/15 3:07am

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FUNKYNESS said:

The performance on Leno was classic Prince. That band was one of the best - if nto the best - he ever had and it was perfect. The jazz vibe that he was doing around that time was probably my favorite to see live. Having to endure Josh makes me long for that era.


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Reply #22 posted 12/24/15 10:07am

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2007 IndigO2 after show, he played it, I was there, right at the front, one of my all time favourite songs, I thought I had died and gone to heaven, I now have that as a soundboard recording.... Awesome.
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Reply #23 posted 12/24/15 10:19am

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Yes on the Munchen Park Cafe soundboard boot from 1987.

Or even Munich.

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Reply #24 posted 12/29/15 4:41pm

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Love this song.

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