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Old 12-19-02, 02:23 PM
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Anyone find Prince's One Nite Alone CD set at a B&M yet??

Looking to find it. Suppose to be out tues Dec 17th. Tried online at the NPG Music Club but the sites been down for days. Any stores have gotten any copies in? I live in San Diego. Thanks for any info.
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Read on some messageboards that it has been delayed in the US until 12/31. I was going to get it also.
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It's not even available online...this is what Amazon has to say about its availability...

Availability: Please note that labels occasionally run out of stock. We will notify you within 7 to 9 days if we have trouble obtaining this title.
Looks like it was delayed.
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Do NOT - I repeat - DO NOT!! - order the disc from NPGOnline.

They have a sordid history of massively screwing up orders, doublecharging, overcharging, never sending product, etc. etc. etc.

Besides, by the time NPG get the product in the mail, generally speaking, the disc will be released to the general public at B&M stores.

Look at the debacle with the Crystal Ball set. I remember waiting almost 4 months for the discs from NPG - when they were literally just collecting dust in the bins at Best Buy for nearly 2/3rds of that time.
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Originally posted by grunter
Do NOT - I repeat - DO NOT!! - order the disc from NPGOnline.

They have a sordid history of massively screwing up orders, doublecharging, overcharging, never sending product, etc. etc. etc.

Besides, by the time NPG get the product in the mail, generally speaking, the disc will be released to the general public at B&M stores.

Look at the debacle with the Crystal Ball set. I remember waiting almost 4 months for the discs from NPG - when they were literally just collecting dust in the bins at Best Buy for nearly 2/3rds of that time.
Very valuable advice. Thanks, Grunter. I was this close to ordering from his website (I've never done so before).
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Old 12-20-02, 08:04 PM
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I got the crystal ball straight away with no issues, NPG must have some issues with the grunter.

Also got a tee if I remember correctly at the same time.
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Prince is one of the most dependable, reliable business person out there.

Promises are always kept. He always surrounds himself with people who know how to conduct business. You get what you pay for.

Okay, let me stop...

Do yourself a favour and take grunter's advice.

Regarding becoming a member of his NPGMC, peep this:

Warning...it's LONG. But funny.

This letter serves as a New Power Generation Music Club's (NPGMC) response
to the above referenced complaints. Per your correspondence, we understand
that you will forward our response to the complaining members. Given that
the NPGMC's current "unsatisfactory" rating on the BBB website was based
solely on an "unanswered complaint," we trust that the rating will be
changed to reflect that NPGMC did, in afact, respond to all of the current
complaints within the agreed upon time established in my letter dated %$%$%
and your discussions with my colleague, %%$%$$.


NPGMC denies any allegations of false, misleading or deceptive practices
relevant to NPGMC advertising, memberships or offerings. Contrary to the
recent complaints, since its inception in February 2001, NPGMC has provided
thousands of satisfied Prince fans with premiere and direct access to Prince
's music, concerts, special events and merchandise for a nominal membership
fee of $100.00. NPGMC has also been forthright and truthful about the
benefits and limitations of the membership on its website, the primary and
official vehicle for communication with potential and current members.

NPGMC thus disagrees with any claims that it has been deceptive or failed to
fulfill its membership promises. At most, the current complaints represent
simple differences in interpretation of words, uninformed assumptions and/or
misunderstandings about expectations held by the complaining members, not
deceptive business practices by NPGMC.

In order to have a context for analyzing the recent complaints, we offer
this brief background about NPGMC.

At Prince's discretion, each year's membership includes different and unique
benefits. For example, in 2001, members received access to 12 monthly
downloads of songs. This year, in 2002, Prince decided to move to a calendar
year membership and to offer a total of 4 CDs mailed directly to NPGMC
members, worldwide, including the first ever "live" release by Prince, a 3
CD box set entitled One Night Alone.Live, which was recently sent to
domestic members and is being sent to members abroad next week.

In addition, one of the most significant membership privileges each year
(which many fans value the most) is the premier access to concerts and
related special events.

