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Thread started 06/17/19 8:09pm

AvocadosMax

The importance of Piano & a Microphone

These last shows were basically his memoirs. He didn’t just prove to the world that all a real performer needs is an instrument, a microphone and an audience to put on a good show, he was telling a story. Well many stories. He went in-depth about the inspiration and stories behind certain songs, he talked about his father teaching him rhythm, first playing the piano then saying to himself “I wish I could sing...” then of course going on to be on of the best male vocalists ever...

It really felt like he was sharing with the world who Prince Rogers Nelson truly was: the young man who got himself a record deal when he was only 19; the man who got him to where he got him there

This is why the estate should stop playing games and not only consider to officially release these shows, but do it properly.

The main album released should be his very last show in Atlanta. That’s something Warner Bros can use to market it... “LISTEN TO PRINCE’S VERY LAST LIVE RECORDING”

Disc 2 or Disc 3/4 on that set should be a compilation of Piano & a Microphone. Choose the best story-telling moments so it feels like it’s the best representation of the story Prince was trying to tell at that time.

Then there should be a boxset containing all of the shows. This one is obviously for the hardcore fans.
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Reply #1 posted 06/17/19 8:27pm

Dimitri10

Agree, + DVD from PP Gala 21 Jan 2016 is a must.

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Reply #2 posted 06/17/19 8:27pm

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AvocadosMax said:

These last shows were basically his memoirs. He didn’t just prove to the world that all a real performer needs is an instrument, a microphone and an audience to put on a good show, he was telling a story. Well many stories. He went in-depth about the inspiration and stories behind certain songs, he talked about his father teaching him rhythm, first playing the piano then saying to himself “I wish I could sing...” then of course going on to be on of the best male vocalists ever...

It really felt like he was sharing with the world who Prince Rogers Nelson truly was: the young man who got himself a record deal when he was only 19; the man who got him to where he got him there

This is why the estate should stop playing games and not only consider to officially release these shows, but do it properly.

The main album released should be his very last show in Atlanta. That’s something Warner Bros can use to market it... “LISTEN TO PRINCE’S VERY LAST LIVE RECORDING”

Disc 2 or Disc 3/4 on that set should be a compilation of Piano & a Microphone. Choose the best story-telling moments so it feels like it’s the best representation of the story Prince was trying to tell at that time.

Then there should be a boxset containing all of the shows. This one is obviously for the hardcore fans.


I think that they should make a documentary of it and only release the album as a companion to it.
I think from here on out that they should continue the work on cataloging and preserving the work and maximize the spotlight on the work and their investment as part of something broader that can get more people talking and sharing it. Single album releases are just going to go under the radar at this point without something else. Used to be a time he could go on talk shows or concerts and perform to draw attention to new releases, now they are going to have to be creative and add something special for people to take notice.
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Reply #3 posted 06/17/19 8:28pm

mnfriend

Amen.
Please give some sort of official release of last tour/
Piano and microphone 2016.
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Reply #4 posted 06/17/19 10:00pm

thebiscuit

They played about 30 mins of the PP gala at the first Celebration and I can honestly say that as a fan of 30 years it is the best performance of Prince I have ever seen. So totally agree- release it!
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Reply #5 posted 06/17/19 10:15pm

benni

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Prince even said that the show at Atlanta was his best one of the P&M shows to date. He was working on releasing that one himself, and even released Black Sweat from the Atlanta show.

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Reply #6 posted 06/17/19 11:53pm

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How hard can it be to release this short 'tour' in a box set?

Very few tracks to mix, recorded on recent gear.

Why go for one show plus a compilation and not the whole thing?

Why can others do it but not (yet) Michael Howe? (and Comerica and such)

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Reply #7 posted 06/18/19 2:02am

OperatingTheta
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udo said:

How hard can it be to release this short 'tour' in a box set?


Very few tracks to mix, recorded on recent gear.


Why go for one show plus a compilation and not the whole thing?


