July 12, 2014 – 4:55 am

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Minneapolis 1983 [no label, 1CD]

Live at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN; October 4, 1983. Excellent soundboard.

Any Time is the right Time… okay, that’s corny. But for many listeners, unless they are clued in to the Minneapolis funk scene of the early ’80s, The Time are funny, comical and… corny, as Jungle Love (with all that Morris Day preening) in Prince’s Purple Rain (1984) is probably the first time many have heard and seen the group. And they sure can funk up the house. Did MC Hammer cop those moves years later?

Thanks to Anonymous for liberating this show; Free Boot Generation for the mastering; and to H0GW1LD3 for sharing it at The Traders’ Den.

H0GW1LD3 noted:

After a well-documented shake-up in the band, a new Time lineup premiered live at First Avenue in Minneapolis. New to the fold were Paul Peterson and Mark Cardenas who replaced Jimmy Jam and Monte Moir on keyboards. Bass duties were now being handled by Rocky Harris who took over for the departed Terry Lewis.

Jerome Benton starts the show by introducing the “new” Time with the help of several women in bikinis. Later, acting as preacher, Morris [Day] asks the “congregation” for donations and some of the guys in the band walk into the audience gathering contributions in their hats. The Time performed an eight-song set [sic] that included two previously unknown tracks - Jungle Love and The Bird. On this night, a professional mobile recording studio was hired to capture the show’s audio. This is where the live rendition of The Bird that ended up on the Ice Cream Castle LP originates from.

The audience that night was very receptive, but it has been reported that there was tension on stage and that Morris Day was obviously losing interest in the band. At the end of the show he immediately left the stage, bypassed the dressing room, and exited the stage door to his car. The band members remained behind for a what was probably a somewhat awkward celebration. Morris Day had become very discontented with Prince’s tight control of The Time and the firing of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Though The Time had achieved relative commercial success thus far, Morris Day felt that he was seeing very little financial compensation for his work.

A simple thank you seems not enough for our Anonymous friend as another historic soundboard recording is made free - for the love of the music. Many thanks to Free Boot Generation for the stellar digital mastering. There was much to be done in order to make this release sound as good as it does and the folks at FBG came through once again. And a very special thank you to the Prince fan community who obtained ANONY/FBG/4DF’s Prince And The Revolution - From The Soundboard: 1984 Birthday Show. The positive reception and incredibly quick way word was spread about that release made sure it remained FREE.

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Track 01. Introduction Jam 6:23 (10.7MB)
Track 02. 777-9311 5:44 (9.6MB)
Track 03. Girl 3:01 (5.1MB)
Track 04. Jungle Love 4:18 (7.2MB)
Track 05. Collection Time 3:01 (5.1MB)
Track 06. Wild And Loose 4:08 (7.0MB)
Track 07. Gigolos Get Lonely Too 8:57 (15.0MB)
Track 08. Cool 7:38 (12.8MB)
Track 09. The Walk 6:28 (10.9MB)
Track 10. The Bird 8:00 (13.4MB)
58 mins

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  1. 2 Responses to “THE TIME - MINNEAPOLIS 1983”

  2. Good luck keeping this up with the most vigilant anti-ROIOer of all waiting in Minneapolis.

    By Tony on Jul 12, 2014

  3. great selection. O-WE-O-WE-O!

    By Jerry on Jul 21, 2014

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