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Thread started 06/05/16 7:40pm

shaboogiebop

Acoustic guitar and a microphone

guitar In recent days I've seen a few videos of Prince performing acoustic songs/sets back in 2004. His mastery of music - timing, tempo, phrasing, harmony... is mesmerizing in this format! It is a pleasure to see/hear how adeptly he translates some more instrumentally complex songs using solely a guitar & his voice.

Has any acoustic material ever been released? Did he incorporate acoustic songs into his sets during any other tours? I'm looking for more things to listen to, 'cause I just can't get enough! geek

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Reply #1 posted 06/05/16 9:59pm

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There's his album, "The Truth" that is acoustic (with overdubs and other studio flourishes in there). I also happen to love his acoustic demo for Alphabet Street, that was something I've been listening to a lot after I put it in a compilation for a friend in mid March. Besides that, I actually don't know if he had done much else acoustic material or if it's circulating. There's an acoustic demo for Thieves in the Temple that I remember finding years ago, and his rendition of Reflection he did with Wendy on TV is absolutely classic (though I'm sure you may have already seen that). I love that acoustic version of Little Red Corvette he did during the Musicology Tour and his cover of Sweet Thing is something I never grow tired of. There's also the track he did with 3rdEyeGirl that was streamed on Tidal when he first joined up there (I can't remember the name of it for the life of me, sorry) and there's also Tangerine from Rave, though that sounds like a midi guitar. I would've loved an actual acoustic take of that.
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Reply #2 posted 06/05/16 11:57pm

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his acoustic version of thieves in the temple puts the produced version to shame in my eyes. You could hear that the song came from an emotional wellspring. the produced version lost that. also, his falsetto was on point for that performance, maybe one of his best falsetto performances.

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Reply #3 posted 06/06/16 12:13am

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Agreed, indeed they are so beautiful and timeless.
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Reply #4 posted 06/06/16 12:17am

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...Thinking of him performing with the piano and the microphone.... sad
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Reply #5 posted 06/06/16 12:58am

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PeteSilas said:

his acoustic version of thieves in the temple puts the produced version to shame in my eyes. You could hear that the song came from an emotional wellspring. the produced version lost that. also, his falsetto was on point for that performance, maybe one of his best falsetto performances.

So true. Love that version.

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Reply #6 posted 06/06/16 4:04am

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MMJas said:

PeteSilas said:

his acoustic version of thieves in the temple puts the produced version to shame in my eyes. You could hear that the song came from an emotional wellspring. the produced version lost that. also, his falsetto was on point for that performance, maybe one of his best falsetto performances.

So true. Love that version.

Does anyone has more info on that version? Love it, but I can't find anything about in at Princevault. (no unreleased versions mentioned)

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Reply #7 posted 06/06/16 6:24am

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Find the acoustic version of "Love" (he released it via the internet for a short period, so this isn't a bootleg). It's great, and it's really neat to see how Prince interpreted the song on an acoustic guitar versus how he produced it with a full band arrangement on "3121".

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Reply #8 posted 06/06/16 6:35am

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Nivivrus said:

There's his album, "The Truth" that is acoustic (with overdubs and other studio flourishes in there). I also happen to love his acoustic demo for Alphabet Street, that was something I've been listening to a lot after I put it in a compilation for a friend in mid March. Besides that, I actually don't know if he had done much else acoustic material or if it's circulating. There's an acoustic demo for Thieves in the Temple that I remember finding years ago, and his rendition of Reflection he did with Wendy on TV is absolutely classic (though I'm sure you may have already seen that). I love that acoustic version of Little Red Corvette he did during the Musicology Tour and his cover of Sweet Thing is something I never grow tired of. There's also the track he did with 3rdEyeGirl that was streamed on Tidal when he first joined up there (I can't remember the name of it for the life of me, sorry) and there's also Tangerine from Rave, though that sounds like a midi guitar. I would've loved an actual acoustic take of that.


Dionne from The Truth album is beautiful, intoxicating, mesmerizing.

Also, the Andy Allo/Prince acoustic album is cool. His guitar work in the background is so smart. I love the Amy Winehouse cover and the remake Oui Can Love.
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Reply #9 posted 06/06/16 6:41am

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skipthecharades said:

MMJas said:

So true. Love that version.

Does anyone has more info on that version? Love it, but I can't find anything about in at Princevault. (no unreleased versions mentioned)

I just typed it into YouTube and it was the first hit.

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Reply #10 posted 06/06/16 7:22am

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PeteSilas said:

his acoustic version of thieves in the temple puts the produced version to shame in my eyes. You could hear that the song came from an emotional wellspring. the produced version lost that. also, his falsetto was on point for that performance, maybe one of his best falsetto performances.

As GREAT as the released version is... when I heard that demo version, every hair on my body stood on its end and I have never been able 2 get it out of my mind.

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Reply #11 posted 06/06/16 7:31am

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GoldStandard said:

skipthecharades said:

Does anyone has more info on that version? Love it, but I can't find anything about in at Princevault. (no unreleased versions mentioned)

I just typed it into YouTube and it was the first hit.

I wasn't looking for the music, I have it, but info about date of recording etc.

Princevault is pretty complete but this version is not mentioned I think.

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Reply #12 posted 06/06/16 7:34am

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Agree that the acoustic version of Love is worth seeking out. Also...he did an acoustic (or at least very stripped down) version of Guitar that is great. And the Space acoustic is (IMO) the best of that group.

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Reply #13 posted 06/06/16 7:35am

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[Edited 6/6/16 7:37am]

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