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TrivialPursuit

The Beautiful Experience Anniversary

Yesterday, February 12, 1994, Prince taped what would become The Beautiful Experience delayed broadcast. It is one of my all-time favorite Prince specials he ever did. So much great material that was out, coming out, or was the only known version for a few years (like "Interactive", "Acknowledge Me"). When I found this on VHS, I damn near wore it out playing it so often. The Nona Gaye sections were sort of corny, but it was still a fun watch. The runner-ups for me are Love 4 One Another and The Undertaker.


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This experience will cover courtship, sex, commitment, fetishes, loneliness, vindication, love, and hate.
http://bit.ly/1D3FG2U
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Reply #1 posted 02/13/18 3:00pm

1725topp

Even though I became a Prince fan in 1980, 1991 - 1998 were great years for me, topping it off with being at the New Year's Eve show in Houston, TX. The Beautiful Experience was Prince, once again, announcing, as he had already done so many times before, that he would not be bound by anyone's notions of who he was and should be. The new music was announcing a new era, and I loved the chaotic flooding of work that flowed from 93 - 97. Along with the BE video, I also have a copy of the audio that includes some things that did not make the airing, such as when Prince invited someone on stage to play guitar, and, when it came time to solo, the person seemingly froze, causing Prince to name him "Bud Light," iirc.

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Reply #2 posted 02/13/18 3:13pm

antonb

i remember watching this, i think it was shown on channel 4 in the uk , 10 30 ish, and i loved it too. Most of the music i hadnt heared. Or seen any of the videos. It was a great boost to Prince fans at the time because of the negativity going on from the media for the name change. I think it was before the european tour for the Gold tour, but im not sure.

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Reply #3 posted 02/13/18 6:47pm

motherfunka

I attended the show for $100.00 and the night was epic! Much of the lower level of Paisley Park was open to view, most notably the studios. I had been in Paisley Park before for after parties and private concerts, but nothing like this.

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Prior to the actual concert Eric Leeds played in Studio C where they had some tables set up, like a little jazz club. Jacob Armin was in the band.

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They had a "gift shop" set up in the lobby and were selling The Most Beautiful Girl In The World single, as is was yet unreleased.

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A press table was also set up in the lobby, as there were a lot of celebrities in attendance due to the fact that the NBA All Star game was the same weekend.

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Also prior to the concert they did a fashion show to the Come version shown in the Beautiful Experience video. They then introduced the girls who won the Most Beautiful Girl In The World contest and then proceeded to show the video for the first time. Mayte and Jamie King also did their routine to Pheromone.

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After that an announcer introduced Tony Mosley and crew and they came onto the stage and "rapped" a song, don't know what it was or haven't heard it since. Obviously the low point of the evening! lol

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Lastly, Prince and the NPG came on stage. At the time the band were being billed as 10,000. It ended up being the same line up. Not sure what that was all about. The rest is documented on several boots. After the show was over, so was the event. Michael Bland handed me one of his drumsticks. One of the highlights was Prince playing drums.

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About a month later they showed the clips of The Jam and Shhh at Glam Slam. I was so excited to see myself front and center in the videos. In April they premiered the Beautiful Experience film. I was a little disappointed with that, as a lot of the concert was cut and videos from Come were mixed in. Although, it was nice to have a live document of something I had went to.

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Reply #4 posted 02/13/18 11:08pm

dodger

https://twitter.com/princ...4032818176

This thread on Twitter has his handwritten notes. His vision and attention to detail is unreal
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Reply #5 posted 02/14/18 3:29am

rlittler81

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I've not watched this in a while, but it remains the reason I became a big fan of Prince back in late 1994/early 1995. After seeing 'Days of Wild' on this film, I was done! Such an exciting era. I even managed to track down a copy of 10,000 magazine.

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Reply #6 posted 02/17/18 12:48pm

42Kristen

I would not nothing about that. I had stopped listening to any Prince music years ago. I was into rap, hip-hop, gangsta music, R&B, Michael Jackson. Any new artists that was actually popping back in the '90's.

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Reply #7 posted 02/17/18 1:24pm

TrivialPursuit

42Kristen said:

I would not nothing about that. I had stopped listening to any Prince music years ago. I was into rap, hip-hop, gangsta music, R&B, Michael Jackson. Any new artists that was actually popping back in the '90's.


Makes good sense you replied then. lol

This experience will cover courtship, sex, commitment, fetishes, loneliness, vindication, love, and hate.
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Reply #8 posted 02/17/18 2:14pm

djThunderfunk

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Love this "film"/(special?), one of my favorites.

I remember getting a 3rd or 4th generation VHS copy a few months after it aired. AFAIK, it didn't air on "regular" cable (MTV/VH1) here in the states. I think it was on The Box or some other service that wasn't available where I live.

The performances are among his best and it's really cool to see how ahead of his time he was in regards to artist/fan interaction and music consumption via computers and the internet.

The estate, WB, whoever... needs to release a DVD box set of all his specials/films or at least continue to include them individually with Deluxe releases of album reissues like they did the Syracuse show with Purple Rain Deluxe. These shows were special and a big part of being a fan in "real-time".

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We were HERE, where were you?

4 those that knew the number and didn't call... fk all y'all!
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Reply #9 posted 02/19/18 8:31am

databank

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^ I really hope one day the full show is released in video alongside the TV film. It was dope, a real new direction in Prince's music, and as you say a really visionary concept with the internet and all. Also, the live work with the samples in 94-96 was simply incredible: the sheer amount of samples that had to be used and synched with live music, on so many songs, with setlists that were different each night, that was totally insane! I really hope Morris and Tommy one day go into more details about how that whole thing was put in place, technically speaking nod

A COMPREHENSIVE PRINCE DISCOGRAPHY (work in progress ^^): https://sites.google.com/...iscog/home
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