Purple Storm In
The Coachella Valley
65:04 / 48:47
Date/Venue Empire Polo
Field (Main Stage), Indio 26th April 2008
Coachella Music & Arts Festival
Empire Polo Field (Main Stage), Indio 26th April 2008
[The Time] 1. Intro 2. The Bird 3. Jungle Love [Sheila E] 4. The
Glamorous Life [Prince & The NPG] 5. Santana Medley 6. 1999 7. I Feel For You 8.
Controversy (including Housequake) 9. Little Red Corvette 10. Musicology 11.
Prince And The Band 12. Cream 13. U Got The Look 14. Shhh 15.
Anotherloverholenyohead – Rock Lobster (instrumental)
1. Creep 2. Angel 3. 7 4. Come Together 5. Interlude 6. Purple Rain 7.
Let’s Go Crazy
The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno : 25th April 2008
8. Turn Me Loose
(rates this release 4.5/5.0)
This 4DaFunk release is sourced from the same recording as the previous
‘Coachella…The Coolest Place On Earth’ release. Performance aside, my main gripe
was that the recording was rather dull and lifeless and lacking any depth or
punch. While 4DaFunk clearly aren’t capable of working miracles, as with the
majority of their other releases, they have managed to breath a little more life
into the recording.
The recording always was of a high quality and certainly something that could be
classed as excellent, however it now has more warmth and clarity to it – which
was sorely needed. The opening few tracks are still a little too sterile for my
tastes, and it isn’t until Prince calls for the sound to be turned up during his
set that the new, improved recording really kicks in – never more obvious than
on ‘U Got The Look’ which is vastly more powerful and impressive than the
previous releases version. Improvements to the recording aside, one can do
nothing about the bland content of the majority of the show and whilst ‘Little
Red Corvette’ is the undoubted star of the entire concert (pour moi), it’s
nestled amongst a set-list which the majority of people can recite in their
Disc 2 begins with the excellent ‘Creep’ and is one of the few parts of the
recording where the audience appreciation slightly takes over the recording,
although it quickly subsides for Ledisi’s shrill version of ‘Angel’ – funnily
enough. On and on we go through familiar territory to the closing ‘Let’s Go
Crazy’ and the end of the show. This release also includes Prince’s brief
performance on The Tonight Show broadcast the night prior to the Coachella
Overall an impressive release in terms of improvement to the original recording
and certainly one which makes the previous release obsolete. Lastly, it’s worth
mentioning the artwork which is one of the most creative, original and clever
designs I’ve seen in a while on a fan release. Also released in June 2008 by
“Eye” Records on their ‘Coachella’ release and in August by Sabotage on ‘The
New Golden Age’ – both from this same source recording.