Musicology Celebration 2004ever Vol. I 4CD
4 CD
Label :
Ladybird Records
Catalogue :
#LBCD 008-009-010-011
3Disc Length :
78:19 / 79:26 / 75:16 / 74:16
Venue :
Excel Energy Center, St. Paul 16th June 2004
Source : Audience Recordings
Sound Quality :
Year Of Release :
Rating 4.75/5.0

Track Listing
Musicology Tour Excel Energy Center, St. Paul 16th June 2004

Disc 1

1. Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Video Intro 2. Musicology 3. Let's Go Crazy 4. I Would Die 4 U 5. When Doves Cry 6. 1999 (intro) - Baby I'm A Star 7. Shhh 8. D.M.S.R. 9. A Love Bizarre (intro) - The Glamorous Life (intro) 10. I Feel For You 11. Controversy (including Housequake) 12. Renato Interlude 13. God (instrumental) 14. Little Red Corvette 15. Cream 16. Telemarketers Blues 17. 12:01 18. Raspberry Beret 19. Sweet Thing (intro) 20. Smoke On The Water (intro) 21. Adore 22. Alphabet St. 23. You Can Make It If You Try

Disc 2
1. The Beverly Hillbillies Theme 2. Georgia On My Mind 3. What'd I Say? 4. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man 5. 7 6. Sign O' The Times 7. Whole Lotta Love 8. Call My Name 9. Let's Work 10. U Got The Look 11. Life 'O' The Party 12. Knock On Wood 13. Kiss 14. Take Me With U 15. Purple Rain

'Conversation Piece' Opening Act - Musicology Tour Aftershow - Paisley Park : 17th June 2004 (am)
16. Yes We Can Can 17. That's Why I'm Crying

Disc 3
'Conversation Piece' Opening Act - Musicology Tour Aftershow - Paisley Park : 17th June 2004 (am)

1. Stop On By 2. Is It A Crime? 3. Funky Stuff 4. Feel Like Makin' Love 5. (I Feel Like) Bustin' Loose 6. No Diggity (w/ Prince on guitar) 7. (Not Just) Knee Deep (w/ [Prince on guitar)

Prince & The NPG - Musicology Tour Aftershow - Paisley Park : 17th June 2004 (am)
8. The Ride 9. Miss You 10. A Real Mother For Ya

Disc 4
Prince & The NPG - Musicology Tour Aftershow - Paisley Park : 17th June 2004 (am)

1. I Know You Got Soul 2. It Takes Two (including Sex Machine) 3. Which Way Is Up (theme) 4. Housequake 5. All The Critics Love U In Minneapolis 6. House Party (including Psychoticbumpschool) 7. Prince And The Band 8. Illusion, Coma, Pimp And Circumstance 9. Glide 10. Brick House 11. Dear Mr. Man 12. The Rainbow Children (instrumental outro)

Fink's Comments (rates this release 4.75/5.0)
An utterly fantastic release from Ladybird. Firstly there's the sound quality. Both the main show and the aftershows are clear audience recordings, however the quality of the Paisley Park aftershow is just slightly better (hence the EX) rating. The main Musicology show, although still head and shoulders above the majority of other shows is lacking a certain....something. Considering it is the first night in his home town, I would expect Prince to be on fire and really raise his game for the show, however the spark (slightly) appears to be missing.

The acoustic set is one of the longest of the tour so far, however almost half of it is nothing more than Prince indulging himself and I get the sense that the audience seem to loose interest during parts. The aftershows first act are a cool warm-up for Prince's set. 'Bustin Loose & No Diggity' are definitely Chance Howard's kinda groovz and he comes to life during these tracks especially. Prince's aftershow is an enjoyable, relaxed jam session. Only a few verses (if that) are sung from each song before it is turned into a long funk jam, showcasing each member of the band. The biggest disappointment being 'Illusion, Coma, Pimp & Circumstance' which is only a few lines from the song. This release doesn't match the sheer brilliance of VOLUME II, but that's no bad thing - this is still a knock-out 4cd set. It should be noted that this 12 Disc Set (Vol I, II & III) is a numbered, limited edition of 1,000 copies.

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