SOTT day 22: Itโ€™s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night by @Polishedsolid

Day 22 of part 1 of the Sign “O” The Times themed #PrinceTwitterThread series: It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night by @polishedsolid.

Thanks @deejayumb for the wonderful introduction!๐Ÿ™
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๐ŸŽถ It's Gonna Be A Beautiful
It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night
U Got Your World Together
Everything's Lookin' Alright
Tonight There's No Tomorrow
This Is Gonna Be The One
Tonight We're Gonna Lose Our Sorrow
Tonight We're Gonna Have Some Fun๐ŸŽท
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Even though I am wholeheartedly aware that FUN is a core theme of Prince…๐Ÿ‘+๐Ÿ–ค #SOTT #PrinceTwitterThread

…it took me 30 long years AND a twin pandemic for these words to truly resonate with me! I understood the lyrics intellectually but I did not truly feel them.

Until NOW!

That's what great art does!
"Still Would Stand All Time!"

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However, before we dive deep into "It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night" (IGBABN), we gotta talk about "Baby, I'm A Star" from Prince's Purple Rain for a hot second.

Why? It's IGBABN's prototype.

https://youtu.be/4YdPZ1J0KrE

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"Baby, I'm A Star" is celebratory, joyous, uptempo, and declarative! So is IGBABN!

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"Baby, I'm A Star" closed out live shows on the Purple Rain Tour by always being the next to the last song ("Purple Rain").

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IGBABN was always the closing song for the Sign O' The Times (SOTT) Tour. However, for the SOTT film, it was resequenced as the next to the last song before "The Cross," which @bobbyfriction covered yesterday for the #SOTT #PrinceTwitterThread ๐Ÿ‘+๐Ÿ–ค

I wish IGBABN would have remained the closer for the SOTT film. I like leaving a concert โฌ†๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ƒrather than โฌ‡๏ธ๐Ÿ™ƒ #SOTT #PrinceTwitterThread ๐Ÿ‘+๐Ÿ–ค

"Baby, I'm A Star" was recorded live on 3 August 1983 at First Avenue in MPLS. The concert was a benefit to raise $ for the Minnesota Dance Theatre and featured The Revolution! ๐Ÿ‘+๐Ÿ–ค #SOTT #PrinceTwitterThread

U should know this already, but just in case…
The Revolution are
Bobby Z. on drums
BrownMark on bass
Wendy Melvoin on guitar & vox
Lisa Coleman on keyboards & vox
Dr. Fink on keyboards

This is important for context later.

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Eventually, the live track of "Baby, I'm A Star" would be overdubbed for inclusion on the Purple Rain soundtrack released on 25 June 1984 and prominently featured in the accompanying film released on 27 July 1984.
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IGBABN was also performed live by Prince & The Revolution at Le Zenith, Paris on 25 August 1986! The tune was created during a jam session for this particular concert's soundcheck.

http://www.princerecordings.com/le-zenith-paris-1986/

Shout Out to @Hdub3121 for this incredible site!

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The Revolution E X P A N D E D to also include
Miko Weaver on guitar
Eric Leeds on sax
Atlanta Bliss on trumpet -iii<
Jerome Benton, Wally Safford, & Greg Brooks
all on dance and vox
for one-off performances & the Parade Tour in 1986.

Eventually, IGBABN was overdubbed in Nov 1986.

To hear more about this listen to pt 2 of the #SOTT @GrownFolksMusic podcast w/ @arrthurr @jehansdream @footprintsgroov @iorr03 & me!

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Live, Prince vamped "Baby I'm A Star" up!

Are you getting the pattern here?

Yes, but, "What is a vamp?!!" you ask.

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Jazz Bassist Christian McBride describes the vamp in the documentary, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (2014): "Vamps were only used mostly in live performances if the vocalist wanted to talk to the audience and jive around…

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…Of course, in his live shows he [JB] vamped all the time, but nobody would ever think to go in the studio and record the vamp. You don't take a 2 bar phrase & repeat it ad nauseam & call that a song but that's exactly what James Brown wound up doing through that period." #SOTT

Oh man, did Prince ever vamp IGBABN live! However, NOT with The Revolution.

