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PrinceSign "O" The Times

Label:Paisley Park – 9 25577-1, Paisley Park – 1-25577
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Allied Record Company Pressing
Genre:Rock, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style:Minneapolis Sound, Funk, Pop Rock


A1Sign "O" The Times5:02
A2Play In The Sunshine
Voice [Background Voice]Susannah
Lead VocalsCamille (3)
Voice [Party Voice]Brad M.*, Coke J.*, Gilbert D.*, Mike S.*, Susan R.*, The Penguin (3), Todd H.*
A4The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker4:04
B2Starfish And Coffee
Voice [Background Voice], Lyrics By [Lyrics Co-written By]Susannah
B3Slow Love
Arranged By [Strings Arranged By]Claire Fischer*
Guitar, Voice [Backing Voice]Wendy*
Lyrics By [Lyrics Co-written By]Carol Davis*
Voice [Backing Voice]Lisa*
B4Hot Thing5:39
B5Forever In My Life3:38
C1U Got The Look
Drums, PercussionSheila E.
C2If I Was Your Girlfriend
Lead VocalsCamille (3)
C3Strange Relationship
Lead VocalsCamille (3)
Sitar, Flute [Wooden Flute]Lisa*
Tambourine, CongasWendy*
C4I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man6:31
D1The Cross4:46
D2It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
Lead GuitarMico Weaver
Music By [Music Co-written By]Dr. Fink, Eric Leeds
Percussion, Rap [Transmississippirap]Sheila E.
Performer [Recorded Live In Paris By]Prince And The Revolution
Voice [Co-lead Voice]Jill Jones, Susannah

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Heart-shaped title sticker on shrink:
Specially-Priced Two Record Set
Prince Sign "☮" The Times

9 25577-1

Dust sleeves:
Created & Mixed at Paisley Park, Sunset Sound and Dierks Studio Mobile Trucks
© 1987 Paisley Park Records
9 25577-1

© 1987 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

4 Prince Fan Club information write:
The New Breed
P-O- Box 858
Old Chelsea Station
New York, Ny 10113

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Heart shaped sticker on shrink, text): 0 7599-2577-1
  • Barcode (Cover): none
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Pressing Plant ID (Embossed in the label area): A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, hand etched): 1-25577-A-SR6 1-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, hand etched): 1-255 6̶̷̲̅8̶̷̲̅ 77-B-SR6 1-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, hand etched): 1-25577-C-SR4 1-3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, hand etched): 1-25577-D-SR4 1-1

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Sign "O" The Times (2×LP, Album, Club Edition)Paisley ParkW1 25577Canada1987
Sign "O" The Times (Cassette, Album)Paisley Park, Warner Bros. Records925 577-4, WX88CUK & Europe1987
Sign "O" The Times (2×LP, Album)Paisley Park25577-1New Zealand1987
Sign "O" The Times (2×LP, Album)Paisley Park, Paisley Park92 5577-1, 1-25577Italy1987
Sign "O" The Times (2×LP, Album)Paisley Park, Paisley ParkWX 88, 925 577-1UK & Europe1987


hawkenson's profile picture
Prince shows his range as a composer so well on this album. Play in the Sunshine is a banger. Prince was his own genre. I cranked it loud tonight as a tribute to the anniversary of his death. RIP
brandosoul's profile picture
Edited one year ago
Does anyone ever stop to realize and appreciate this man's effortless artistic development as he was shifting the pop landscape all in a six-year period? Like, how do you leap from Dirty Mind to something uniquely masterful like this, where you encapsulate and perfect everything that made you a GOAT over four kick-ass sides? Hell, if anyone ever argued against Prince being a genre-defying master, there's no better confirmation to refute that claim than this. The third side (the arc) of Sign is wholly fascinating in itself. The run from "U Got the Look" to "I Can Never Take The Place of Your Man" is such a compelling distillation of how mature Prince's guise had gotten when it came to the topic of sex. It literally portrays the rise and fall of a relationship. There aren't too many double albums that I can credit with possessing an idiosyncratic, complex, and thematic quality in its arc. There's not much more I can further expound on the high-water mark excellence of this masterpiece.

Bernie Grundman's original mastering for the 1987 vinyl pressing is still top-notch. The long-OOP/ultra-expensive 2009 Japanese SHM-CD is my go-to digital version of this album. It sounds so lovely. Not remastered at all, but it's a solid upgrade from the domestic CD pressing.
D_spayre's profile picture
Edited one year ago
The deLuxe Box came in today, cd version as I don't go along with the vinyl hype......very very beautiful. Pricey but totally worth it. Would have preferred the cd's more like they did with 1999 in their own sleeves, but I don't see scratches like I see other people mention and even with my really big paws I can take the cd's out easily....a little carefulness and handiness and no problem at all...slightly press on the former page or the back cover for the other cd's so the cd can be easily taken out over that edge. If you don't want the inevitable fingerprints on black paper you should wash your hands with dishwasser soap before.....but hey, just play the music and don't treat these things as if you want to make bank on it later, jeez.
funk-me's profile picture
I wonder what the single version of Crystal Ball sounds like. I wish they would have included the full version, and Dream factory in this release!
isaacmusicman's profile picture
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's profile picture
my copy has "R-261991" on the bottom left hand corner on the backside, can anyone tell me what that is.
jussumen's profile picture
Prince's finest ! everything is in the right place and happens at the right time -' it's June (1987) a little disease with a big name' ("Sign Of The Times").From"Starfish and Coffee" , "Ballad of Dorothy Parker" to 'If I Was Your Girlfriend' we#ll find the best songs, probably ever written in some way or another , at least from this genious of a musician .