Why can others do it but not (yet) Michael Howe? (and Comerica and such)



As simple as it is, somehow they will fuck it up even if they do release it. The most intimately biographic Gala show will probably be missing or they'll reduce the entire tour to one compilation 'hits' disc.
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Reply #8 posted 06/18/19 3:07am

udo

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OperatingThetan said:

udo said:

How hard can it be to release this short 'tour' in a box set?

Very few tracks to mix, recorded on recent gear.

Why go for one show plus a compilation and not the whole thing?

Why can others do it but not (yet) Michael Howe? (and Comerica and such)

As simple as it is, somehow they will fuck it up even if they do release it. The most intimately biographic Gala show will probably be missing or they'll reduce the entire tour to one compilation 'hits' disc.

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It looks like the world is filled with incompetents in the critical places.

Perhaps they should sell the soundbards to one of the bootleggars and they can do a good job....

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Reply #9 posted 06/18/19 4:33am

donnyenglish

Spot on.
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Reply #10 posted 06/18/19 5:01am

PURPLEIZED3121

benni said:

Prince even said that the show at Atlanta was his best one of the P&M shows to date. He was working on releasing that one himself, and even released Black Sweat from the Atlanta show.

wow I rember that...yet Judith Hill mentioned his comment that after the gig he said he was so bored!

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Reply #11 posted 06/18/19 5:02am

PURPLEIZED3121

udo said:

How hard can it be to release this short 'tour' in a box set?

Very few tracks to mix, recorded on recent gear.

Why go for one show plus a compilation and not the whole thing?

Why can others do it but not (yet) Michael Howe? (and Comerica and such)

far too much common sense in your post! - they'll save it for the 20th anniversay of his passing!

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Reply #12 posted 06/18/19 5:39am

rdhull

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Another bait n switch post only to come stating what should be released
c'mon baby, where's ya guts?
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Reply #13 posted 06/18/19 7:02am

donnyenglish

I will never understand why people on this site get shamed for expresing their ideas on what should be released.

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Reply #14 posted 06/18/19 7:05am

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donnyenglish said:

I will never understand why people on this site get shamed for expresing their ideas on what should be released.

It's not against them, it's just that there should be a sticky because the same ideas come back over and over.

I have to say that besides the final shows, I'd find it really touching if they'd realease the show where Vanity had just passed. Prince was in a unique emotional state that night.

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Reply #15 posted 06/18/19 7:29am

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While it sounds good "on paper" and I would definitely buy it, to this day, I personally have not been able to get through that final Atlanta show. It just breaks me down every time. And I've tried a few times.

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Reply #16 posted 06/18/19 7:55am

donnyenglish

TheBigBang said:

While it sounds good "on paper" and I would definitely buy it, to this day, I personally have not been able to get through that final Atlanta show. It just breaks me down every time. And I've tried a few times.

Me too. But to think how sick he was and how great he sounded is a testament to his talent. It also shows how tough he was to be able to get through the show in the condition that he was in.

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Reply #17 posted 06/18/19 8:06am

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PURPLEIZED3121 said:

benni said:

Prince even said that the show at Atlanta was his best one of the P&M shows to date. He was working on releasing that one himself, and even released Black Sweat from the Atlanta show.

wow I rember that...yet Judith Hill mentioned his comment that after the gig he said he was so bored!


I think Judith was referring to performing over all, not the Atlanta show. I think she was trying to convey that Prince felt like he had done everything he could do musically, that there was nothing more for him to do or to prove, and he had no where else to go with his music. (I think it sounds more like to me that he could not find his inspiration any more for music, because I think there is a lot more that he could have done musically.)

