One Nite Alone... Live! is a live album box set by Prince and The New Power Generation, containing live recordings from the intimate One Nite Alone... Tour performances. The album was released in 2002 but many of the tracks were new arrangements of songs dating from more than 20 years earlier. It was the first album since the Love Symbol Album in 1992 to be credited to Prince and The New Power Generation. Among the album's highlights are "Sometimes It Snows in April" and "Adore" at the piano, an extended "Joy in Repetition", and an energetic "When U Were Mine". Prince's backing musicians include Maceo Parker, Candy Dulfer, Greg Boyer, Renato Neto, John Blackwell, and Rhonda Smith. The entire album was recorded live from the audio console by Prince's concert sound engineer Scottie Baldwin. Baldwin's essay on the recording process is included in the liner notes.
Although One Nite Alone... Live! is put together in such a way as to suggest one continuous performance on each disc, and the sequence resembles live shows of this period, the songs were actually recorded singly at different times. The first two CDs contain the main act, the third CD the aftershow.
Always opposed to releasing a live album, Prince finally give fans what they had been longing for since 1978. An officially released live album. Prince once said if he ever released a live album it would have to be of the definitive show and being that his shows are always so varied, we all knew there was no such a thing as the ‘definitive show’. But then came along the One Nite Alone Tour, which is in my humble view his definitive tour. Worried that he was going to tour the piano album of the same name, the One Nite Alone Tour thankfully turned out to be the stuff fans’ dreams are made of. One Nite Alone… Live! captures the sound which swept fans away in 2002, Prince’s career musical peak. One year since the curtain fell on its last show this double-disk set was released to keep those heady nights alive for those who went to what was really a master class of musicianship and an experience that continues to blow the mind of attendees years later. Being that by 2002 Prince wanted to keep his set list fresh and purged many old stalwarts (Purple Rain being the main casualty) the tour’s set list included long lost fan favourite such as The Question Of U and Joy In Repetition and are sadly omitted from this album. Whilst disk two retains the familiar songs played on tour, disk one is occupied by the newer, livelier tracks performed for the shows’ opening segments. There can be just one gripe with the content of this double album. Disk two dwells too much on the piano portion of the show and slows the whole album down so far it fails to capture the vibrancy experienced by fans who attended the tour and result for non-attendees a flatter experience than the sonic odyssey that defined the tour; missing are Days Of Wild, The Ride and the covers Love Rollercoaster and Whole Lotta Love. Presented in a wonderful piano trimmed box set to make collectors gush, One Nite Alone… Live! contains a bonus CD of a collection of recordings taken from after shows of the US leg; named in honour of the fans’ frequent chant throughout the tour It Ain’t Over! This bonus disk contains the real jam-laden funk of the fabled after shows and restores lost fire to the set, which will and quite justifiably take pride of place in your Prince collection. User Comments