Ace Of Base ‎– The Sign

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American edition of the first album, incl. 3 new songs.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
07822-18740-2 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album) Arista 07822-18740-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
07822-18740-2 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album) Arista 07822-18740-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
CDDGR1256 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album) David Gresham Records CDDGR1256 South Africa 1993 Sell This Version
07822-18740-2 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album) Arista 07822-18740-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
07822-18740-2 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album) Arista 07822-18740-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
BVCA-629 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album) Arista BVCA-629 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
BVCA-629 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album) Arista BVCA-629 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
07822-18740-2 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album) Arista 07822-18740-2 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
07822-18740-2 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album) Arista 07822-18740-2 Venezuela 1993 Sell This Version
ARCD 8740 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album, Club) Arista ARCD 8740 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
07822-18740-2 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album, Club) Arista 07822-18740-2 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
07822-18740-2 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album, Club) Arista 07822-18740-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
ARCD 8740, ARCD-8740 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album, Club) Arista, Arista ARCD 8740, ARCD-8740 US 1993 Sell This Version
07822-18740-2 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album, Promo) Arista 07822-18740-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
07822-18740-4, 07822, 18740-4 Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album) Arista, Arista, Arista 07822-18740-4, 07822, 18740-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
07822 18740-4, 07822-18740-4 Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album) Arista, Arista 07822 18740-4, 07822-18740-4 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
B18740-4 Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album) Arista B18740-4 Paraguay 1993 Sell This Version
MCGR 1256 Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album) ZMC MCGR 1256 Zimbabwe 1993 Sell This Version
07822 18740-4 Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album) Arista 07822 18740-4 Argentina 1993 Sell This Version
ZDGR1256 Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album) David Gresham Records ZDGR1256 South Africa 1993 Sell This Version
MC-ART 00018741 Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album) Arista MC-ART 00018741 Peru 1993 Sell This Version
07822-18740-4 Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album, Club) Arista 07822-18740-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
AC 8740 Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album, Club) Arista AC 8740 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
07822-18740-4 Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album, Club) Arista 07822-18740-4 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
AC 8740, 07622-18740-4 Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album, Club) Arista, Arista AC 8740, 07622-18740-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
07822-18740-4 Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album, Son) Arista 07822-18740-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
07822-18740-4, 18740-4 Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album, Son) Arista, Arista 07822-18740-4, 18740-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
MDM 100.756. Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Delta Music (2) MDM 100.756. Poland 1993 Sell This Version
DGR 1256 Ace Of Base The Sign(LP, Album) ZMC DGR 1256 Zimbabwe 1993 Sell This Version
07822-18740-2 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album, RE) Arista 07822-18740-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
07822-18740-2 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album, RE) Arista 07822-18740-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
514 0118 Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album) Arista 514 0118 Ecuador 1994 Sell This Version
74321 18740-4 Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album) Arista, BMG Chile S.A. 74321 18740-4 Chile 1994 Sell This Version
ARISTA-7905 Ace Of Base The Sign(LP, Album) Arista ARISTA-7905 Venezuela 1994 Sell This Version
914-0118 Ace Of Base The Sign(LP, Album) Arista 914-0118 Ecuador 1994 Sell This Version
914-0118 Ace Of Base The Sign(LP, Album, Ltd, Pin) Arista 914-0118 Ecuador 1994 Sell This Version
914-0118 Ace Of Base The Sign(LP, Album, Promo) Arista 914-0118 Ecuador 1994 Sell This Version
none Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album, Ltd) 華星唱片 none China 1997 Sell This Version
BVCM-37393, 82876-51141-2 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Arista, Arista BVCM-37393, 82876-51141-2 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
82876-51141-2, BVCM-37393 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album, RE, RM) Arista, BMG 82876-51141-2, BVCM-37393 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
none Ace Of Base The Sign (Remastered)(13xFile, AAC, Album, RM, 256) Playground Music Scandinavia none Scandinavia 2014
88875081212 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album, RE) Sony Music Commercial Music Group 88875081212 US 2015 Sell This Version
88875-08120-2 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album, RE) Sony Music Commercial Music Group 88875-08120-2 US 2015 Sell This Version
88875100641 Ace Of Base The Sign(LP, Album, RE) Sony Music Commercial Music Group, Arista 88875100641 US 2015 Sell This Version
07822-18740-2 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album) Arista 07822-18740-2 Argentina Unknown Sell This Version
07822-18740-2 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album, RE) Arista Records 07822-18740-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
07822 18740 2 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album, RP) Arista 07822 18740 2 US Unknown Sell This Version
MTL-161 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album, Unofficial) Music For The People MTL-161 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
07822-18740-2, LY - 094.9.23 Ace Of Base The Sign(CD, Album, Unofficial) Arista (2), Arista (2) 07822-18740-2, LY - 094.9.23 China Unknown Sell This Version
none Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Startic Records none Poland Unknown Sell This Version
178 Ace Of Base The Sign(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Takt Music (2) 178 Poland Unknown Sell This Version

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w0rldclique

w0rldclique

October 14, 2018
edited 4 months ago
referencing The Sign, LP, Album, RE, 88875100641
Very barebones reissue. Kind of disappointing considering this was one of the most successful pop albums of the 90s. Sony literally did the bare minimum with this one from the cheap looking album sleeve that's, as powerstone05 pointed out, is very clearly from a CD insert. And it looks like a bootleg rather than an actual pressing from the record label.

