Shea’s, Buffalo, N.Y.
Admission: $9, $8
Prince unleashed an auspicious debut here Dec. 4 in a first ever headlining performance marking the start of his current eight-city East Coast tour
Touting an upbeat execution of diverse, creative material in an 11-song set, the Warner Bros. artist was in total control during the hour plus program.
Flashes of Little Richard, Sylvester and Michael Jackson emerged throughout the set which was sprinkled with disco, r&b, funk, rock and new wave sounds.
Highlights of Prince’s repertoire included such disco-oriented sounds as “Sexy Dancer” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover.”
A soulful ballad “Got A Broken Heart” featured rich harmonies with the first of many outstanding keyboard efforts by Matt Fink on synthesizer and mellotrons.
Aside from the strength of Prince’s material, his talented five-piece band was impressive headed by lead guitarist Dez Dickerson and bassist Andre Cymone.
Prince himself executed a topnotch guitar stylizations supported by Lisa Coleman also on keys as well as drummer Bobby Z, who knocked out intricate percussive elements elements.
Teena Marie meanwhile warmed up the restless fancy patiently waited 90 minutes for equipment to be set up with powerful vocals at times reminiscent of Janis Joplin or six song hour long set included stand out such as I’m just a sucker for you love turning me on spotlighting sax is Fernando Harkless and I need your Lovin she dedicated her show to friend and former LP producer Rick James who was in attendance. Marie’s unfocused musical directions definitely need more definition.
The above review is from the December 20, 1980 issue of Billboard magazine.
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Neo Soul is a name for Alternative R&B:
WHAT IS alternative R&B? Rap-free
jazz and R&B. This music combines
traditional R&B elements and
contemporary lyrics without the
hard-driving rhythms and lyrics of hip-hop
(Source: Janine Coveney, “The Rhythm and
the Blues,” Billboard, p. 34,
December 27, 1997).
or is Neo Soul different than Alternative R&B?
According to Wikipedia, neosoul describes a style of music that emerged from SOUL and contemporary R&B. D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and Maxwell are usually mentioned as examples of neo-soul artists.