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Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition

Warner Records

He’s more of a genius than you thought.

The Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition forms a collection of the astonishing body of work produced by Prince during 1986 that ultimately created his universally acclaimed Sign O’ The Times album of 1987. The collection documents the genesis of that album, which arose from the evolution of the three projects Prince worked on that year. The first of these was begun following the completion of the Parade Tour, with his backing band the Revolution. Their sessions formed a project that was named Dream Factory, envisioned as the fourth album by Prince and the Revolution. By April 1986, recording was complete and formed a double album comprising 19 tracks. But that July, Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman indicated their wish to leave the band and the Revolution was disbanded soon after. Deciding not to continue with the project, Prince set to work to create his first solo album since 1999, and named this project Camille, after the pseudonym to whom all the songs would be credited.

Camille was an album of 8 tracks and completed on 5 November, intended for release in January 1987. However, this too was immediately abandoned after Warner Brothers expressed concern to release it under a pseudonym, and that Prince returned to the material he had worked on with the Revolution, to rerecord it and expand the whole project into a triple album. This third configuration was largely a combination of Dream Factory and Camille although with much of the Revolution’s contributions edited out and 6 additional songs. Named Crystal Ball, this 22-track album was ready by 30 November. Although Warner again voiced concern, this time over the commercial viability of such large an album, and convinced Prince to reduce the release to two disks. The fourth configuration, notably with the inclusion of U Got The Look, became the Sign O’ The Times album as released on 30 March 1987; an undoubtedly far superior album, owing in part to Warner’s interventions.

Madonna or Michael Jackson are not in the same league as even the most basic version of Prince.

The Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition contains 45 unrelease studio tracks from this era, to showcase the creative arc and genesis of the Sign O’ The Times album, widely hailed as Prince’s masterpiece. The Super Deluxe Edition comprises 92 songs over 9 disks, 63 of which not previously released. Numbers 1 and 2 form the remastered original double album. Disk 3 is the various edits and radio mixes, in common with others of the Deluxe series, to amass and curate all the promotional cuts from the era. Disks 4 to 6 are vault tracks and include the majority of the material from the abandoned Dream Factory and Crystal Ball projects not otherwise previously available. Disks 7 and 8 is a soundboard recording of the show Prince performed at Stadium Galgenwaard in Utrecht on 20 June 1987 as part of the Sign O’ The Times Tour. Disk 9 is a DVD of a benefit show filmed at Paisley Park on 31 December 1987 and was the final event of the tour, and the first public show at Paisley Park. During this show, a $200 a head benefit gig for the local homeless, Prince was joined on stage by Miles Davis – the only ever on-stage appearance of them together, plus this collection also issues their only studio recording Can I Play With U? never previously available. The DVD’s features comprise the original promo videos for Sign O’ The Times (5:30), U Got The Look (3:43), and I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (4:02).

The release is available as three editions to accommodate various price points: standard (comprising of the two disks of the remastered original album); Deluxe (the remastered double album, plus disk three); and Super Deluxe, that includes all nine disks.

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
Warner Records
Distribution
Warner Records
Cover/Design
Jeff Katz, Alex Tenta and Trevor Guy
Released
2 months ago on 25 September 2020
Running Time
8:01:23
US Chart Peak
20
UK Chart Peak
15
Orig. Formats

Tracklist

Disk 1: 2020 Remaster, Part 1

  1. (5:02)
  2. (5:05) 3
  3. (4:34) 1 & 3
  4. (4:04) 1 & 3
  5. (5:10) 1 & 3
  6. (2:51) 1 & 3
  7. (4:18) 3
  8. (5:39) 3
  9. (3:38) 3
Running Time
39:33

Disk 2: 2020 Remaster, Part 2

  1. [duet with Sheena Easton] (3:58)
  2. (4:54) 2 & 3
  3. (4:04)
  4. (6:31) 3
  5. (4:46) 3
  6. [feat. Jill Jones and Susannah Melvoin] (8:59) 3
  7. (6:29) 3
Running Time
30:15