Either Sony was lazy or the original masters for the album art were thrown out after 1994 or so.

Sound quality is decent. I do use a Bose Wave radio most of the time, but I might listen to headphones whenever I can. But it sounds pretty good from my angle. At the very least, it doesn't sound muddy like a lot of reissues tend to sound. Clear and crisp to me.

I initially was not going to buy this reissue and opt for an older import of the US Edition of Happy Nation (which I might still try to scout for to compare it to this version). But my local record shop was selling it for $20 and figured why not.

Overall: I'd say if you're looking to hang this album up on a wall or on display of some sort or you just want better quality across the board, get an import copy. If you're just wanting the music for casual listens or for nostalgic purposes, you're probably better off getting this one.
rob_disanto

rob_disanto

January 28, 2018
referencing The Sign, LP, Album, RE, 88875100641
Agreed with powerstone05, I didn’t know about this reissue and just received it. Terrible terrible quality on this.
powerstone05

powerstone05

December 8, 2015
referencing The Sign, CD, Album, RE, 88875-08120-2

Garbage. Just garbage.

This 2015 reissue is one of the few reissues from late that has really angered me. Happy Nation/The Sign is one of my favorite albums of all time and seeing it in this state just angers me greatly. Anyway, the artwork inserts and booklet are all of poor quality printing, like someone photocopied the original booklet. The disc label also has the same low quality looking print too. The audio on the disc has been compressed, which is a crying shame as the original release had perfect dynamic range. And then to top it all off, Sony had the balls to stick an FBI Anti-Piracy warning on the back. Un-believable. Sadly, I bet you that they used the same mastering for the LP release from this year too. This album deserves better. Music is 5 stars, this package is getting 1 star.
powerstone05

powerstone05

December 7, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
referencing The Sign, LP, Album, RE, 88875100641

This reissue of Ace Of Base's amazing debut snuck by most fans including me. As mentioned above, the jacket art looks like it's from a scan of the CD insert and you can see the fuzziness. As for the record itself, it's a clean and mostly noiseless cut (except toward the end where it makes tearing noises oddly). However, the audio that is pressed is clearly also from the older US CD master (that annoying distortion error in My Mind is present here). Overall, definitely a lazy cashgrab on part of the labels, but it's the only US pressing of the album to date. If you enjoy the album, I still recommend it, however a more heartfelt issue is somewhere further down the road and won't be found here.

-----UPDATE 02/02/2016:-----

After the listening to the 2015 CD reissue, I made good on my threat to see if the LP pressing was based on the 2015 CD remaster. Interestingly, it is not, but looks like the same mastering from the original 1993 release, albeit it seems the bass might have been boosted a little. Also, listening to it more closely, the vinyl material is pretty poor, pretty audible as the songs fade out, and even some clicks on my first listening I didn't mention before.
MegaCC

MegaCC

November 19, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing The Sign, CD, Album, Club, ARCD 8740, ARCD-8740
Arista signed up Ace Of Base, Clive Davis having earmarked "All That She Wants" as a potential US hit. While all of the boring legalese and a contract negotiation was going on, thousands of album imports from Europe were cropping up in shops all over the US. Within short, Arista made it clear that "we want a revamped album", this to compete with imports from Europe. Also, there needed to be a US-friendly slant to it, and Ace Of Base were asked to record a cover version of "Don't Turn Around" at Clive's insistence. "The Sign" went on to hit single status as a follow-up to "All That She Wants" across the Arista territory, including South America and Japan, firmly establishing Ace Of Base's hit album status outside Europe.

At Mega, we thought "why not release the US version in Europe"... but that's the next chapter in this story!
ShampooCell

ShampooCell

October 30, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing The Sign, CD, Album, Club, ARCD 8740, ARCD-8740

Say what you will about this album, but I still think it's fantastic. I don't care if several of the songs are interchangeable or the words are incredibly cheesy -- fact remains that this album makes you want to dance your ass off. If I could sum up 1993's dance sound into one record, it would be this one.

Love it or not, it's a classic!