Friday, May 12, 2017

#SAB 008-009 Tale's From A Spanish Harem

2 CD
Label : Sabotage Records
Catalogue : #SAB 008-009
Disc Length : 50:48 / 73:58
Source : Soundboard Recordings
Sound Quality : EX
Year Of Release : 1996


Nude Tour

Estadio Vincente Calderon, Madrid

22nd July 1990

Disc 1

1. DAT Intro   2. The Future   3. 1999   4. Housequake   5. Sexy Dancer   6. Kiss   7. I'm In The Mood (listed as Jam It on packaging)   8. Purple Rain   9. Take Me With U   10. Blues In C - Don't Make Me Pay For Your Mistakes   11. Blues In C (If I Had A Harem)   12. Alphabet St.   13. It Takes Two - Volare   14. The Question Of U   15. An Honest Man   16. Under The Cherry Moon   17. The Question Of U - Electric Man

Disc 2

1. Controversy - D.M.S.R.   2. Do Me, Baby   3. Ain't No Way   4. Nothing Compares 2 U   5. Batdance   6. Partyman   7. When Doves Cry   8. Baby I'm A Star   9. Respect (listed as Think on packaging)   10. Game Boyz Groove   11. We Can Funk   12. Baby I'm A Star (listed as Horny Pony on packaging)

Nude Tour Rehearsal - Paisley Park : 21st April 1990

13. Intro   14. Kiss   15. Take Me With U   16. Alphabet St.   17. It Takes Two   18. Ain't No Way   19. Nothing Compares 2 U   20. Jealous Again (listed as Rock N Roll Impro on packaging)   21. Our Love Is Here To Stay


This Nude concert was broadcast on Spanish radio, and is where this particular release is sourced from. During the initial broadcast the Spanish DJ proceeded to talk between songs, and Sabotage have attempted to edit this out. They have done a very good job, however it is noticeable that they have used an audience recording to fill in some gaps, and in other parts have tried to make the join as smooth as possible. It slightly jars with the flow of the show, but short of leaving in the commentary there really is nothing they could have done. The show itself is a great example of a Nude tour concert, and includes some less commonly performed tracks including a snippet from 'An Honest Man' during the piano medley, a full blown version of 'When Doves Cry', and the closing jam based loosely around 'We Can Funk'. The addition of the Nude tour rehearsal, whilst being welcome, is a strange choice. The running order is out of synch with the order in which the songs were rehearsed, and it is available in more complete form on Thunderball's 'Nudity' release. The packaging is, as one would expect, stunning. The booklet is missing any form of info on the show, in fact there is barely a word of text written in it - just pretty pictures. The set also comes with a fold-out poster containing the Little Mermaid tale by Hans Christian Andersen - a strange choice. Unfortunately the track-listing on the back is incorrect and contains many errors, which is rather unusual and sloppy for a Sabotage release. Overall this is a fairly average release by Sabotage. They have tried their best to sort out the problems created by the broadcast, and have done an impressive enough job.


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