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Sign 'O' the Times by Prince (CD, Apr-1987, 2 Discs, Paisley Park)

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Album Features
Release Year:1987
Record Label:Paisley Park
Genre:Contemporary R&B, R&B
Number Of Discs:2

Track Listing
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

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

Playing Time:80 min.
Contributing Artists:Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin, Sheila E, Sheena Easton, Eric Leeds
Distributor:WEA (Distributor)
Recording Type:Studio
Recording Mode:Stereo
SPAR Code:n/a

Album Notes
Personnel: Prince (vocals, various instruments); Lisa Coleman (vocals, sitar, wooden flute, keyboards); Sheila E. (vocals, percussion); Susannah, Jill Jones, Sheena Eastson, Camille (vocals); Wendy Melvoin (guitar, percussion, background vocals); Mico Weaver (guitar); Eric Leeds (saxophone); Atlanta Bliss (trumpet); Greg Brooks, Wally Safford, Jerome Benton, Gilbert D., Coke J., Todd H., Susan R., Mike S., Brad M., The Penguin (background vocals).Engineers: Susan Rogers, Coke Johnson, Prince.Principally recorded at Paisley Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California.Composer: Prince.Personnel: Prince (vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums, background vocals); Sheena Easton (vocals, background vocals); Camille (vocals); Wendy Melvoin (guitar, background vocals); Mico Weaver (guitar); Lisa Coleman (sitar, flute, background vocals); Eric Leeds (saxophone); Atlanta Bliss (trumpet); Sheila E. (drums, percussion); Jill Jones, Gregg Brooks, Susannah, Jerome Benton, Susanna Hoffs (background vocals).Recording information: Dierks Studio Mobile Trucks (1982-1987); Paisley Park Studios, Minneapolis, MN (1982-1987); Paris, France [live] (1982-1987); Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA (1982-1987).Photographer: Jeff Katz.Unknown Contributor Roles: Penguin; The Revolution; Mike Scheidt.Arranger: Prince.After an adventurous run through fields of Beatlesque psychedelia, Prince seemed ready to get back to the task of creating the epic that both his audience and adoring critics had been demanding since PURPLE RAIN. Originally put together as a three-LP opus titled CRYSTAL BALL (but pared down pre-release by the picky artist), SIGN O' THE TIMES wasn't exactly the historic merger of rock and R&B that the world had been expecting. Instead, it played like an ultimate mix-tape of Prince-ly styles--from grinding, house music-inspired funk ("Housequake") to idiosyncratic pieces of irresistibly sweet pop fare ("Starfish And Coffee"). Yet, the man's singular outlook could constantly be identified; and as varied as the music got, that outlook worked as a uniting factor.Abandoning the Revolution and returning to the one-man-band ethic made the overall sound of SIGN O' THE TIMES far more spare than recent efforts. Various members did make random contributions, and the entire group is featured on a lone live track (the driving extenda-groove, "It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night"); but Prince seemed adamant about unshackling himself from the responsibilities of being a particular band's leader, and constructed an album that reflected his evolving musical vision, rather than the Revolution's signature sound. Though that sound still rears its head--particularly on "Play In The Sunshine"--on SIGN O' THE TIMES, it's only part of the picture.The other parts are as discombobulated as Prince the one-man-band had always been. Social relevance as a funky turn ("Sign O' The Times"), spiritual strength as heavy metal gospel ("The Cross"), and sex in every form and position possible were all moves Prince had already done, or at least hinted at. But never before had he delivered these moves with such maturity, or as such a complete package, which is why SIGN O' THE TIMES is undoubtedly among the apexes of Prince's career.

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Created: 08/12/06

Always a Prince

A 2 CD set of Prince - great songs here from this great artist. "U got the Look" is a hot tune.

Track listing
1. Sign O' The Times
2. Play In The Sunshine
3. Housequake
4. Ballad Of Dorothy Parker, The
5. It
6. Starfish & Coffee
7. Slow Love
8. Hot Thing
9. Forever In My Life

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. Cross, The
6. It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
7. Adore

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Created: 11/26/10

Great Album, a Must Have

Whether you are a Prince fan or simply a fan of great music, Sign O' the Times is the quintessential album of the 80s it captures everything that Prince represented,Funk, Rock, Psychadelic, R&B...simply everything. Each song is legendary in it's own right. Played in constant repeat during 87 among radio stations and college campuses, this album is a must have for any Prince collector, or a great starting place to get an idea of what prince was about. The music, the spirituality and the fun are all here. You won't be disappointed.

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Created: 12/18/09

As exhilarating as I remembered!!

Prince is at his finest in one the best recordings he released.

From the haunting melody of "The Cross" to the slamming sounds of

"U Got The Look", Prince hits a high note with this one!!!!

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Created: 08/18/09

Sign O the Times by prince

I loved it and I'm always going around and buying cd's (PRINCE) for everybody else and I got this one off of ebay and I just can't put it down it had all the original inserts and everything else

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Created: 01/15/08


It's PRINCE..Post Purple Rain & just as TOUGH & STRONG LYRICALLY & MUSICALLY..."ADORE" alone is worth the price of this Double CD...One of his Colassic ballads!!!

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