PRINCE ‘Up All Nite w. Prince: The One Night Alone Coll’ 4CD/DVD


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A reissued box set composed of the 2002 album One Nite Alone…, the two-part One Nite Alone… Live!One Nite Alone, The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over, and the Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas DVD. Taken on the whole, the box set is proof of his astounding skill as a performer, the depth of his catalog, and the consistency that he brought to his concerts, night in and night out. It remains one of the few archival documents of his sometimes awe-inspiring, sometimes maddeningly mercurial, but always adventurous live experience, and the most complete picture of how he put together his shows.

The discs are arranged by intensity: from the intimate, heart-to-heart balladry of One Nite Alone… to the rowdy, collaborative jamming of his after-shows. Originally released exclusively through NPG Music Club, the subscription-based access portal Prince created to share his music online in the early 2000s after a battle with Warner Bros., the box set focuses on songs that are often overlooked, forgotten, or downplayed as part of a career downturn. Perhaps none of his albums from this era suffered more from this perception than One Nite Alone…, which is easy to overlook in its austerity. Just as 1998’s The Truth pared down his songs to acoustic guitar and wispy vocals, on One Nite Alone… Prince embraced a similar reduction. Its alone-at-the-piano vibe, made ethereal and informal by his stirring voice, conjured a sort of one-on-one illusion. Very few of the ballads in his catalog are stripped so bare and exhibited so nakedly.