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How "Sign O' The Times" evolved


Summer 1986 planned LP/2-LP PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION: DREAM FACTORY
    LP configuration late April 1986:
  1. Visions 2.19 [Lisa Coleman solo piano recording 15 April 1986; released 1990 as "Minneapolis #1" on a bonus CD with Wendy & Lisa's "Eroica"]
  2. Dream Factory 3.06 [recorded mid-Dec 1985; released on CRYSTAL BALL set, 1998]
  3. It's a Wonderful Day [recorded 30 Jan 1986; unreleased]
  4. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker [recorded 15 March 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  5. Big Tall Wall [recorded mid-April 1986; unreleased]
  6. And That Says What? [recorded 20 March 1986; unreleased]
  1. Strange Relationship [recorded 1982 & early 1986] [a reworked version was released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  2. Teacher, Teacher [recorded summer 1982 & early 1986; unreleased]
  3. Starfish and Coffee [recorded 20 April 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987, with an added alarm clock intro]
  4. A Place in Heaven [recorded 27 March 1986; unreleased]
  5. Sexual Suicide [recorded 10 Aug 1985; a slightly different version was released on CRYSTAL BALL set, 1998]
    2-LP configuration 3 June 1986:
  1. Visions 2.19 [Lisa Coleman solo piano recording 15 April 1986; released 1990 as "Minneapolis #1" on a bonus CD with Wendy & Lisa's "Eroica"]
  2. Dream Factory 3.06 [recorded mid-Dec 1985; released on CRYSTAL BALL set, 1998]
  3. It's a Wonderful Day [recorded 30 Jan 1986; unreleased]
  4. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker [recorded 15 March 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  5. It 5.10 [recorded 11 May 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]

  6. Strange Relationship [recorded 1982 & early 1986] [a reworked version was released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  7. Teacher, Teacher [recorded summer 1982 & early 1986; unreleased]
  8. Starfish and Coffee [recorded 20 April 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987, with an added alarm clock intro]
  9. Interlude [Wendy Melvoin solo guitar recording May 1986; unreleased]
  10. In a Large Room with No Light [recorded 4 May 1986; unreleased]
  11. Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A [recorded sometime between April and early June 1986; unreleased]
  12. Sexual Suicide [recorded 10 Aug 1985; a slightly different version was released on CRYSTAL BALL set, 1998]
  1. Crystal Ball 10.28 [recorded 17 April 1986; released on CRYSTAL BALL set, 1998]
  2. Power Fantastic [recorded 19 March 1986; released on THE HITS/THE B-SIDES, 1993, without the instrumental intro]

  3. Last Heart 3.00 [demo recorded 12 Jan 1986; released on CRYSTAL BALL set, 1998]
  4. Witness 4 the Prosecution [recorded 27 March 1986, with band overdubs 15 April 1986; unreleased]
  5. Movie Star 4.25 [recorded 27 March 1986; released on CRYSTAL BALL set, 1998]
  6. A Place in Heaven [recorded 27 March 1986; unreleased]
  7. All My Dreams [recorded 28 April 1985; originally intended for PARADE; unreleased]
    2-LP configuration 18 July 1986:
  1. Visions 2.19 [Lisa Coleman solo piano recording 15 April 1986; released 1990 as "Minneapolis #1" on a bonus CD with Wendy & Lisa's "Eroica"]
  2. Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A [recorded sometime between April and early June 1986; unreleased]
  3. Dream Factory 3.06 [recorded mid-Dec 1985; released on CRYSTAL BALL set, 1998]
  4. Train [recorded 7 July 1986; unreleased, but a reworked version was released on MAVIS STAPLES: TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE, 1989]
  5. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker [recorded 15 March 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  6. It 5.10 [recorded 11 May 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]

  7. Strange Relationship [recorded 1982 & early 1986] [a reworked version was released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  8. Slow Love 4.18 [recorded 4 June 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  9. Starfish and Coffee [recorded 20 April 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987, with an added alarm clock intro]
  10. Interlude [Wendy Melvoin solo guitar recording May 1986; unreleased]
  11. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man 6.31 [recorded 1982, reworked 16 July 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987, slightly shortened]
  1. Sign O' the Times 4.57 [recorded 15 July 1986; a slightly different version was released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  2. Crystal Ball 10.28 [recorded 17 April 1986; released on CRYSTAL BALL set, 1998]
  3. A Place in Heaven [Lisa Coleman lead vocal] [recorded 27 March 1986; unreleased]

