Wow. While rehearsing for his "Welcome 2 Chicago" tour dates, Prince & The NPG along with his 11 piece horn section, Prince sent in this beautiful and powerful rendition of "Old Friends 4 Sale" that is stunning to the ears.
To my knowledge, this song has never been performed live. Some of you may know the history of the song, being recorded in the 80's, and before an official version was released in the late 90's, the lyrics were changed. The story goes that the lyrics were too personal, so they were changed. There is a lyric change here as well.
If this is the kind of songs and instrumentation that Chicago can look forward to, these shows are going to be amazing.
I would like to thank PRINCE & The NPG for allowing us to share this with you exclusively. Absolutely beautiful. Very nice.
What do you think of the rehearsal jam of "Old Friends 4 Sale" by PRINCE & The NPG?-DocFB
It has been a few hope life still keeps you smiling thanks for sharing but too late i missed it lol maybe next time have an awsome holiday
This version was Amazing. I do like the original version better just because the lyrics seemed more heart felt. It blows my mind how people can be so critical of an artist like Prince who is constantly evolving and doing work that moves them. I've literally have been to over 400 concerts and seen artist from just about every genre you can think of. Prince can play hits for days. He can play deep tracks for years. Either way SOME ASSHOLE will complain. It's like people criticizing Tiger would for not winning every golf tourney when they have not every hit a golf ball. I personally love the tours that support the new recording because you get the both of both worlds. I did love those days when he would play hits and then play the rare tracks later at the second show.
Man, I'll be glad when Prince spends a few nights in the studio again-this welcome tour (I saw mine's in NYC) has not produced anything new for me. And if I hear purple rain again...I'm going to wake up Michael Jackson!!!
Not Good. Studio version was better for this one listen track. Sometimes it seems that Prince thinks that 'just because we love him'-he can fart and we'll breath it all in. Com'on Prince; GIVE US ANOTHER MIRACLE...and leave the fat in the vault!
Damn that's just it! That's what it always was about! That's Prince 2 me! Very nice! Superfunkycalifragisexy!
You know what? You can be very happy that Prince is constantly on tour in America. We are reading so many reviews here - thank you 4 that. Prince is so rare in Europe, I can tell. And it's really no fun chasing for tickets (and then at the End the sound is bad). Greetings from Hamburg, Germany
WOW!!!!! KYLE...YOU ARE SADLT MISTAKEN!!! TAKE ANOTHER LISTEN, HAVE A CLEAR MIND AND TAKE IT ALL IN. I THINK YOU WERE JUST HAVING A BAD DAY!!!
Me, my sister and a close friend attended Monday nights concert and it was really good. I kind of figured there were some issues going on; maybe technical or otherwise, but in the end Prince & The NPG rocked the house. I wished I had known about the people who held Monday night tickets could come to Wednesday's performance, but it's cool. We had a great time Monday. My sister and I were acting a plum fool, LOL. I guess because it was our first Prince concert. It was really sweet and cool of Prince to come to Chicago and to be involved with the Rebuild the Dream Foundation.
I agree with Kyle. The song was more heartfelt and is much better with just Prince singing. As far as Welcome2chicago shows- The Monday night show and the no-show after show were a fiasco but Tuesday was awesome and The last night, Wednesday was one of the best concerts of Prince's that I have ever attended. Monday night was riddled with problems that were beyond Prince and the NPG's control. At the after set on Tuesday Prince apologized for Monday night and then told the Monday night ticketholders that they could come to the concert free on Wednesday. Prince is a class act and Chicago will smell the stink from his Welcome2Chicago shows for years to come. He and the NPG are to be commended--They brought the funk.
