Label : Ladybird Records
Catalogue : #LBCD 012-013-014-015
3Disc Length : 79:32 / 77:28 / 79:15 / 78:43
Venue : Excel Energy Center, St. Paul 17th June 2004
Source : Audience Recordings
Sound Quality : EX
Year Of Release : 2004
Fink's Comments (rates this release 5.0/5.0)
Without doubt this is the best of the 3 volumes in this set by Ladybird. First things first, the Musicology show is fantastic. Prince's mood is far more energetic and enthusiastic than the previous nights concert and his performance is scorching. The highlight of the show (for me) is 'The Question Of U/The One'. His voice is perfection, his guitar playing is sublime, and the guitar effects to close the song are....awesome. The aftershow is quality, however the majority of the tracks are more laid-back instrumentals than previous aftershow versions that have been played. The real joy of the aftershow lies with 'Beautiful Strange' - I could write a whole page praising it, it's stunning.
The Times opening set is a nice addition to the set, and adds to the completeness of the show. Finally, we have 'The Combo' (formerly Dr. Mambo's Combo). These guys are unbelievably funky, filthy and SO much fun to listen to. Their set actually rivals Prince's set in terms of listening pleasure. They do a fantastic James Brown impersonation on 'The Payback', and 'Atomic Dog' would make George Clinton proud. The sound quality (as with the other volumes) varies slightly from EX / EX+. To have all this brilliant material is cool enough, but to have it in THIS high quality is amazing.
The packaging leaves a little to be desired (photo-shop job) and
a fold-out poster as opposed to a booklet, but the musical content is so good -
I don't care. Credit where credit is due, Ladybird have knocked me off my feet
with this release. It should be noted that this 12 Disc Set (Vol I, II & III) is
a numbered, limited edition of 1,000 copies.