Prince releases ‘Sign ‘O’ the Times,’ his ninth album featuring ‘U Got The Look’ (1987)

Prince‘s ‘Sign ‘O’ the Times’ is his ninth studio album (and first ‘solo’ after leaving The Revolution) released on March 31, 1987 by Paisley Park.

Track Listing : 1.Sign O’ The Times (Prince) – 04:57 . 2.Play In The Sunshine (Prince) – 05:05 . 3.Housequake (Prince) – 04:42 . 4.The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker (Prince) – 04:01 . 5.It (Prince) – 05:09 . 6.Starfish And Coffee (Prince, Susannah Melvoin) – 02:50 . 7.Slow Love (Prince, Carole Davis) – 04:22 . 8.Hot Thing (Prince) – 05:39 . 9.Forever In My Life (Prince) – 03:30 . 10.U Got The Look (Prince) – 03:47 . 11.If I Was Your Girlfriend (Prince) – 05:01 . 12.Strange Relationship (Prince) – 04:01 . 13.I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Prince) – 06:29 . 14.The Cross (Prince) – 04:48 . 15.It’S Gonna Be A Beautiful Night (Prince, Doctor Fink, Eric Leeds) – 09:01 . 16.Adore (Prince) – 06:30

Musicians : Prince – Vocals, Instruments . Eric Leeds – Saxophone . Wendy Melvoin – Guitar And Backing Vocals On (7), Tambourine And Congas On (12) . Lisa Coleman – Backing Vocals On (7), Sitar And Wooden Flute On (12) . Sheila E. – Drums And Percussion On (10) And (15) . Atlanta Bliss – Trumpet . Susannah Melvoin – Backing Vocals On (2 – 6 – 1) And Co-Lead Vocals On (15) . Sheena Easton – Co-Lead Vocals On (10) . Clare Fischer – Orchestral Arrangements For (7) . Miko Weaver – Lead Guitar On (15) . Jill Jones – Co-Lead Vocals On (15) . The Revolution – Performance Of (15) . Gilbert Davison – Party Voices On (3) . Todd Hermann – Party Voices On (3) . Coke Johnson – Party Voices On (3) . Brad Marsh – Party Voices On (3) . Mike Soltys – Party Voices On (3) . Susan Rogers And The Penguin – Party Voices On (3) . Greg Brooks – Backing Vocals On (15) . Wally Safford – Backing Vocals On (15) . Jerome Benton – Backing Vocals On (15)

Production : Produced By Prince . Susan Rogers – Engineer . Coke Johnson – Engineer . Bernie Grundman – Mastering

Package : Jeff Katz – Photography . Laura Lipuma – Art Direction

Recorded 1982, 1986–87 At Lake Minnetonka Home Studio (Minnetonka, Minnesota); Galpin Boulevard Home Studio (Chanhassen, Minnesota); Washington Avenue Warehouse (Eden Prairie, Minnesota); Sunset Sound Recorders (Hollywood, California); Ocean Way Recording (Hollywood, California); Monterey Sound Studios (Glendale, California); Dierks Studio Mobile Trucks (Outside Le Zénith, Paris).

ReleasedOn March 31, 1987 By Paisley Park.

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Rolling Stone
In 1987, when Prince‘s double-album masterpiece Sign ‘O’ the Times was released, no one had to be told he was talking about AIDS. The title track syrups on, mentioning crack and nuclear bombs — painting the Eighties as if Revelations had arrived and no one had realized. […]

Stereogum
In a lot of ways, Prince’s Sign “O” The Times, which celebrates its 25th anniversary tomorrow, is the last great double-album of the LP era. When I bought a used-CD version years after it came out, I remember being a bit weirded out: […]

American Songwriter
In 1987, Prince, though still undoubtedly a mega-superstar, was coming off a pair of albums that didn’t quite recapture the magic of 1999 and Purple Rain. Considering how fickle pop music fans can be, it wasn’t inconceivable that he would never again reach those dizzy previous heights. […]

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