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An Update Of An Earlier Post…

After we posted Nightclubbing, a popular and well circulated Prince boot, a couple readers pointed out that it was actually an abbreviated version of a complete show from The Haag. So we did some hunting and found the full show for those interested in an upgrade. And, Prince fans should be, as this is a stellar aftershow that has been released with a slew of different covers, under a number of varying titles, including Aftershow At Paard Von Troje Den Haag Holland 8-18-88, Small Club 2nd Show That Night and others. We went with the one you see above, entitled simply, Small Club. It’s a two disc boot that, as described below, features great sound and an intriguing set list… heavy on improv and light on the hits Prince’s regular, paying customers typically expect. The 1CD version is still there for the taking (for those who’ve enjoyed it since the vinyl days), but the 2CD set is the full monty. Listen to the band smooth groovin’ on the 11-1/2 minute “Forever In My Life.”

Instrumental Jam (12:54)
D.M.S.R. (8:47)
Just My Imagination (7:45)
People Without (10:28)
Housequake (4:32)
Down Home Blues (8:47)
Cold Sweat (9:35)
Forever In My Life (11:28)
Still Would Stand All Time (10:47)
I’ll Take You There, Pt. 1 (15:58)
I’ll Take Your There, Pt. 2 (2:40)
Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (2:11)


Nightclubbing (1988)
Abbreviated From The Above 2CD Set

Here’s an excellent late-80s boot that finds The Purple One in a small European club, August 18, 1988. One of P’s famed aftershows, this set includes only a few of Prince’s standards, like the opener, “D.M.S.R.” (Dance Music Sex Romance), mixed with covers, allowing P and the gang an opportunity to blow off some steam. Old Prince boots are notorious for their bad sonics, but this one’s pretty good overall, sounding mighty live, though not studio perfect (as usual, there’s the typically lacking drum sound and way too much stage echo). As fans have come to expect from Prince club dates, there’s lots of improv and plenty of screwing around, and that’s half the fun. More Prince in the archives, HERE.

D.M.S.R. (8:49)
Just My Imagination (7:54)
Housequake (5:07)
Down Home Blues/Kansas City (7:59)
Cold Sweat (9:33)
Forever In My Life (11:30)
I’ll Take You There (5:19)
It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night (15:21)


  • Willard
    November 29, 2012 - 13:58 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Johnnie K
    November 29, 2012 - 15:19 | Permalink

    Thank you for kindness, generosity and impeccable taste. The Prince recording is from 18th August, 1988, Aftershow at Paard van Troje, Den Haag, The Netherlands on the second night. Johnnie K, Auckland New Zealand.

  • courtney
    November 29, 2012 - 16:05 | Permalink

    “Lots of improv and plenty of screwing around” would actually make a pretty good title for a Prince album…thanks for this!

  • November 29, 2012 - 17:53 | Permalink

    I got this one on vinyl.
    Glorious Swinging Pig Records!!!!!!!!

  • Johnnie K
    November 29, 2012 - 20:00 | Permalink

    The first four minutes of Forever In My Life is some of the greatest Prince music I have ever heard. The organ riff that repeats through the entire song holds the song together beautifully. After that Prince’s guitar goes out of tune. I got this on CD in 1994. Wonderful track. Enjoy. From Johnnie K in Auckland New Zealand.

  • Eremenko
    November 30, 2012 - 12:17 | Permalink

    Thanks for this. Brilliant

  • Greg
    November 30, 2012 - 14:00 | Permalink

    This is still only a partial recording of the show. Small Club is the essential recording of that night.

  • Guest
    November 30, 2012 - 16:00 | Permalink

    Love Prince. Thank You!

  • Leon
    December 2, 2012 - 10:00 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard! Always love any Prince you can post!

  • Anonymous
    December 3, 2012 - 17:25 | Permalink

    Willard, you undersold this one – it’s AWESOME! I agree with the comment above about Forever In My Life, but also the version of Just My Imagination is out of this WORLD.

    Thanks again!

  • Grant
    January 6, 2013 - 10:33 | Permalink

    Thanks for the FULL version of this show Willard – cheers!

  • Formosa Coweater
    January 6, 2013 - 19:09 | Permalink

    One of the all-time great Prince boots. I’ve owned this under the title “Small Club 2nd Show That Night” and “A Nice Piece Of Shortass” for many years and have never tired of it. Thanks so much for sharing this version. It doesn’t get much better!

  • Indiana Scott
    January 7, 2013 - 14:18 | Permalink

    Thanks for the Prince fix!

  • aitoid
    January 7, 2013 - 15:16 | Permalink

    I won’t be downloading this as I’ve had the 2CD set since 1992. My first Prince boot (OK second, if you count The Black Album) and still my favourite. Highly recommended!

  • Mark
    January 7, 2013 - 23:29 | Permalink

    Thank you!

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