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Already knew from my experience with live Bruce recordings that DITD did not translate well live in 1984-85. Really not until the Rising Tour, actually. But today, listening to my first Prince bootleg from 1985, I realize The Purple One's monster hit WDC suffered the same live fate. Interesting how both these guys enjoyed huge success with these songs that both sound great on radio but not from the stage.

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5 hours ago, davalav said:

Already knew from my experience with live Bruce recordings that DITD did not translate well live in 1984-85. Really not until the Rising Tour, actually. But today, listening to my first Prince bootleg from 1985, I realize The Purple One's monster hit WDC suffered the same live fate. Interesting how both these guys enjoyed huge success with these songs that both sound great on radio but not from the stage.

You're right. When Doves Cry never sounded good live. Prince was a frustrating live artist with his songs, and he always seemed to rush through When Doves Cry. The best that can be said for the song is that at least it got a full treatment before he pulled it completely. So many of his classic songs became part of a greatest hits medley, which, again, was so frustrating because there were just songs in his catalog that he believed in and others that were given perfunctory performances, for whatever reason.  When Doves Cry was always perfunctory.

Additionally, When Doves Cry is a one-off, almost a novelty song, with no bass to carry it along. No bass = no party in a live setting.

 

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