Catalog # SAB 324/325/326
Release Year 2005
2CD Length 75:58 / 75:54
Date/Venue Staples Center, Los Angeles 29th March 2004 and 36th NAACP Awards : 19th March 2005
Source Soundboard Recording
Disc 3 (DVD)
Musicology Tour Premiere Staples Center, Los Angeles 29th March 2004
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Video Intro / Musicology / Let's Go Crazy / I Would Die 4 U / When Doves Cry / 1999 (intro) / Baby I'm A Star / Shhh / D.M.S.R. / A Love Bizarre (intro) / The Glamorous Life (intro) / I Feel For You / Controversy / Interlude / God (instrumental) / The Beautiful Ones / Nothing Compares 2 U / Insatiable / Sign O' The Times / The Question Of U (including The One - Fallin') / Let's Work / U Got The Look / Life 'O' The Party / Soul Man / Kiss / Take Me With U / Interlude / Forever In My Life - Real Players / 12:01 / On The Couch / Little Red Corvette / Sometimes It Snows In April / 7 / Purple Rain
36th NAACP Image Awards : 19th March 2005
Award Acceptance / D.M.S.R. / We're A Winner / I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) / Satisfied / I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing / Housequake / The Jam / The Bird / The Glamorous Life / Santana Medley
Musicology Tour Commercial
AEG-TV Cinema Perspective
Musicology Tour Live Pictures Slideshow
Global Funkschool 2005 Catalogue
Sabotage 2005 Catalogue
Dean's Comments (rates this release 5.0/5.0 Audio) (rates this release 2.5/5.0 Video)
This release is a combined 2CD and 1DVD release by Sabotage focusing on the Musicology tour opening night's broadcast. The DVD suffers from a few serious flaws, however I am more than happy to say the audio 2CD release is superb. It is not without some minor problems, but overall it is extremely high quality.
As it is sourced from the video footage, it is clear and has benefited from some extra work with very powerful results. The crowd level is also slightly more audible on here, which adds a little more atmosphere to the recording. There is a strange 30 second passage as 'D.M.S.R.' begins where Sabotage have inserted a portion of the song from the MuchMoreMusic July 2004 performance. I'm slightly bemused about this as the problem is not on the video footage, however it is the only real minor gripe I have. Prince's performance is a little wooden and unadventurous to begin with, but he gets into his stride 20 minutes in and the show really takes off from there. "Testolini 1, Testolini 2". Whilst this is far from being an awe inspiring show it is above average and has some very nice moments, including a stunning acoustic set, and two lengthy versions of both '7' and 'Purple Rain'. The release comes in two packaging styles - either DVD case, or normal 4cd box. Stunning artwork accompanies both, and includes information on the AEG-TV simulcast.
As a whole package this release (video and audio) is an excellent idea, and had it not been for the horrendous sync issues on the DVD it would have been a favourite for years to come. Unfortunately due to Sabotage's poor quality control with the DVD, the audio discs will be the only part of this release being spun in my house.