Studio Nights: Sound 80 2CD

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2CD Length 47:55 | 71:35
Date/Venue Sound 80 Demos 1977 / 1978-79 Outtakes and Demos
Source Soundboard
Quality EX
G2P Rating 4/5.0

Track Listing
Sound 80 Demos 1977
just as long as we're together, baby, soft and wet, my love is forever, we can work it out, make it through the storm, instrumental, just as long as we're together
1978-1979 Outtakes
wouldn't you love to love me, i miss you , donna, down a long lonely road
16 tracks

Deane's Comments (rates this release 3.5/5.0)
I had three of these tracks, (Wouldn't You Love To Love Me, I Miss You , Donna) years ago on tape and never thought I'd get good, clean copies of them. The sound quality on all of these tracks is excellent. The Sound 80 session a nice document of the early Warner recordings. The second disc of this release is all instrumentals, which may or may not be Prince. A few tracks I am sure hope aren't him. Good packaging with an 4 page fold out.

Dale's Comments  (rates this release 4.25/5.0)
Another excellent document of early Prince material. Although there is no information about the instrumentals, they sound like they are legit, and I have never heard a claim otherwise. With so few releases of early material, picking up releases like this is a no-brainer. Moonraker/Thunderball has recently been rerelasing tracks from this set, but I like having them together in more of a chronological order even if the sound quality is slightly lower. I get a kick out of hearing the ending of Make It Through The Storm, where Prince says, "Making music naturally, me and W B." :)

Mike's Comments  (rates this release 4.75/5.0)
The stunning sound quality of these tracks suggests they were recorded in a proper studio rather than on to some cheap cassette recorder a la Work in progress, and if so these must be among the earliest Prince studio recordings in existence. Much of disc 1 is taken up with Prince's demos for his first album, and the perfectionist approach it is claimed he adopted for For you is evident throughout. There are a handful of unreleased songs as well, with 'We can work it out' and 'Make it through the storm' being the best of the bunch and easily up to the standard of some of the other For you tracks. The variety of instrumentals on disc 2 showcase Prince's versatility as he takes on rock, funk, ballads etc. All in all an extremely important and essential bootleg.

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