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Reply #18 posted 06/18/19 8:32am

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AvocadosMax said:

These last shows were basically his memoirs. He didn’t just prove to the world that all a real performer needs is an instrument, a microphone and an audience to put on a good show, he was telling a story. Well many stories. He went in-depth about the inspiration and stories behind certain songs, he talked about his father teaching him rhythm, first playing the piano then saying to himself “I wish I could sing...” then of course going on to be on of the best male vocalists ever... It really felt like he was sharing with the world who Prince Rogers Nelson truly was: the young man who got himself a record deal when he was only 19; the man who got him to where he got him there This is why the estate should stop playing games and not only consider to officially release these shows, but do it properly. The main album released should be his very last show in Atlanta. That’s something Warner Bros can use to market it... “LISTEN TO PRINCE’S VERY LAST LIVE RECORDING” Disc 2 or Disc 3/4 on that set should be a compilation of Piano & a Microphone. Choose the best story-telling moments so it feels like it’s the best representation of the story Prince was trying to tell at that time. Then there should be a boxset containing all of the shows. This one is obviously for the hardcore fans.

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Reply #19 posted 06/18/19 9:04am

Madhouse6

PP Gala gig was being mixed and mastered the day after - I heard it during our tour of the studios so it’s ready and we also know he videoed both shows
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Reply #20 posted 06/18/19 9:12am

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As some have pointed out, the story and significance of Piano and Microphone goes beyond the music itself. It really calls for something more than just a recording.
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Reply #21 posted 06/18/19 10:55am

chaocracy

I was at both shows and I think people are making them about to be more than they are because of his passing. They were just ok to me. I was also at the party the Saturday before his passing where they played portions with the Atlanta show I think and both had audience screaming over them, I might listen to them again if they came out but not high on my list at all.

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Reply #22 posted 06/18/19 11:06am

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chaocracy said:

I was at both shows and I think people are making them about to be more than they are because of his passing. They were just ok to me. I was also at the party the Saturday before his passing where they played portions with the Atlanta show I think and both had audience screaming over them, I might listen to them again if they came out but not high on my list at all.



I think it’s an important story more than the shows themselves. I remember reading here at the time when he was ill that some worried about him working so hard doing two shows a day by himself when he had nothing left to prove and possibly jeopardizing his health. There is a lot more to this than just the shows themselves.
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Reply #23 posted 06/18/19 11:29am

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chaocracy said:

I was at both shows and I think people are making them about to be more than they are because of his passing. They were just ok to me. I was also at the party the Saturday before his passing where they played portions with the Atlanta show I think and both had audience screaming over them, I might listen to them again if they came out but not high on my list at all.


The Black Sweat version that Prince had released from the Atlanta show was definitely better than the fan releases which were not mixed. They may have played some of the Atlanta shows, but I doubt that they were mixed to decrease the sound of the audience, which any good "live" recording will do, so that the crowd does not take away from the actual music itself.

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Reply #24 posted 06/18/19 11:42am

jfenster

just open the vault and let anyone who pays a fee to access what THEY want

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Reply #25 posted 06/18/19 1:22pm

Strive

Considering that they just "found" a reel of tape in Studio A of Paisley, it really makes me wonder if the USB drive marked "Atlanta" is still just sitting in the green room.

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Reply #26 posted 06/18/19 3:27pm

NouveauDance

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I agree he did this type of show with a purpose. I agree it should be released.

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Reply #27 posted 06/18/19 9:47pm

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NouveauDance said:

I agree he did this type of show with a purpose. I agree it should be released.

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I agree he did this type of show with a purpose. I agree it ALL should be released.

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Reply #28 posted 06/19/19 3:35am

AaronA

Please release the filmed Paisley show, on Bluray and I will actually get excited. Don't leave it so long no ones gonna care.

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Reply #29 posted 06/19/19 3:54am

Dimitri10

Hmmm could get a bit confusing as they have already released -

Prince - Piano & A Microphone 1983, dont think they should have used this title.

Anyway you guys probably seen IMAV captured “Piano and a Microphone” Gala event 2016" I would pay the big bucks for this release anyday - bring it on.

https://www.imav.pro/news...icrophone/


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