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Prince had always been opposed to releaing a live album, since all his concerts are very different, that releassing one live album could therefore not offer the quintessential show. However, bending to fans demands in 2002 he released One Nite Alone... Live! as his first ever live album, all of which is gleaned from various shows of the One Nite Alone... Tour.
One Nite Alone... Live! was released as Prince & the New Power Generation and along with a separately cased CD It Ain't Over! as well as a presentational picture booklet commemmorating the tour. Given to fanclub members of the npgmusicclub.com from 24 November 2002, the set received a wider commercial release on 17 December 2002.
1 Released as a single
Released: 27 June 2002
US Chart Peak: Ineligible
UK Chart Peak: Ineligible
Released: 24 November 2002
Running Time: 55:39
Always opposed to releasing a live album, Prince finally give fans what they had been longing for since 1978. An officially released live album. Prince once said if he ever released a live album it would have to be of the definitive show and being that his shows are always so varied, we all knew there was no such a thing as the 'definitive show'. But then came along the One Nite Alone Tour, which is in my humble view his definitive tour. Worried that he was going to tour the piano album of the same name, the One Nite Alone Tour thankfully turned out to be the full-on rock feast fans dreamed of. One Nite Alone... Live! captures the sound which swept us all away in 2002 in Prince's musical peak. One year since the curtain fell on the last show of the tour this double-disk set was released to keep those dizzy nights alive for those who went to what was really a master class of perfection and an experience that continues to blow the mind of the attendees years later. My only gripe about the content of the double album is that they it failed to capture the shows' edge, and may make the concerts seem flatter to non-attendees than the sonic rocllercoaster that defined the tour. Presented in a wonderful box to make the collectors gush, which also contains a bonus CD of a collection of recordings from the after shows taken from the US leg, named in honour of the fans' chant throughout the tour: It Ain't Over!. This bonus disk contains the real jam-laden funk of the fabled after shows that adds the real fire to the set and will quite justly take pride of place over your whole Prince collection.
One Nite Alone... Live! reviewed by Goldies Parade.