66:09 / 71:33
Date/Venue Plaza de
Toros de las Ventas, Madrid 21st August 1993
Act II Tour Plaza de Toros de las Ventas, Madrid 21st August 1993
[NPG Opening Act] 1. Deuce And A Quarter 2. Oil Can 3. Goldie’s Parade 4.
Six 5. Goldnigga 6. Intermission 7. House In Order 8. What Is Hip? [Prince & The
New Power Generation] 9. My Name Is Prince 10. Sexy MF (including Love 2 The
9’s) 11. The Beautiful Ones 12. Let’s Go Crazy 13. Kiss 14. Irresistible Bitch
15. She’s Always In My Hair – Flamenco Guitar 16. Raspberry Beret 17. Sometimes
It Snows In April 18. The Cross 19. Sign O’ The Times
1. Purple Rain 2. Thunder 3. When Doves Cry 4. Nothing Compares 2 U 5.
And God Created Woman 6. Diamonds And Pearls 7. Little Red Corvette 8. Strollin’
9. Scandalous 10. Girls And Boys 11. Arabic Intro 12. 7 13. Mayte’s Speech 14.
1999 15. Baby I’m A Star 16. Rock The House 17. America (including It’s Gonna Be
A Beautiful Night – Take The A-Train) 18 D.M.S.R. – It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful
Night 19. Johnny
(rates this release 4.25/5.0)
Sourced from the Miguetito Bosa release ‘Act II Madrid’ this is a strange choice
indeed. There’s no doubting the show is amongst the best of the entire tour,
however there are better quality recordings and more interesting set lists
circulating so the reasoning behind choosing this show is a mystery to me. That
said, I ain’t complaining as their is a vast difference between this and the
Most obviously the NPG’s opening set has been included on this release and the
quality of the recording is very similar to the main show which makes the two
flow together very nicely. The recording of the main show has also undergone a
fair amount of work with excellent and very audible results. I’m very happy to
say the distracting hiss has been removed, the audience level is FAR less
overpowering and the drop-outs have been rectified. The show itself is (as
previously mentioned) amongst the best of the Act II tour. It’s pretty
unsurprising until ‘She’s Always In My hair’ where Prince adds a few lengthy
matador flamenco-inspired guitar licks much to the crowd’s evident approval. The
piano medley is disappointingly short however it is proceeded by a few minutes
of beautiful tinkering on the keys before ‘Little Red Corvette’.
The closing ‘America / D.M.S.R.’ jam is extremely lengthy at around 30 minutes
and includes a unique slowed down, lazy groove version with the lyrics rapped
over the beat. The quality of the recording, whilst being a major improvement
over the original is still slightly lacking and has a hollow feel to it.
4DaFunk have done a lot of work, but miracles aren’t possible and it still has a
fair few flaws. That said it’s head and shoulders above the previous version and
whilst this won’t be the gem in their catalogue, it’s still a vastly superior
release and an extremely enjoyable show.