Prince: Rave UN2 the Year 2000 [UMD for PSP]
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Back in 1983, Prince emphatically described how he was going to bring in the new millennium. Still, who knew "1999" would be so prophetic? Who knew Prince would still be around to make good on his promise? It's doubtful you were sitting home, watching a pay-per-view special on the last night of 1999, but know this: The Artist, Prince--whatever he's calling himself on a daily basis--understands how to throw one amazing party. This DVD not only presents the entire 21-song pay-per-view in its entirety, but also includes behind-the-scenes interviews and adds additional jams featuring Jimmy Russell, bassist Larry Graham, and George Clinton. Clinton is the key figure here, because over the last decade, Prince has essentially followed in the funk master's footsteps. Rather than just fronting a band (as he did with the Revolution and New Power Generation), Prince is now more of a bandleader. Here, surrounded by legends like Maceo Parker and members of Sly and the Family Stone, Prince displays the graciousness of a sideman, showcasing the musicians on his crowded stage. He offers backup vocals on the Family Stone's "Everyday People," and then plays cheerleader on "I Want to Take You Higher." Prince even gives up his stage to Lenny Kravitz for "American Woman," and to the Time for energetic, tongue-in-cheek versions of the hits "Jungle Love" and "The Bird." When taking center stage, Prince shows he hasn't lost a step either. His guitar playing on "Purple Rain," for example, is some of his strongest in years. All told, this is the best Prince concert film we've had since Sign O' the Times. --Dave McCoy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
It's because of that elusive 'live' gig.
With "Sign 'O' The Times" still out there on laserdisc and VHS, and a plethora of perfect-sounding/masterfully performed bootlegs out there, I can't give this 5 stars, because it's far from perfect, but for now, it will do.
With the exception of the drummer and the pointless go-go dancing foils, Prince's line-up for this performance is pretty solid. Larry Graham especially shines, no matter how mannered and overdone these particular songs might be in the Prince live show. Highlights: "Everyday People", "American Woman", "Red House", "She's Always In My Hair", "Raspberry Beret", "Purple Rain", and "The Cross/Christ".
The lowlights? An excess of religion (although nobody should be surprised by this), a lack of really EXTENDED jams as on the '88 Lovesexy tour, and unnecessarily spotless production. It should sound a lot grittier at times, but doesn't.
The drummer. In the 90s, Prince had a talented drummer on board by the name of Michael Bland. If you ever had a chance to listen to a bootleg copy of " She's Always in My Hair" from the Act 2 Tours of 1993, compare it to the one on Rave DVD. Michael Bland's drumming was tight, detailed and innovative...there was incredible coordination and unity with the bass and other progressions through a song. A lot of this attention to detail was missing on the Rave DVD, due to the mediocre drumming of Kirky J. I think that he is the weakest drummer the purple one has ever enlisted. His delivery is dry and very basic...like something from a manual. Not the type of innovative beats delivered by Bland.
Larry Graham is a lively old man, with effective bass part, but give him a singing part and you have material to skip pass...this slowed down the momentum of the concert for me in a big way.
1999...I've heard better renditions of this song on live bootleg recordings. It was a basic funky delivery, more of a James Brown meets Las Vegas style than a wicked new version. Lacked any element of surprise. It even seemed to drag in places, and seemed to have more to do with balloons and confetti falling than serious music. More fun to look at that listen_ though the scatter-brain-editing could easily give you a headache.
Prince could've performed other songs. "Raspberry Beret" and "Take me with you" had that stinky Las Vegas nostalgia delivery, once again. " Baby Knows" sounded suprisingly the same as on the CD_ a lil flat. Substitute with tracks like (maybe)strolling, sshhh, scandalous, or even something cool like Crucuial ( which fans have never heard a live version of) would have made this concert a real treat!Read more ›
All that said, you can hardly go wrong with Prince performing live in concert. The man is a dynamo on-stage. This DVD is one of the most entertaining things he's released in years. It's almost two hours long with many highlights: I like the two numbers he does with Lenny Kravitz-- just when you thought you'd heard "Fly Away" a hundred times too many, wait till you hear this version. Also, Morris Day and The Time do two numbers-- I've seen The Time in concert recently; they're basically a nostalgia act at this point, but they are FUNKY.
There are a few bonus features here-- the best of which are the "Bonus Groovez" one of which features George Clinton performing "Flashlight". Also of note is a selection of interview segments with key performers.
On a sour note... and don't get me wrong about this... Prince gets a little preachy at times during the show. Prince has always incorporated sprituality in his music-- I myself am not a religious person, but I was never bothered by the spiritual side of Prince. It was always very natural and heartfelt. Here in this concert, "Purple Rain" and "The Christ" get a little heavy-handed with the overt preaching. This may not be an issue for some, but for me it was a bit irritating and kind of took away from the 'party' vibe.
Most recent customer reviews
THIS DVD IS BAD!
I LOVE LENNY KRAVITZ AND PRINCE TOGETHER!
I ENJOYED MORRIS DAY AND THE TIME!
LORD! THAT TOOK ME BACK! Read more
DAMN!!!!!! prince can throw a party ! At his own paisley park studio! he Recorded a unforgetable PErformance. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2003 by Jennifer Cruz
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A GREAT MOMENT OF MUSIC, DON'T LOSE TIME NO MORE, YOU GOT IT ! THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST DVD I HEARD IN THE LAST FEW YEARS. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2003 by BRUNO POMIE
Prince's talent and charisma, that is. His genius really shines in this New Year's Eve 1999 performance; it almost isn't possible to get your mind wrapped around his capabilities... Read morePublished on July 21 2003
I absolutely LOVE Prince's music. To see him perform in concert on this DVD makes it that much better! Read morePublished on May 11 2003 by flex
Saw this live! He was incredible. Prince is a great performer and does a nice turn on his own older music...Published on Oct. 29 2002 by Omni
This is the funkiest Prince concert ever!! Let me get my one criticism out of the way, it's the crowd, at times they act like they aren't in to the music and Prince has to... Read morePublished on April 24 2002 by Maccafan
What Can I say? This DVD showcases the still growing talent of Prince. He continues to prove himself as an artist and performer. Read morePublished on March 19 2002 by Jason Privett
I consider myself a pretty hardcore Prince fan. Musically the man is a genius, which he proves on this video. As always, he puts on a hell of a show. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2001 by cjpurplestar