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Thread started 03/20/17 7:01am

ChrisLacy1990

Appreciation Thread: “Joy in Repetition”

“Joy in Repetition” isn’t a song that draws much attention from mainstream audiences yet this Graffiti Bridge cut deserves to be on a greatest-hits compilation.

Originally recorded in 1986, Prince weaves tribal-sounding drums, exotic synths, and rippling guitar lines with seductive vocal layerings and poetic imagery. “In the alley over by the curb, he said ‘Tell me what’s your name’ / She only said the words again, and it started to rain / Two words fall in between the drops and the moans of his condition / Holding someone is truly believing there’s joy in repetition.

And as brilliant as the studio recording is, one could argue that the 11-minute, One Nite Alone… Live! version is even better with Larry Graham on bass, Maceo Parker on sax, and Prince firing on all of his “Guitar God” cylinders. Intricately arranged and improving with age, “Joy in Repetition” is a breathtaking, cinematic piece of audio erotica.

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Reply #1 posted 03/20/17 7:37am

kapo74

The best version I've witnessed live was at the second night of the North Sea Jazz festival. Never liked the song that much, but the way Prince performed it that night was magical. One of my all times favorite moments of seeing Prince perform over the last twenty or so years.
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Reply #2 posted 03/20/17 8:48am

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One of my favourites!!!!! Studio, live, it doesn't matter. Fantastic song!!! Although that guitar solo of the ONA box set version..... finger licking good!!! I love it!!!!

And NSJ wasn't only great because of Joy In Repetition for me, what about Calhoun Square? Sorry, losing focus here.....
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Reply #3 posted 03/20/17 8:50am

PeteSilas

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probably his best song lyrically.

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Reply #4 posted 03/20/17 8:50am

ldmendes

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One of my all time favorite songs..beautifully written and composed..Miss you Prince sad

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Reply #5 posted 03/20/17 8:58am

CatB



My Number 1. I got to hear him play it at the piano and it'll always hold a special meaning. LOVE ME is Prince.



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Reply #6 posted 03/20/17 9:51am

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One of my all time faves as well. It's one of his perfect songs.

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Reply #7 posted 03/20/17 10:19am

80tomato

one of my very favourites...love the piano and microphone version where he sounds like he is yearning "love me"

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Reply #8 posted 03/20/17 10:32am

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I hope they release this song with the slow intro restored and the Lovesexy party voices removed. I have loved this song since I first heard it as bootleg in 1988.

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Reply #9 posted 03/20/17 10:42am

partyup77

Love it... the vibe of the song is so magical, mysterious, and sexy

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Reply #10 posted 03/20/17 11:03am

ChrisLacy1990

LEATHRSAIL said:

I hope they release this song with the slow intro restored and the Lovesexy party voices removed. I have loved this song since I first heard it as bootleg in 1988.

Likewise. I've always dug the extended intro without the crowd hoopla from "The Ball / Eye No."

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Reply #11 posted 03/20/17 11:28am

bonatoc

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LEATHRSAIL said:

I hope they release this song with the slow intro restored and the Lovesexy party voices removed. I have loved this song since I first heard it as bootleg in 1988.


Yes, the one with the delayed Linn toms intro.
The use of silence is just perfect.

I hated it when I heard the "Alphabet St." intro over the GB version.
And not only because of the intro, but clearly the mix is different,
you can tell even if the quality of the bootleg is not EX.

The guitars intertwining at the end are more upfront in the mix on this bootlegged version,
and it makes the "Why don't U love me" cries much more poignant.

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Reply #12 posted 03/20/17 5:44pm

Telecaster5

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I love this song, altough it has a sad vibe.

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Reply #13 posted 03/20/17 6:19pm

jdcxc

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One of my favourites!!!!! Studio, live, it doesn't matter. Fantastic song!!! Although that guitar solo of the ONA box set version..... finger licking good!!! I love it!!!!

And NSJ wasn't only great because of Joy In Repetition for me, what about Calhoun Square? Sorry, losing focus here.....


Yes...Incredible version and here it is!
https://m.youtube.com/wat...q-aSWcw_NY
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Reply #14 posted 03/20/17 7:24pm

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The live version is one of the best performances absolutely.

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Reply #15 posted 03/20/17 7:32pm

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Loved the bootleg of this since 1988 when it appeared on the "Chocolate Box" vinyl. I remember listening in headphones and deciphering and transcribing the lyrics, and astonished to find that even at a lyrical level, it was amazing.

