Catalog # SAB025/026
Release Year 1997
2CD Length 70:25 | 73:06
Date/Venue Yokohama 1996
Fink's Comments (rates this release 4.0/5.0)
The final night of the Japanese tour and the very last show of the Ultimate Live Experience tour. The Japanese leg of the tour was far removed from the European shows in the respect that far less emphasis is put on long, loose, funky jams. The tracks are performed slightly edited than the European versions, and more well known songs (although still no big 'Prince' hits) are performed.
The show starts with 'Purple Medley' (full length version) played over the PA before the band come out for 2 extremely shortened versions of 'Endorphinmachine' & 'Shhh'. 'Days Of Wild' closes out with some funky bass playing from 777-9311, and the party proceeds through a great (but short) jam of 'Girls & Boys' over the backing of 'Race'. 'Starfish & Coffee' is performed as the 1995 revamped version with an extended outro incorporating Michael B's solo. 'Purple Medley' is performed live, with the help of some heavy backing tapes, however it is worse (if that's possible) than the actual studio version - a terrible audio experience.
The remainder of the show is as was on the European leg with the exception of the lack of an Arabic intro to '7'. The performance, and the quality of the show lacks the grit and "fuck you" attitude of the March 1995 shows which made them so special - however that said, this is still a funky show with MORE than enough highlights.
The sound quality, while being a little thin is overall worthy of a slightly less than excellent rating. The packaging is stunningly beautiful, however it is more style over substance as there is NO information about the show at all. Sabotage have also added bonus full length tracks from a selection of previous releases.
Comments (rates this release 4.25/5.0)
The last and perhaps the best of the Japanese shows from the brief 1996 tour. The 'Race'/'Girls and boys' medley makes its first and only appearance of the tour, otherwise a standard set very well executed. The bonus tracks are all from other titles like Driving to midnight mess, Paisley Park extravaganza etc.