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Sign 'O The Times mess with your mind...
on 30 November 2003
Capturing Prince at the peak of his artistical career, 'Sign O' The Times' is basically a concert-movie, and the best one you'll ever see at that.
As stated above 1987 was the musical peak for Prince, NOBODY could touch him, past or present, at this time and it shows...some of the stuff Prince pulls off in this film is unbelievable, every vocal is outstanding, every musical note impeccable, every move perfectly timed...the songs performed here actually better their album versions.
The video is interlinked with a wafer-thin plot involving a love triangle between Prince, and two of his dancers Cat and Wally.
When I say thin, I mean THIN...the storyline is only there really to give the film some sort of basic narrative structure and to progress the musical performances.
It's difficult to pick standout moments during the movie; Prince is practically on fire throughout the entire duration, but the almost eeiry show-opener of 'Sign O' The Times' and the incredibly funky version of 'Housequake' surely are noteworthy musical highlights.
But what else...?? take your pick...the dance frenzied funk-workout of 'Hot Thing'?, the wonderfully sensual rendition of 'Slow Love?, or how about the rousing, frenetic performance of 'I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man'?.
Near EVERY performance is a show-stopper, but for me the two undisupted highlights in the whole movie are his jaw-dropping versions of 'If I Was Your Girlfriend' and 'The Cross'.
Once I had heard side 2 of the 'Sign 'O The Times' album I never thought Prince could better what I heard on track 2...'If I Was Your Girlfriend' was pure genius and I was thinking "there's no way I am gonna hear something better from the man after this; live or studio'...that's until I heard his quite phenomenal rendition of his unusual-masterpiece on this video.
Believe it or not the track sounds even better sung by Prince in his falsetto, and it's this subtle but excellent change that transforms the song into something even better.
Equally as impressive is the awe-inspiring sight that is 'The Cross'- an electryfyingly awesome rock song which has rarely been performed better than on 'Sign 'O The Times'.
It's hard to figure out why 'Sign 'O The Times' still isn't officially available on DVD, it remains the greatest live document of Prince ever and is an essential part of anyone's collection.
I have nothing else left to say, just BUY IT.