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Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums; he toured frequently, produced albums and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of ... Read more in Amazon's Prince Store

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  • Audio CD (30 Mar. 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002LBM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  DVD  |  Blu-ray  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Sign 'O' The Times [Explicit] 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Play In The Sunshine [Explicit] 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Housequake [Explicit] 4:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker [Explicit] 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. It [Explicit] 5:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Starfish And Coffee [Explicit] 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Slow Love [Explicit] 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Hot Thing [Explicit] 5:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Forever In My Life [Explicit] 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. U Got The Look [Explicit] 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. If I Was Your Girlfriend [Explicit] 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Strange Relationship [Explicit] 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man [Explicit] 6:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. The Cross [Explicit] 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night [Explicit] 9:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Adore [Explicit] 6:31£0.99  Buy MP3 

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PRINCE Sign O The Times (1987 German limited edition 16-track 2-CD album set featuring the singles Sign O The Times If I Was Your Girlfriend U Got The Look and I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man picture sleeve booklet containing the lyrics for each disc)

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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Feb. 2000
Format: Audio CD
As 1987 approached, Prince, the singer/songwriter/producer/musician who had hit the big-time with 'Purple Rain' in 1984, was entering a period of unrivalled creativity in the history of music. After disbanding his band The Revolution, he recorded an entire triple album entitled 'Crystal Ball', among other projects, but his record company refused to release it.
So he went back into the studio and recorded this, including the title-track which was written and recorded in one day. As a double-album, it may not have met with the commercial success of some of his previous or subsequent albums, but it received the sort of critical praise that is reserved for only the truly great pieces of modern musical work.
He leaps from genre to genre with ease, from the prototype rap of 'Housequake' to the classic ballad 'Slow Love' and the sumptuous, gender-bending 'If I Was You Girlfriend' or the classic rock of 'The Cross' - whatever you want, it's here.
Some of the music may sound a tad dated, but the quality shines through from beginning to end. If you were looking for proof of this man's musical genius, look no further - if God made music, this is what he would make.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matty on 31 Dec. 2007
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Sign O The Times is undoubtedly Prince's finest ever work. Even now 20 years on it still sounds fresh. This is one of those rare albums that I never got bored of. Tracks like I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man, The Cross, It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night, Forever In My Life etc just haven't dated. The DVD of the concert tour is also worth checking out.
If you are a casual Prince fan or found some of his stuff to be a turn off then this would be a great starting point. The material is much more mature than so many of his other albums. Much of his other work contains a lot of sexual innuendo and over the top unsubtle sexual references. The stuff on Sign O The Times is more political and when he does delve into the sexual side of things it's done on a far more subtle and less "in your face" way. In 1991 Prince tried to recreate Sign O the Times with the album Diamonds and Pearls, and although it's a valiant effort it doesn't touch the brilliance of this 1987 work.
Prince has never been better than he was in '87 and it's our good fortune that he squeezed so many tracks on to this one double album. Rightly regarded as one of THE great albums of all time.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Martin Hay on 13 Mar. 2006
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Sign O' The Times is often praised for being Prince's most eclectic album but this is not strictly the case. In fact, if there is one consistent trait in Prince's work it is his eclecticism. What makes Sign O' The Times so great is that unlike much of his output, there is some genuine emotional expression on some of the tracks. Unlike most other song writers, Prince rarely gives anything away or allows himself to appear truly vulnerable. As a result,despite some outstanding musicianship and truly inventive composing, much of his back catalog fails to resonate on a deeper level. Sign O' The Times actually finds Prince writing about his relationships and his own place in the world and is truly richer for it.
When writing songs for this album, Prince was going through both good and bad times with Susannah Melvoin, a woman with whom he appeared to be truly in love. This relationship directly influenced two of the album's strongest, songs; "Forever In My Life" and "If I was Your Girlfriend." "Forever In My Life" finds Prince coming to terms with the idea of settling down and sharing his life with Susannah. "If I was Your Girlfriend" finds Prince admitting to feeling jealous of the close relationship Susannah shared with her sister. Lyrically "Girlfriend" is probably Prince's crowning acheivement.
The title track is a wonderfully simple and understated funk/rock number in which Prince addresses topical issues such as drugs, AIDS and the "Star Wars" program. In "The Cross" he continues to reflect upon the state of the world and shares his beleif that there is light at the end of the tunnel if one can "bear the cross.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 1 May 2009
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Seminal album from the Minneapolis maestro; the title track's sparse funk and the plaintive soul of 'If I was your girlfriend' form a counterpoint to the more raucous 'U Got the Look' and 'Starfish and Coffee'. This CD sees Prince at the height of his powers and apart from the spirited 'Lovesexy' he would never produce something so consistently different and consistently impressive again. If you only own one Prince/Symbol/Artist Formerly Known as album, make it this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Banjo on 14 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
Well there's not a lot to be said about this albm that hasn't been said already. Well apart from don't download it from the Amazon Store as they've swapped the album version of I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man for the edited shorter single version! They seem to do this a lot as they've done the same with Purple Rain! Better off buying from one of the sellers or the iTunes store!
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Sign o’ the Times is a great double dollop of funkiness which kind of peters out by ‘side 4’ but has some awesome tracks prior to the tail off. The title track is one of the best songs ever, by anyone, full stop. Taking the electronic beats to the extreme with a great bass line it counterpoints Prince’s smooth naturalistic vocals. “Play in the Sunshine” provides a bit of fun along with the enormously funky “Housequake” and the kooky “The Balled of Dorothy Parker”. Prince is a great storyteller.

“It” has Prince returning to one of his favourite subjects. “Starfish and Coffee” seems to go with the Dorothy Parker tune and then we’re back to sex again with “Slow Love”. “Hot Thing” is from the same brain space as “Housequake” and keeps the album bouncing from one eclectic vibe to another. “Forever in My Life” for me is the weakest track on the first disc, but it’s short and sweet and does have a good percussion loop.

The second disc starts off very promisingly with the Sheena Easton duet “U Got The Look” and features one of my favourite lyrics – ‘did I say an hour? My face is red, I stand corrected…’ The attitude oozes from both performances and while it’s one of the more accessible of Prince’s tunes it demonstrates his ability to pen a catchy song and pull in choice talent when required.

“If I Was Your Girlfriend” is my favourite track on the second disc if not the whole album. The singing is geeky and soulful, the sentiment is weird and romantic, the music atmospheric and lamenting. Okay, it descends into a Prince ‘perv out’ by the end of the track, but hey no-one’s perfect and it kind of completes this strange track.
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