Disk 3: Promo Mixes & B-Sides Remastered

  1. Sign O' The Times [Edit] (3:42) 3
  2. La, La, La, He, He, Hee [Edit] (3:21)
  3. La, La, La, He, He, Hee [Highly Explosive] (10:31)
  4. If I Was Your Girlfriend [Edit] (3:46)
  5. (3:30) 2 & 3
  6. Shockadelica [12" Long Version] (6:12)
  7. U Got the Look [Long Look] (6:45)
  8. Housequake [Edit] (3:24)
  9. Housequake [7 Minutes MoQuake] (7:15)
  10. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man [Fade] (3:39)
  11. Hot Thing [Edit] (3:40)
  12. Hot Thing [Extended Remix] (8:32)
  13. Hot Thing [Dub Version] (6:53)
Running Time
71:10

Disk 4: Vault Tracks, Part 1

  1. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man [1979 Version] (3:12)
  2. Teacher, Teacher [1986 Version] (3:07) 1
  3. All My Dreams (7:23) 1
  4. Can I Play With U? [feat. Miles Davis] (6:29)
  5. Wonderful Day (3:47) 1
  6. Strange Relationship (6:41) 1, 2 & 3
  7. Visions (2:18) 1 & 5
  8. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker [With Horns] (4:56)
  9. Witness 4 The Prosecution [Version 1] [feat. Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin and Susannah Melvoin] (3:59) 1 & 4
  10. Power Fantastic [Live in Studio] (7:18) 1
  11. And That Says What? (1:50) 1
  12. Love And Sex (4:11)
  13. A Place In Heaven (2:57)
  14. Colors (1:01) 1 & 6
  15. Crystal Ball (3:29)
  16. Big Tall Wall [Version 1] (5:58) 1
  17. Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A (2:33) 1
  18. In A Large Room With No Light (3:27) 1 & 4
Running Time
70:36

Disk 5: Vault Tracks, Part 2

  1. Train (4:22) 1
  2. It Ain't Over 'Til The Fat Lady Sings (2:21)
  3. Eggplant (5:18)
  4. Everybody Want What They Don't Got (2:08)
  5. Blanche (5:36)
  6. Soul Psychodelicide (12:36)
  7. The Ball (4:22) 3
  8. Adonis And Bathsheba (5:27)
  9. Forever In My Life [Early Vocal Run-Through] (6:25)
  10. Crucial [Alternate Lyrics] (6:14)
  11. The Cocoa Boys (6:06)
  12. When The Dawn Of The Morning Comes (6:17)
  13. Witness 4 The Prosecution [Version 2] (5:05)
  14. It Be's Like That Sometimes (3:19)
Running Time
69:36

Disk 6: Vault Tracks, Part 3

  1. Emotional Pump (4:59)
  2. Rebirth Of The Flesh (5:28) 2 & 3
  3. Cosmic Day (5:39)
  4. Walkin' In Glory (5:14)
  5. Wally (4:45)
  6. I Need A Man (5:33)
  7. Promise 2 Be True (3:37)
  8. Jealous Girl (4:52)
  9. There's Something I Like About Being Your Fool (3:48)
  10. Big Tall Wall [Version 2] (5:46)
  11. A Place In Heaven [sung by Lisa Coleman] (2:45) 1
  12. Wonderful Day [12" Mix] (7:34)
  13. Strange Relationship [Shep Pettibone Club Mix] (7:07)
Running Time
70:07

Disk 7: Live in Utrecht - 20 June 1987, Part 1

  1. Intro / Sign O' The Times (5:36)
  2. Play In The Sunshine (4:36)
  3. Little Red Corvette (1:36)
  4. Housequake (4:52)
  5. Girls & Boys (4:16)
  6. Slow Love (5:05)
  7. Take The "A" Train / Pacemaker / I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (10:16) 7 & 8
  8. Hot Thing (6:15)
  9. Four [Sheila E. drum solo] (6:11)
Running Time
48:43

Disk 8: Live in Utrecht - 20 June 1987, Part 2

  1. If I Was Your Girlfriend (5:17)
  2. Let's Go Crazy (6:10)
  3. When Doves Cry (2:46)
  4. Purple Rain (5:40)
  5. 1999 (5:54)
  6. Forever In My Life (13:12)
  7. Kiss (3:33)
  8. The Cross (7:44)
  9. It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night (13:55)
Running Time
64:11

