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4.0 out of 5 stars Good show, but where's the rest of it?
First of all, let me say that this is a decent DVD concert that features a playful,energetic and relaxed Prince with a smokin' band that includes Sheila E. and ex-James Brown saxman, Maceo Parker. However, on the downside, it is my understanding that this was like a 3 hour show and yet it has been cut to 80 minutes and some of the songs that follow each other do not flow...
Published on May 22 2004 by Glenn Nippert
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality and sound
A really disappointing DVD. The camera work is horrible, half of it is out of focus, color is faded, sound is awful. It's not a bad performance but it looks like someone shot it with their cellphone camera. Definitely not worth the money.
Published 20 months ago by Deb Yungblut
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1.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity,
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Ce commentaire est de: Prince:Live at the Alladdin La (DVD)I probably should of known by the picture on the cover, which was a screen grab, that this wouldn't be Prince's finest hour. When it comes to Prince, I sometimes feel like Charlie Brown just as Lucy snatches the football away. I really, really want him to pull it together and release a great album, DVD or whatever, but I've been consistently disappointed over the last decade.
This DVD does not come close to approaching the work he did on the "Sign of the Times" concert movie or the bootleg "LoveSexy Tour" DVD shot in Germany for Japenese TV . This DVD's audio mix is extremely uneven, forcing the viewer to keep the volume control nearby to adjust for varying sound levels. Even with the proper volume level, the mix is muddy and uninspired. The camera work is a mess, with ungainly handheld shots that look like someone's home DV camera was called upon for the job. The editing and transitions between songs (freeze framed screen grabs, I kid you not) are complete amateur hour.
I purchased the new Led Zeppelin DVD at the same time, and even though most of the material on that DVD was shot over 25 years ago, it was still light years ahead of Prince's Aladin, Las Vegas DVD. Prince should do his homework and hire the same crews that do the production for the Eagles or Fleetwood Mac concert DVD's.
Lastly, the most heartbreaking thing about this DVD is how uninspired Prince seems to be. I read a review for "Under the Cherry Moon" when it was first released theatrically and the reviewer said that Prince was dangerously close to becoming a second tier Las Vegas act, a destiny that has finally been reached.
Prince, please go back to the studio by yourself, use just an acustic guitar, bass, piano and a simple drum kit and make a great album. As a matter of fact, set up a couple of video cameras to capture you working in the studio...it would be a hundred times more watchable than this DVD.
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince fell off...,
Ce commentaire est de: Prince:Live at the Alladdin La (DVD)...You really don't understand if you believe that. Artistic integrity is never respected in the american music business, but this man has it and massive talent too. If you've ever seen Prince in concert then you know what to expect from this DVD. FunkPopR&BJazz all mixed up to perfection. Prince sans the popularity is just as good as he was in his "hit making" era.
Although some may be disappointed with omission of major hits from his extensive career, he punctuates his recent material with flashes from the past. Highlights include "Pop Life" "Strange Relationship" & "take me with U" But the band sizzles on Rainbow Children CD cuts: "The Work" "1+1+1=3" & "the everlasting now" Maceo joins him for some old james brown funk "pass the peas" and he gets jazzy reworking "strollin'" from the Diamonds & Pearls". Prince even takes Led Zeppelin's "Whole lotta love" and funks it up.
Prince may not be as popular as he used to be, but his talent and artistry keeps growing. All real music lovers feel me on this one.
1.0 out of 5 stars Somebody please shoot the director of this DVD !!,
Ce commentaire est de: Prince:Live at the Alladdin La (DVD)This has to be the worst directed DVD in the history of film.
The music is great, funky performance by Prince, Maceo, Eric Leeds and Sheila E. But this is beyond amateur stuff. I can do a better job with my ... video camera!!
If you use this DVD as a CD, buy it! Great.. But what a disappointment. I can't believe that Mr. Perfection let this one out on the street
5.0 out of 5 stars One Night Alone with The Artist, Prince!,
Ce commentaire est de: Prince:Live at the Alladdin La (DVD)As usual PRINCE is great in concert, and here is the DVD to prove it. Whether or not you were onboard with his last CD THE RAINBOW CHILDREN, there's plenty here to keep fans interested. It's gorgeously filmed, and very funky. Throw in Sheila E on percussion and Eric Leeds on horns, and you have a reason to dress in purple paisley once again. Straight up this is just a live performance with no frills. But interestingly enough it's priced low enough to make it more affordable than seing Prince live. He seems laid back and happy to be on stage, and he works his magic on every track from "Pop Life" to a blistering rendition of Led Zeplin's "Whole Lotta Love". One interesting thing I noticed was that the sound varied a little. As he moves around the stage the vocals seem to get louder or softer. It may not bug you since this is pretty much a natural thing live, but audio purists may wonder why they didn't adjust the levels to keep it all uniform for home viewing.
4.0 out of 5 stars Potential for an amazing DVD....but...Prince does it his way,
Ce commentaire est de: Prince:Live at the Alladdin La (DVD)Prince likes to do things his way. This DVD is no exception. With lackluster graphics, unbalanced audio, and bootleg quality DVD artwork....Prince's quest for total control ruins what was an amazing tour.
First of all, the music is incredible, the performances are great....BUT....we are only seeing about half of this amazing concert. This is probably due to it being a more homeade job through the npgmusic club and limitations on recording to DVD.
The bonus cut, "The Ride" (from 1998's Crystal Ball album) and 1+1+1=3 (The Rainbow Children) are definite standouts but there is a lack of consistency throughout the DVD. If you've ever experienced a Prince concert, there is no need for any "eye candy" to be added to the video as Prince can command a stage on his own. With this being said, Prince should have hired the same crew that put together SADE's latest DVD to showcase his latest lineup of the NPG.
