Catalog # 089/90
Release Year 1999
74:02 | 74:04
Newpower Soul Music
Festival Tour Festhalle, Frankfurt 22nd December 1998
1. Push It Up 2. Jam Of The Year 3. Talkin' Loud And Sayin' Nothing 4. Let's
Work 5. Delirious 6. Rock N' Roll Is Alive (outro) 7. Purple Rain 8. Little Red
Corvette 9. I Would Die 4 U 10. Get Yo Groove On 11. I Could Never Take The
Place Of Your Man 12. Candy Dulfer Instrumental 13. Speech 14. The Christ 15.
One Of Us 16. The One 17. The Go Go's - 2001:Also Sprach Zarathustra 18. (Let me
Be Your) Teddy Bear - Dance Contest 19. Courtin' Time
1. Come On 2. If I Was Your Girlfriend 3. Diamonds And Pearls 4. The Beautiful
Ones 5. Kamasutra 6. Darling Nikki 7. Nothing Compares 2 U 8. Take Me With U 9.
Raspberry Beret 10. Mr. Happy (outro) 11. Release Yourself 12. Baby I'm A Star
13. 1999 [GCS Opening Act] 14. Thank You (Falettineme Be Mice Elf Again) 15. You
Can Sing It If You Try 16. Free 17. Everyday People 18. I Want To Take You
(rates this release 3/5.0)
the best show from the short NewPower Soul Festival tour of Europe in December
1998, but a mighty impressive recording indeed. This is most definitely a case
of the quality being superior to the content, and whilst the show is enjoyable
it is pretty basic and (on the whole) an unadventurous run-through. The
recording is of excellent quality with bare minimum of crowd noise throughout.
The recording is slightly thinner than a number of other Sabotage releases from
the tour, but is above criticism from me. The show is rather straightforward and
certainly free of anything unique which makes various other shows from the tour
so enjoyable. Prince recites the opening verse from '4 The Tears In Your Eyes'
during the intro speech of 'The Christ', and the very brief inclusion of
'Kamasutra' to the piano segment are the only real noteworthy incidents
throughout the show.
My personal highlight comes in the form of a bizarre techno intro to 'Baby I'm A
Star' which is very short but extremely funky. The inclusion of Larry Graham's
opening act is a rather pointless addition and while Prince is present during a
number of the songs, the man wailing on the mic cancels out anything Prince
could have added to the set. The accompanying packaging is rather basic and
suits the show's content perfectly as it is unsurprising and lifeless. A small
review has been included, but it is hardly a critical masterpiece. Overall this
is a rather dull release of a rather average show. The quality of the recording
is superb, and the pity is that the show itself doesn't match the recording's
(rates this release 3/5.0)
Most of these Jam of the Year tour shows just don't do it for me. This
one is rather flat and the sound quality is average at best. Fill other holes in
your collection first.
(rates this release 4/5.0)
concerts played throughout 1998 were largely just revised versions of those
played throughout 1997 but this show sounds very fresh in spite of this. A
very brief excerpt from the Kamasutra suite finds its way into the
piano medley and it's a shame it doesn't go on for longer. A fine show that is
on a par with many of the others from the same Winter 1998 tour.