Prince: Massive Vault-Raiding Reissue for ‘Sign O’ the Times’

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Super Deluxe Edition of classic 1987 LP contains 45 unreleased studio tracks, full concert recordings, B sides, remixes, and more

The Super Deluxe Edition also includes a 120-page hardcover book containing an array of previously unseen photographs along with Prince’s handwritten lyrics for many of the eras best-known songs, such as “U Got The Look,” “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man,” and “Hot Thing.” The book  features also liner notes from Prince’s friends and collaborators, including comedian Dave Chappelle and musician Lenny Kravitz.

Among the highlights from the vault material — much of it was destined for Prince and the Revolution’s unreleased 1986 album Dream Factory — are the 1979 version of “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man,” a take on “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” with horns, “A Place in Heaven” with Prince’s vocals, and “Can I Play With U?” featuring Miles Davis.

 

All three versions of the Sign O’ the Times reissue will be available on CD, vinyl, digital download and streaming.

(The new Sign O’ the Times set excludes songs such as “Last Heart,” “Sexual Suicide” and “Dream Factory,” which were intended for the original 1987 Dream Factory and Crystal Ball albums but wound up instead on Prince’s 1998 three-CD collection of unreleased songs, which he also named Crystal Ball.)

Prince, ‘Sign ‘O the Times’ 2020 Reissue – Super Deluxe Edition
CD1 / LP1: Remastered Album (Disc 1)
1. “Sign O’ the Times”
2. “Play in The Sunshine”
3. “Housequake”
4. “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker”
5. “It”
6. “Starfish and Coffee”
7. “Slow Love”
8. “Hot Thing”
9. “Forever in My Life”

CD2 / LP2: Remastered Album (Disc 2)
1. “U Got the Look”
2. “If I Was Your Girlfriend”
3. “Strange Relationship”
4. “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man”
5. “The Cross”
6. “It’s Gonna Be a Beautiful Night”
7. “Adore”

CD3 / LP3&4: Single Mixes & Edits
1. “Sign O’ the Times” (7″ Single Edit)
2. “La, La, La, He, He, Hee”(7″ Single Edit)
3. “La, La, La, He, He, Hee” (Highly Explosive) (7″ Single Edit)
4. “If I Was Your Girlfriend” (7″ Single Edit)
5. “Shockadelica”
6. “Shockadelica” (12″ Long Version)
7. “U Got the Look”(12″ Edit)
8. “Housequake”(7″ Single Edit)
9. “Housequake” (7 Minutes MoQuake) (12″ Edit)
10. “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man” (Fade 7″ Edit))
11. “Hot Thing” (7″ Single Edit)
12. “Hot Thing” (Extended Remix)
13. “Hot Thing” (Dub Version)

CD4 / LP5&6: Vault, Part 1
1. “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man” (1979 Version)
2. “Teacher Teacher” (1985 Version)
3. “All My Dreams”
4. “Can I Play With U?” (feat. Miles Davis)
5. “Wonderful Day” (Original Version)
6. “Strange Relationship” (Original Version)
7. “Visions”
8. “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” (With Horns)
9. “Witness 4 the Prosecution” (Version 1)
10. “Power Fantastic” (Live in Studio)
11. “And That Says What?”
12. “Love and Sex”
13. “A Place in Heaven” (Prince Vocal)
14. “Colors”
15. “Crystal Ball” (7″ Mix)
16. “Big Tall Wall” (Version 1)
17. “Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A”
18. “In a Large Room With No Light”

CD5 / LP7&8: Vault, Part 2
1. “Train”
2. “It Ain’t Over ‘Til the Fat Lady Sings”
3. “Eggplant” (Prince Vocal)
4. “Everybody Want What They Don’t Got”
5. “Blanche”
6. “Soul Psychodelicide”
7. “The Ball”
8. “Adonis and Bathsheba”
9. “Forever in My Life” (Early Vocal Studio Run-Through)
10. “Crucial” (Alternate Lyrics)
11. “The Cocoa Boys”
12. “When the Dawn of the Morning Comes”
13. “Witness 4 the Prosecution” (Version 2)
14. “It Be’s Like That Sometimes”

CD6 / LP9&10: Vault, Part 3
1. “Emotional Pump”
2. “Rebirth of the Flesh” (Original Outro)
3. “Cosmic Day”
4. “Walkin’ in Glory”
5. “Wally”
6. “I Need a Man”
7. “Promise to Be True”
8. “Jealous Girl” (Version 2)
9. “There’s Something I Like About Being Your Fool”
10. “Big Tall Wall” (Version 2)
11. “A Place in Heaven” (Lisa Vocal)
12. “Wonderful Day” (12″ Mix)
13. “Strange Relationship” (1987 Shep Pettibone Club Mix)

CD7&8 / LP11-13: Live In Utrecht – June 20, 1987
1. “Intro/Sign O’ the Times”
2. “Play in the Sunshine”
3. “Little Red Corvette”
4. “Housequake”
5. “Girls & Boys”
6. “Slow Love”
7. “Take the “A” Train / Pacemaker / I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man”
8. “Hot Thing”
9. “Four” (Includes Sheila E. Drum Solo)
10. “If I Was Your Girlfriend”
11. “Let’s Go Crazy”
12. “When Doves Cry”
13. “Purple Rain”
14. “1999”
15. “Forever in My Life”
16. “Kiss”
17. “The Cross”
18. “It’s Gonna Be a Beautiful Night”

DVD: Live At Paisley Park – December 31, 1987
1. “Sign O’ the Times”
2. “Play in the Sunshine”
3. “Little Red Corvette”
4. “Erotic City”
5. “Housequake”
6. “Slow Love”
7. “Do Me, Baby”
8. “Adore”
9. “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man”
10. “What’s Your Name Jam”
11. “Let’s Pretend We’re Married”
12. “Delirious”
13. “Jack U Off”
14. “Drum Solo”
15. “Twelve”
16. “Hot Thing”
17. “If I Was Your Girlfriend”
18. “Let’s Go Crazy”
19. “When Doves Cry”
20. “Purple Rain”
21. “1999”
22. “U Got the Look”
23. “Chain of Fools / It’s Gonna Be a Beautiful Night”

 

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