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Prince Plays 4 Hour Concert in Montreal

Posted by funkatop On July - 1 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Montreal’s Jazz Festival always brings out some of the greatest musicians around and according to Kevin Laforest, he was part of one of the best concerts ever to be seen.  Prince made an appearance at a venue called Metropolis at 11:30 last Friday and didn’t stop playing until after 3am and 6 encores later covered most of his hits along with newer material and other cover songs.

Prince’s lineup consisted of John Blackwell on drums, Ida Nielsen on bass, Morris Hayes and Cassandra O’Neal on keyboards, and newcomer Andy Gallo on guitar which is similar to his touring band with exception to the noticeably absent Renaldo Neto on keyboards.  The members have to learn in excess of 400 songs to be ready at a moments notice since Prince never has a firm setlist.

The first 75 minutes of the show were only a handful of songs mixed with extended jam sessions and included When Eye Lay My Hands on UPeachControversy and Crimson and Clover. Some other notables

Photo: Victor Diaz Lamich

2nd encore
Let’s Go Crazy
Little Red Corvette

3rd encore

4th encore
Joni Mitchell’s A Case of You
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
Play That Funky Music
A Love Bizarre

5th encore/6th encore
Purple Rain
Raspberry Beret
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

So, the question remains as to exactly where he will show up next and will the shows be similar in nature where people can expect to have Parliament length shows?

Many thanks to Kevin Laforest for covering the event and reporting via his blog posts which you can read in its entirety here.

Prince – Rainbow Children

Posted by funkatop On January - 14 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Prince - Rainbow Children Album reviewReview: While this album may have gone unnoticed to the general public, hardcore Prince fans were shocked at the release of Rainbow Children which had Prince all over the musical map, but clearly displayed Prince’s musical prowess.  The album is blended with a good dose of jazz and pop with only a minor funk infusion, so for true funk fans, you’ll like the album, but it won’t give you your funk fix.  However, this album not only delivers a good dose of funky, it literally takes you on a fantastic journey unlike any other.  Headphones are required to truly appreciate the vastness of this album.

This album was Prince’s dive into the religious arena to speak more passionately about his newfound faith as a Jehovah’s Witness. The album is actually a masterpiece with a lot of great song writing that was obviously meticulously poured over note by note to polish every crack and crevice. There is a deep gothic booming “God-like” voice that tells a story throughout to maintain a good continuity though some listeners found it to be distracting. The title track is like a sonic roller coaster with highs and lows and ethereal guitar, and his female fans will most certainly love tracks such as Mellow and She Loves Me 4 Me.

And while it may not have funk fans frothing at the mouth, what funk it does offer is amazing. 1+1+1 is 3 is a funkafied gorgeous groove and Everlasting Now has super funky breaks that reminisce back to the days of Baby I’m a Star.  The off kilter well thought out placement of these songs truly remind everyone of just how powerful of a musician Prince truly is.

Long story, short, this is one of Prince’s best albums in many years and worthy of picking up at whatever cost. We debated about giving this album our highest possible 5-Afro rating because of its lack of full-on funk, but this album doesn’t have any weak points to be found. Even on the bizarre diatribes like The Digital Garden and Deconstruction, they all work together to create one of Prince’s best masterpieces since Purple Rain and even ups the ante further. Get it now.

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