Prince ‎– Sign "O" The Times

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Sign "O" The Times 5:02
Play In The Sunshine 5:05
Housequake 4:38
The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker 4:04
It 5:10
Starfish And Coffee 2:51
Slow Love 4:18
Hot Thing 5:39
Forever In My Life 3:38
U Got The Look 3:58
If I Was Your Girlfriend 4:54
Strange Relationship 4:04
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man 6:31
The Cross 4:46
It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night 8:59
Adore 6:29

Versions (70)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
9 25577-1, 1-25577 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 9 25577-1, 1-25577 US 1987 Sell This Version
CAWB 9246, CAWB 9247 Prince Sign "O" The Times 1 / 2(2xCass, Album) Jugoton, Jugoton, Paisley Park, Paisley Park CAWB 9246, CAWB 9247 Yugoslavia 1987 Sell This Version
925 577-2 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album) Paisley Park 925 577-2 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
9 25577-2 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album) Paisley Park 9 25577-2 Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
925 577-2 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album) Paisley Park 925 577-2 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
CD 25577 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album) Paisley Park CD 25577 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
925 577-2, 9 25577-2 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 925 577-2, 9 25577-2 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
55XD 700-1 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album) Paisley Park 55XD 700-1 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
7599-25577-2 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album) Paisley Park 7599-25577-2 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
9 25577-2 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album) Paisley Park 9 25577-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
925 577-2 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album) Paisley Park 925 577-2 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
9 25577-2, DIDX 1485/1486 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 9 25577-2, DIDX 1485/1486 US 1987 Sell This Version
9 25577-2 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album, Club) Paisley Park 9 25577-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
W11-25577, W12-25577, W2-25577 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album, Club) Paisley Park, Paisley Park, Paisley Park W11-25577, W12-25577, W2-25577 US 1987 Sell This Version
9 25577-1, 1-25577 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 9 25577-1, 1-25577 US 1987 Sell This Version
L2WB-6603 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Paisley Park Records L2WB-6603 Mexico 1987 Sell This Version
WARNER 3172 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Warner Bros. Records WARNER 3172 Venezuela 1987 Sell This Version
925 577-1, WX 88 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 925 577-1, WX 88 UK & Europe 1987 Sell This Version
1591503 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Paisley Park 1591503 Portugal 1987 Sell This Version
675.0003 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 675.0003 Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
LSWB 79013/14, 925 577-1 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Jugoton, Paisley Park LSWB 79013/14, 925 577-1 Yugoslavia 1987 Sell This Version
25577-1 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Paisley Park 25577-1 Australia & New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
P-6257∼8 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Paisley Park P-6257∼8 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
80614/5 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 80614/5 Argentina 1987 Sell This Version
925577-1 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 925577-1 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
25577-1 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Paisley Park 25577-1 New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
925 577-1, WX 88 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 925 577-1, WX 88 UK & Europe 1987 Sell This Version
WBD 11631 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Warner Bros. Records WBD 11631 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
92 55771 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Paisley Park 92 55771 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
WBD 11631 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Warner Bros. Records WBD 11631 Zimbabwe 1987 Sell This Version
925 577-1 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Paisley Park 925 577-1 Greece 1987 Sell This Version
2 BAN 925 577-1 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Paisley Park 2 BAN 925 577-1 Israel 1987 Sell This Version
925577-1 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Paisley Park 925577-1 Greece 1987 Sell This Version
9 25577-1, 1-25577 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 9 25577-1, 1-25577 US 1987 Sell This Version
92 5577-1 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album) Paisley Park 92 5577-1 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
9 W1-25577, W1 25577 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album, Club) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 9 W1-25577, W1 25577 US 1987 Sell This Version
9 25577-1, 1-25577 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album, Club) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 9 25577-1, 1-25577 US 1987 Sell This Version
W1 25577 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album, Club) Paisley Park W1 25577 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
925 577-1 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, TP) WEA 925 577-1 Greece 1987 Sell This Version
9 25577-4 Prince Sign "O" The Times(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Paisley Park 9 25577-4 Greece 1987 Sell This Version
92 55774 Prince Sign "O" The Times(Cass, Album) Paisley Park 92 55774 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
9 25577-4, WX88C Prince Sign "O" The Times(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Paisley Park 9 25577-4, WX88C Europe 1987 Sell This Version
9 25577-4 Prince Sign "O" The Times(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records 9 25577-4 US 1987 Sell This Version
925 577-4, WX88C Prince Sign "O" The Times(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Paisley Park 925 577-4, WX88C UK & Europe 1987 Sell This Version
25577-4 Prince Sign "O" The Times(Cass, Album) Paisley Park 25577-4 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
ZWBD 11631 Prince Sign "O" The Times(Cass, Album) WEA Records (Pty) Ltd. ZWBD 11631 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
W4 25577 Prince Sign "O" The Times(Cass, Album, Club) Paisley Park W4 25577 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
9 4-25577, 4-25577 Prince Sign "O" The Times(Cass, Album, Club) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 9 4-25577, 4-25577 US 1987 Sell This Version
W4-25577 Prince Sign "O" The Times(Cass, Album, Club) Paisley Park W4-25577 US 1987 Sell This Version
4-25577 Prince Sign "O" The Times(Cass, Album, Club) Paisley Park 4-25577 US 1987 Sell This Version
9 25577-4, 4-25577 Prince Sign "O" The Times(Cass, Album, SR) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 9 25577-4, 4-25577 US 1987 Sell This Version
36P2-2615~16 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album, RE) Paisley Park 36P2-2615~16 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
7599-25577-4 Prince Sign "O" The Times(Cass) Warner Music Poland 7599-25577-4 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
WPCR-1059 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album, RE) Paisley Park WPCR-1059 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
WPCR-75021/2 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album, RE) Paisley Park WPCR-75021/2 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
WPCR-13538/9 プリンス* = Prince プリンス* = Prince - サイン・オブ・ザ・タイムズ = Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album, RE, SHM) Warner Bros. Records, Paisley Park Records WPCR-13538/9 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
WPCR-78112/3 プリンス* = Prince プリンス* = Prince - サイン・オブ・ザ・タイムズ = Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album, RE) Warner Bros. Records, Paisley Park Records WPCR-78112/3 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
7599-25577-1 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album, RE) Paisley Park 7599-25577-1 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
25577-1 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xLP, Album, RE) Paisley Park 25577-1 US 2016 Sell This Version
9 25577-2 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album) Paisley Park 9 25577-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
7599-25577-2 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album) Paisley Park 7599-25577-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
7599-25577-2 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album) Paisley Park 7599-25577-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
925 577-2 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album, RE) Paisley Park 925 577-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
7599-25577-2, 925 577-2 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album, RE) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 7599-25577-2, 925 577-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
36P2-2615 ~ 6 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album, RE) Paisley Park 36P2-2615 ~ 6 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
9 25577-2 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album, RE) Paisley Park 9 25577-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
7599-25577-2 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album, RE, RP) Paisley Park 7599-25577-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
9 25577-2 Prince Sign "O" The Times(2xCD, Album, RP) Paisley Park 9 25577-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
EN-1490 Prince Sign O' The Times Part - I(Cass, Unofficial) Thomsun Original EN-1490 Saudi Arabia Unknown Sell This Version
EN-1491 Prince Sign O' The Times Part - II(Cass, Unofficial) Thomsun Original EN-1491 Saudi Arabia Unknown Sell This Version