They disbanded less than a month after the show that birthed IGBABN. They only played 10 additional dates.

http://princevault.com/index.php?title=Parade_Tour
MASSIVE shoutout to @PrinceVault!๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™
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The Revolution's last show would be on 9 September 1986 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, the final show of the Parade tour, as well as Prince's last performance with them.

http://www.princerecordings.com/yokohama-final-gold-live-concert/

MASSIVE shoutout to @Hdub3121 again!๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™

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Coined by Harold Pride, "The Band With No Name" (also known as the SOTT/Lovesexy band) would inherit the song from The Revolution & make it their own. However in all fairness, the song did not have time 2 be nurtured by The Revolution. They only played it live a couple of times.

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On the other hand, this LA Times Review "Video Music Awards Get Prince Lift" by Chris Willman from 14 Sep 1987 speaks to the "musical sophistication" of the new band as compared to The Revolution when talking about Prince's performance @ the Reseda Country Club after MTV awards.

The Band With No Name consisted of Drummer & Percussionist Sheila E. who often served as musical director if Prince wasn't present during rehearsals.

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from the #SOTT Tour book
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The Band With No Name consisted of Eric "Blow Your Horn" Leeds on Saxophone and Flute!

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The Band With No Name consisted of Atlanta Bliss on Trumpet -iii<!

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The Band With No Name consisted of Dr. Fink, literally the last man standing from The Revolution, on Keyboards!

photo by the amazing @prince_katz
from the #SOTT Tour book
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The Band With No Name consisted of Levi Seacer Jr. on Bass!

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The Band With No Name consisted of Miko Weaver on Rhythm Guitar!

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The Band With No Name consisted of Boni Boyer on Keyboards!

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The Band With No Name consisted of Greg Brooks on Dance and Vox!

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The Band With No Name consisted of Wally Safford on Dance and Vox

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The Band With No Name introduced the incredible Cat Glover on Dance and Vox

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But back to "Baby, I'm A Star" for a minute. It's important that you understand my dislike of the song and how it colored my initial response to IGBABN.

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Upon first hearing "Baby, I'm A Star" at 13 yrs old, I bristled. What's this pop fluff? I don't want happy Prince. I want moody, funky, experimental, gospel, soulful, or quirky Prince. Yes, I was very opinionated even at that age.

https://youtu.be/smoMRzlVRyg?t=9257

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Normally I could find something to hold on to live if I couldn't tolerate a Prince song on wax & I did…

It was an incredible vehicle for Sheila E. to do her thing. Seeing this video for the first time. I. LOST. MY. MIND. over Sheila, NOT Prince!
https://youtu.be/9Lgf2VU_M70?t=521
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But Sheila couldn't save the song! Even live I thought "Baby, I'm A Star" was still too pop, too repetitive & towards the middle, devolving into noise. A voluminous number of band "hits" (Gimme 25! No, please don't!) & James Brown "Good Gods!"

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IF I wanted to listen to James Brown, I would listen to the original! Besides, Prince was the epitome of "original!" Why was he doing JB so hard?

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So when I heard IGBABN w/ my sophisticated 16-year-old ears (Obviously, I'm joking here, but my listening is evolving!) my first impressions were not good due to all of the similarities to "Baby I'm A Star" noted above. I was like "Ugh! Here we go again."
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In all honesty, the "Oh We Oh, Oooh" probably had a huge part in my dislike of the song because my sister's favorite film was The Wizard of Oz. She was 7 and watched it religiously every day for months. I was tired of that chant.
https://youtu.be/rjBrkfX_XHw?t=13

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The only thing I looked forward to in the overdubbed version was hearing @jilldjones' outburst,
"Tonight there's No Tomorrow!" high in the mix!

https://soundcloud.com/grownfolksmusic/gfm-inside-the-album-podcast-prince-sott-pt-2-of-2#t=59:45
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Wait what?&^%$#@#! @jilldjones is on this song. Yes! Jill is featured prominently in the song.
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With all the talk about #SOTTSUPERDELUXE, once again, no one is talking about @jilldjones' contributions! She continues to be Prince's secret weapon, then, and now.

https://vimeo.com/272033575

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If you read the credits, you would know. Liner notes are important.

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Music co-written by Dr. Fink & Eric Leeds. Finding co-writing credits on a Prince album is like mining for gold, extremely rare.

