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As close to the aftershow party as most of us will ever get.
"Prince Live" screams the front of the video box. But if that's what you really want to see, get Sign O'The Times or the Lovesexy videos. What the box should say is "Some Prince But Mostly Other NPG Acts Live". In fairness Prince performs on all of the 9 tracks, but "mereley" as lead guitarist on all but 3.
This video starts with Price funking it up with "The Ride" and finishes with a pretty awesome version of "Peach". He does about 30 seconds of "Jailhouse Rock" somewhere in the middle, but the rest is less about Prince and more about The NPG.
Mavis Staples, The Steeles and Tony B are the main performers elsewhere with a brief blast of "In The Mood" from The NPG Hornz, Prince's brass section. This is not altogether a bad thing. The NPG are the tightest band around and the power of their performance adds much to the quality here.
The show is recorded in London's Underground nightclub and like all of Prince's aftershow parties, the venue is small and completely packed. What doesn't help is the crowded stage area which is small enough as it is. With Prince, the 5 NPG members, the 5 NPG Hornz members, all 4 of The Steeles and 1 Mavis Staples on a stage the size of a large table, it all seems pretty cramped.
Visually this video is nothing to write home about. Musically, it is excellent. To be honest, it is worth watching for "Peach" alone.
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