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deandoodles

deandoodles

October 27, 2016
referencing Sign "O" The Times, 2xCD, Album, 925 577-2
Prince's best. I was obsessed with this album for years on my original cassette version. Picked up the CD version somewhere along the way which was fine for the car. This vnew vinyl pressing sounds amazing, absolutely zero surface noise, probably the best sounding vinyl I've bought so far, though as a previous reviewer said, I haven't got an original 1987 vinyl to compare it with. I'm happy .
CMoGreen

CMoGreen

October 26, 2016
referencing Sign "O" The Times, 2xLP, Album, RE, 25577-1
Plays perfect - sounds great. Brilliant album obviously. Don't have an original to compare to though.
Triggerck

Triggerck

October 9, 2016
referencing Sign "O" The Times, 2xLP, Album, RE, 7599-25577-1
I assume the 2016 version is the brand new reissue?
buffalopower83

buffalopower83

May 22, 2016
referencing Sign "O" The Times, 2xCD, Album, 9 25577-2, DIDX 1485/1486
Vinyl Repressing coming!!! Read below

Some of the albums in this particular batch fall in the era when CD sales took over the industry, and Warners and the other big record companies made little to no vinyl editions of the records. These new pressings will feature the albums in their original format (no bonus tracks). Here’s the full list of what’s to come:

June 21st: “Around the World in A Day” (1985)
July 19th: “Parade (Under the Cherry Moon soundtrack)” (1986)
August 23rd: “Sign o’ the Times”(1987)
September 20th: “The Black Album”(1987 recorded; 1994 released)
October 18th: “Lovesexy” (1988) and “Batman” soundtrack (1989)
November 22nd: “Graffiti Bridge” soundtrack (1990) and “Diamonds and Pearls” (1991)
December 13th: “The Love Symbol” (1992)
Byron81

Byron81

April 21, 2016
edited 7 months ago
referencing Sign "O" The Times, 2xCD, Album, 925 577-2
This is one of my favourite albums of all time.
Thanks Prince for this, and all the other albums and memories. Rest in peace you sexy muther f*cker.
Stewwine

Stewwine

March 25, 2015
referencing Sign "O" The Times, 2xLP, Album, 925 577-1, WX 88

Arguably Prince's most critically highly-regarded release, and unquestionably of all of his 30+ full albums the one that best showcases his artistic range and diversity, spanning rock, funk, soul, pop, dance and soulful ballads - often simultaneously.

