As reported previously, Prince has been doing a Fall 2010 tour in Europe (with an escapade to Abu Dhabi next week). This tour included a few important changes in the composition of the band, compared to that which played in the Summer 2010 European tour: namely, the replacement of Cora and Josh Dunham by John Blackwell and Ida Nielsen on drums and bass, respectively; the addition of Renato Neto to the band, as keyboard player; and the participation of Sheila E. in the initial gigs, although for unexplained reasons, she was missing in the Italian gigs.
Fortunately for fans of Prince music, there is a team of people recording regularly the Prince live appearances; these recordings are later treated to improve their audio quality by some audio wizards; and icing on the cake, there are some designers making stunning audio artwork for these releases. At the end, we have authentics works of art, with excellent audio quality & beautiful artwork, released by fans, for fans, no money involved: all of this is entirely made for the love of Prince music.
Herafter I will summarize my pick among the sets that have been released by fans, documenting the European 2010 Fall tour; for full information regarding dates, venues, band line-up, etc, I suggest you to check the fantastic Princevault.com website. A complete reference on Prince unofficial recordings is available at The Digital Garden.
As you will see, these releases are a real team effort, involving different people in the work of recording the shows, making the artwork and performing the audio treatment. And let me repeat: all of this work is done entirely for the love of music, no money involved whatsoever:
Bergen, October 18th, 2010:
No fan release has been made thus far.
Copenhagen, October 20, 2010: FBG35, Prince Copenhagen 20Ten (main show at Forum, aftershow at Amager Bio)
Clone Funk (recording of main show), Freddy-G Recordings (recording of the aftershow), Reverend (artwork) and Free Boot Generation (audio treatment).
Herning, October 22, 2010: Prince Live 2010 Herning Messecenter
Freddy-G Recordings (recording), Enfant Terrible (artwork) and Free Boot Generation (audio treatment).
Rome, November 2nd, 2010: FBG36, Prince Rome 20TEN
Dynamic Duo (recording), Reverend (artwork) and Free Boot Generation (audio treatment)
Milano, November 3rd: Milano 20Ten
Fan release (no artwork available yet)
Brussels, November 6th, 2010: FBG37, Prince Viage 2 (still unreleased)
The Dynamic Duo (recording), Reverend (artwork) and Free Boot Generation (audio treatment)
This show received authentically rave reviews from hardcore fans, and I think there is a huge expectation to listen how it sounds.
Antwerp, November 8th, 2010: Hang on a minute... (to be updated).
Now let me end this post by thanking all the people involved in making these releases available, for free, to fans of Prince music. And let me also stress that you won't find any of those releases posted in this blog; hence do not request them at the commens, as such comments will be ignored.