Relevant to the concert perks, each NPGMC member received:
*Access to purchase any 2002 concert tickets two days before the general
public.
*VIP seating at the concert (within the first fifteen rows).
*Admittance to the pre-concert sound check.
*VIP access to the concert after-party.

Moreover, this year, NPGMC members were the only ones who were entitled to
confirmed tickets for the seven night Xenophobia concert celebration that
took place at Prince's own Paisley Park studios in Chanhassen, which
included hundreds of hours of exclusive live performances with a variety of
highly talented musicians.

Again, this privilege alone is worth more than $100 to Prince fans and most
NPGMC members.

In fact, many members join solely for the access to the premiere concert
tickets, and other special offerings like the sound checks, where NPGMC
members have the opportunity to interact with Prince in an intimate group
with other members, make song requests for the concert, and listen to Prince
practice.

That's a totally "exclusive" opportunity that is never available to anyone
other than NPGMC members.

Finally, only NPGMC members are granted access to the exclusive section of
the website and certain NPG merchandise.

The complaining members seem to primarily take issue with NPGMC and the One
Night Alone.Live release because 1) they believe that the 4 CD commitment
meant 4 separate and individually shipped CDs, 2) they believed that the 4
CDs should have been sent earlier in the membership year, 3) the 3 CD set
will be sold to the general public and the retail price for the 3CD set is
less than the $100 membership fee, and 4) the music on the CDs is not "new"
or "exclusive."

In an effort to clear up any assumptions and misunderstandings, we have
responded to each issue in turn. First, NPGMC never represented on the
website, the primary communication vehicle to NPGMC members, that the music
benefit would 4 separate, individually shipped CDs. The NPGMC website stated
"Each 2002 member will receive at least 4 new Prince CDs in the mail from
Paisley Park b4 the end of 2002."

There was one advertisement in this year's tour book that referenced certain
CDs that may be accessible through NPGMC but there was no firm commitment to
offer those particular CDs.

Ultimately, Prince decided to release the 3 CD set to NPGMC members based on
part on a belief that it would be more appealing to NPGMC members, given
that many fans over the years have requested "live" recordings and that this
is the first time Prince actually did so.

NPGMC said it would provide members with 4 CDs during the calendar year and
that was done. There was no misrepresentation or breach.

Second, NPGMC never made any representations about when CDs would be sent to
members, only that the 2002 members would receive 4 CDs during the calendar
year. Although NPGMC may have wanted to release the 3 CD set earlier in the
year to NPGMC members, it was not possible for production and distribution
reasons. The intent of NPGMC has always been to ensure that NPGMC members
get releases before everyone else. That happened this year, even though the
gap in distribution for NPGMC members and the general public is smaller than
originally envisioned.

Retail sales of the the 3 CD set are not set to begin until mid-December.

Third, NPGMC has never represented that releases to NPGMC members would
never be released anywhere else. Because that is not a commitment that NPGMC
ever made to its members, there is no standing to complain that the One
Night Alone.Live 3 CD set is also being sold in retail stores.

Moreover, although the 3 CD set does retail for less than the NPGMC
membership fee, members receive much more than just the 4 CDs for their
$100. As stated above, the value of the concert benefits alone exceeds $100
for most fans and NPGMC members.

Fourth and finally, the complaining members claim that the music on the 2002
membership CDs is not "new" or "exclusive" as advertised by NPGMC.
Apparently, the complaining members are interpreting "new" and "exclusive"
as "never before heard" or "never to be released anywhere else."

That interpretation was never communicated to potential or current NPGMC
members, nor was it Prince's intent relevant to the CDs privilege of NPGMC
membership. It is solely within Prince's purview to decide which music he
releases to NPGMC members each year. While the complaining members
apparently disagree, the CDs that were released in 2002 are "new" and
"exclusive" as they were never released before and the "live" release is
altogether unprecedented.

