Down By The River Thames 4CD
Eye Records
4 CD
Label :
“Eye” Records / Purple Underground
Catalogue :
4Disc Length :
77:51 / 79:57 / 78:47 / 76:17
Source :
Audience Recordings
Date/Venue :
O2 Arena, London 1-3, August 2007
Sound Quality :
VG+ / EX
Year Of Release :
Rating 4.5/5.0

Track Listing
Disc 1
Earth Tour Premiere O2 Arena, London 1st August 2007
1. UK Music Hall Of Fame Video Intro 2. Purple Rain 3. Girls And Boys (including Cutie Pie - D.M.S.R.) 4. Satisfied 5. Cream 6. U Got The Look 7. Shhh 8. Musicology 9. I Feel For You 10. Controversy (including Do Ya Think I'm Sexy) 11. What A Wonderful World (instrumental) 12. Somewhere Here On Earth 13. Lolita 14. Black Sweat 15. Kiss

Disc 2
1. If I Was Your Girlfriend 2. Pink Cashmere 3. The One U Wanna C 4. 7 5. Come Together 6. Take Me With U 7. Guitar 8. Planet Earth 9. Crazy (including One Nation Under A Groove) 10. Nothing Compares 2 U 11. Let's Go Crazy 12. Little Red Corvette 13. Raspberry Beret 14. Sometimes It Snows In April 15. Get On The Boat 16. A Love Bizarre 17. Sexy Dancer v's Le Freak

Earth Tour - O2 Arena, London : 3rd August 2007
18. Joy In Repetition 19. Anotherloverholenyohead 20. Rock Lobster (instrumental) 21. Peach

Disc 3
3121 Aftershow IndigO2, The O2, London 2nd August 2007 (am)

1. Mike Phillips Intro 2. Can I Kick It? (jam) (including Tutu) 3. Band Introductions 4. Addictive Love 5. Shake Everything You've Got (including Addictive Love) 6. Footprints (including Do Ya Think I'm Sexy) 7. Stratus (including Atomic Dog) 8. Anotherloverholenyohead (instrumental) 9. Rock Lobster (instrumental) 10. Mind In 7 11. Pass The Peas

Disc 4
1. 3121 (including Alexander's Ragtime Band - Music! Music! Music! - California Love) 2. Down By The Riverside (instrumental)

Nikka Costa - 3121 London Aftershow - IndigO2, The O2, London : 5th August 2007 (am)
3. Sugar In My Bowl 4. On And On 5. Some Kind Of Beautiful 6. Like A Feather (w/ Prince on guitar) 7. I've Never Felt This Way Before 8. Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter 9. Happy In The Morning 10. Everybody Got Their Something 11. Corners Of My Mind 12. When My Man Cries 13. Miss Celie's Blues

Earth Tour - O2 Arena, London : 3rd August 2007
14. Play That Funky Music

Fink's Comments  (rates this release 4.5/5.0)
Released late November 2007 this is the first pressed release documenting Prince's summer stint in London, and whilst the content of the aftershows is a little questionable, the audio quality throughout the 4 discs (25 minutes of Disc 2 aside) is extremely high. To be honest I'm not really a fan of these "best of" releases with numerous shows crammed into a 4CD set, however as the main shows were so similar, and the majority seem to be already circulating in their complete form (albeit on different source recordings), I guess we are not missing out on anything by only having the highlights of certain nights included - this release contains only a portion of the 3rd August 2007 main show.

Discs 1 and 2 concentrate on the opening night show and for the majority of the concert it's a truly excellent audience recording. Minimal crowd noise and clear, sharp vocals combine to make an enjoyable listen for the main portion of the show. Two slightly detrimental points worth picking up on are 1) A distinct lack of bass on the recording, and 2) The recording appears to have picked up a slight echo/delay which, whilst not too noticeable throughout, is obvious during 'Satisfied' (amongst others) - the 2nd point is a shame as once you notice it, it's rather hard not to concentrate on it. Unfortunately the encore section of Disc 2 ('Little Red Corvette' onwards) is not such an impressive recording and the audience level during the solo guitar trio of 'Little Red Corvette / Raspberry Beret / Sometimes It Snows In April' can be deafening. It subsides for the closing band encore, but Prince's vocals sound distant and slightly unclear - certainly the encore section of this disc would warrant a VG+ rating at best. The disc ends with around 14 minutes from the 3rd August show which was also made available to view on It's another excellent quality recording and out of all the content on this particular release, it's probably the best quality recording included.

Disc 3 and the first two tracks on Disc 4 contain the first aftershow, and it's sadly a hit or miss affair. The recording is again of extremely high quality with barely any problems worthy of mention. Some minute wavering on a few tracks is really all I can be critical of and it's a pity the recording is so impressive as the show's content is (for the most part) bland, uninteresting and tired. Candy makes her one and only appearance of the London show's, and even she fails to add a touch of magic to the long, meandering, aimless jams which make up over half of the show - a 17 minute 'Can I Kick It' jam, anyone? Prince makes a number of appearances to lift the show, but when he is offstage, the NPG return to familiar, plodding ground, and it's a sad day when 'Down By The Riverside' is the highlight of a show. Moving on.

Disc 4 contains the Nikka Costa aftershow which is the only material on this release which I can't imagine getting a repeat listen. Prince appears onstage to join on guitar during 'Like A Feather' before exiting sharpish, and the NPG join Nikka's band for 'Everybody Got Their Something'. The only saving grace of this show is a nice rendition of 'Miss Celie's Blues' from the film "The Color Purple" - other than that, and the few minutes Prince is onstage, it drags - however, it's a decent recording. Slightly wasted on this show, but very decent all the same. Overall this is an impressive release purely down to the audio quality, but is a nice overview of the first few shows/aftershows. The audience recordings are consistently superb (leaving aside the encore section from the 1st August main show) and whilst the 4th August main show appears to have been ignored, I would have rather heard at least part of that than the Nikka Costa 3121 aftershow.

The accompanying packaging is worthy of applause with a 14 page booklet containing detailed tracklistings made to resemble the London Underground, along with 3121 "spy reports" and venue information - nice attention to detail and well executed. The second week's highlights are available on 'Get On The Clipper Boat'.

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