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#SAB 083-084 Funkball


Funkball

2 CD
Label : Sabotage Records
Catalogue : #SAB 083-084
Disc Length : 69:38 / 56:49
Source : Audience Recording
Sound Quality : EX
Year Of Release : 1999

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Newpower Soul Music Festival Tour Finale
Flanders Expo, Ghent
28th December 1998

Disc 1

1. Push It Up   2. Jam Of The Year   3. Talkin' Loud And Sayin' Nothing - I Know You Got Soul   4. Let's Work   5. Delirious - Rock N' Roll Is Alive (outro)   6. Purple Rain   7. Little Red Corvette   8. I Would Die 4 U   9. Get Yo Groove On   10. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man   11. Guitar & Sax Solo   12. Speech   13. The Christ   14. One Of Us   15. The One (Sax Solo)   16. Let's Go Crazy   17. She's Always In My Hair   18. U Got The Look

Disc 2

1. Pop Life intro) - Kiss   2. Gett Off   3. Gett Off (Houstyle)   4. Jam   5. Baby I'm A Star   6. 1999   7. Come On   8. The Annual Funk Ball (Bass Battle)   9. Release Yourself   10. Nothing Compares 2 U   11. Take Me With U   12. Raspberry Beret   13. Mr. Happy (outro)   [NPGCS Opening Act w/ P] 14. Free

COMMENT

The closing show of the short European December 1998 tour, and unfortunately not the best concert from the brief 9 date tour. The quality of the recording really cannot be faulted and is of extremely high quality. The audience level is at a minimum and the only time they become a little too audible is during Candy Dulfer's sax solo on 'The One' - the remainder of the recording is above any criticism from me. The concert is rather predictable, and certainly free of anything surprising. P adds a few lines from 'I Know You Got Soul' to 'Talkin' Loud & Sayin' Nothing' which itself is one of the longest versions of the tour. 'The One' opens with the normal instrumental intro before Candy Dulfer guests for a solo. P the proceeds to sing the opening lines but stops and launches into 'Let's Go Crazy'. The jam proceeding 'Baby I'm A Star' is quite fun, and unusually P begins 'Baby I'm A Star' from the keyboard before the band join in. The remainder of the show IS good, but just a little too predictable, and certainly not as impressive as a tour finale concert usually is (by P's own high standards). The added bonus from Larry Graham's opening act is an unnecessary addition, and very echoed in comparison to the main Ghent concert.

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