Begat from the ill-fated Crystal Ball and Dream Factory double and triple albums, and resultant from his disbanding of the commercially successful Revolution band (notably following his sacking of long-time side-kicks Wendy [Melvoin] and Lisa [Coleman], Prince felt he needed to go in a new, sexier and harder direction than he was heading with his band. The Revolution's influence is still strongly felt throughout this double album - not least of which in the live recording of 'It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night' with the full band - and in reality most of the tracks were recorded with, or partially recorded with, his band.

Notwithstanding this, the album is unquestionably his, and contains some of his strongest work ever put to vinyl. The lead single and title track, Sign 'O' The Times, is compelling for its stark and incessant rhythmic drive, thought-provoking (if not especially raw) lyrics, and earnest questioning. Immediately following on to the playful 'Play In The Sunshine', carefree and rocking good times with a mildly positive message, the intense drive of 'Housequake' (of which he famously quipped 'I can play 'Streets Have No Name' but not U2, no-one can play 'Housequake' as a snide putdown of the commercial and award success of Irish megagroup U2 and their phenomenally successful 'Joshua Tree' album) and the beautiful, thought-provoking 'The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker' which closes the first side. Hard to think of a more diverse opening side of an album.

Side Two continues the proceedings with the funky dance 'It', the gorgeous and melodic 'Starfish and Coffee', the funky groove and yearning of 'Hot Thing' before closing with the beautiful soul ballad 'Forever In My Life'. Contentment.

Yet it is at this point, the opening of the second disc, that Prince perhaps nails his finest, if not definitive, 20 minutes of recorded music. The modestly commercial success of the bouncy, perky 'U Got The Look', a ballad with Sheena Easton is followed by the simply beautiful, haunting and heartbreakingly open 'If I Was Your Girlfriend' (a commercial failure, not cracking any top 40 charts despite being the second single from the album). One of Prince's most beautiful and pure songs ever recorded. The powerful and groovy 'Strange Relationship' is a perfect followup, before the side closes with the underrated and sonically-flowing 'I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man'. Funk, rocking guitar and thoughtful lyrics, not to mention a driving beat make this a superb track.

The album closes with the emotive, religious and moving 'The Cross', the fun live funk of 'It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night', where Prince's immediate musical past (The Revolution) is combined with his future (the likes of Cat, Miko et al) and he achieves a moment of serendipity. The album finishes with the beautiful, retro soul of 'Adore', harking back to the soul and blues of Motown and other black artists of the '70s.

Sign 'O' The Times is at once sprawling yet focussed, and perfectly highlights Prince's multitude of abilities and musical styles, almost genre-defying in nature, yet being at once perfectly 'Prince'. Whilst this lacks a single (or indeed multiple) 'hits' that many great albums are built around, this is instead a piece of work for the ages, and best presents Prince for what he is - a prodigious musical talent whose influences are many yet whose sound is unique.
isaacmusicman

isaacmusicman

January 11, 2015
referencing Sign "O" The Times, 2xLP, Album, 9 25577-1, 1-25577
Yes, I know, Purple Rain will go down in history as Prince's best selling album, but let's be honest here, " Sign 'O' The Times" is his best period! Why? Maybe he was going through an identity crisis (aka, the Camille charater), maybe he was almost already fed up with the music biz, or maybe he just was tired of people trying to sound like him. Who knows! But it sure brought out the best music he ever produced!!! After this he never made a fully complete album, and after you listen to this you will understand why! There is no need for an overview at all, this a Prince Classic period!!!!!!!
Codysrecords

Codysrecords

October 2, 2014
referencing Sign "O" The Times, 2xLP, Album, 9 25577-1, 1-25577
my copy has "R-261991" on the bottom left hand corner on the backside, can anyone tell me what that is.
v1ct0rth3cl34n3r

v1ct0rth3cl34n3r

April 24, 2011
referencing Sign "O" The Times, 2xCD, Album, 7599-25577-2
Forgive me if my memory really HAS now failed me, but didn't the initial shipping come in the thick Double-CD cases (or is that part of what you've written in the formatting notes? If not, sorry, but i have the distinct recollection of seeing them presented in the (4-at-most-style) BIG Cd-pack that came before the slimline interlevered cases (ie; the first release of Dire Straits' "Alchemy" or Floyd's "Ummagumma" cd...? Just a thought.
lelebeduschi

lelebeduschi

November 16, 2009
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Sign "O" The Times, 2xLP, Album, 92 5577-1
The label is Paisley Park Records, as you can see by pics, but distributed in Italy by WEA Italiana