DVD: Live at Paisley Park - 31 December 1987

  1. Intro / Sign O' The Times (5:50)
  2. Play In The Sunshine (4:22)
  3. Little Red Corvette (1:38)
  4. Erotic City (3:06)
  5. Housequake (4:08)
  6. Slow Love (0:59)
  7. Do Me, Baby (2:00)
  8. Adore (6:46)
  9. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (7:41)
  10. What's Your Name Jam (5:31)
  11. Let's Pretend We're Married (0:52)
  12. Delirious (1:10)
  13. Jack U Off (1:43)
  14. Drum Solo [Sheila E.] (4:02)
  15. Twelve (1:46)
  16. Hot Thing (4:55)
  17. If I Was Your Girlfriend (6:56)
  18. Let's Go Crazy (6:51)
  19. When Doves Cry (2:44)
  20. Auld Lang Syne / Purple Rain (14:10)
  21. 1999 (3:14)
  22. U Got The Look (8:05)
  23. Chain Of Fools / It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night [feat. Miles Davis] (34:08) 9
Running Time
132:30

1 Intended for release on Dream Factory
2 Intended for release on Camille
3 Intended for release on Crystal Ball
4 Intended for release on the aborted album Roadhouse Garden
5 Written by Lisa Coleman
6 Written by Wendy Melvoin
7 Take The "A" Train is written by Billy Strayhorn
8 Pacemaker is written by Eric Leeds
9 Chain of Fools is written by Don Convay

Singles from Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition

Sign O’ The Times - The Singles single from Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition, Warner Records (2020)

Sign O’ The Times - The Singles

Warner Records

Released
14 August 2020
US Chart Peak
Limited to 1,987 units worldwide
UK Chart Peak
-
Format
  1. Sign O’ The Times [Edit] (3:42)
  2. La La La, He He Hee (3:21)
  3. If I Was Your Girlfriend [Edit] (3:46)
  4. Shockadelica (3:30)
  5. U Got The Look (3:46)
  6. Housequake (3:24)
  7. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (3:39)
  8. Hot Thing [Edit] (3:40)
  9. The Cross (4:46)
  10. Adore (4:50)
  11. Witness 4 The Prosecution [Version 1] (4:34)
  12. Witness 4 The Prosecution [Version 2] (3:24)

Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition – review

This could be that moment. The one all Prince releases have been leading to – the release of the greatest and most critical addition to Prince’s discography, in other words The Holy Grail. Sign O’ The Times is the third album to receive the Deluxe treatment, and comprising a whopping 8 disks and 1 DVD what a Super Deluxe it is. This set, capped off with a gorgeous 120-page book, with spot UV no less, crowns the seminal release in Prince’s catalogue. Originally hoping to also include the Sign O’ The Times movie in the set, The Prince Estate was denied its inclusion due to rights restrictions. But see that as a positive in disguise, for that would have been akin to bundling Purple Rain the movie as another disk in Purple Rain Deluxe. And like Purple Rain, the Sign O’ The Times movie is a standalone item in its own right and left wanting amongst the far too much to absorb treasure trove filling nine other disks. The sheer volume of the work contained brings home that the entire nine disk package documents just one year of Prince’s output: 1986. The Super Deluxe wonderfully captures Prince’s crossover from Revolution bandleader to solo act, his legendary transition from his most successful period to his most acclaimed and all amid the breakdown in his relationship with Susannah Melvoin – the era most fascinating to Prince fans. The set issues much sort after and previously forbidden fruits locked in the vault, such as Wally (which actually about Susannah than band member Wally Salford), Cosmic Day and both versions of Witness 4 The Procession (the latter affording a fascinating and side-by-side stylistic comparison between the Revolution and solo careers). The highlights are Rebirth Of The Flesh, Train, Adonis And Bathsheba, The Cocoa Boys, When The Dawn Of The Morning Comes, Jealous Girl and It Be’s Like That Sometimes. Sign O’ The Times produced some of the best B-sides in Prince’s career and they are all here in true Deluxe fashion, wonderfully remastered and packaged as disk 3, the Highly Explosive version of La La La, He He Hee being the standout. It certainly is a sign of the times when in 1987 that Warner called Prince to reduce the album to a double LP because a triple disk was not commercially viable, now come 2020 that same label is happy to contemplate a 9 disk set retailed at £160. That is by the by, as the Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe is the best Prince release ever. Though we should pray that the next Deluxe Edition is not lost in its wake.

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