  4. Last Heart 3.00 [demo recorded 12 Jan 1986; released on CRYSTAL BALL set, 1998]
  5. Witness 4 the Prosecution [recorded 27 March 1986, with band overdubs 15 April 1986; unreleased]
  6. Movie Star 4.25 [recorded 27 March 1986; released on CRYSTAL BALL set, 1998]
  7. The Cross 4.46 [recorded 13 July 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  8. All My Dreams [recorded 28 April 1985; originally intended for PARADE; unreleased]
late 1986/early 1987 planned LP CAMILLE: CAMILLE
    LP configuration 5 Nov 1986:
  1. Rebirth of the Flesh [recorded 28 Oct 1986; unreleased]
  2. Housequake 4.38 [recorded 18 Oct 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  3. Strange Relationship 4.04 [recorded 1982/1985 & remixed Oct-Nov 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  4. Feel U Up 6.30 [recorded 27 Oct 1986; released as B-side of Partyman, 1989]
  1. Shockadelica 6.12 [recorded 16 Sep 1986; released as B-side of If I was Your Girlfriend, 1987]
  2. Good Love 5.11 [recorded 30 Oct 1986; released on BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY soundtrack, 1988 & as a slightly different edit on CRYSTAL BALL set, 1998]
  3. If I Was Your Girlfriend 4.54 [recorded 2 Nov 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987, with an added 15 sec intro seague]
  4. Rockhard in a Funky Place 4.32 [recorded 28 Oct 1986; released on "BLACK ALBUM"] (planned cat #: Warner Bros 1-25543)
early 1987 planned 3-LP CAMILLE: CRYSTAL BALL
    3-LP configuration 30 Nov 1986:
  1. Rebirth of the Flesh [recorded 28 Oct 1986; unreleased]
  2. Play in the Sunshine [recorded 22 Nov 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987, without intro gunshot and different segue from Rebirth of the Flesh]
  3. Housequake 4.38 [recorded 18 Oct 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  4. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker [recorded 15 March 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]

  5. It 5.10 [recorded 11 May 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  6. Starfish and Coffee [recorded 20 April 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987, with an added alarm clock intro]
  7. Slow Love 4.18 [recorded 4 June 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  8. Hot Thing 5.39 [recorded 6 Aug 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  1. Crystal Ball 10.28 [recorded 17 April 1986; released on CRYSTAL BALL set, 1998]
  2. If I Was Your Girlfriend 4.54 [recorded 2 Nov 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987, with an added 15 sec intro seague]
  3. Rockhard in a Funky Place 4.32 [recorded 28 Oct 1986; released on "BLACK ALBUM"]

  4. The Ball [recorded 28 July 1986; unreleased, but re-recorded 11 Dec 1987 as "Eye No" and released on LOVESEXY]
  5. Joy in Repetition [recorded 17 July 1986; released on GRAFFITI BRIDGE, 1990]
  6. Strange Relationship 4.04 [recorded 1982/1985 & remixed Oct-Nov 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  7. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man 6.31 [recorded 1982, reworked 16 July 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987, slightly shortened]
  1. Shockadelica 6.12 [recorded 16 Sep 1986; released as B-side of If I was Your Girlfriend, 1987]
  2. Good Love 5.11 [recorded 30 Oct 1986; released on BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY soundtrack, 1988 & as a slightly different edit on CRYSTAL BALL set, 1998]
  3. Forever in My Life 3.38 [recorded 7 Aug 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  4. Sign O' the Times 4.57 [recorded 15 July 1986; a slightly different version was released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]

  5. The Cross 4.46 [recorded 13 July 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  6. It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night 8.59 [recorded live 25 Aug 1986 at Le Zénith, Paris, overdubs recorded 22 Nov 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]
  7. Adore (Until the End of Time) [recorded 19 Nov 1986; released on SIGN O' THE TIMES, 1987]


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Last update 2017-01-03.


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