Lovesexy World Tour - Excellent Soundboard Recording
One of Sabotage's finest releases, and one of the clearest soundboard recordings in circulation. This is one of three Japanese soundboards from the Lovesexy tour widely circulating (not including the Osaka soundcheck) and all 3 are of amazing clarity. The audience level throughout is barely audible, which at times makes these shows sound more like rehearsals than the full-blown extravaganza they were. The Japanese Lovesexy shows also lack the passion, religious tone and major enthusiasm of the European and US leg of the tour in 88. This is still an extraordinarily good concert, but it the performance doesn't convince me Prince is high on the message of Lovesexy anymore. The show itself contains numerous changes from the previous 88 tour.
The most obvious being the opening 'Erotic City' has been omitted, 'I Wanna Be Your Lover' contains the intro only, 'Head' is reduced to a single verse, 'Blues In C' has been completely dropped, as has the 'Take This Beat / God Is Alive' portion following 'I Wish U Heaven' (which the girls in the band sing). This particular show thankfully contains the piano medley and is proceeded by Prince singing the melody (without lyrics) to 'It Is No Secret What God Can Do'. The piano segment features the brief portion of 'Chopsticks' and 'With You' (both of which Sabotage have bafflingly not listed on the artwork). The accompanying booklet and artwork is stunning and certainly one of Sabotage's best efforts - albeit with some tracks missing on the back cover.