Sign O' The Times

Label
Warner Brothers
Running length
16 tracks
Running time
73:29

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Sign o' the Times 4:56 28,982
1 U Got The Look 3:47 106,363
2 Play in the Sunshine 5:05 38,286
2 If I Was Your Girlfriend 3:46 65,588
3 Strange Relationship 3:40 33,246
3 Housequake 4:42 40,880
4 The Ballad of Dorothy Parker 4:02 35,791
4 I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man 3:22 75,642
5 It 5:10 33,623
5 The Cross 4:45 30,546
6 Starfish and Coffee 1:10 44,171
6 It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night 9:01 21,366
7 Adore 6:31 57,333
7 Slow Love 4:22 35,302
8 Hot Thing 5:40 0
9 Forever in My Life 3:30 35,264

About this album

Sign “☮” the Times (or Sign O’ The Times) is an album by Prince, released on March 31, 1987, on the Paisley Park records label. It’s the follow up to Parade, and Prince’s first “solo” album since splitting with The Revolution; the symbol between the quotes is a peace sign. The double album was a synthesis of three projects from 1986, including some work with The Revolution. The bulk of the tracks originate from the final Revolution project known as Dream Factory and a later solo project called Camille. These projects, along with some other songs merged into a 22-track, 3-LP opus called Crystal Ball. Prince’s record company, Warner Bros. Records, balked at the idea of a 3-LP album, considering the lukewarm performance of Parade, and Prince’s second movie, Under the Cherry Moon, and forced Prince to trim the album down.

The result was Sign O’ The Times, which quickly became widely regarded as Prince’s magnum opus amongst fans and critics alike. In 1989, Time Out Magazine ranked it greatest album of all time. It was 16th in the New Musical Express list All Time Top 100 Albums and 3rd in Hot Press Magazine’s list The 100 Best Albums of All Time. Rolling Stone ranked it number #93 on their list of greatest albums of all time. The album placed 8th on Nieuwe Revu’s Top 100 Albums of All Time. Time Magazine placed Sign O’ The Times as the greatest album of ’80s, and 29th greatest album of all time.

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