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Thread started 06/21/16 4:06am

CNickyD

Why am I always disappointed when I hear Prince live??

I LOVE watching him perform, but I really hate the way he changes up his music, until sometimes tracks are practically unrecognizable. I realize most artists do this to some extent, but Prince takes rearranging to another level. I can never sing along with the song, which it what disappoints me so much... Alas, I'll take whatever I can get at this point. But still!

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Reply #1 posted 06/21/16 4:34am

Bunsterdk

Wow.. I wouldn't know, to be honest. I'm often disappointed when I hear the studio version of songs I have heard performed live. To each his/her own, I guess. smile
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Reply #2 posted 06/21/16 4:45am

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CNickyD said:

I LOVE watching him perform, but I really hate the way he changes up his music, until sometimes tracks are practically unrecognizable. I realize most artists do this to some extent, but Prince takes rearranging to another level.


eek This is precisely why Prince was my favorite live artist and why I'm so into collecting his concert boots! I loved to anticipate and hear how he would switch up the arrangements from show to show, and tour to tour. No two shows were the same, which is what made Prince one of the most exciting live acts. This is what I'm going to miss the most about him.

If the songs are going to sound just like the album, I might as well stay home and listen to the album. I quickly grow tired of studio versions of songs, though, and need to hear new arrangements to freshen up the experience.
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Reply #3 posted 06/21/16 4:49am

Kara

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Bunsterdk said:

Wow.. I wouldn't know, to be honest. I'm often disappointed when I hear the studio version of songs I have heard performed live. To each his/her own, I guess. smile

I agree. His songs often sounded more soulful, passionate, and hard-hitting in a live setting, in my opinion.
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Reply #4 posted 06/21/16 5:05am

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Wow I am shocked at this thread - I prefer the changed up version, if I wanted to hear an album version I would have stayed home and played the CD and saved money. Seriously? He was a genius live and this is why I love boots so much and will miss him so much til the day I meet my own fluffy cloud in the sky.

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Reply #5 posted 06/21/16 5:08am

Guitarhero

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Wow I am shocked at this thread - I prefer the changed up version, if I wanted to hear an album version I would have stayed home and played the CD and saved money. Seriously? He was a genius live and this is why I love boots so much and will miss him so much til the day I meet my own fluffy cloud in the sky.

He never disappointed me live either, those memories will stay forever yes

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Reply #6 posted 06/21/16 5:23am

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Since he passed, all I can listen to is live. I think the OP is the type that prefers a live version to sound like the album with an audience. I don't know why you can't sing along, I have no problem with it.

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Reply #7 posted 06/21/16 5:27am

CNickyD

djThunderfunk said:

Since he passed, all I can listen to is live. I think the OP is the type that prefers a live version to sound like the album with an audience. I don't know why you can't sing along, I have no problem with it.

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Yes, you can say that. I prefer it to sound like the album. But that's not to say I didn't enjoy him live! NOBODY does a better show. But I just come into a show with expectations, and he always did something different...

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Reply #8 posted 06/21/16 5:35am

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CNickyD said:

But I just come into a show with expectations, and he always did something different...

That quote pretty much encapsulates why I'm a Prince fan right there.

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Reply #9 posted 06/21/16 5:39am

Kara

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WhisperingDandelions said:



CNickyD said:



But I just come into a show with expectations, and he always did something different...

That quote pretty much encapsulates why I'm a Prince fan right there.


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Reply #10 posted 06/21/16 5:49am

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Kara said:

CNickyD said:

I LOVE watching him perform, but I really hate the way he changes up his music, until sometimes tracks are practically unrecognizable. I realize most artists do this to some extent, but Prince takes rearranging to another level.

eek This is precisely why Prince was my favorite live artist and why I'm so into collecting his concert boots! I loved to anticipate and hear how he would switch up the arrangements from show to show, and tour to tour. No two shows were the same, which is what made Prince one of the most exciting live acts. This is what I'm going to miss the most about him. If the songs are going to sound just like the album, I might as well stay home and listen to the album. I quickly grow tired of studio versions of songs, though, and need to hear new arrangements to freshen up the experience.

I agree!

I just love the different live versions music He was a genius live!

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Reply #11 posted 06/21/16 5:50am

Empress

I have no idea why you feel this way. Prince has always been best live IMO.

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Reply #12 posted 06/21/16 6:01am

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CNickyD said:

I LOVE watching him perform, but I really hate the way he changes up his music, until sometimes tracks are practically unrecognizable. I realize most artists do this to some extent, but Prince takes rearranging to another level. I can never sing along with the song, which it what disappoints me so much... Alas, I'll take whatever I can get at this point. But still!

Wait, what?

(Insert something clever here)
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Reply #13 posted 06/21/16 6:02am

FUNKYNESS

Probably because you are young enough to be raised on the fake live music that is the order of the day and you are not bred on REAL music by REAL musicians.. Prince was the greatest live musician on Earth - period.

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Reply #14 posted 06/21/16 6:09am

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I never had any problem, he made it easy and obvious when to sing, clap your hands or jump up and down. Crowd participation was always great at any show i went to. I don't understand this thread.

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Reply #15 posted 06/21/16 6:11am

CNickyD

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Probably because you are young enough to be raised on the fake live music that is the order of the day and you are not bred on REAL music by REAL musicians.. Prince was the greatest live musician on Earth - period.

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Umm, I'm 48. I stopped listening to the radio in the 90s.