Moreover, the separate One Night Alone piano CD, which was shipped earlier
in the the year was only made available to NPGMC members. Prince and NPGMC
have kept their commitment with respect to providing "new" and "exclusive"
music to its members.

Reasonable people can disagree and interpret words and their meanings very
differently. To the extent that the complaining NPGMC members have
interpreted NPGMC promotions contrary to the intended meaning, we apologize
and in an effort to resolve these matters will re-examine the language on
the website and in any other promotional materials for possible ways to
clarify the message.

It is important, however, to note that deception was not the intent and
NPGMC takes issue with allegations of that nature. The NPGMC membership
sign-in explicitly states:
"By clicking continue below u agree 2 the Club Membership Agreement. U also
understand that all 2002 memberships will end at the end of 2002 and u will
have to renew in January 2003 if u wish to continue.

WARNING: There are no returns or refunds."
Therefore, it would be inappropriate and unfair to other members to offer a
refund to these complaining members.
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Old 12-21-02, 07:59 AM
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Man, that's difficult to read.

Anyway--any reviews of this set anywhere yet?
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Old 12-21-02, 10:51 AM
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Look at smaller record stores, they pretty much ignored the street date move. I bought mine at Streetside records in KC, and they had multiple copies (well they did on Tuesday anyway). It was CHEAPER than Best Buy's price too...
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Old 12-31-02, 12:57 PM
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I picked one up at Best Buy this morning. Listened to the 2nd disc, and it is very good.
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Old 12-31-02, 04:08 PM
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It's available for preorder at deepdiscountcd.com for $47.00.
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Old 01-08-03, 03:35 PM
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I still haven't found this anywhere.

Does anyone have a more thorough review of the piece?
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Originally posted by grunter
I still haven't found this anywhere.

Does anyone have a more thorough review of the piece?
Picked mine up at a Best Buy, where they only received two copies total.

Have only skipped through the second and third discs so far (haven't touched Disc 1). Disc 2 seems like mostly a big piano-type medley of all the old hits, and Disc 3, the Aftershow disc, seems like a bunch of jazzy, wank-off type stuff. Again, I've only jumped through so far, so I may be totally off-base, but I'm still not compelled to go through all three discs thorougly.

Track listing:

Disc 1:

1. Rainbow Children
2. Muse 2 The Pharaoh
3. Xenophobia
4. Extraordinary
5. Mellow
6. 1 + 1 + 1 is 3
7. The Other Side of The Pillow
8. Strange Relationship
9. When U Were Mine
10. Avalanche

Disc 2:

1. Family Name
2. Take Me With U
3. Raspberry Beret
4. Everlasting Now
5. One Nite Alone. . .
6. Adore
7. Wanna Be Ur Lover
8. Do Me, Baby
9. Condition Of The Heart (Interlude)
10. Diamonds & Pearls
11. The Beautiful Ones
12. Nothing Compares 2 U
13. Free
14. Starfish & Coffee
15. Sometimes it Snows in April
16. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore
17. Anna Stesia

Bonus Disc (The Aftershow)

1. Joy In Repetition
2. We Do This (featuring George Clinton)
3. Medley: Just Friends (Sunny)/If You Want Me To Stay (per4med by Musiq and Prince & The NPG)
4. 2 Nigs United 4 West Compton
5. Alphabet St.
6. Peach (xtended jam)
7. Dorothy Parker
8. Girls & Boys
9. The Everlasting Now (vamp)

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Here's a brief review...if you want to see more, check out Prince.Org. I'm sure they'll have a lot more.

Be warned...reading some of the "fam" responses there might encourage you to go buy a pair of black Nikes, get a roll of quarters, & drink a glass of Clorox.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/col/story/48758p-45836c.html

Prince offers a brilliant & baffling live set;

Prince
"One Nite Alone...Live!"
(NPG Records)


Is it possible that, until now, Prince had never put out an official live CD? That would be like the Grateful Dead never having cut a concert record — or, for that matter, the Allmans or Miles Davis.

