Catalog # SAB 282/283/284/285
Release Year 2005
4CD Length 69:40 / 63:10 / 66:42 / 73:57
Date/Venue The Omni, Atlanta : 13th and 14th October 1988
Source Audience Recordings
Fink's Comments (rates this release 5.0/5.0)
Two of the best 1988 audience recordings finally get the treatment they deserve. These recordings are so good that they put to shame some of the 2004 Musicology shows. The 13th October concert has some nice moments including a very extended version of 'Blues In C', and has the added bonus of a piano medley which includes a performance of 'It's No Secret (What God Can Do)'. The remainder of the show is a pretty typical (although still fantastic) US Lovesexy show. The 14th October concert is worth the price of this 4cd set alone. It has passion, energy and is perhaps THE best of any US Lovesexy show circulating (my site, my opinion). Things are pretty straightforward up until 'Controversy', and the show just goes to a whole other level. Prince stops and starts the intro to the song over and over again while repeating the "Controversy" line, before the band finally launch into the song. There's no piano medley on this show, however the 13 minute 'Take This Beat' portion of 'I Wish U Heaven', which includes a one-off rap by Cat more than makes up for it. Thankfully 'Alphabet Street' is performed, and is a fantastic, fitting way to end these two phenomenal shows. These recordings have been circulating amongst collectors for a while now, however Sabotage have done an excellent job in boosting the (already excellent) sound quality. The added 'Musical Portrait' is nice to have in stereo, however as with all documentaries there is a little too much talking and it is best suited to video not audio. The packaging is superb with some rarely seen photo's, and 2 nice reviews of the shows from the Atlanta Journal. Undoubtedly my personal favourite recent Sabotage release. Love it? I freaking do!