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#SAB 122-123 Hit N Run - Richmond 2000



Hit N Run - Richmond 2000

2 CD
Label : Sabotage Records
Catalogue : #SAB 122-123
Disc Length : 72:47 / 74:04
Source : Audience Recordings
Sound Quality : EX
Year Of Release : 2001

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Hit N Run Tour
Landmark Theatre, Richmond
8th November 2000

Disc 1

1. Instrumental Intro   2. DAT Intro   3. Uptown   4. Controversy   5. Mutiny   6. Cream   7. Little Red Corvette   8. I Wanna Be Your Lover   9. Sexy Dancer   10. Housequake   11. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker - Four   12. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man   13. Do Me, Baby   14. Scandalous   15. Diamonds And Pearls   16. The Beautiful Ones   17. Nothing Compares 2 U   18. Guitar Solo (including Voodoo Chile)   19. Let's Go Crazy   20. Take Me With U   21. Raspberry Beret   22. Darling Nikki

Disc 2

1. When Doves Cry   2. Father's Song   3. Computer Blue (instrumental)   4. Baby I'm A Star (In The True Sense Of The Word)   5. God (instrumental)   6. Purple Rain   7. Speech   8. When Will We Be Paid?   9. She's Always In My Hair   10. U Got The Look   11. Kiss   12. Gett Off   13. Come On

Hit N Run Tour - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids : 19th November 2000

14. Pop Life (including Tom's Diner) (w/ Doug E Fresh)

Hit N Run Tour - Academy Of Music, Philadelphia : 11th November 2000

15. Speech   16. When Will We Be Paid?

Hit N Run Tour - CSU Convocation Centre, Cleveland : 12th November 2000

17. Gett Off - Give Up The Funk - Push It Up - Atomic Dog (w/ George Clinton & Doug E Fresh)

COMMENT

One of the finest recordings of the tour and overall a surprisingly excellent release from Sabotage. Surprising? Well, in the respect that shows from the Hit N Run tour are not exactly the stuff of legend. That said, this is a very decent show featuring far less input from Najee and Kip Blackshire than normal - their lack of input means the show is far more focused with more emphasis on Prince. The show begins with a few minutes of Najee tooting his horn before the concert starts in ernest with the DAT intro and John Blackwell cueing into 'Uptown'. It's evident there are a number of technical difficulties throughout the show and the beginning especially has Prince screaming at the sound technician to correct problems - leading him to say to the crowd, "Welcome to our rehearsal". For the main part, the show is pretty basic for the Hit N Run tour but as always the interesting moments occur when prince strays from the norm. 'Let's Go Crazy' is proceeded by a 4 minute guitar warm-up which includes various riffs and the inclusion of 'Voodoo Child' (amongst others). The speech before 'When Will We Be Paid' is also worthy of note as it is remarkably similar to the basic notion used for 'Family Name' on The Rainbow Children. One other part of the show worth hearing again is the complete fuck-up of the drum machine during the interlude version of 'When Doves Cry' which runs at a completely different speed to the pre-recorded vocals - very, very funny and makes the show seem extremely amateur up to that point. The bonus tracks are a nice addition, however the shows are circulating in their complete form and can only be viewed as filler material on here. The quality is less impressive than the Richmond recording, but nothing is less than VG+. Doug E Fresh guests during the shows in Grand Rapids and Cleveland and manages to completely ruin what was (before he appears) an enjoyable performance. The packaging is in a similar vein to Sabotage's other Hit N Run release 'Hit N Run Denver' and is certainly one of their better efforts. Overall a very impressive recording of a decent Hit N Run concert.

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