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Sign O the Times

PrinceAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Play In The Sunshine [Explicit] 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Housequake [Explicit] 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker [Explicit] 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Hot Thing [Explicit] 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Forever In My Life [Explicit] 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. U Got The Look [Explicit] 3:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. If I Was Your Girlfriend [Explicit] 5:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen13. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man [Explicit] 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Cross [Explicit] 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums; he toured frequently, produced albums and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of ... Read more in Amazon's Prince Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LBM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It begins with the insistent drip-drop of a sequencer and ends with some old school R&B. In between, the artist who was still calling himself Prince unfurls an encyclopedia of moods, genres, and grooves. Widely heralded as a groundbreaker in 1987, when it was released, some of the music in oh-so-'80s synths sounds a bit dated. Yet this two-CD set is clearly the sound of a performer at the height of his power. On songs like the title track, "If I Was Your Girlfriend," and the thunderous "The Cross," Prince proves why the hype was justified. --Amy Linden

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Out-of-print in the US. 2 CD set. Warner. 1987.

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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album Overflowing With Genius October 20, 2000
By Marq
Format:Audio CD
I have no idea what the guy who called this album "Un-genius like" is talking about. The music on this album is overflowing with genius, style, and creativity. Before this album no-one had ever used a synthesizer and Linn-Drum Computer to the perfection that Prince did on the tracks "If I Was Your Girlfriend", and "The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker". The thought provoking lyrics of the title track"Sign O' The Times" and the simplicity of its music is unbelievable. "Play in the Sunshine" is a gospel meets rock and go-go track that makes u want to dance and shout. The rock guitar riffs, bass line and drum work are amazing. Its hard to belive that this is one musician playing all of the instruments. If dance tracks are what u are looking for, they are here in many forms, from "Housequake" and "Hot Thing" to "U got the Look" and "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night". For the rock guitar lovers u have "The Cross", and the brilliant "I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man" that will blow u away. If this is not enough....U have the most inspired ballads ever written by Prince, the peaceful "Slow Love", the marriage minded "Forever In My Life" which was used by the late John F. Kennedy Jr. at his wedding for the first dance, and the eclectic jam "Adore", which has one of the most inspired vocal performances that Prince has ever put on any album. However, the most impressive song of the set is the aforemntioned "If I Was Your Girlfriend" which has the most complex lyrical content I have ever heard. The song shows a man's vulnerabilty when it comes to love, and the way in which he wants to give his woman everything, while being her everything. Read more ›
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince's "Songs In The Key Of Life" August 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ok. The age old question: What IS Prince's best album? Sign 'O The Times or Purple Rain? I personally would throw in 1999 in that question too. Well to answer that you probably should look at it the same way that we look at Stevie wonder's Songs In The Key Of Life and Innervisions. Songs is Stevie's most important work for MUSIC. Innervisions is his PERSONAL best. Therefore I feel Sign is the Purple One's most important work for music and Purple Rain is his personal best. Why? "Sign" bashes down musical doors just as "Songs" did 11 years earlier. And, as with "Innervisions", "Purple" has better all around song writing and energy to it. Enough of the comparison, you should have BOTH CD anyway! On with my review. Because this is a double disc, reviewing all of the songs in 1000 or less is impossible so I'll stick with what I feel are the best songs.
Sign 'O The Times: A slow, purculating classic. Prince sings of all of the maddness going on in the world today and how things seem to be getting worse. "September my cousin tried refer for the very first time, now he's doing horse. It's June". It's a great opening for a the masterpiece that is to follow. Housequake: One of the tightest jams he's ever done, and he's done MANY! This song started so many parties it's amazing! It's Prince as both jokester and funkster. AllI can say is "Shut Up already, DAMN"! It: This is the hottest, sweatest sexiest song every. It is, well, IT!!. It's minimalist musicwise, not a whole lot of instramentation or anything but that's the point. Sex and sexual lust is not complicated or multilayered. It's pretty straight and simple. Just like this great song. A must hear. Starfish and Coffee: Prince snd Stevie Wonder were compared when Prince was just starting off.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the classic Prince CD's. May 27, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Sign O The Times came to us by chance. Originally titled Crystal Ball (not quite the same as the current CD with the same name), but what we got was something unexpected. The first album after the breakup of The Revolution, it contains everything from Rock (Play in the Sunshine and Title Track), pure pop (U GOt The Look), sensual ballads that would put Luther in jail (Adore, If I Was Your Girlfriend) and funk (Housequake, It, Hot Thing) and somethings we've never heard before (Forever In My Life). "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker" was actually recorded with a mix of error. Engineer Susan Rogers recorded Prince with only half the mixing board up and running, but the results were fresh and original. Most all hardcore Prince fans will always list Sign as one of their favorite albums. Purple Rain is for those who like top 40 radio, as is 1999. Sign is for those who want to go deeper.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant October 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Get this, Purple Rain, 1999 and Dirty Mind and you will have all the Prince you will ever need. This is the apex of his career. Was 1987 that long ago???
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pinnacle April 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Judging from the other reviews, I am apparently one of many Prince fans who have chosen "Sign o' the Times" as their favorite Prince album. I see it as the absolute pinnacle of the creative peak that began with "Purple Rain" and ended somewhere in between "Lovesexy" and the New Power Generation. Here we have seventeen tracks that showcase all the sides of Prince's personality that his fans have grown to love: Social critic ("Sign o' the Times"), spiritual seeker ("The Cross"), romantic ("Forever in my Life", "Adore"), and, of course, horndog ("U Got the Look", "It", "Hot Thing"). And then there are the songs that sort of defy musical or lyrical categorization, and are probably the strongest tracks of all: "If I Was Your Girlfriend" starts off as a romantic desire to get to know a lover better, and then turns into a strange stream-of-consciousness sexual fantasy. "Housequake" could have been a generic party anthem, but with lyrics like "Don't wait for your neighbors/green eggs and ham!" takes strange forays into fantasyland. One of my favorite tracks, the mellow "Ballad of Dorothy Parker" is an intruiging song that is either a nod to the famous writer or a character study of a witty, sexy waitress, or maybe both. It's this unpredictability, as well as his ability to make music that is both bizarre and accessable at the same time, that makes Prince one of the greatest artists in rock history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This cd tells the truth of the world today!!!
Published 7 days ago by patricia hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Deal for less than $5
Last few songs would skip when CD played.
Published 8 days ago by Brandy Reazer
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhhhh Prince
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made in Germany
This CD was made in Germany.I suppose there maybe some photoshoots inside, but no photos. Album is classic! Huge fan of Prince.
Published 2 months ago by Evan Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince is King!
I've been loving this album since it came out, glad to hear it again. If you don't know it do yourself a favor and check it out!
Published 3 months ago by Patrick
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of Prince's Finest Efforts
Classic Prince. There just aren't artists writing music like this anymore. Jazz, funk, soul, blues, r&b and dance. It's all in there.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Chavez
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I love Prince. watch3d the dvd this weekend had to add yhe mp3 to my collection. Prince is a genius
Published 3 months ago by R. Steele
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy the MP3 Version
This is a 5 star album. The 1 start review is for the MP3 version. Do not buy the MP3 version if "I could never take the place of your man" is only 3:40 in length. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter Rasmussen
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
I had a Prince themed party and this album made it complete. I told several people where I got the album and many more orders should be coming your way.
Published 4 months ago by Edward Watson
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