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Prince Estate Reveals Massive Sign O’ the Times Deluxe Edition: Stream

Sprawling collection comes with 63 previously unreleased tracks

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Prince, photo by Jeff Katz/The Prince Estate

    Today will feel a lot like Christmas for Prince fans, thanks to the massive new reissue of his seminal album Sign O’ the Times. Hear it in full down below via Apple Music or Spotify.

    Along with a newly remastered version of the funk icon’s 1987 double LP, the expanded set boasts 63 unreleased songs retrieved from the vault, many of which were originally recorded between May 1979 and July 1987. One of those is “Cosmic Day”, a track that dates back to 1986. According to a statement, the song is possibly “the most revered recording” of the entire reissue, as it features Prince fantastically singing about Mermen while using his “Camille” alter-ego, pitched-up vocals and all.

    The new collection also comes with a complete live audio performance from his “Sign O’ The Times Tour”, recorded at his June 20th, 1987 concert at the Stadium Galgenwaard in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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    If that’s not enough, CD and vinyl bundles of the Sign O’ the Times reissue touts a DVD containing Prince’s complete, previously unreleased New Year’s Eve benefit concert at Paisley Park on December 31st, 1987. This show marked The Purple One’s final performance on the “Sign O’ The Times Tour” and featured his only on-stage collaboration with Miles Davis.

    Completing the Super Deluxe Edition box set is a 120-page hardcover book with previously unseen handwritten lyrics, photographs, studio material, and other rarities from the era, along with new liner notes penned by Dave Chappelle, Lenny Kravitz, and longtime engineer Susan Rogers, among others. Grab your copy here.

    In further celebration of this reissue, Jack White’s Third Man Records put out a special 7-inch singles box set as a companion collector’s piece. Limited to just 1,987 copies, it sold out quickly.

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    Sign O’ the Times Super Deluxe Edition Artwork:

    Prince Sign O the Times reissue artwork Prince Estate Reveals Massive Sign O the Times Deluxe Edition: Stream

    Sign O’ the Times Super Deluxe Edition Tracklist:

    CD1 / LP1: Remastered Album (Disc 1)

    01. Sign O’ The Times
    02. Play In The Sunshine
    03. Housequake
    04. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker
    05. It
    06. Starfish And Coffee
    07. Slow Love
    08. Hot Thing
    09. Forever In My Life

    CD2 / LP2: Remastered Album (Disc 2)

    01. U Got The Look
    02. If I Was Your Girlfriend
    03. Strange Relationship
    04. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
    05. The Cross
    06. It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
    07. Adore

    CD3 / LP3&4: Single Mixes & Edits

    01. Sign O’ The Times (7” single edit)
    02. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (7” single edit)
    03. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Highly Explosive) (7” single edit)
    04. If I Was Your Girlfriend (7” single edit)
    05. Shockadelica (“If I Was Your Girlfriend” B-side)
    06. Shockadelica (12” long version)
    07. U Got The Look (Long Look) (12” edit)
    08. Housequake (7” edit)
    09. 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)

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    CD4 / LP5&6: Vault, Part 1

    01. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (1979 version)
    02. Teacher, Teacher (1985 version)
    03. All My Dreams
    04. Can I Play With U? (featuring Miles Davis)
    05. Wonderful Day (original version)
    06. Strange Relationship (original version)
    07. Visions
    08. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker (with horns)
    09. 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

    All tracks previously unreleased

    CD5 / LP7&8: Vault, Part 2

    01. Train
    02. It Ain’t Over ‘Til The Fat Lady Sings
    03. Eggplant (Prince vocal)
    04. Everybody Want What They Don’t Got
    05. Blanche
    06. Soul Psychodelicide
    07. The Ball
    08. Adonis And Bathsheba
    09. Forever In My Life (early vocal studio run-through)
    10l 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

    All tracks previously unreleased

    CD6 / LP9&10: Vault, Part 3

    01. Emotional Pump
    02. Rebirth Of The Flesh (with original outro)
    03. Cosmic Day
    04. Walkin’ In Glory
    05. Wally
    06. I Need A Man
    07. Promise To Be True
    08. Jealous Girl (version 2)
    09. 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)

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    All tracks previously unreleased

    CD7&8 / LP11-13: Live In Utrecht – June 20, 1987

    01. Intro/Sign O’ The Times
    02. Play In The Sunshine
    03. Little Red Corvette
    04. Housequake
    05. Girls & Boys
    06. Slow Love
    07. Take The “A” Train/Pacemaker/I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
    08. Hot Thing
    09. Four
    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

    All tracks previously unreleased

    DVD: Live At Paisley Park – December 31, 1987

    01. Sign O’ The Times
    02. Play In The Sunshine
    03. Little Red Corvette
    04. Erotic City
    05. Housequake
    06. Slow Love
    07. Do Me, Baby
    08. Adore
    09. 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. It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night Medley (featuring Miles Davis)

    All tracks previously unreleased

    Sign O’ the Times 7-Inch Singles Boxed Set Tracklist:

    1A. Sign “O” The Times (Edit)
    1B. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Edit)

    2A. If I Was Your Girlfriend (Edit)
    2B. Shockadelica

    3A. U Got The Look
    3B. Housequake (Edit)

    4A. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Fade)
    4B. Hot Thing (Edit)

    5A. Hot Thing (Edit)
    5B. Hot Thing (Edit)

    6A. The Cross
    6B. Adore

    7A. Witness 4 The Prosecution (Version 1)
    7B. Witness 4 The Prosecution (Version 2)

    Tracks 7A and 7B previously unreleased

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