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Reply #16 posted 06/21/16 6:14am

CNickyD

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I never had any problem, he made it easy and obvious when to sing, clap your hands or jump up and down. Crowd participation was always great at any show i went to. I don't understand this thread.

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OP here: What's there to understand?? I have an opinion that you don't. Doesn't make it any less valid of a thread topic.

No-one else could understand you, you're too complex. They say nothing's perfect, but they don't know you...
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Reply #17 posted 06/21/16 6:38am

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CNickyD said:

Marrk said:

I never had any problem, he made it easy and obvious when to sing, clap your hands or jump up and down. Crowd participation was always great at any show i went to. I don't understand this thread.

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OP here: What's there to understand?? I have an opinion that you don't. Doesn't make it any less valid of a thread topic.

So what are you expecting as a response? You are asking a question and you expect someone on this board to answer it for you or are you looking for people who agree with you?

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Reply #18 posted 06/21/16 6:39am

TrevorAyer

I agree ... The medley obsession is really vegas cheesy and kills any momentum a song has ... Unfortunately his extended live versions are just as bad ... He is was more inclined to play one verse and jam on a one chord boring chant than he was to give us 3 verses a bridge and 3 choruses we can enjoy ... To the average ear this may seem impressive but to me it seems lazy and uninspired ... I was happy on the celebration tour when he played full songs but it has been rare that we get more than 10 full songs and its usually the crap like chapter and verse that he plays in full instead of the good songs ... I mean .. I enjoy "the one" but a full version of the question of u would be very satisfying .. I blame his lack of qualified musicians to work with ... He got no pushback on his cheesy medley vegas dreams
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Reply #19 posted 06/21/16 6:49am

CNickyD

ZahndiFadzhina said:

CNickyD said:

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OP here: What's there to understand?? I have an opinion that you don't. Doesn't make it any less valid of a thread topic.

So what are you expecting as a response? You are asking a question and you expect someone on this board to answer it for you or are you looking for people who agree with you?

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You can agree or disagree. It's still not hard to understand.

No-one else could understand you, you're too complex. They say nothing's perfect, but they don't know you...
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Reply #20 posted 06/21/16 7:15am

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if you can't see and hear the brilliance of what was the most amazing live musician of our times I feel bad for you. Wondering what live bands don't disappoint you to have something to compare it to...
The greatest live performer of our times was is and always will be Prince.

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All of it. Everything. Is U.
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Reply #21 posted 06/21/16 7:20am

LuxLove

CNickyD said:

I LOVE watching him perform, but I really hate the way he changes up his music, until sometimes tracks are practically unrecognizable. I realize most artists do this to some extent, but Prince takes rearranging to another level. I can never sing along with the song, which it what disappoints me so much... Alas, I'll take whatever I can get at this point. But still!

Why you are disappointed is really only a question you can answer OP.

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Reply #22 posted 06/21/16 7:26am

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As someone who has no desire to hear other people sing at a Prince show, I applauded this propensity of his.

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Reply #23 posted 06/21/16 7:40am

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CNickyD said:

I LOVE watching him perform, but I really hate the way he changes up his music, until sometimes tracks are practically unrecognizable. I realize most artists do this to some extent, but Prince takes rearranging to another level. I can never sing along with the song, which it what disappoints me so much... Alas, I'll take whatever I can get at this point. But still!




That quote right there is why a lot of singers don't use their entire range when picking songs to record. I've never seen a Prince concert live alas, but I've seen plenty of takes where the audience sings along, so the rearranging doesn't seem to be that big of a problem.

OP, Are you disappointed because you can't have that collective experience of singing along like the audience did? He always seemed like he was having the time of his life on stage.
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Reply #24 posted 06/21/16 7:46am

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CNickyD said:

I LOVE watching him perform, but I really hate the way he changes up his music, until sometimes tracks are practically unrecognizable. I realize most artists do this to some extent, but Prince takes rearranging to another level. I can never sing along with the song, which it what disappoints me so much... Alas, I'll take whatever I can get at this point. But still!



If "live" sounded exactly like the CD then what's the point? He might as well just lipsync.




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Reply #25 posted 06/21/16 9:05am

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FUNKYNESS said:

Probably because you are young enough to be raised on the fake live music that is the order of the day and you are not bred on REAL music by REAL musicians.. Prince was the greatest live musician on Earth - period.

This.

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Reply #26 posted 06/21/16 9:07am

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CNickyD said:

FUNKYNESS said:

Probably because you are young enough to be raised on the fake live music that is the order of the day and you are not bred on REAL music by REAL musicians.. Prince was the greatest live musician on Earth - period.

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Umm, I'm 48. I stopped listening to the radio in the 90s.


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Reply #27 posted 06/21/16 9:20am

NorthC

Bunsterdk said:

Wow.. I wouldn't know, to be honest. I'm often disappointed when I hear the studio version of songs I have heard performed live. To each his/her own, I guess. smile

Yep. That happened to me with The Question of U, Sexy MF, Damn U and most of The Gold Experience, all of which were performed live before tha albums came out.
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Reply #28 posted 06/21/16 9:26am

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FUNKYNESS said:

Probably because you are young enough to be raised on the fake live music that is the order of the day and you are not bred on REAL music by REAL musicians.. Prince was the greatest live musician on Earth - period.



yeahthat

The only Prince song where I didn't like his live version is Let's Go Crazy. But that's because I think the album version is perfection and shouldn't be messed with.
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Reply #29 posted 06/21/16 9:54am

CROWNS1

The is NOTHING like listening to his live performances. The music just flows from him. It's a beautiful thing.

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