I love this song. I had a copy of it back in 92. @Kyle, you need to check the reviews again. Everyone that I know and trust went to the shows the following days and say Prince was very much on point. They get got all the kinks out playing in a new arena. Like a friend from college just posted "Prince, still one of the best that ever done it".
all promise with little fulfillment. the reviews are in from chicago - the monday night show started off strong then fizzled to a disappointing finish. it's just a shame - this rehearsal reminds us how strong he can be - if he was still doing art - and not just touring non-stop and becoming a funk retrospective. where's the challenging art? where's the music that makes you stop what you're doing in order to better pay attention. it's a pity really. i will say this - i love this song, in pretty much all of it's incarnations - but the backing vocalists do not do anything to add to the tune. it's a better song when it's just prince singing - more harrowing and heartfelt.
As if there ever was any doubt at his greatness, our darlin lil Prince delivers a soulful grove Like an early christmas gift or did someone say it's "my birthday". If I were able i'd give him a rose of gold to show what he means to me. Sure he's done some funked up chit, but if everyone only knew the deepness of such actions as writing "slave" upon his face there would be no doubt. There might be screams for emancipation rather then the buzzkill sound of snoring zees as a world mind sleeps in a nightmared dream they are lulled into waking up from. Yet, the light fills the cold chill sky as the darkness flees away from the landscape at the breaking of the new Dawn. Dear Prince: i love you. Thank you.
Git bak d band stuff and arrangements on on record and leave them new demo style tracks in the vault. Trust your instincts and go for the live vibe.
Thank u so much 4 this Track! As a musician and prince «fan» it is so interesting to hear recordings of rehearsals... I love the music of the vault... I love it when I can hear the instruments and of course Prince's vocals. I would LOVE 2 c/hear a LIVE SHOW with Prince and his Big Band. : ) Playing stuff from the vault, rainbow children, Parade, Diamonds&Pearls, The Gold Experince (Billy Jack Bitch!!! with BigBand : )) Of course also the newer Albums... Lotus flo3r, Elixier, mnpls sound, 20ten,... I also would LOVE 2 hear completely new stuff : )) ....so, looking 4ward 4 the next stop in zurich... love eye c
awesome. prince is a REAL MUSICIAN & plays all kind of music. thats why we love him. not the same old same. the only thing i can do without are the women singers. they sometimes sing to much in some shows. i want to hear prince sing with all his voices & it's breath & depth. thanks for sharing doc.
I love it. I feel it. Dangitt i can TASTE it! I really love RnR affair too. It feels good. He sounds happy. Just becuz he wrote a song in a certain period doesn't mean he cant sing it now. Besides, this time it's 4 Sheila! (I'm still mourning that)
I absolutely love this rendition--one of my favorite songs! Since I can majorly empathize with the song's sentiments--wish I could see the magic in Chi-Town!
INCREDIBLE SONG....to all u haters...its was an rehearsal.when he does it live his voice is off the chain
So compare this to the shallow RnR Love Affair... 11 piece horns, beautiful, soulful arrangement, heartfelt, personal lyrics... Love this song... So happy to hear he's playing it live & it's not some watered down arrangement.... Beautiful.
Sorry, I don't like this Prince. Too jazzy for his voice. I love you Prince but that doesn't cut it for me.
Wait a minute! That file on SoundCloud contains only 90% of the music! And wasn't this song really from an era where the pre-JW Prince was sooo much in stress, a horrid era of being a slave to Warner Bros. Records? Why would he revisit songs from such a terrible, stressful, dark, nasty period in his career/life? Alas, another song from "The Vault" remade, live, good for taking in the "Lion's Share" of the profits.
Nice but it's missing the light, spacy airy sound that the original has. Although I love P's music thru all the ages even now, I don't like the kind of vaccum, airless sound P seems to have used since c.1996. Don't know if its a major change in production equipment (switch to digital perhaps?!?) or just how he likes it, but it really takes something away. U have to let the sound 'breathe'....The production of the 1992 'Symbol' album is an example of how all his music 'SHOULD' sound in terms of production IMO, it was really well produced.
Lighty, I have to disagree with you. To me, it is as haunting as the original. I am hearing the "life" in this rehearsal jam. Prince is on point with this one....