Catalog # 190
Release Year 1996
CD Length 79:13
Date/Venue Parade Tour
Source Soundboard Recording
Quality EX- / EX+
July 1986 Minneapolis, Parade Tour Rehearsal
1. Life Can Be So Nice 2.
Soul Psychodelicide 3. Around The World In A Day 4. Christopher Tracy's Parade
5. New Position 6. I Wonder U 7. Raspberry Beret 8. Delirious 9. Controversy 10.
Comments (rates this release 3.75/5.0)
The sound quality and packaging could be better, but the
inclusion of a 60 min. jam on Soul Pychodelicide makes the CD worth a listen.
The booklet includes some nice period pictures.
Comments (rates this release 4.0/5.0)
Presumably in preparation for the upcoming August Hit & Run New
York shows (Prince mentions "New York" at least 3 times during the rehearsal)
and the European tour later in August, this is a very impressive soundboard
The quality is unquestionable and the only problem I have regarding the release
is the order in which the tracks are presented here doesn't appear
representative of the rehearsal as 'Life Can Be So Nice' (all 45 seconds of it)
and 'Soul Psychodelicide' should be at the end of the recording - however as the
release dates from 1996, it's not a major complaint and certainly doesn't affect
the actual quality (it has since been released by Sabotage in it's correct
running order on 'A Parade Around The World'). The main draw of this rehearsal
is an almost 60 minute version of a loose jam with the repeated phrase of 'Soul
Psychodelicide' which bears no similarity to the circulating outtakes(s) of the
same name. Interestingly, Prince also makes a vague reference to the lyric from
'Joy In Repetition' during the jam, saying "New song, Soul Psychodelicide - 3
years and 4 months, takes up 2 albums". The track (for want of a better term)
also includes repeated calls from 'Ice Cream Castles' along with a brief chant
of "You got to shake something" and various horn embellishments including the
chaotic "Confusion" horn line which appeared later in the Parade tour and
eventually on 'It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night' - overall a pretty fascinating
loose jam, although the mid-section does become a little repetitive. The
remainder of the rehearsal is pretty straightforward Parade show with a slightly
extended instrumental intro to 'Controversy' being the only real exception. The
Revolution are in fine form, and Prince also mentions Susannah being present,
although admittedly it's practically impossible to hear her.
Overall a rather interesting rehearsal centred around an extremely lengthy jam
itself containing various points of interest. The packaging is fairly decent for
it's time, and what it lacks in terms of information (i.e. zero) it more than
makes up for in terms of decent live pictures from the Parade tour.