Prince showcases some of his great performances on this DVD, yet at bootleg quality.....
Let us hope that Prince will begin to remaster some of his past concerts in their entirety for the world to see...or at least for the NPG Music Club.
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing,
Ce commentaire est de: Prince:Live at the Alladdin La (DVD)i am a member of the npg club, i ordered this dvd on the 12th of august and it still aint here,so i went out to wherehouse music and bought the dvd .my anticipation was already too high iam a prince fanatic his music and performances is awesome. meanwhile this is a must have dvd. prince is one funky brother and comedian ,my guests and i tripped when prince mocked ozzy osbourne on the tune the work. Prince please put out more live dvd's and cd's i grew up on real music.i cant wait see him live again. thank mr Prince U R a true gift to the worldand thanks for the reminding us all of our history. meanwhile i gotta watch this dvd at least 50 more x's tonight before i sleep.
4.0 out of 5 stars Infectious fun,
Ce commentaire est de: Prince:Live at the Alladdin La (DVD)This is an amazing concert performance from one of Prince's best concert tours in years, the One Nite Alone tour. Prince's strong musicianship is the highlight of this DVD as he smiles, plays to the audience, and looks like he's having the best time of his life. I think it suffers only from a weak opening and some poor camera work, but by the time he gets to his version of "Whole Lotta Love," all those concerns are forgotten. His guitar work is strong, muscular and awe-inspiring. It's an incredible performance that segues into "Family Name," which for me are the two highlights of the show.
I think this performance is better than the "Rave Un2 the year 2000" DVD, and I'll probably be playing this more. Prince fans will love it. If you're a casual listener and aren't up on want Prince has been doing lately, this is a good (and inexpensive) DVD to catch you up.
3.0 out of 5 stars Technically speaking, Live at the Alladin is [bad]!,
Ce commentaire est de: Prince:Live at the Alladdin La (DVD)I just got done watching the DVD and couldn't have been more frustrated and disappointed during the viewing. Once again, the NPG has found away to screw things up.
I put in the DVD and pressed play and could not believe how grainy and blurry and unclear the picture was. The close-ups were fuzzy and at times Prince was unrecognizable in the long shots. ( I have some bootleg VHS tapes that are clearer than this DVD). Also, the audio is only in "Dolby Digital". You know what that means? It means that what you are listening to is coming out of your left, right, and subwoofer speakers. That's it!!!! I don't know about the rest of you, but I have a full home theater system and would have appreciated listening to the music in at least 5.1 Dolby Digital if not DTS.
Compared to the Rave DVD, there is no comparison. Rave was crystal clear and recorded in DTS, and when I play the DVD, my whole house rocks! It is superior to this DVD in every way.
Prince, how could you have [messed] up such a gem like this DVD? The music was great, Sheila looked ageless, and you are still the greatest ever.
I just expected much more than I got...but than again I've said that frequently about your music the past 8 or 9 years.
5.0 out of 5 stars i love prince ...,
By A Customer
Ce commentaire est de: Prince:Live at the Alladdin La (DVD)Price is the MOST influential artest of the century, so it is only fitting that he is brought honor through this masterpiece movie. I alredy own every Prince collectable, as well as paint my entire house Purple Purl inside and out, now I am jewbuliant that I also own this movie!
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Jam - This Is Cold!!!,
Ce commentaire est de: Prince:Live at the Alladdin La (DVD)I went to the NPGMC exclusive cinema preview of this DVD concert. I only wish now that I had been able to see Prince and the NPG live when they toured for One Night Alone. This DVD, though short, is an all out funk fest. There was only once section I didn't particularly care for and that was the short segment in which Nikka Costa made a guest appearance. She sang "Push and Pull" with Prince. She was not in good form, not one word she sang was intelligible. She wasn't at all impressive, she didn't have much range, her voice is weak and her stage presence was weaker. Still, with Prince and the NPG backing her, it was easy to tune her out and think of her as vocal ornamentation for the band and not the center of musical attention.
Prince and the NPG are simply flawless. Every musician on the stage plays featured solos at some point. Prince fused everything into a tight funk bomb! I was totally numb from the euphoric sound. He is not a Prince - He is the KING of Funk. And the entire time, he is a master showman, spicing up the show with his incredible comedic antics. He is truly an artist, comprable to none. I just don't know how anyone could listen to Prince and the NPG and not feel the funk coerce body and soul to move, shake, at the very least stir it up. Anyone who isn't as familiar with the music Prince has made since "Cream" or anything but his Top 40 hits may not be familiar with the music in this concert. Some of the older hits are played but in new jazzed up, funked up variations (though sometimes just a verse or two is performed, not the whole song) i.e. "Pop Life" "Take Me With You" "Housequake" "Money Don't Matter Tonight" and "Sometimes It Snows In April." I was very impressed with the flow of the entire concert. There were maybe only two seconds in which the music paused, probably to let the audience take a breath. The visual stills combined with the live performance work well to enhance the segues into different sections. The eyes, the mind, as well as the ears are never let down.
When Prince and the NPG play other musicians tunes, i.e. James Brown's "Pass the Peas" or Robert Plant's "Whole Lotta Loving" all funky hell breaks loose and one might think these were brand new songs never played by anyone else before aka Prince and the NPG make them their own but without arrogance which for me is the highest homage an artist can pay to another artist. Long Live Prince and the NPG. I always liked the musicans Prince has worked with over the years (and I'm very happy to see a more gorgeous than ever Sheila E on stage with him) but I think Prince has finally found the perfect musical family. He shares the stage without pretense, without any sense of hesitation - it's a truly amazing experience to see such synergy with such masterful musicians. As Prince says, "don't hate me because I'm fabulous" - and he IS!
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