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Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition

Warner Records

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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.

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 as the final event for that same tour. During this show, a benefit gig for local homeless, Prince was joined on stage by Miles Davis: This is the only on-stage recording of the pair together, plus this set also makes their only studio recording together Can I Play With U? available for the very first time.

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
Warner Records
Distribution
Warner Records
Cover Art/Photo
Jeff Katz and Laura LiPuma
Released
25 September 2020
Running Time
7:44:11

Tracklist

Disk 1: 2020 Remaster, Part 1

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

Disk 2: 2020 Remaster, Part 2

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

Disk 3: Promo Mixes & B-Sides Remastered

  1. Sign O' The Times [Edit] (3:42) 4
  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) 3 & 4
  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) 2
  3. All My Dreams (7:23) 2
  4. Can I Play With U? [feat. Miles Davis] (6:29)
  5. Wonderful Day (3:47) 2
  6. Strange Relationship (6:41) 2, 3 & 4
  7. Visions (2:18) 2
  8. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker [With Horns] (4:56)
  9. Witness 4 The Prosecution [Version 1] (3:59) 1, 2 & 5
  10. Power Fantastic [Live in Studio] (7:18) 2
  11. And That Says What? (1:50) 2
  12. Love And Sex (4:11)
  13. A Place In Heaven (2:57)
  14. Colors (1:01) 2
  15. Crystal Ball (3:29)
  16. Big Tall Wall [Version 1] (5:58) 2
  17. Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A (2:33) 2
  18. In A Large Room With No Light (3:27) 2 & 5
Running Time
70:36

Disk 5: Vault Tracks, Part 2

  1. Train (4:22) 2
  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) 4
  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) 3 & 4
  3. Cosmic Day (5:39) 1
  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) 2
  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)
  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. 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
Running Time
120 mins

1 Released as singles.
2 Intended for release on Dream Factory.
3 Intended for release on Camille.
4 Intended for release on Crystal Ball.
5 Intended for release on the aborted album Roadhouse Garden.

Singles from Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition

Witness 4 The Prosecution single from Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition

Witness 4 The Prosecution

Warner Records

Released
25 June 2020
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Witness 4 The Prosecution (3:39)
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man [1979 Version] single from Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition

I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man [1979 Version]

Warner Records

Released
16 July 2020
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man [1979 Version] (3:12)
Cosmic Day single from Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition

Cosmic Day

Warner Records

Released
6 August 2020
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Cosmic Day (5:39)

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