The 1987 release of Sign '☮' the Times was an amazing summation of Prince's music from the beginning of his career up to that album. In this second double-LP, the first being 1999, he explored pop, funk, jazz, rock, R&B, and Hip-Hop on 16 tracks.
The album was reworked after Prince's band, The Revolution, disbanded in 1986. The remnants of the former group are head in many of the tracks. Several songs were remnants of other albums such as Dream Factory, Camille, and the first version of Crystal Ball. In fact, the following eight songs that ended up on Sign '☮' the Times were to be a part of Dream Factory.
- I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
- Sign O' The Times
- Slow Love
- Starfish And Coffee
- Strange Relationship
- The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker
The arrangement of the songs had a seamless flow as the album unfolded, reminiscent of the flow of 1999. You just couldn't put it down! Each song was truly a GOOD song, great in some instances. Side one has a completely different vibe from side two. I played the album so much that I had to repurchase it on two cassette tapes, then had to get it on CD because of overuse.
Thirty years later, I still appreciate this album and am still in awe of all of its amazingness.