Catalog # SBS05
Release Year 1995
2CD Length 76:31 | 46:20
Date/Venue 4 January 1985 Atlanta
Deane's Comments (rates this release 5/5.0)
Fairly average Purple Rain show with excellent sound quality. A few rare songs are in the set and an excellent jam on Baby I'm A Star. City Lights is an amazing set of 11cds (9 shows) and is an important document of early Prince performances.
Dale's Comments (rates this release 5/5.0)
The only thing I would call average about this show is, well, nothing. The sound is well above average, the content is truly outstanding with rare live gems like Father's Song, and God. The show itself is inspired, Prince is at the top of his game. He has an impressive repertoire to draw from and he knows it. He plays the crowd wonderfully and sustains a near perfect flow and mixture of songs. The show opens with Let's Go Crazy, as is typical for Purple Rain era shows, then he goes into a tirade of mostly 1999 songs, mixing in one Purple Rain tune and the infamous Do Me, Baby from Controversy. He spaces out the "hit songs" nearly perfect to keep the "top 40" crowd into it, and still satisfy the die hards that want to hear more than what the radio feeds us. The packaging is top rate as with most of the City Lights discs. It has a nice 6 page booklet with color pics from the period, and the lyrics to Purple Rain, but no information about the show or the tour. The nearly 24 minute Baby I'm A Star is a funk filled jam that must be heard.
Mike's Comments (rates this release 5/5.0)
A fantastic Purple rain show. Few surprises in the setlist though 'Father's song' is a nice inclusion. Superb sound quality makes this a must-have.