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Indigo Nights

Simon & Schuster Ltd

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Released as a cover insert to Prince‘s photo book 21 Nights documenting his twenty-one date stint at London’s O2 Arena for his residency The Earth Tour performed between 1 August and 21 September, 2007. Indigo Nights is the book’s companion CD and contains live recordings from two aftershows performed at The O2 Arena’s nightclub venue, IndigO2, on 17 and 22 September 2007 – which lends the album its name.

Indigo Nights is Prince’s second live album with recordings from aftershows. Indigo Nights contains six cover versions: Beggin’ Woman Blues (written by Pleasant Joseph, 1965) of which leads into Three Handed Woman (Louis Jordan, 1951); Rock Steady (Aretha Franklin, 1971); Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin, 1969); Misty Blue (Bob Montgomery, 1976), and; Baby Love (Mother’s Finest, 1977). It is Prince’s first live album since 2002’s The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over!.

Prince | Indigo Nights
Photography by Justin Thomas

Performers

Vocals/Guitar
Prince
Drums
Cora C. Dunham
Keyboards
Renato Neto
Bass Guitar
Joshua Dunham
Vocals
Shelby Johnson
Marva King
Beverly Knight
Trombone
Greg Boyer
Saxophone
Mike Phillips
Trumpet
Lee Hogans

Data

Production
Prince
Label
NPG Records
Distribution
Simon & Schuster Ltd
Cover/Design
Randee St. Nicholas
Released
12 years, 6 months ago on 30 September 2008
Running Time
76:51
US Chart Peak
Ineligible
UK Chart Peak
Ineligible
Orig. Format

Tracklist

  1. 3121 (7:44)
  2. Girls & Boys (4:05)
  3. The Song Of The Heart (1:39)
  4. Delirious (2:01)
  5. Just Like U [monologue] (2:49)
  6. Satisfied (6:19)
  7. Beggin' Woman Blues (6:43) 1
  8. Rock Steady [sung by Beverly Knight] (6:37) 2
  9. Whole Lotta Love (4:42) 3
  10. Alphabet St. (6:09)
  11. Indigo Nights (3:41)
  12. Misty Blue [sung by Shelby J.] (4:25) 4
  13. Baby Love [sung by Shelby J.] (3:54) 5
  14. The One (9:08)
  15. All The Critics Love U In London (7:05)

1 Written by Pleasant Joseph (Beggin' Woman) and Louis Jordan (Three Handed Woman).
2 Written by Aretha Franklin.
3 Written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
4 Written by Bob Montgomery.
5 Written by Jerry Seay, et al.

Singles from Indigo Nights

Indigo Nights produced no singles.

Indigo Nights – review

Indigo Nights is Prince’s third live album, and thankfully he does not let up on attitude. Recorded at the IndigO2 Club during his legendary 21 Nights In London at The O2 Arena, the album opens with the familiar 3121 slash D.M.S.R. Here there are plenty of jams (Indigo Nights), fun (Beggin’ Woman Blues) and flare (Whole Lotta Love), all proving that even in his 50s Prince’s performances are as tight, if not tighter than ever before. Beverly Knight (Rock Steady) and a flawless Shelby J. (Misty Blue and an impassioned cover of Mother’s Finest’s Baby Love) join him in a typically immaculate live set that shows yet again he could easily fund his retirement releasing more of his shows to CD. The very bluesy Alphabet St. will be the only familiar track for the casual listener, but this album is one fans will gladly keep to themselves. Indigo Nights was released along with 21 Nights the book documenting his exploits in London throughout August and September 2007, throwing this gem in to the mix as an insert slipped into its cover proved a sure-fire way to hit the best sellers list too. And why not!

Indigo Nights

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