Lead guitar by Mico Weaver. Backing Vocals by Greg Brooks, Wally Safford, Jerome Benton & 6000 Wonderful Parisians.
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After seeing the 1999 & Purple Rain tours, I realized that Prince's songs were even better live. The power of Prince live loomed SO large w/ me, that when the SOTT film came out on VHS I scrapped the album and recorded the film on cassette tape. ๐Ÿ‘+๐Ÿ–ค #SOTT #PrinceTwitterThread

To this day, when I want to listen to SOTT, I put on the film or listen to audio from the film…

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…with the notable exceptions of "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker," which @arrthurr brilliantly covered previously in this #PrinceTwitterThread series, & "Adore," that
@RichardCole_NOW will cover tomorrow,
as neither were in the film. #PrinceTwitterThread

I look(ed) forward to Boni Boyer's signature "One More" in the film version like I look(ed) forward to @jilldjones' contributions on the overdubbed version. Both are memorexed in my brain!

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After listening or watching IGBYN from the SOTT film on repeat, I quickly realized that despite the similarities, IGBABN was a far superior tune to "Baby, I"m A Star."

https://soundcloud.com/grownfolksmusic/gfm-inside-the-album-podcast-prince-sott-pt-2-of-2#t=59:00

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However, I began questioning this. Was I being seduced by the stunning 35mm print of the film or the incredible stage and lighting design by Leroy Bennett or the incredible, energetic choreography by Cat & Prince?

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Once I started trading tapes, I'd soon find out. I tried to find every single live show I could get my hands on by The Band With No Name!"
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If you hear rehearsals before the First Avenue SOTT band debut on 21 March 1987, IGBABN sounds closer to the album version, but, by the end of the year, the song transcended the "celebratory end of show" tune and became something else altogether.
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How did this happen? Primarily, Prince's Vocal Cues! IF you've listened to a lot of Prince live shows, you know these vocal cues by heart. A hardcore Prince fan can play every cue their own darn self (even if only in their head ๐Ÿ˜‰
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These vocal cues either lead to incredible horn lines or segues to different parts of the song or to other songs in his or other folks' catalogs.
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However, the other reason is the malleability of the tune. IF you listen to different live recordings of the song, you'll get a deeper understanding of how pliable this song truly is.
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You can go from Duke Ellington's Take The โ€˜Aโ€™ Train to Aretha Franklin's Chain of Fools to Madhouse's "Six" to James Brown's "Cold Sweat."
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Also, remember at its heart this song is a vamp.
The album version is ~9 min.
The film version ~8 min.
Remember these numbers.
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As Forrest Gump said, IGBABN is like a box of chocolates. You never know what youโ€™re gonna get! With every performance, there are always surprises.
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Let's talk about a few of the many verbal cues for the horns first. We canโ€™t talk about ALLOVEM! So, letโ€™s stick with my top three and a few others.
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My absolute favorite is "$ or money" ๐Ÿ”ฅ
taken from a b-side from Parade.
"Catwalk"
"Confusion"
"Vegas"
My fav being a confusion/vegas combo on 11 Nov 1988 @ the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
http://www.princerecordings.com/warfieldtheatre1988aftershow/
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A few other vocal cues include
"Hit me in the back"
"Kick some a$$" and
"Housequake."
We don't need no sound clips.
Do you hear them? I do.
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Letโ€™s also talk about some of the most hilarious and memorable moments from this one tune.

During rehearsals when Wally or Greg would yell out a city & Prince would change the city when they were just rehearsin' in MPLS๐Ÿ˜‚ Art by Razblint on Etsy
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Minneapolis City Neighborhood Print by Razblint on Etsy

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"I Got Oil On My Hands" at the 1987 NYE Show
https://youtu.be/GCpXZIH06yc?t=1850 #SOTTSDC
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And the infamous "Squirrel Meat!"

I asked Greg Brooks and @jilldjones to dissect the meaning of "Squirrel Meat" at the @PPaisleyBrunch on 19 September 2020!

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I also asked Atlanta Bliss -iii<, Eric Leeds, & Dr. Fink about "Squirrel Meat" at #SOTTSDC on 10 Oct 2020 because I wondered if they would give a different answer.

