Catalog # 083/084
Release Year 1999
2CD Length 70:00 | 57:06
Date/Venue 28 December 1998 Ghent
Source Audience Recording
Fink's Comments (rates this release 4.5/5.0)
The closing show of the short European December 1998 tour, and unfortunately not the best concert from the brief 9 date tour. The quality of the recording really cannot be faulted and is of extremely high quality. The audience level is at a minimum and the only time they become a little too audible is during Candy Dulfer's sax solo on 'The One' - the remainder of the recording is above any criticism from me. The concert is rather predictable, and certainly free of anything surprising. Prince adds a few lines from 'I Know You Got Soul' to 'Talkin' Loud & Sayin' Nothing' which itself is one of the longest versions of the tour. 'The One' opens with the normal instrumental intro before Candy Dulfer guests for a solo.
Prince the proceeds to sing the opening lines but stops and launches into 'Let's Go Crazy'. The jam proceeding 'Baby I'm A Star' is quite fun, and unusually Prince begins 'Baby I'm A Star' from the keyboard before the band join in. The remainder of the show IS good, but just a little too predictable, and certainly not as impressive as a tour finale concert usually is (by Prince's own high standards). The added bonus from Larry Graham's opening act is an unnecessary addition, and very echoed in comparison to the main Ghent concert.
Deane's Comments (rates this release 3.5/5.0)
A slightly different setlist to most of the other shows from the Winter '98 tour, probably to accommodate Larry Graham's guest appearance during the show. He is used to good effect on the bass battle with Prince.