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#SAB 027-028 The Artist V's Toronto



Artist V's Toronto, The

2 CD
Label : Sabotage Records
Catalogue : #SAB 027-028
Disc Length : 71:08 / 73:56
Source : Audience Recording
Sound Quality : VG+
Year Of Release : 1997

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Love 4 One Another Charities Tour
The Warehouse, Toronto
5th June 1997

Disc 1

1. Intro   2. Jam Of The Year   3. Talkin' Loud And Sayin' Nothing   4. Rock N' Roll Is Alive (outro) (listed as Instrumental Jam on packaging)   5. Purple Rain   6. 17 Days   7. Get Yo Groove On (including Six)   8. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World   9. Face Down   10. Interlude   11. The Cross   12. One Of Us   13. Do Me, Baby (including Adore - Insatiable - Scandalous - How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore)   14. Sexy MF   15. If I Was Your Girlfriend   16. Show Your Love

Disc 2

1. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore   2. Take Me With U   3. Raspberry Beret   4. The Ride   5. Girls And Boys (jam)   6. Sleep Around   7. Take The A-Train   8. I Feel Alright   9. Mr. Happy (including 18 & Over)

Paisley Park Press Conference : 13th November 1996 (am)

10. Press Conference

COMMENT

Certainly not the high point in Sabotage's vast array of releases, but a decent quality Love 4 One Another concert nonetheless. The audience are extremely vocal throughout the whole recording, and while they do add a nice appreciative atmosphere to the show, it is fair to say they are slightly distracting and overpowering at times. Whilst the recording is for the most part consistently very good, I do have to say that the second half of the show (Disc 2 onwards) sounds slightly thinner and less impressive than the first. All that said though, clean and clear recordings from this particular tour are almost impossible to find and whilst this is not as good as Sabotage's previous 'Atlanta 19th January 1997' release, it is still very enjoyable. The first half of the show is pretty straightforward and predictable with little in the way of surprises. Immediately proceeding the piano version of 'How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore' P plays an improvised song toying with the lack of response he is getting from the audience "Why don't you show a brother love?" however it's tongue in cheek and certainly not a swipe at the enthusiastic crowd. He indulges himself in (as he calls it) and "early birthday present" with a great version of 'The Ride' to close the main portion of the show. The encore section opens with a loose jam based around the lyrics to 'Girls & Boys' - Sabotage have listed this as a Goldaxxe jam, however P doesn't pick up the instrument during this part of the show. The only other interesting part of the show comes during 'I Feel Alright' where he leads the crowd through a chant around the phrase F.U.N.K.R.A.D.I.O. after he has complained about the radio stations lack of quality. It's interesting (to a fucking geekoid like me) because in June 1997 a brief 30 second sample of a track called 'Funk Radio' was aired on the Love4OneAnother website, and certainly bears some similarity to the jam performed here. Sabotage have added the 23 minute Paisley Park press conference which was held after the November 12th "Freedom Concert". The quality is very questionable, however it appears to have been taped in secret and is certainly one of the more interesting and funny interviews P gave at the time. For rarity value it's a nice addition to the release. Certainly this is not the best release circulating from this tour, and it's not Sabotage's best release of the tour either, however it is enjoyable, well packaged and worthy of a pressed release.

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