The answers from both events were hilarious!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

https://youtu.be/GCpXZIH06yc?t=1827

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The "Detroit Crawl" which could change depending on the city. You can hear "Uptown" crawl on the 21 March 1987 SOTT band debut at First Avenue, the "Jill Jones" crawl on the 17 June 1987 at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris, France…

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and the "Holland" crawl in the Live Utrecht show from the #SOTTSuperDeluxe box set.

https://youtu.be/SzeoA_rsiY8?t=111

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"The Scratch" which made an appearance at the 21 Mar 1987 First Avenue show. I don't think it made a comeback, but please let me know IF it did. I'm curious.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™
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Other special moments are when Prince takes over the drums from Sheila E.
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so Sheila E. can do her Transmississippirap which is the poem "The Table and The Chair" by Edward Lear that she originally performed over the phone from Mississippi!
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https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/54378/the-table-and-the-chair

When Cat sings! Yes!
I always look forward to hearing Cat croon:
Beautiful Night!
Y'all say it!
Everybody feelin' alright!
Y'all say it!
It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night!
Y'all say it!
Everybody feelin' alright!
Y'all say it!
Whoo!

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After more than 200 live performances for the SOTT & Lovesexy tour shows, rehearsals, and after-shows, there are more than a few IGBABN performances that really stand out, but we don't have time for all that. So, I'll share my top 3 live versions.
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The definitive version is definitely the 31 Dec 1987 New Yearโ€™s Eve benefit concert at Paisley Park for several reasons. I could literally do another #PrinceTwitterThread on this show alone. However, I'll give you a CliffsNotes version instead.

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Why is this the definitive version? First off, the duration is more than 30 min long and that's still too short for this ๐Ÿ”ฅ performance.
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M I L E S D A V I S, even though he was only on stage for like 4 min.

This excerpt is from Miles: The Autobiography by Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe (1989) p. 385
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Prince is mentioned in 14 pages of the 412 pages of the book. He is also mentioned in the very last paragraph of the book before the Afterword.

And that says what?

R E S P E C T!

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"Why you big… dot dot dot!"
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I'm with Hamish @Hdub3121! The 17 June 1987 performance @ the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, France, clocking in at almost 13 min, is definitely 1 of the best versions of IGBABN "that I have ever heard, and Iโ€™ve heard a lot." #PrinceTwitterThread

We've already mentioned the "Jill Jones" Crawl from this 17 June 1987 Paris show. I wonder if she was in the audience. Were you @jilldjones? That alone is special to me. Mic drop.

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However, the specialness doesn't end there. Prince saying, "Me and my youngest boy, ALFRED!" in one of his old main voices cracks me up every time as he stresses both syllables, and

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Prince chanting "She, I Can't Resist" was generous. A nod to Jesse Johnson. That song is ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ.
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In fact, all the 1987 Paris shows are special, but we ain't got time for ALLOVEM. However, It's crazy to fathom that Prince is back to Paris in less than a year after the original live recording of IGBABN.

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My 3rd fav performance is an after-show during the Lovesexy tour on 3 Oct. 1988 (a.m.) at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC where the funk is elevated to "stank" status.

Was anybody there? I want to hear from YOU!

https://www.morrisonhotelgallery.com/photographs/qW43JS/Prince-Roseland-Ballroom-New-York-City-1988

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Eric Leeds' sax solo is particularly stellar. This should speak volumes because his playing is always sublime.

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Levi Seacer Jr. is SO in the pocket when Prince says, "Junior, Play On It. Junior, Play On it…" Levi usually walks the bass, but this time around…

[I know BrownMark originated the bassline but Levi took that baton and ran with it.]

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The other band directions that Prince gives that illicit the funk:

"Horns Swell. Put the Snare with That…"
Miko, Talk To Me… [FUNKY]
"Cold Sweat on the Horn!"

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As time went on the song's tempo got faster. The faster tempos particularly resonated w/ me due to my love of high bpms in other forms of music like dubstep, jungle & drum 'n bass. Eric Leeds & Dr. Fink confirmed the song's tempo increase during #SOTTSDC

I am rarely interested in lyrical content, but I am obsessed with time. So, when Prince sings about time, I listen.

