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Thread started 03/19/20 9:52am

v10letblues

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Recommend the best live shows from the 90’s

As someone who has never been a fan of 90's Prince, Id like to spend some time with it as I seem to have a little time and desire right now to revisit the live shows from this era and give it a second look
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I know and love the live shows from 80's and 2000's , but my bias for the 90's have given me a blind spot for it.
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Can aficionados from this era guide me to what you consider to be the best or your favorite shows from that era so I can hunt them down and we can discuss them.

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Reply #1 posted 03/19/20 10:29am

Wolfie87

v10letblues said:

As someone who has never been a fan of 90's Prince, Id like to spend some time with it as I seem to have a little time and desire right now to revisit the live shows from this era and give it a second look
.
I know and love the live shows from 80's and 2000's , but my bias for the 90's have given me a blind spot for it.
.
Can aficionados from this era guide me to what you consider to be the best or your favorite shows from that era so I can hunt them down and we can discuss them.



Start by watching the acoustic rendition of Thieves In The Temple from 1992 and come back and tell me he wasn't as good as in 1988. That performance sealed the deal for me as the most talented musician of our time. It's from the Diamonds And Pearls tour in London Earls Court 1992.
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Reply #2 posted 03/19/20 10:48am

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Wolfie87 said:

v10letblues said:

As someone who has never been a fan of 90's Prince, Id like to spend some time with it as I seem to have a little time and desire right now to revisit the live shows from this era and give it a second look
.
I know and love the live shows from 80's and 2000's , but my bias for the 90's have given me a blind spot for it.
.
Can aficionados from this era guide me to what you consider to be the best or your favorite shows from that era so I can hunt them down and we can discuss them.

Start by watching the acoustic rendition of Thieves In The Temple from 1992 and come back and tell me he wasn't as good as in 1988. That performance sealed the deal for me as the most talented musician of our time. It's from the Diamonds And Pearls tour in London Earls Court 1992.

Thanks!
I was at a Diamonds and Pearls show back in the day here in the US. I kinda remember it was good but haven't revisited it.
I'll look it up and check it out!

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Reply #3 posted 03/19/20 10:59am

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Wolfie87 said:

v10letblues said:

As someone who has never been a fan of 90's Prince, Id like to spend some time with it as I seem to have a little time and desire right now to revisit the live shows from this era and give it a second look
.
I know and love the live shows from 80's and 2000's , but my bias for the 90's have given me a blind spot for it.
.
Can aficionados from this era guide me to what you consider to be the best or your favorite shows from that era so I can hunt them down and we can discuss them.

Start by watching the acoustic rendition of Thieves In The Temple from 1992 and come back and tell me he wasn't as good as in 1988. That performance sealed the deal for me as the most talented musician of our time. It's from the Diamonds And Pearls tour in London Earls Court 1992.

i 2nd that, so freaking good. Another gem is the rendition he did on the Piano & Microphone tour.

The 1st show that springs to mind from the 90's is the 93 Act II tour stop in Germany for me, scorching..

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Reply #4 posted 03/19/20 11:14am

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You can listen to any concert from the Nude, Diamonds And Pearls, Act I, Act II, Jam of the Year tours. A personal favourite of mine is the Act II show in the Brabanthallen, Den Bosch, August 10, 1993, because there he replaced the usual encore of 1999/Baby I'm a Star/America with Come/Endorphinmachine/Peach, the first time we ever heard those songs. It was also the only time he played Bambi on that tour. I'm biased of course because I was there, but it was one of the best shows of that tour.
The real gems are in the aftershows. He did some pretty good ones in 1993: Chicago, San Francisco, Barcelona, Paris.
His club gigs in 1994 are also worth checking out.
1995 was a strange one. He did an arena tour in the British Isles, Holland and Belgium that was in half empty venues, but the aftershows he did in London were great. And in Paradiso, Amsterdam, the first one that I saw.
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Reply #5 posted 03/19/20 11:32am

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One thing all of us can agree on, is that his live shows and musicianship have always been top rate. I just think a lot of fans lost interest as his recorded albums were a turnoff to many.

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Reply #6 posted 03/19/20 11:52am

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v10letblues said:

One thing all of us can agree on, is that his live shows and musicianship have always been top rate. I just think a lot of fans lost interest as his recorded albums were a turnoff to many.

Mostly due to his name change, fight with WB, and lack of his wanting to do any promotion for WB. He also had a knack for making the wrong song choice when he did promote. That embarrasing performance/lip sync of TMBGITW on the World Music Awards, the lackluster effort on Letterman w/ slave on his face of Dinner W/ Delores comes to mind.

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Reply #7 posted 03/19/20 12:08pm

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Diamonds & Pearls tour 92, soundboard from Earls Court and Sydney
DNA aftershow, 93
Rex club aftershow, 93
BBC radio broadcast, 93
The Beautiful Experience show, 94
Miami Glam Slam shows, 94
The Emporium aftershows, 95
Miami Glam Slam, 95
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Reply #8 posted 03/19/20 12:11pm

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v10letblues said:

One thing all of us can agree on, is that his live shows and musicianship have always been top rate. I just think a lot of fans lost interest as his recorded albums were a turnoff to many.

