Friday, August 26, 2016

RE-UP: Prince "Nudity" - 2CD - Nude tour rehearsals 1990 - soundboard

"Nudity"
Catalog # TB058/59
Release Year 1998 Israel
2CD Length 70:45 | 70:55
Date/Venue Nude Tour Rehearsals April 1990
Source Soundboard
Quality EX/EX-
Artwork Included

Track Listing
Nude Tour Rehearsals
Intro, The Future, 1999, Housequake, Sexy Dancer, Kiss, I'm In The Mood, Blues In C, Purple Rain, Take Me With U, Alphabet St./It Takes 2, The Question Of U, Electric Man, Ain't No Way, Nothing Compares 2 U, Batdance, Baby I'm A Star, Jealous Again, Our Love Is Here 2 Stay, Erotic Cit, Sex, Interlude, Let's Work, The Future, 1999, Housequake, Sexy Dancer

Various Comments
First I have to say I really enjoy rehearsal releases. I know that a number of people find them annoying and flat, but I really enjoy hearing the the imprefections and building of the songs. This release is a basicly a run through of the nude tour show. Prince and the band are rather chatty through out the release. Early on disc one Prince comments that he hates Philly and the they won't even see the dust of this tour. Many of the songs are played only briefly, 2minutes or less. The major exception is a 38min work out of Sex on disc two. Other highlights are Jealous Again and a good run through of Electric Man, a personal favorite. There are a number of breaks during the release suggesting that this wasn't all from the same rehearsal, but from a few during the same period. As for the packaging... two picture discs... nice graphics and period montages, but no real information in the sixteen page booklet. The front cover appears to be an early hand written version of the song Sex. A nice documnet of the Nude rehearsals.

I agree that these are most likely not from the same rehearsal, but this release ROCKS none-the-less. Many of the tracks are also found on Sabotage's previous release Spanish Harem. In fact, they even "borrowed" part of the cover artfrom that release. Shame, indeed. That's alright though, Thunderball made up for that in the thoroughness of this release. Defintely do NOT pass this one up if you see it. You won't find a better rehearsal document of this time period.

This rehearsal was played shortly before the Nude tour began. It begins as a more or less straightforward run through of the standard set but once that is over the band move on to various other songs, most notably 'Sex' which lasts for over 30 minutes! Quite why so much effort was put into that song is unclear since it was not played throughout the duration of the tour (in fact it has never been played live). It's tight and funky, as is the rest of the performance, and makes you wish he'd played some aftershows on the tour. An excellent bootleg.

Download this bootleg here
                               

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