Catalog # FBG 10
Release Year 2007
3CD Length 70:21 / 58:56 / 71:37
Target Center, Minneapolis 7th July 2007
EX- / EX
Target Center, Minneapolis 7th July 2007
1. Intro 2. Purple Rain 3. Take Me With U 4. Guitar 5. Shhh 6. Musicology 7.
Prince And The Band 8. Play That Funky Music 9. Let's Go 10. Satisfied 11. What
A Wonderful World (instrumental) 12. Little Red Corvette 13. Raspberry Beret 14.
The One U Wanna C 15. Sometimes It Snows In April
1. 7 2. Come Together 3. Do Me, Baby 4. I Wanna Be Your Lover 5. How Come U
Don't Call Me Anymore 6. Diamonds And Pearls 7. Cream 8. U Got The LOOK 9. If I
Was Your Girlfriend 10. Black Sweat 11. Kiss 12. Let's Go Crazy 13. A Love
Bizarre 14. Crazy (including One Nation Under A Groove) 15. Nothing Compares 2 U
16. The Glamorous Life
07/07/07 Minneapolis Aftershow - First Avenue, Minneapolis : 8th July 2007 (am)
1. 3121 (including Alexander's Ragtime Band - Music! Music! Music! - The
Entertainer - Tom's Diner) 2. Girls And Boys (including Cutie Pie) 3. I Feel For
You 4. Controversy 5. Beggin' Woman Blues - Satisfied 6. Down By The Riverside
(instrumental) - All Blues 7. Gotta Broken Heart Again 8. Love Is A Losing Game
9. Love Changes 10. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again) 11. Hair 12. Sing A
Simple Song 13. Everyday People 14. Alphabet St.
Comments (rates this release 4.5/5.0)
Target Center concert was previously circulating on the 'Hotter Than July'
release, and whilst that was a decent recording, it was lacking and deserving of
a VG+ rating. Thankfully this release, sourced from a completely different
audience recording, is vastly superior and whilst it has it's own minor
problems, it's of a very high standard.
A minor audience level aside, the main gripe I have with this recording is a
number of audience members searching for their seats for a good 10 minute
portion of the show - ironically it's during the more sedate "guitar" section so
they are annoyingly audible. Other than that, and perhaps Prince's vocals
sounding slightly distant, I have no complaints and this is a very respectable
release indeed. Featuring both Wendy and Sheila E, this is a rather special show
seemingly serving as a warm-up to the (at the time) upcoming London
August/September 2007 dates. As with the opening London show on 1st August, we
begin with 'Purple Rain' and follow familiar ground for a large chunk of the
opening half of the show - save for a performance of The Cars 'Let's Go'. The
"guitar" section features Wendy and includes a rare performance of the (at the
time) unreleased 'The One U Wanna C'. The keyboard section of the show begins
and includes what sounds suspiciously like the opening bars to 'Anna Stesia'
before Prince calls in the band on 'Do Me, Baby' followed by an admittedly very
funky 'I Wanna Be Your Lover'. Again, back to familiarity up until 'A Love
Bizarre' with Sheila E and a very rare performance of 'The Glamorous Life' to
The aftershow was uncirculating up until this release, so for most it will be
the main attraction and it's a surprising excellent recording. Superior to the
main concert's recording it has depth, clarity and an intimacy not found in a
large arena - and a pleasantly low audience level throughout makes this one of
the better recordings of 2007. The majority of the show matches the excellence
of the recording and outwith a slight nosedive during the mid-section of the
show, it's a sheer joy to listen to. Beginning with an extended 10 minute
hard-edged '3121' featuring some inspired guitar, it moves onto a more normal
'Girls And Boys'. 'Satisfied' contains a portion of the at-the-time-unreleased
'Beggin Woman Blues' over the backing of 'Satisfied' before he ends with a
portion of the song proper. Nosedive #1 comes in the form of 'Down By The
Riverside', but the show picks up again for an impressive 'Gotta Broken Heart
Again'. Nosedive #2 follows with Shelby taking center stage for 'Love Is A
Losing Game' and 'Love Changes' and even Prince's spirited guitar on 'Love Is A
Losing Game' can't rescue it. But who's this coming to save the day...Larry
Graham! Normally this would be the nail in the coffin for the show, but
thankfully his input (on the mic at least) is very minimal and admittedly the
Sly covers which follow (albeit they are very abridged versions) benefit from
Larry Graham's presence with a quick run-through of 'Hair', 'Sing A Simple Song'
and 'Everyday People'. Ending abruptly for legal reasons, Sheila E grabs a quick
percussion solo before Prince returns to say goodbye. Overall this is an
excellent release on many levels.
An improved source recording is always welcome, and whilst the Target Center
show may not be the most interesting, the appearance by Wendy makes it rather
special. Content of the aftershow aside, the quality of the recording is the
real attraction of Disc 3, and probably the entire release. For Disc 3 alone
this release is worthwhile and very welcome.