P The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over (2002)

One Nite Alone… The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over (2002)
Some Legendary Aftershow Activity

Loose and free-flowing, Prince’s aftershow jams are the stuff of legend. His only officially released live box set, One Nite Alone… featured this hour-long taste. Check out how easily Prince conducts the band through an 11-minute version of one of his better melodies, the cinematically rich “Joy In Repetition” – altering the lyric, introducing the band and casually adding an extra measure, just so the crowd could take a line. George Clinton appears for a shout, while Prince offers up some of the lead guitar work that some believe is next only to Hendrix (more accurately, Santana). For this show, I made a CD-R to omit the off-key “Medley” featuring Musiq. It’s a show-stopper, and giving it the thumb will get you faster to Larry Graham’s bass work in “2 Nigs United For West Compton.” Maceo Parker and Candy Dulfer are also on board, reworking Prince classics like “Peach” and “Alphabet Street.” Not an entire performance, but a long overdue peek at what most of us will never get a chance to experience first hand. It’s only available as part of the box set at Amazon.


Joy In Repetition (10:57)
We Do This (Featuring George Clinton) (4:42)
Medley: Just Friends (Sunny)/If You Want Me To Stay (Featuring Musiq) (4:27)
2 Nigs United 4 West Compton (6:15)
Alphabet Street (2:55)
Peach (xtended Jam) (11:19)
Dorothy Parker (6:17)
Girls & Boys (7:00)
The Everlasting Now (vamp) (1:50)

16 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    June 16, 2011 - 11:33 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    Gummo
    June 16, 2011 - 12:57 | Permalink

    Thanks as always, Willard!

    I’ve been on a Prince freak lately so this is perfect!

  • 3
    pete
    June 16, 2011 - 14:11 | Permalink

    Thanks! I saw him recently, in San Jose, for the first time and he was great. I particularly enjoyed his thank-you’s at the start of the (very long) encore set: “I’d like to thank Graham Central Station [who opened]; I like to thank Sheila E [who guested]; I’d like to thank — me!” I guess it ain’t narcissism if you can back it up, right?

  • 4
    Sean
    June 16, 2011 - 15:03 | Permalink

    I have always really enjoyed this disc for its funky jams. If you are looking for a traditional run through of “Girls & Boys” or “Peach”, take a pass, but if you want 10-minute workouts loosely based on those tracks this is it.

    I do the same edit for my iPod: no George or Musiq!

    Worth it alone for “Joy” but a great aftershow recording.

  • 5
    JM
    June 16, 2011 - 17:27 | Permalink

    Thanks, Willard. I caught one of his aftershows in San Antonio once in the late 90s. A magnificent set. He played the Staple Singers, Delfonics, and Stylistics. He had on some kind of large fur coat, and came on stage while talking on a cell phone.

    • 6
      Willard
      June 16, 2011 - 19:01 | Permalink

      I’m green. I’ve only seen a few tour dates, none of the after-party.

  • 7
    Gummo
    June 17, 2011 - 09:11 | Permalink

    You’re one up on me, Willard, I’ve only seen him once, back in ’04 on the Musicology tour.

    As luck would have it, both the missus and I had a terrible summer flu that week but damn if we were going to miss that show. We were literally holding each other up, but it was so worth it.

    • 8
      Willard
      June 17, 2011 - 09:26 | Permalink

      Yeah, that was the last time I saw him. What I’m calling my ‘last big show’ (can’t stand big crowds anymore). I did catch the very beginning of the 1999 tour, with The Time. Back when me and my pals were among the few whites in the room. Hard to believe, now.

  • 9
    Matthew Best
    June 17, 2011 - 12:26 | Permalink

    I saw an aftershow back in 2002 at the Marquee in London, then when he did his 21 Nights at the O2, I managed to go to four aftershows at the relatively tiny Indigo venue next door. The arena shows were probably about as good as arena shows can get, but the tiny club shows were something else. Weirdly, it wasn’t that difficult to get tickets and they laid on boats down the Thames into the West End all through the night to get people home again.

    I don’t imagine there’s much chance I’ll ever see a better live performer in my lifetime (though I live in hope that I’ll be proved wrong!).

    • 10
      Willard
      June 17, 2011 - 12:27 | Permalink

      Cool story, thanks.

  • 11
    Steven
    June 18, 2011 - 01:45 | Permalink

    Superb share, Willard. I had the good fortune, at long last, to catch one of these Prince small-club shows during the recent Los Angeles residency, and I must say — the hype about them is not at all wrong. This “One Nite Alone” aftershow is great, and a perfect taste of what they’re like, but the very finest Prince-in-the-wee-hours recording of all is the “Small Club 1988″ show at the Trojan Horse in the Netherlands. Anyone who digs this, will seriously dig that. It’s pretty widely available, and well worth tracking down.

  • 12
    Rick
    November 27, 2011 - 15:02 | Permalink

    On a whim I watched the BBC “Purple Reign” [sic] documentary on Prince as I know little about him. Awesome, what a huge talent. So I listened to the Small Club 88 jam recommended by Steven above – an awesome live club jam. I am becoming a Prince fan, even if I don’t normally listen to funk.
    This guy must live music all day and nothing else. His huge output (and unreleased output). His fondness for after-concert jams. Does he ever stop?
    Now I’ll listen to this Aftershow tape. Thanks, Willard.

    • 13
      Willard
      November 27, 2011 - 17:18 | Permalink

      He’s got a bottomless pit of material. You can find a bunch of things here, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

  • 14
    Carlito
    August 5, 2013 - 02:33 | Permalink

    Saw an aftershow “show” at a dance club called “The Church” in downtown Denver. It really is an old church. Probably in 1993. Chaka Kahn played drums. Would go nuts if someone ever showed up with a rip of that gig, he played for an hour. Classic, legendary night in Denver. Here is a review of his 4 shows in Denver at the end of May 2013 at the Ogden Theatre. (Face value for each show was $250)
    http://styledenver.com/review-prince-lives-out-loud-at-the-ogden

  • 15
    Harry The Bastard
    February 5, 2014 - 11:50 | Permalink

    gah, link down!

    • 16
      Willard
      February 5, 2014 - 13:33 | Permalink

      Weird… fixed. Thanks. Let me know about any others. I think the addresses are being changed as I undraft them.

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