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Purple Rush 5

4 CD
Label : Sabotage Records
Catalogue : #SAB 218-219-220-221
Disc Length : 77:14 / 76:09 / 72:08 / 68:45
Source : Audience & Soundboard Recordings
Sound Quality : EX- / EX+
Year Of Release : 2004

Disc 1

Benefit Show for Minnesota Dance Theater - First Avenue, Minneapolis : 3rd August 1983

1. Let's Go Crazy   2. When You Were Mine   3. A Case Of You   4. Computer Blue   5. Delirious   6. Electric Intercourse   7. Automatic   8. I Would Die 4 U   9. Baby I'm A Star   10. Little Red Corvette   11. Loyce Houlton Speech   12. Purple Rain   13. D.M.S.R.

Piano Rehearsal : 1983

14. Cold Coffee And Cocaine   15. Mama

Disc 2

First Avenue, Minneapolis : 7th June 1984 (Audience Recording EX-)

1. 17 Days   2. Our Destiny   3. Roadhouse Garden   4. Prince Speaks   5. All Day, All Night   6. Free   7. Noon Rendezvous   8. Erotic City   9. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)   10. When Doves Cry   11. Happy Birthday   12. Irresistible Bitch   13. Possessed

Disc 3

Purple Rain Tour - Carrier Dome, Syracuse : 30th March 1985

1. Intro   2. Let's Go Crazy   3. Delirious   4. 1999   5. Little Red Corvette   6. Take Me With U   7. Yankee Doodle   8. Interlude   9. Do Me, Baby   10. Irresistible Bitch   11. Possessed   12. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore   13. Temptation   14. Let's Pretend We're Married   15. International Lover   16. God   17. Computer Blue   18. Darling Nikki   19. Interlude   20. The Beautiful Ones

Disc 4

1. When Doves Cry   2. I Would Die 4 U   3. Baby I'm A Star   4. Purple Rain

7th Street Entry, Minneapolis : 25th October 1984 (Audience Recording EX)

5. Africa Talks To You   6. Erotic City   7. Mutiny   8. Blues In G   9. Instrumental Jam


Disc 1 contains the classic First Avenue 1983 concert which spawned the Purple Rain album versions of 'I Would Die 4 U', 'Baby I'm A Star' and of course 'Purple Rain'. The recording has been sourced from the circulating video footage, and because of this the audio suffers from the same glitches the video footage does. These are slight, very minor and affect only a small part of the show. They are most obvious during the opening 'Let's Go Crazy, 'When You Were Mine' and again during the intro to 'Purple Rain'. Sabotage have attempted some repair work on the tracks, and have done a pretty decent job of patching up the incomplete parts with a different source recording. As this is sourced from a video recording it has a slightly gritty feel to it and is certainly not as crisp and clear as one would like - that said it is an improvement over the various other releases this show is circulating on and is undoubtedly the best we have to date. The show has quite rightly earned itself legendary status for reasons including the birth of many Purple Rain tracks and Wendy's live debut as a member of The Revolution - however mention must also be given to the performance which is inspired and amongst the best of Prince's career. Full length live versions of tracks such as 'Computer Blue and 'Purple Rain' are special enough however add to the mix the only live performance of the unreleased 'Electric Intercourse' and it's quite impressive how many unique moments are stuffed into the 65 minute concert. And I shan't even mention the closing funk jam of 'D.M.S.R.'. Disc 1 also includes part of the 1983 piano rehearsal which Sabotage previously made available on their 'Purple Rush 2' release in rather poor quality. The source recording used is vastly improved, and while Sabotage shouldn't have released the shit quality version in the first place, it's to their credit they added this superior version. Disc 2 contains Prince's 26th birthday concert from First Avenue in 1984, and contrary to Sabotage's claims this is NOT a soundboard recording. Sabotage have evidently done some major work on improving this audience recording and the end result is very impressive. The sound is still slightly echoed and the overall feel of the recording is very gritty with the audience audible throughout, however it's a giant step up from what was previously circulating. The show is a also a real treat with many tracks being played live for the one and only time - many never to be repeated performances here. These include the extraordinary 'Roadhouse Garden / Our Destiny', 'All Day, All Night' and 'Noon Rendezvous' which Prince dedicates to Sheila E who is in attendance. At times the audience are evidently not living up to Prince's expectation and he has to coax them to participate a little more, but on the whole they are vocal and enthusiastic. Whilst the Purple Rush volumes were apparently intended to be a collection of only soundboard material from the era (and are labelled as such), the quality of this recording isn't too far removed from that and the improvement Sabotage have made to the recording is so impressive that it doesn't make this show seem out of place nestled alongside soundboards. Discs 3 & 4 contain the classic Syracuse Purple Rain concert. Broadcast and officially released, the video footage of this show must surely have been watched more than any other Prince video release and (for me) doesn't disappoint no matter HOW many times I've seen it. It is also one of the most heavily booted audio releases, so it was inevitable it would find it's way on to the Purple Rush series at some point. The content of the show is not in question, and the quality of the recording is certainly impressive and improved over previous releases - and there are many. Disc 4 closes out with Prince's short set from 7th Street Entry October 1984. The sound is rather bassy, however the audience level is very minimal and overall it is a nice recording. The show itself is vastly different from many other shows of the period with much more emphasis on Prince's guitar, and the show has a bluesy feel to it. Prince does call out "Detroit" during the show, however according to reports (and apparently the taper) it was recorded in Minneapolis. This particular volume of the set is certainly one of the best due to the improved nature of many of the shows included on it.








Prince Purple Rush 5 4 CD #SAB 218-219-220-221

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