It would be a crime if Prince, one of the few modern performers with the chops, charisma and changeability to create something wholly worthy on the fly, had never immortalized a show on CD.

Thankfully, he recently released a whopper, cut during his tour early last year with his band New Power Generation. In fact, "One Nite Alone…Live!" gives us three concert CDs in a boxed set so big it also contains a bonus 10-song studio disk.

It's so much music that it deserves to be advertised like one of those Ginsu knife campaigns on television in which they promise to throw in a potato peeler, juicer and — if you call in the next five minutes — a meat thermometer, too.

Of course, this being Prince, we hardly get four CDs of nonstop bliss. It simply wouldn't be him if the set didn't run the gamut from the inspired to the infuriating. Fortunately, there's far more of the former than the latter.

The first disk, mainly consisting of material from the "Rainbow Children" studio CD Prince released last year, is the most problematic. Although the studio CD featured some of his freest, longest and most involving playing, the concert versions lack such purpose and cohesion. There's too much vamping and audience-baiting. You feel like you really had to be there.

Disk 2, however, nails the vibe and reach of the best Prince shows I've witnessed in the past 20 years. It's a kind of best-of rundown — from "Raspberry Beret" to "Do Me, Baby" to "Diamonds & Pearls." They're refigured into a monster jam that keeps building. The elaborated form makes the songs seem fluid, free and new.

Prince has a great band to help bring this off, highlighted by saxists Maceo Parker, Candy Dulfer and Najee. They're boosted by Rhonda Smith's gargantuan bass lines, Renato Neto's funky piano and glistening guitar solos from the star himself. It's every bit as rollicking as the live Prince we saw in the "Purple Rain" movie or in his 1988 concert film "Sign 'o' the Times."

The spirit continues in "It Ain't Over," which captures an "after-party" show. Stars George Clinton and Musiq join the jam, but even the loose ambiance of this late-night gig doesn't dilute a sense of purpose. B-level songs "Joy in Repetition" and "Dorothy Parker" move up to "A" status.

The fourth CD mines the opposite groove from the live disks, but for Prince fans, it may be the most interesting of the entire set. The star sits alone at the piano, singing original ballads in earnest — an all-too-rare occurrence. Given the breadth of his catalogue, and the range of his ambition, it's frustrating that Prince has so infrequently crafted songs of introspection. Here it's his sole purpose.

Careful listeners will recognize Joni Mitchell as his role model long before they hear his cover of her "A Case of You." Lyrically, Prince may be the anti-Joni — he's as ham-fisted as she is fleet— but vocally, he opens a channel to his soul. Now that he finally has this fun live album out of his system, let's hope the sensitive pieces point this party-hearty star toward a more nuanced future.
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Old 01-08-03, 05:31 PM
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The fourth disc is the NPG exclusive, correct?
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Si, senor.

I think he included the fourth disc in hopes of bribing critics in case they didn't like the live stuff.
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Old 01-13-03, 09:43 AM
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So what's the deal with this release? I can't find it anywhere...
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Old 01-13-03, 10:17 AM
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Keep looking, I guess. I've seen it at 2 different Best Buys.
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If the 4th disk is an NPG Online exclusive, should I go ahead and order it from there? Most sites are selling it for close to $50 anyway, but none of them seem to have it available (backorder).

Also, there is no mention of a 4th disk on the website, so how do I know for sure if it's included?

http://www.npgmusicclub.com/cgi-bin/...oup.code=Music
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The 4 disc version of the ONA set was sent to pre-existing members of the NPGMC and reviewers only. The 3 disc set is the version sold at retail, including the NPG Online retail site. There has been, apparently, some intermingling of the two versions of this set but the 4 disc set was never meant to get into the hands of the general public. If you order from NPG online, you'll probably get the three disc set.
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I still haven't seen this one yet.

Most likely I'll end up placing an order with Amazon - if it holds true that I can't get the bonus fourth disc from NPG.

The man just keeps hanging himself with stupid **** like this.

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If anyone from New Jersey is looking for this you can find it at CD World.
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