Sign 'O' the Times

Sign 'O' the Times

by PrincePrince

CD(Special Edition / Bonus DVD)

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Overview

Fearless, eclectic, and defiantly messy, Prince's Sign 'O' the Times falls into the tradition of tremendous, chaotic double albums like The Beatles, Exile on Main St., and London Calling -- albums that are fantastic because of their overreach, their great sprawl. Prince shows nearly all of his cards here, from bare-bones electro-funk and smooth soul to pseudo-psychedelic pop and crunching hard rock, touching on gospel, blues, and folk along the way. This was the first album Prince recorded without the Revolution since 1982's 1999 (the band does appear on the in-concert rave-up, "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night"), and he sounds liberated, diving into territory merely suggested on Around the World in a Day and Parade. While the music overflows with generous spirit, these are among the most cryptic, insular songs he's ever written. Many songs are left over from the aborted triple album Crystal Ball and the abandoned Camille project, a Prince alter ego personified by scarily sped-up tapes on "If I Was Your Girlfriend," the most disarming and bleak psycho-sexual song Prince ever wrote, as well as the equally chilling "Strange Relationship." These fraying relationships echo in the social chaos Prince writes about throughout the album. Apocalyptic imagery of drugs, bombs, empty sex, abandoned babies and mothers, and AIDS pop up again and again, yet he balances the despair with hope, whether it's God, love, or just having a good time. In its own roundabout way, Sign 'O' the Times is the sound of the late '80s -- it's the sound of the good times collapsing and how all that doubt and fear can be ignored if you just dance those problems away.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2020
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0603497847563
catalogNumber: 628756
Rank: 208

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Sign O' the Times
  2. Play in the Sunshine
  3. Housequake
  4. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
  5. It
  6. Starfish and Coffee
  7. Slow Love
  8. Hot Thing
  9. Forever in My Life

Disc 2

  1. U Got the Look
  2. If I Was Your Girlfriend
  3. Strange Relationship
  4. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
  5. The Cross
  6. It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night
  7. Adore

Disc 3

  1. Sign O' the Times
  2. La, La, La, He, He, Hee
  3. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Highly Explosive)
  4. If I Was Your Girlfriend
  5. Shockadelica
  6. Shockadelica
  7. U Got the Look (Long Look)
  8. Housequake
  9. Housequake (7 Minutes MoQuake)
  10. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (Fade)
  11. Hot Thing
  12. Hot Thing
  13. Hot Thing

Disc 4

  1. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
  2. Teacher Teacher
  3. All My Dreams
  4. Can I Play With U?
  5. Wonderful Day
  6. Strange Relationship
  7. Visions
  8. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker (With Horns)
  9. Witness 4 the Prosecution
  10. Power Fantastic
  11. And That Says What?
  12. Love and Sex
  13. A Place in Heaven
  14. Colors
  15. Crystal Ball
  16. Big Tall Wall
  17. Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A
  18. In a Large Room With No Light

Disc 5

  1. Train
  2. It Ain't Over 'Til the Fat Lady Sings
  3. Eggplant
  4. Everybody Want What They Don't Got
  5. Blanche
  6. Soul Psychodelicide
  7. The Ball
  8. Adonis and Bathsheba
  9. Forever in My Life
  10. Crucial
  11. The Cocoa Boys
  12. When the Dawn of the Morning Comes
  13. Witness 4 the Prosecution
  14. It Be's Like That Sometimes

Disc 6

  1. Emotional Pump
  2. Rebirth of the Flesh (Original Outro)
  3. Cosmic Day
  4. Walkin' in Glory
  5. Wally
  6. I Need a Man
  7. Promise to Be True
  8. Jealous Girl
  9. There's Something I Like About Being Your Fool
  10. Big Tall Wall
  11. A Place in Heaven
  12. Wonderful Day
  13. Strange Relationship

Disc 7

  1. Intro/Sign O' the Times
  2. Play in the Sunshine
  3. Little Red Corvette
  4. Housequake
  5. Girls & Boys
  6. Slow Love
  7. Take the "A" Train/Pacemaker/I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man [
  8. Hot Thing
  9. Four
  10. If I Was Your Girlfriend

Disc 8

  1. Let's Go Crazy
  2. When Doves Cry
  3. Purple Rain
  4. 1999
  5. Forever in My Life
  6. Kiss
  7. The Cross
  8. It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night

Disc 9

  1. Sign O' the Times
  2. Play in the Sunshine
  3. Little Red Corvette
  4. Erotic City
  5. Housequake
  6. Slow Love
  7. Do Me, Baby
  8. Adore
  9. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
  10. What's Your Name Jam
  11. Let's Pretend We're Married
  12. Delirious
  13. Jack U Off
  14. Drum Solo
  15. Twelve
  16. Hot Thing
  17. If I Was Your Girlfriend
  18. Let's Go Crazy
  19. When Doves Cry
  20. Purple Rain
  21. 1999
  22. U Got the Look
  23. It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Prince   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Miles Davis   Trumpet
Eric Leeds   Flute,Saxophone
Atlanta Bliss   Trumpet
Sheila E.   Drums,Vocals
Matt Fink   Keyboards,Vocals
Levi Seacer   Bass,Vocals
Mico Weaver   Guitar,Vocals
Greg Brooks   Vocals,Dancer
Wally Safford   Vocals,Dancer

Technical Credits

Sheena Easton   Composer
Prince   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Eric Leeds   Composer
Carole Davis   Composer,Lyricist
Craig Anderson   Authoring
Lisa Coleman   Composer
Sheila E.   Composer
Matt Fink   Composer
Susannah Melvoin   Composer,Lyricist
Wendy Melvoin   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
David Dieckmann   Video Editor
Michael Howe   Producer
Alex Tenta   Art Direction
Trevor Guy   Art Direction
Duane Tudahl   Producer

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