Driving 2 Midnight Mess 2CD
Sabotage
Catalog # 001/002
Release Year 1997  
2CD Length 75:49 | 76:01
Date/Venue Hamburg 88, Paisley Park 88 & London 88
Source Audience
Quality VG/EX-
Rating 3.75/5.0

Track Listing
Disc 1
Lovesexy Tour Aftershow - Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg : 31st August 1988 (am)

1. Just My Imagination 2. Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic 3. Girls And Boys 4. Venus De Milo 5. Starfish And Coffee 6. Raspberry Beret 7. People Without 8. Condition Of The Heart 9. Still Would Stand All Time 10. Strange Relationship 11. A Love Bizarre 12. I'll Take You There

Paisley Park, Chanhassen : 31st December 1987
13. It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night

Disc 2
Lovesexy Tour Aftershow - Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg : 31st August 1988 (am)

1. Blues In C - Down Home Blues 2. Cold Sweat 3. God Is Alive 4. I Wish U Heaven (including Alphabet St.) 5. Purple Rain

Lovesexy Tour Aftershow - Camden Palace, London : 26th July 1988 (am)
6. Happy Birthday 7. Forever In My Life 8. Strange Relationship (including Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic) 9. Just My Imagination 10. River Kwai March 11. Under The Cherry Moon 12. Six 13. Dead On It 14. Housequake 15. Miss You


Comments
Deane's Comments (rates this release 3.5/5.0)
These have been circulating on tape amoung collectors for sometime, but not in this quality or this complete. The sound quality varies through out and in places tape noise (start and stops) makes it hard to enjoy. The Grosse Freiheit show is split between the two discs. This includes the famous Story Of Camille and a number of rarites like Rave Unto The Fantastic and Starfish & Coffee. Taylor Dayne guests on Still Will Stand all Time which has been circulating on a proshot video for some time now. The Camden Palace Gig has the excellent version of Miss You with Ron Woods as a guest on guitar. This was Cat's birthday. Video snippets of this show were in the documentary The Prince Of Paisley Park.
The packaging is pretty neat. This release is made up from two separate single CDs that come in an embossed, foil covered sleeve.

Dale's Comments (rates this release 3.75/5.0)
A curious title but there's no doubting the quality of the two aftershows here. Prince is on piano for a good portion of the Hamburg aftershow including for the second-ever run-through of 'Still would stand all time' (Taylor Dayne helps out with vocals on that one too). It's not quite as good a show as Small club but it's close. The London aftershow is not complete but what there is of it is excellent, not least Mica Paris' guest appearance during a stunning performance of  'Just my imagination'.

John's Comments (rates this release 4/5.0)
Two fascinating Lovesexy aftershows. The sound quality on both, while being very good, has a fair amount of tape hiss and the Grosse Freiheit recording is incomplete and has a number of drop-outs and the occasional fade. Unfortunately the Camden Palace recording is also incomplete and Sabotage have inserted parts from the circulating video of the show (Fargnoli's footage from the BBC Omnibus Documentary) which makes the actual Camden Palace recording sound rather poor in comparison - not one of Sabotage's better idea's IMO.

The Freiheit show features a number of rare and exclusive moments. The piano medley from the Lovesexy Tour is performed, albeit slightly differently from the main show's performance. 'People Without' is again performed, however this time it is more an instrumental jam than the Het Paard van Troje improvised version. Taylor Dane guests onstage for 'Still Would Stand All Time' and proceeds to attempt to scream Boni off the stage. 'God Is Alive' features a short speech by Prince (called Camille's Story on the booklet) and explains his reasoning for pulling the Black Album (from Camille's perspective).

The Camden Palace show again is incomplete and is a rather messy affair. The closing 'Miss You' has been taken from the BBC Omnibus documentary, however it lasts barely 20 seconds before it fades out and it's inclusion is rather baffling and pointless. The remainder of the show is an excellent aftershow from the 88 period and includes a lengthy up-beat groove on 'Strange Relationship' with some guitar work from 'Rave', and Mica Paris guesting on 'Just My Imagination'. Overall this is not Sabotage's best effort. The editing and inclusion of some parts is rather strange, however as it is their first releases, and they have gone on to bigger and better releases - then it's excusable. That said, I actually really enjoy the Grosse Freiheit aftershow, so purely for it's inclusion this release gets the thumbs up from me.

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