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homesquid

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POLL: "Big Tall Wall" Version 1 Or Version 2?

POLL: Big Tall Wall Version 1 Or Version 2?

My vote: Version 2

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Reply #1 posted 10/11/20 2:14pm

Romeoblu

Version 1.
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Reply #2 posted 10/11/20 2:21pm

Handel

The scary version. The one devoid of all the sugar and spice. The one where he sounds like he really wants to hurt his intended target.

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Reply #3 posted 10/11/20 2:29pm

TheEnglishGent

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Version 1 all the way, version 2 is awful.

I thought the boot of V2 I had was an unfinished demo. Nope, real one is just as shit. No idea what people are hearing in this that makes them like it.

RIP sad
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Reply #4 posted 10/11/20 2:43pm

homesquid

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Handel said:

The scary version. The one devoid of all the sugar and spice. The one where he sounds like he really wants to hurt his intended target.

That would be Version 2 lol

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Reply #5 posted 10/11/20 3:19pm

Quexzea

I like the build up on Version #1

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Reply #6 posted 10/11/20 5:06pm

cooldayla

TheEnglishGent said:

Version 1 all the way, version 2 is awful.

I thought the boot of V2 I had was an unfinished demo. Nope, real one is just as shit. No idea what people are hearing in this that makes them like it.

yeahthat I love that Bell sound on Version 1.

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Reply #7 posted 10/11/20 5:39pm

SupaFunkyOrgan
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Handel said:

The scary version. The one devoid of all the sugar and spice. The one where he sounds like he really wants to hurt his intended target.

THIS. not interested in any other version, not even the one on SOTTD

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Reply #8 posted 10/11/20 7:21pm

Phase3

Neither.Song sucks
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Reply #9 posted 10/11/20 7:56pm

purplepolitici
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I mess with both takes, tho 1 is on rotation more lately oc. yes 2 the person who said about the buildup. Sure, he says the title a few 2 many times (thanks Ma neutral doh!), but the music is just "magical" cloud9. 2 is a classic. Either version, the concept as a whole is well, strange. My unbiased innocent opinion, he makes it work nod.
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Reply #10 posted 10/11/20 9:39pm

gold31

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Version 1

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Reply #11 posted 10/11/20 10:41pm

LoveGalore

Love both but v2 conveys the desperation a bit better. The mood is so different. He doesn't seem like a very nice dude by v2.
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Reply #12 posted 10/12/20 1:58am

robertgeorge

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Version 2 is funkier, more intense. It has passion and an edge. I vote for version 2.

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Reply #13 posted 10/12/20 2:20am

badassdewi

Big Tall Wall V2 was one of my favourite previously unreleased songs - i think a great sounding leak of it came out a few years ago and i loved it, especially the way it starts off minimal but the vocals build up and up and the narrative gets more complex. It definitely would have fit on SOTT in amongst IT, Forever In My Life, Sign O The Times, Hot Thing etc

Hearing in the podcasts about what was going on his life, with susannah and the revolution, makes it even more fascinating to listen to, as he generally starts sounding more like an arrogant d**k to the women in his life.

By contrast Big Tall Wall V1 was personally one of the biggest disappointments of SOTT Deluxe.

It's got an odd ATWIAD kind of hippy vibe, especially with the acoustic guitar and indian sounding instruments, and it really didn't float my boat or seem to fit the song. Having heard the sleek "black album" esque V2 the earlier version really paled in comparison.

And, weirdly, the organic Witness V1 i prefer far more than the edgier austere V2. I think the songs don't always fit the styles he went for, but its fascinating he can twist the same material into two different extremes

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[Edited 10/12/20 2:22am]

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Reply #14 posted 10/12/20 2:46am

JorisE73

Version 2, love them both but I always loved version 2 ever since I heard the muffeld version on tape back in the 90's, so I love to finally have it complete in perfect quality.

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Reply #15 posted 10/12/20 5:03am

Poplife88

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Version 2 all the way. Version 1's music doesn't match the rather nasty feel of the lyrics.

I am not crazy over either tho. Not my fave from the set that is for sure.

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Reply #16 posted 10/12/20 6:21am

partyup77

This is one of the very few Prince songs that I can't stand to hear. Neither version gets my vote.

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Reply #17 posted 10/12/20 6:35am

sulls

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VERSION 2!!!
"I like to watch."
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Reply #18 posted 10/12/20 6:55am

coldwinterdewi
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Version 2 definitely

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Reply #19 posted 10/12/20 7:05am

AvocadosMax

As much as i’m a sucker for Prince’s cheesy pop music (and it was nice hearing version 1 for the first time), i’m gonna have to go with version 2

Now, i like Version 1 of Witness better than Witness version 2 tho...
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Reply #20 posted 10/12/20 11:47am

motherfunka

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Version 2. It's always been a favorite of mine. I was surprised how different Version 1 was. I didn't really like it at first, but it has grown on me.

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Reply #21 posted 10/12/20 12:57pm

dodger

I've always liked the version (2) that's been in circulation, and was looking forward to getting it remastered, but I like version 1 more.
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Particularly the last couple of minutes the way it builds and when that guitar comes in the last 30 seconds I wish it would go on a bit longer
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Reply #22 posted 10/12/20 1:08pm

SoulAlive

version 2

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Reply #23 posted 10/12/20 1:46pm

thedoorkeeper

Version 2.
All I had heard in the past
was version 1 & wasn't that
impressed.
Version 2 is a vast improvement.
Love it!
Although after multiple listenings
I enjoy version 1 because now I
hear echoes of the Monkees. So pop.
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Reply #24 posted 10/12/20 4:02pm

Moonbeam

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I'm not that big on either, but Version 1 is preferable to me. I find Version 2 quite tedious.

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Reply #25 posted 10/12/20 4:10pm

OperatingTheta
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I appreciate the skeletal menace of version two, which naturally seems to accompany the intensity of 'Witness for the Prosecution' version two.

Version one of 'Big Tall Wall' does hold appeal though, as it sounds like nothing else in Prince's catalogue and is another beast entirely.
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Reply #26 posted 10/12/20 6:33pm

thebanishedone

Version 2 is more personal and amazing. version 1 is just ok

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Reply #27 posted 10/12/20 6:35pm

thebanishedone

LoveGalore said:

Love both but v2 conveys the desperation a bit better. The mood is so different. He doesn't seem like a very nice dude by v2.

yes biggrin biggrin biggrin

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Reply #28 posted 10/12/20 7:41pm

slyjackson

Neither as of yet

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Reply #29 posted 10/12/20 8:57pm

lurker316

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I agree with everyone who points out the tone of version 2 (menacing) better fits the lyrics and makes it more consistent thematically. However, when it comes down to the question of "which one is more enjoyable to listen to from a purely aural perspective?", it's version 1, hands down for me. Version 1 is so much more pleasing to the old ear drums. Plus, version 2 is too monotonous.




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