Four major publications list Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition the top reissue of 2020. The nine-disk release gathering together the music Prince amassed during the studio sessions that lead to his seminal 1987 album Sign O’ The Times, and includes the reissued and remastered original double album, tops the end of year reviews by Rolling Stone Magazine, Record Collector, MOJO and Pitchfork as the best reissued release of the year.
Widely regarded as the best album in his career, to those who own the Sign O’ The Times Special Edition this news will come as little surprise considering the release, boasting over ninety songs – sixty-three previously unreleased – condenses the brilliance of Prince into one single collection (albeit spanning 9 CDs). Such is the quality of the track-listing, the set also lays bare the testament to the many so nearly hits Prince might have enjoyed with this outstanding material of what sit among the greatest catalogue of unreleased songs in music.
Songs that could have been hits – if he’d only released them.
The Prince Estate has additionally gained recognition for their previous Super Deluxe Edition, last year’s expansive five-disk reissue of 1999. The Grammy Awards confirmed in their announcement on 24 November the nomination of 1999 Super Deluxe Edition in their category for Best Historical Album. It yields Prince his thirty-ninth Grammy nomination, for which he has won seven. The winner is to be named at the ceremony of the 63rd Grammy Awards, which is aired on CBS on 31 January.
The Prince Estate released both the Sign O’ The Times and 1999 Special Deluxe Editions in partnership with Warner Records. In 2021, Warner are required to hand the majority of Prince’s catalogue they currently hold, to Sony Music – that is every album recorded when he was signed to Warner between 1978 and 1993, excepting the four soundtrack albums Purple Rain, Parade, Batman and Graffiti Bridge. Sony’s first reissue from Prince’s Warner era is rumoured to be 1991s Diamonds And Pearls.
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