I do wish an official lone drum intro version existed.

This is one of his best creations.

I never did like the One Night Alone version of it... maybe I should revisit. The studio track has the kind of magic I like.

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Reply #16 posted 03/20/17 7:38pm

gandorb

It is one of those Prince songs that best showcase his brilliance and originality. Loved it since the first day GB came out.
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Reply #17 posted 03/20/17 7:41pm

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kapo74 said:

The best version I've witnessed live was at the second night of the North Sea Jazz festival. Never liked the song that much, but the way Prince performed it that night was magical. One of my all times favorite moments of seeing Prince perform over the last twenty or so years.

I hope u're talking about this version cuz i adore it too.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQymuHoK1DQ

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Reply #18 posted 03/21/17 12:53am

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I listed to this song for the first time in about 2 years today. I forgot that it is a great part of 'Graffiti Bridge'.

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Reply #19 posted 03/21/17 4:37am

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the version in the extras of the dvd is great too, it' live from france or somewhere. first time i saw it it just boggled my mind as to why he wanted to sit on work like that when it's obvious he put tons of energy, time and care into it, only to lock it away from sight.

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Reply #20 posted 03/21/17 9:52am

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Favorite Prince song of all time! Be it studio, live, movie version or whatever, this is one helluva jam. As others have mentioned, I hope the lone, Linn drum intro gets released in some form or another. I wish I could combine the live version with Larry Graham where Prince melted his guitar because he scorched it and the spoken word version at North Sea Jazz Fest with Cassandra's haunting piano intro.

Prince realised a little late what type of jem he had in "JIR". He should've released that song as soon as it was done being mastered and played live every chance he got. It's one of those songs that comes off well as a studio song and live. One of Prince's greatest works in my opinion.

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Reply #21 posted 03/21/17 10:27am

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PeteSilas said:

the version in the extras of the dvd is great too, it' live from france or somewhere. first time i saw it it just boggled my mind as to why he wanted to sit on work like that when it's obvious he put tons of energy, time and care into it, only to lock it away from sight.


I think your talking about "The Question of U"
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Reply #22 posted 03/21/17 12:04pm

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dance4me3121 said:

PeteSilas said:

the version in the extras of the dvd is great too, it' live from france or somewhere. first time i saw it it just boggled my mind as to why he wanted to sit on work like that when it's obvious he put tons of energy, time and care into it, only to lock it away from sight.

I think your talking about "The Question of U"

you're right, sorry, i always confuse those because they were the two best tracks on the album and also because of the mood.

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Reply #23 posted 03/21/17 2:19pm

bigd74

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would love a stand alone version of this without the segue

She Believed in Fairytales and Princes, He Believed the voices coming from his stereo

If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me?
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Reply #24 posted 03/21/17 2:24pm

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ufoclub said:

Loved the bootleg of this since 1988 when it appeared on the "Chocolate Box" vinyl. I remember listening in headphones and deciphering and transcribing the lyrics, and astonished to find that even at a lyrical level, it was amazing.

I do wish an official lone drum intro version existed.

This is one of his best creations.

I never did like the One Night Alone version of it... maybe I should revisit. The studio track has the kind of magic I like.

What makes the lone drum intro such a big deal? The rest is the same isn't it?

The wooh is on the one!
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Reply #25 posted 03/21/17 2:30pm

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Amazing song worship
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Reply #26 posted 03/21/17 2:38pm

ufoclub

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paulludvig said:



ufoclub said:


Loved the bootleg of this since 1988 when it appeared on the "Chocolate Box" vinyl. I remember listening in headphones and deciphering and transcribing the lyrics, and astonished to find that even at a lyrical level, it was amazing.



I do wish an official lone drum intro version existed.



This is one of his best creations.



I never did like the One Night Alone version of it... maybe I should revisit. The studio track has the kind of magic I like.



What makes the lone drum intro such a big deal? The rest is the same isn't it?



The rest is the same, but having its own lonely intro really sets the correct moood in such a strong way, and also keeps the song isolated as a greasy individual song should be.
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Reply #27 posted 03/21/17 4:58pm

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Beautiful sad song about loneliness and the yearning for love.

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Reply #28 posted 03/21/17 5:36pm

dance4me3121

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I hate the way the song ends on the graffiti bridge CD. It should fade out but instead its just rushed to the next immediately after he says "joy in repetition" in falsetto
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Reply #29 posted 03/21/17 7:56pm

Dalia11

One of my favorite songs.
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