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Sign O' The Times

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Album details


Released: 30 March, 1987 (UK)
31 March, 1987 (USA/France)
Length: 40:15 / 39:33
Label(s): Paisley Park Records
Studio(s): Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA; Galpin Blvd Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA; Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA, USA and Dierks Studio Mobile Trucks (outside Le Zénith, Paris, France)

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Billboard 200 Chart (USA) 9 May 1987 6 108
Billboard Black Albums Chart (USA) 16 May, 1987 4 96
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Top 60 Album (Sweden) 8 Apr. 1987 6 9
Nationale Totale Top 75 (The Netherlands) 11 Apr. 1987 2 45
Gallup Album Chart (UK) 11 Apr. 1987 4 32
Schweizer Hitparade (Switzerland) 12 Apr. 1987 1(1) 21
VG-lista Top 40 Album (Norway) Week 15/1987 3 13
Schweizer Hitparade (Switzerland) 12 Apr. 1987 1(1) 21
Pacific
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
ARIA Top 50 Albums (Australia) 1 May 1987 20 10
Top 50 Album (New Zealand) 26 Apr. 1987 6 25

Certifications
Institution, Country Date Certification
RIAA, USA 2 Jul. 1987 Platinum
(1 million)
BPI, UK 6 Apr. 1987 Silver (60,000)
BPI, UK 24 Apr. 1987 Gold (100,000)
BPI, UK 1 Sep. 1990 Platinum (300,000)
SNEP, France 1987 Gold (100,000)
SNEP, France 18 Oct. 2001 Gold x2 (200,000)
BVMI, Germany 1996 Gold (250,000)
ARIA, Australia 31 May 1999 Gold (35,000)

Awards
Institution, Country Date Award
Minnesota Music Awards, USA 12 May, 1988 Rock/Recording: Mainstream
Minnesota Music Awards, USA 12 May, 1988 Rock/Composition: Mainstream

Singles released


Sign O' The Times
b/w La, La, La, He, He, Hee
If I Was Your Girlfriend
b/w Shockadelica
U Got The Look
b/w Housequake
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
b/w Hot Thing
Hot Thing (promo only)
b/w Hot Thing

See also


Sign O'The Times
(Sheet Music)
Sign O' The Times
(Tour)
link:Sheet Music: Sign O' The Times
Sign O' The Times (stylized as Sign "☮" The Times) is the ninth full-length studio album by Prince, and his first 'solo' release since 1982's 1999 (his intervening album's were credited to Prince and the Revolution). It was released worldwide in March, 1987.


Recording process

Eight of the album's seventeen tracks were included on various configurations of the Dream Factory album, planned as the fourth album by Prince and the Revolution. When the Revolution was disbanded in October, 1986, Prince reworked the album.

In late October, 1986, Prince worked on an unrelated album, Camille (to be given the artist credit of Camille), on which Housequake, Strange Relationship and If I Was Your Girlfriend were included, before combining elements of the two projects to create Crystal Ball, a triple album to be credited solely to Prince.

Warner Bros. were skeptical about releasing a triple album, and Prince removed seven of the 22 tracks and recorded the radio-friendly U Got The Look, completing the album on 15 January, 1987 with the recording of an introductory piece acting as a segue from Sign O' The Times to Play In The Sunshine.


Promotion

The album produced four commercially-released singles, Sign O' The Times (which preceded the album), If I Was Your Girlfriend, U Got The Look and I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man, as well as one promotional release, Hot Thing.

Prince supported the album with a major European tour, titled Sign O' The Times Tour, which focused largely on the album (while missing some of Prince's previous hit singles). Two dates on the tour were filmed and the resulting concert film, Sign O' The Times was released worldwide, focused on the territories where the tour did not travel.

The album reached number 6 on the US Billboard 200 Chart, and number 4 on the Billboard Top Black Albums Chart.



Track listing
CD LP

The compact disc version is a reissue from the LP.