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Matt Thorne @8minutesidle also recognized Prince's obsession with time in his #SOTT #PrinceTwitterThread for Slow Love.

https://twitter.com/8minutesidle/status/1318288197936447489

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No Time For sorrow, This Is Gonna Be The One
Tonight There's No Tomorrow
Tonight We're Gonna Have Some Fun
Oh We Oh Oooh, It's Gonna Be A Beautiful

It's Gonna Be A Beautiful
It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
We Are Beautiful, It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
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These words mean more to me now, more than ever.

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To conclude, IGBABN is not a simple, pedestrian song. The Band With No Name made it sound easy, but it was far from it. Perhaps it was the dichotomy of the precision of practicing hour after hour after hour contrasted w/ their wild ability to improvise on a second's notice. #SOTT

Prince didn't play IGBABN much after the Lovesexy Tour. He did bring it back in 1993 for the Act II Tour during "America." He retained the horn cues ("Kick Some A$$") and would segue into "A Train," but it was N O T the same on multiple levels.

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However, the key, missing link was Eric Leeds & Atlanta Bliss. On this tour, the Hornheads (Michael Nelson on trombone, Brian Gallagher on tenor saxophone, Kathy J. on baritone saxophone, Dave Jensen on trumpet, and Steve Strand on trumpet.) were too overblown in comparison IMHO!

In addition to the Hornheads, other members of the Act II band were Michael B. on drums, Sonny T. on bass, Levi Seacer, Jr. on guitar, Tommy Barbarella on keyboards, Morris Hayes on keyboards, and Maytรฉ as background dancer.

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The song simply thrived w/ The Band With No Name!

I totally understand the experience Kurt Loder describes in "Prince in Europe: A Preview of His New Show Sign O' The Times" in Rolling Stone Magazine Issue 503, 02 July 1987, p. 61

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In Teresa L. Reed's book The Holy Profane: Religion in Black Popular Music, the groove "captures the soulful spontaneity of the Sanctified church & the animated exhortation of the Sanctified preacher…
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[The groove] also emulates and incites an emotional intensity parallel to the Holy Spirit possession that is a trademark of the Sanctified worship service."
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The power of the groove is infectious.
You can live there forever.
And IGBABN is where I live.

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In my youth, if you would have asked me what my favorite songs were from SOTT, It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night would have never, ever, ever come up. Even three years ago, I enjoyed it, but it hadn't seeped into my soul, yet.

It has NOW!

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When I was asked by @deejayumb & @EdgarKruize to pick a song for #PrinceTwitterThread THIS was the one I wanted to talk about, hands down.

Thanks so much for the invite! I'm elated to be in the number with so many incredible people.

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Ricky @footprintsgroov, I FINALLY understand 33 yrs later! https://soundcloud.com/grownfolksmusic/gfm-inside-the-album-podcast-prince-sott-pt-2-of-2#t=31:20

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IF you want more #SOTT listen to the SOTT @GrownFolksMusic podcasts pts. 1 & 2 on other platforms other than Soundcloud, please visit this thread:

https://twitter.com/polishedsolid/status/1320392786340925440

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IF U want even more #SOTT, please consider joining me & my friends for the next 3 consecutive Saturdays @ #SOTTSDC After Salon. Next Saturday will be #Prince #SOTTSUPERDELUXE Vault 3. In the meantime, you can catch up on all of the #SOTTSDC archives here: https://bit.ly/YSOTTSDC!

Make sure to check out ALL of the previous, fabulous entries 2 the SOTT #PrinceTwitterThread series and come back for the final 2 installments of this series by @RichardCole_NOW for "Adore" & @EdgarKruize for the SOTT film! ๐Ÿ‘+๐Ÿ–ค

If you want to be the first to find out details about my next Prince symposium, #1plus1plus1is3 for 40 yrs of Controversy, 30 yrs of Diamonds & Pearls & 20 yrs of The Rainbow Children, follow me on Twitter. Or sign up for my newsletter at https://polishedsolid.substack.com/p/october-2020 ๐Ÿ’œ

The Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson is not affiliated, associated or connected with #SOTTSDC nor has it endorsed or sponsored #SOTTSDC. Further, the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson has not licensed any of its intellectual property to the producers, advertisers or directors etc.

As always many, many thanks to @PrinceVault, again! I can't write anything Prince-related without obsessively fact-checking there.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’œ

Originally tweeted by De Angela (@polishedsolid) on 31 October 2020.

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