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Thread started 07/13/22 1:23pm

AvocadosMax

Songs that always sound great in any rendition

What are the songs that always sounded amazing, no matter what version you are listening to? Whether it’s a remix, alternate version, demo or any live version?

For me, the song that immediately comes to mind is Strange Relationship. The official SOTT album version is classic. The ‘85 version kicks ass. The Shep Pettibone remix is a treat. And all the live versions and rehearsals sounded good. Even when it’s just Prince on the piano, it’s still funky
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Reply #1 posted 07/13/22 7:18pm

laytonian

Empty Room
Montreux 2009 is the gold standard but ANY life performance of this one is off the charts. I love how it's different ever time but always stunning.

Welcome to "the org", laytonian… come bathe with me.
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Reply #2 posted 07/13/22 8:38pm

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"Strange Relationship" is a really good choice.

"Anotherloverholenyohead" would be another.

"Little Red Corvette" has had a few interpretations and they've all been good.

(On the flip side: "Kiss" has never really sounded that great. Okay at times, but never great.)

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #3 posted 07/14/22 11:26am

dustoff

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Love both the studio and acoustic version of "Love," especially considering the significant difference between the two.

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Reply #4 posted 07/14/22 11:27am

dustoff

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And agree that 'Strange Relationship' is a good pick.

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Reply #5 posted 07/14/22 12:48pm

LoveGalore

If I Was Your Girlfriend
Something in the Water
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Reply #6 posted 07/14/22 1:43pm

BlueShakooo

Joy In Repetition
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Reply #7 posted 07/14/22 3:18pm

RJOrion

I Would Die 4 U
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Reply #8 posted 07/14/22 4:40pm

TrivialPursuit

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BlueShakooo said:

Joy In Repetition


Ohhhh, that's a good one.

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #9 posted 07/14/22 11:50pm

themanfromnept
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Forever in my life

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Reply #10 posted 07/17/22 7:10am

AvocadosMax

TrivialPursuit said:

"Strange Relationship" is a really good choice.

"Anotherloverholenyohead" would be another.

"Little Red Corvette" has had a few interpretations and they've all been good.

(On the flip side: "Kiss" has never really sounded that great. Okay at times, but never great.)


Always the songs with no bass that struggled to sound good live lol
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Reply #11 posted 07/24/22 11:41pm

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The first that comes to mind for me is "Diamonds and Pearls". That song is a knockout in any rendition in any universe.


I'd also include:

  • "Strange Relationship"
  • "Little Red Corvette"
  • "Alphabet St."
  • "Nothing Compares 2 U"
  • "The Beautiful Ones"
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Reply #12 posted 07/25/22 2:34am

deanm

All of the above especially Empty Room .

Also, Something in the Water , She's Always in my hair, 17 Days & Never take the place of Your Man.

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Reply #13 posted 07/25/22 7:51am

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deanm said:

Also, Something in the Water , She's Always in my hair, 17 Days & Never take the place of Your Man.

OMG!! I can't believe I forgot to include "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man"! I love the rendition from the SOTT film/SDE. It has to be my most favorite live rendition of Prince's ever. The horns interpolation (taken from "Rockhard In A Funky Place") gives me life.

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Reply #14 posted 07/28/22 5:12pm

boomshaka

Besides it being one of my favorite songs in existence, I Would Die 4 U has consistenly sounded great in any way.

The album, extended and live version of the Purple Rain era are exquisite and full of energy and emotion.

Although he retired it for many years, I believe it showed back up for the JOTY tour and he nailed it there - the Musicology tour rendition is fresh and I love the added horn arrangement.

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His most tender arrangement has to be on the P&M tour. His vocals in both Atlanta shows for that specifically are tear inducing.

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Reply #15 posted 07/28/22 9:02pm

RJOrion

boomshaka said:

Besides it being one of my favorite songs in existence, I Would Die 4 U has consistenly sounded great in any way.


The album, extended and live version of the Purple Rain era are exquisite and full of energy and emotion.


Although he retired it for many years, I believe it showed back up for the JOTY tour and he nailed it there - the Musicology tour rendition is fresh and I love the added horn arrangement.


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His most tender arrangement has to be on the P&M tour. His vocals in both Atlanta shows for that specifically are tear inducing.




The 30 minute version of IWD4U might be in my opinion, the grestest recorded musical performance ive ever heard... Miko and Wendy on rhythm guitar.. Lisa on keyboards ...Sheila E's tireless percussion wizardry ...Eddie M's amazing sax soloing...and Prince leading/directing it all...it never gets old.
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