Sign o' the Times is the ninth studio album by American recording artist Prince. The album is the follow-up to Parade and is Prince's first album following his disbanding of the Revolution.
The songs were largely recorded during to in sessions for albums Prince ultimately aborted: Dream Factorythe pseudonymous Camilleand finally the triple album Crystal Ball. Sign o' the Times ' music encompasses a varied range of styles, including funksoulpsychedelic popelectroand rock. In addition, many songs on the album feature minimal instrumentation, and use of the Fairlight CMIa then state-of-the-art digital sampler.
Sign o' the Times ' release was supported by several singles, among them the socially conscious " Sign o' the Times " and " If I Was Your Girlfriend "; in addition to a well-received concert film of the same name. Sign o' the Times peaked at number six on the Billboard Writing for The Rolling Stone Album GuideMichaelangelo Matos regarded it as "the most complete example of [Prince's] artistry's breadth, and arguably the finest album of the s".
Prior to the disbanding of The Revolution, Prince was working on two separate projects: The Revolution album Dream Factory and a pseudonymous solo effort, Camille. With the dismissal of The Revolution, Prince consolidated material from both shelved albums, along with some new songs, into a three-LP album to be titled Crystal Ball. As with many of Prince's early s albums, this album features extensive use of the Linn LM-1 drum machine on most songs.
In addition, many songs on the album such as " If I Was Your Girlfriend " feature minimal instrumentation, and use of the Fairlight CMIa then state-of-the-art digital sampler. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Prince used the stock sounds of the Fairlight to create the title track.
Of the album's diverse and varied collection of styles, AllMusic stated that "Prince shows nearly all of his cards here, from bare-bones electro-funk and smooth soul to pseudo- psychedelic pop and crunching hard rocktouching on gospelbluesand folk along the way. Bad Feeling - Mr. Sipp - Knock A Hole In It was known for recording his vocals in the control room area of the studio.
Typically, in the recording process, a vocalist records in the recording booth, separated from the control room by a window or soundproof door. To have privacy during the vocal recording process, Prince usually asked his engineer, Susan Rogersto leave the room.
Rogers recalls:. We'd get the track halfway or three-quarters of the way there and then set him up with a microphone in the control room.
He'd have certain tracks on the multi-track that he would use and he'd do the vocal completely alone. I think that was the only way he could really get the performance. On some occasions, Prince recorded vocals with his back to her. Prince monitored the vocals with a pair of headphones so Prince's recording microphone would not pick up the speakers she would usually have used. Prince typically used a Sennheiser dynamic microphone recommended to him by Stevie Nicks for recording vocals at this stage in his career.
Though Sign o' the Times was regarded as "less polished" than his earlier efforts, Prince points out that "we spent more time and money on Sign o' the Times Hot Thing - Prince - Sign O The Times anything he'd ever done. Much more work went into it. When the project was canceled, "Strange Relationship" was further updated for Camille.
The remaining tracks were recorded between March and December The surviving Camille tracks feature a playful sped-up vocal. Sign o' the Times became Prince's most critically acclaimed record. Some of them he may not even fuck. In a retrospective review, Keith Harris of Blender called Sign o' the Times a "masterpiece" and comments that "never has [Prince's] curiosity about women strayed into so many unpredictable corners.
Music editor Mark Brown called it "the greatest album of all time. Proves there is no limit to what [Prince] can Hot Thing - