Date/Venue First Avenue,
Minneapolis 8th March 1982
First Avenue, Minneapolis 8th March 1982
1. Bambi 2. All The Critics Love U In New York 3. When You Were Mine 4.
Sexy Dancer 5. Still Waiting 6. Head 7. Sexuality 8. Dance To The Beat 9. The
Stick 10. Partyup
(rates this release 4.0/5.0)
This recording has been circulating in many different forms on
various bootlegs throughout the years. Some are heavily incomplete
(International Lover, This Is A Dance, ‘Live In USA 1982’) whilst others are
incorrectly pitched and run at a ridiculously fast speed (Dance 2 The Beat).
This particular release has been sourced from Moonraker’s Dance 2 The Beat, but
the difference between the 2 is immediately obvious. 4DaFunk have correctly
pitched the recording so that it runs at it’s correct speed and have also
cleaned some of the hiss from the sound with excellent results. Everything
sounds far less frantic and far more realistic. An extremely heavy version of
‘Bambi’ proceeds the debut live performance of ‘All The Critics Love U In New
York’. Sue Ann Carwell joins Prince for a lengthy version of ‘Still Waiting’
during which Prince bizarrely confesses to shooting his girlfriend because she
made him wait too long for “that love” – funny, but a little strange even for
Prince’s humour. ‘Head’ contains a fair amount of lyrics sung by the crowd and
includes a snippet from ‘Jingle Bells’. The Time join on stage for a couple of
numbers – firstly their unreleased ‘Dance To The Beat’ and also ‘The Stick’,
before Prince reclaims the mic for the closing ‘Partyup’ with Morris on drums.
As this is sourced from the Moonraker release, it is also missing both Dez and
Dr. Fink’s solo’s on ‘All The Critics Love U In New York’, which is a major
pity, and thus isn’t really a true reflection of the entire show. Full credit to
4DaFunk for the work they have done on improving the recording and smoothing out
many glitches, but there still remains the problem this isn’t a complete
recording – as improved as it may be. 4DaFunk released the complete, unedited
show in October 2008 on ‘First Avenue 82 V2.0’
which makes this release, and every other version totally obsolete.