  • Disc 1:
  1. Sign O' The Times (4:56)
  2. Play In The Sunshine (5:05)
  3. Housequake (4:41)
  4. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker (4:02)
  5. It (5:10)
  6. Starfish And Coffee (2:50) 1 
  7. Slow Love (4:22) 2 
  8. Hot Thing (5:39)
  9. Forever In My Life (3:30)
  • Disc 2:
  1. U Got The Look (3:47)
  2. If I Was Your Girlfriend (5:01)
  3. Strange Relationship (4:01)
  4. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (6:28)
  5. The Cross (4:46)
  6. It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night (9:01) 3 
  7. Adore (6:29)

The vinyl long play format is the initial release.

  • Side 1:
  1. Sign O' The Times (4:56)
  2. Play In The Sunshine (5:05)
  3. Housequake (4:41)
  4. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker (4:02)
  • Side 2:
  1. It (5:10)
  2. Starfish And Coffee (2:50) 1 
  3. Slow Love (4:22) 2 
  4. Hot Thing (5:39)
  5. Forever In My Life (3:30)
  • Side 3:
  1. U Got The Look (3:47)
  2. If I Was Your Girlfriend (5:01)
  3. Strange Relationship (4:01)
  4. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (6:28)
  • Side 4:
  1. The Cross (4:46)
  2. It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night (9:01) 3 
  3. Adore (6:29)

All songs written by Prince, except where noted.

1  Lyrics written by Prince and Susannah Melvoin
2  Lyrics written by Prince and Carole Davis
3  Music written by Prince, Dr. Fink and Eric Leeds



Personnel
Musicians


Production
  • Prince - producer, arranger and engineer
  • Susan Rogers - engineer
  • Coke Johnson - engineer
  • Bernie Grundman - mastering
  • Jeff Katz - photography
  • Laura LiPuma - art direction
  • Cavallo, Ruffalo and Fargnoli - personal management


Thanks
  • "Thank U, Susannah, Eric, Susan, Coke, Todd, Brad, Atlanta, Bob, Joe, Steve, Sheena, Carol D. Camille, Jill Jones, Wendy, Lisa, Bobby, Dr. Fink and Mark, Brooks, Wally & Jerome, Mico, Alan Leeds, Karen Krattinger, my friend Gilbert, Rande, Sheila E. Murray & Lillian, Sunset Sound, Paisley Park, Jeff Katz, Bernie G. Clare Fischer, Cubby & the crew, Miles D. Fred M. Lee Phillips, Robbie, Duane Nelson, Abba John & the Treacherous, Laura L. Paris, France, Beth and her cohorts, JiJi, my patient Mother, Mattie, Billy Sparks, Quentin Perry and Mojo, Susan Hale and all the purple boys and girls, soon the boat will sail & take us all away."



Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
 
Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • US and UK press ads published in march and april 1987:

US press advert published in Billboard on 21 March 1987   US press advert published in Billboard on 21 March 1987 (flip side)

Press ad published in 1987   UK press advert published on 14 April, 1987 in the New Musical Express   UK press advert published in Smash Hits

  • A postcard was included in the vinyl issue of the album.
  • Warner Bros. Records had to blur the side of the "Golden Dragon Inc." fortune cookies box in the back on their request on all commercial material, including the Sheet Music book cover, after a first batch of records and promotional items were shipped to retailers. This copyright issue concerned commercial copies of the album in LP, Cassette and CD format, for the USA territory only.
  • The album got 3 award nominations for the 30th Grammy Award ceremony, including "Album Of The Year", but won none of them.
  • At the Minnesota Music Awards, on 12 May, 1988, Prince also received the following awards: Rock/Individuals: Male; R&B/Individuals: Male Vocalist; R&B/Individuals: Guitarist; R&B/Bands: Performing Band; R&B/Bands: Recording; R&B/Bands: R&B Composition (for Sign O' The Times and U Got The Look); Production/Movie/Theatrical (for Sign O' The Times) and Production/Multi Media Scores.

References
1986
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All Albums All Related Artists Albums 1988
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