Sign 'O' the Times

Sign 'O' the Times

by PrincePrince


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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: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0075992557726
catalogNumber: 25577


Disc 1

  1. Sign 'O' the Times
  2. Play in the Sunshine
  3. Housequake
  4. 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

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Prince   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Sheena Easton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Susanna Hoffs   Background Vocals
Eric Leeds   Saxophone
Atlanta Bliss   Trumpet
Jerome Benton   Background Vocals
Lisa Coleman   Flute,Sitar,Background Vocals
Sheila E.   Percussion,Drums
Wendy Melvoin   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mico Weaver   Guitar
Susannah   Background Vocals
Gilbert D.   Voices
Todd H.   Voices
Brad M.   Voices
Gregg Brooks   Background Vocals
Camille   Vocals
Mike S   Voices
Jill Jones   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Penguin   Contributor
Prince   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Eric Leeds   Composer
Matt Fink   Composer
Clare Fischer   String Arrangements
Susannah Melvoin   Composer
Susan Rogers   Engineer
Carol Davis   Composer
Coke Johnson   Engineer
Mike Scheidt   Contributor
Laura LiPuma   Art Direction
Prince & the Revolution   Contributor

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