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Sign O the Times

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  • Audio CD (April 9 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002LBM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews
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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

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Out-of-print in the US. 2 CD set. Warner. 1987.


It begins with the insistent drip-drop of a sequencer and ends with some old school R&B. In between, the artist who was still calling himself Prince unfurls an encyclopaedia of moods, genres and grooves. Widely heralded as a groundbreaker in 1987, when it was released, some of the music in oh-so-80s synths sounds a bit dated. Yet this double- length set is clearly the sound of a performer at the height of his power. On songs like the title track, "If I Was Your Girlfriend" and the thunderous "The Cross", Prince proves why the hype was justified. --Amy Linden

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I just received this in the mail yesterday and felt compelled to write a review already.
With Prince's recent comeback I decided to go buy what everyone says is his best album, and I wasn't disappointed. He delivers here from beginning to end. The album never runs out of gas.
I wasn't turned off by the "80s synths" either. It has a great retro feel to it. And some of the songs (The Ballad of Dorothy Parker, Starfish and Coffee, The Cross) haven't aged AT ALL.
I realized that a lot of this sounds like the template to what would become 90s R & B and pop (Outkast anyone?)
Probably the most thought-provoking song (Even more that the title track) is "If I Was Your Girlfriend", which is about a lot of sex with no love. For most of the song, Prince's crude, crazy, helium-voiced alter ego, Camille (it's amazing what speeding up vocal tracks can do) drops flippid comments like "Would you let me help dress you" and "Can't I see you undress?" until suddenly at the end, everything speeds up and explodes, and all that's left is Camille saying "Then we can imagine what silence looks like." The melody and hook disappear, and all that's left is the chilling beat, symbolizing the empty sex that Camille just had.
On other songs he doesn't think too much about those things, like on IT, which is about doing IT, "all the time."
But, to offer my opinion, the best track here is "the ballad of Dorothy Parker." It sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday, but most of all, seems like it's about resisting the temptation of a beautiful woman when you got a beautiful woman at home. Prince showcases great vocals, as he croons and swoons for 4 minutes and "takes two baths."
P.S. about "Camille.
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This album can only be appreciated in the manner that it was created, sheer genius. It is a mark of a man who has successfully assimilated a vast array of musical history, painted it with the lyrics of a postmodern age and packaged it as a most fantastic form of entertainment. With this album Prince truly marked himself as the voice of a worldwide generation, and signalled the way to go. The songs still sound fresh, show diversity, complexity, yet also remain simple. As with his previous releases he is able to proffer production values that satisfy, but never over indulge. The songs are effectively what the listener makes them. With the sparse and basic sound of 'forever in my life', Prince is able to demonstrate that the true quality of music is to inspire, as the listener is ultimately responsible for what they here or what they do not. As an excercise in pure music production, Sign o' the Times is an exemplorary in revealing how the music you hear is not based on the sounds from the tape, but the sounds that it doesn't provide; namely the sounds you create and imagine through the listening process.
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Sign 'O' The Times is Prince's visionary masterpiece. It's a sprawling, 2-disc opus that has Prince doing a wide range of styles like neo-psychedelia, R&B, jazz, electro-funk, rock, and even blues. This was the first album Prince recorded without the group, The Revolution since his 1982 album, 1999. The group does appear on the funky, in-concert tune, "It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night". Many of these songs are left over from the aborted triple album, Crystal Ball and Camille project. The opening, "Sign 'O' The Times" is a thought-provoking and soulful tune with Prince talking about AIDS, drugs, sex, and even bombs. It also has him playing the synthesizers, electronic drums, and guitars. "Play In The Sunshine" is a playful, but sexy 60's pop tune. Then, there's the hard-funk, party classic, "Housequake". "The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker" is a trippy, yet slowed down and gauzy jam about a "dishwasher blonde waitress on the promenade" with an arrangement that sounds exotic, sex-inspired, and sweaty. "It" is a up-tempo, dance tune with a sparse, drum and bass arrangement layered over with vocals like some rewed-up version of his 1986 hit, "Kiss". Next, there's the neo-psychedelia soul of "Starfish & Coffee". It's about a girl named Cynthia Rose, that has a lunchbox full of starfish and coffee, maple syrup and jam, butterscotch clouds, tangerine and a side order of ham. "Slow Love" is a R&B song full of lust and love. "Hot Thing" is like the continuation of "It". It's another dance jam that has a dark atmosphere in the song. "Forever In My Life" is a bouncy, but beautiful tune with sparkling drums beats and a low-key guitar. The second disc opens with "U Got The The Look", which has an edge of naughtiness in the song. It has an arrangement of muted drums and rocking guitars.Read more ›
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The Prince fan here!
Sign 'O' the Times is undoubtedly one of the best albums you'll ever hear!! I got introduced to so much because of this man here. His music is great and he deserves praise for it!
Sign 'O' the Times...Brilliant!! This 2-disc set is wonderful, I'm beginning to go listen to it right now! He is so brilliant, you'll be blinded by his talent! He is such a great songwriter and singer and more, and I really appreciate him.
This album is a mix of rock, R&B, and pop. It is put together wonderfully with a love song or slow jam at the end of each CD (like he usually does). Among my favorites are "Starfish & Coffee" so mellow and entertaining in a kiddy sorta way. Your inner child comes out after listening to that one! "Slow Love" and it's Sly and the Family Stone meets The Beatles funk--I love it! Forever in my Life...wow...makes me wanna be one of the many women he had! "U Got the Look", man, dance on, dance on, dance on! "Strange Relationship", baby! So cute, so well done Prince (or Camille? LOL). And "Adore", like my girl Alicia Keys, I love it, great ending song.
I got lost in my music for a moment, but I really recommend it to you guys. You don't have to be a huge Prince fan (like myself) to enjoy it. Trust me!
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