100%. I always say I turned from a Prince fan to a Prince fanatic once I saw him live.

Be kind. If you can't be kind - say nothing.
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Reply #9 posted 03/19/20 12:55pm

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Monte Carlo 5/4/94

Glam Slam LA 6/94

Mountain View, CA 97

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Reply #10 posted 03/19/20 1:22pm

v10letblues

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maplenpg said:



v10letblues said:


One thing all of us can agree on, is that his live shows and musicianship have always been top rate. I just think a lot of fans lost interest as his recorded albums were a turnoff to many.



100%. I always say I turned from a Prince fan to a Prince fanatic once I saw him live.



Yep
And even today now that his live clips are available on sharing platforms, I see a lot of young people commenting how blown away they are and how they never knew how great of a live performer he was.
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Reply #11 posted 03/19/20 2:07pm

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v10letblues said:

One thing all of us can agree on, is that his live shows and musicianship have always been top rate. I just think a lot of fans lost interest as his recorded albums were a turnoff to many.


I can relate to this. I am finding a lot of that 90's era aged well. There are some classic songs I kind of blocked out are from that period.

There's still a lot of it that feels more intended for an international audience or that doesn't hit the hallmarks of what I consider Prince, mainly because of production, or some new jack beat that gets boring.... but there's some gems. The live shows were too sax heavy for my taste too.


I think the DNA 1993 after show is considered a classic. Try that one. I don't love most of the song selection, and "When you were mine" sounds like it's being performed with the SNL Live band, but I think it's a good example of how some good material just got lost in the production/arrangements.

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Reply #12 posted 03/19/20 2:55pm

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dodger said:

Diamonds & Pearls tour 92, soundboard from Earls Court and Sydney
DNA aftershow, 93
Rex club aftershow, 93
BBC radio broadcast, 93
The Beautiful Experience show, 94
Miami Glam Slam shows, 94
The Emporium aftershows, 95
Miami Glam Slam, 95

yeahthat
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Reply #13 posted 03/19/20 3:10pm

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Ok thank you, I've done a little searching and found quite a bit of shows from this era. I have a lot of listening to do, so let me listen and digest.

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Reply #14 posted 03/20/20 8:03am

Galaxy

They are Many
STARS N BARS Monoco Tooooo Damnnnn Funkyyyy
Lost my cd though damn I miss it
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Reply #15 posted 03/20/20 8:14am

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Galaxy said:

They are Many STARS N BARS Monoco Tooooo Damnnnn Funkyyyy Lost my cd though damn I miss it

Yeah and I've been distracted from listening to the ones I have as I keep finding more.

Whenever someone decides to put out live packages of his live shows, it's going to a lot of work just deciding what to leave out.

it will be worth it though.

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Reply #16 posted 03/20/20 12:20pm

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Reply #17 posted 03/20/20 2:36pm

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One the positive things this current situation with self isolation, is I get plenty of time to really clean the house while shaking my ass listening "new to me" Prince music.

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These are the days of wild live playing loud in the background headbang

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Any clues as to which shows have the most unique version of DOW?

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Reply #18 posted 03/20/20 3:05pm

gandorb

I haven't heard as many 90s shows as those from other decades, but one that I really enjoy that hasn't been mentioned in the Gold Tour in Tokyo. It was good to hear so many of the wonderful songs from Gold in concert.

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Reply #19 posted 03/20/20 3:45pm

Galaxy

90s Prince was Just Too Funky and Too Wild
They are so many out there.
Some are already mentioned.
Are U Experience is another one.
The one with Peak the Technique Martial Law
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Reply #20 posted 03/20/20 6:08pm

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nvm, decided it was OT as not often considered a best show

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Reply #21 posted 03/21/20 12:52am

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v10letblues said:


I was at a Diamonds and Pearls show back in the day here in the US. I kinda remember it was good but haven't revisited it.
I'll look it up and check it out!

There never was a US Diamonds and Pearls tour lol

This is not music, this is a trip
No, it's not a drug, it's something more hip
Don't need no reefer, don't need cocaine
Purple music does the same to my brain
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Reply #22 posted 03/21/20 8:17am

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yeahronimo said:

v10letblues said:


I was at a Diamonds and Pearls show back in the day here in the US. I kinda remember it was good but haven't revisited it.
I'll look it up and check it out!

There never was a US Diamonds and Pearls tour lol

Well that era in general. He played a version of Peach before it was released. Whatever the name of that tour.

i looked in up on Princevault and it seems it was the Act 1 tour. It was in LA at the old Universal Amphitheatre.
And since we had pretty bad seats possibly near speakers the sound was crazy loud. I remember not enjoying the concert and just wanting to go home

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Reply #23 posted 03/30/20 6:51pm

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So tracked down the Act 1 and 2 tour becasue I barely remember it other than hearing Peach for the first time and loving it and thinking it was better than the studio version released later that year. And indeed the live version sounds amazing.

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