59:24 / 67:03
Amphitheatre, Mountain View 10th October 1997
Jam Of The Year Tour
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View 10th October 1997
1. DAT Intro 2. Jam Of The Year 3. Talkiní Loud And Sayiní Nothing 4.
Letís Work 5. Rock Ní Roll Is Alive (outro) 6. Purple Rain 7. Little Red
Corvette 8. Get Yo Groove On (including Six) 9. The Most Beautiful Girl In The
World 10. Face Down 11. A Case Of You 12. When You Were Mine 13. The Cross 14.
One Of Us
1. Do Me, Baby (including Adore Ė Insatiable Ė Scandalous Ė How Come U
Donít Call Me Anymore) 2. Sexy MF 3. If I Was Your Girlfriend 4. How Come U
Donít Call Me Anymore (intro) 5. Diamonds And Pearls 6. The Beautiful Ones 7.
Darling Nikki 8.Condition Of The Heart 9. Girls And Boys 10. How Come U Donít
Call Me Anymore 11. Take Me With U 12. Raspberry Beret 13. Mr. Happy (outro) 14.
Interlude 15. Soul Sacrifice (w/ Carlos Santana) 16. Sleep Around 17. Take The
A-Train 18. Jam Ė (Eye Like) Funky Music 19. Baby Iím A Star 20. 1999
(rates this release 4.5/5.0)
This show has been circulating for over a decade now on Sabotage's excellent 'Mountain
View' release, so it's fairly familiar to anyone with an interest in this
particular live period. This release is sourced from a completely different
audience recording, and it's every bit as excellent as the Sabotage recording -
even more so. As good as Sab's release was, a few vocal females close to the
person recording made their presence known throughout. Thankfully there are no
such problems on here and what we have is a more complete (the opening 'DAT
Intro' on Sab's release was incomplete, along with a few minor edits during the
show), more impressive audience recording.
The audience throughout are at a complete minimum, and the only time they begin
to slightly overpower the recording is during 'Darling Nikki' when they roar
their approval of Prince teasing the song, however it is 1 minute max and
doesn't detract from the recordings overall excellence. Likewise, the opening
few songs are excellent and impressive, but the recordings power really kicks up
a notch during 'Rock N' Roll Is Alive' and it's from this point on that it's an
almost flawless EX recording up until the encore. The guitar level during
Santana's stint is maxed out and excessively loud, and during '(Eye Like) Funky
Music, there is also a problem with the sound on stage being far too powerful.
Those small critiques aside, the main chunk of this is as excellent a recording
as you'll hear from this tour, and my grading of EX- is very harsh. On to the
content of the show. For the most part, this is a fairly straightforward show
from the Jam Of The Year tour with only a few unusual choices in the set-list
(the appearance of Carlos Santana aside, obviously). 'A Case Of You' inserted
into the solo guitar section is a slight oddity, as is the appearance of
'Condition Of The Heart' during the piano segment. As always the highlight of
the show (IMO, as always) is the sheer funk of 'Face Down', this time stretched
out to a little over 10 minutes and including a "Free The Slave" chant. The
encore section begins with Prince and Carlos Santana duelling on 'Soul
Sacrifice' and is one of the better moments of the entire 6 month tour.
Overall, a very impressive release simply because the recording is an
improvement over the previously available release, and if the sound quality is
your main attraction when hunting down shows, then I'd rate this over the
Sabotage release without question. Add to that the fact the recording is more
complete, and you have the best document of an interesting show. It may have a
few minor niggles, but I am more than happy to live with them when the overall
quality is taken into consideration - and the lack of screaming females in your
earholes is a major plus.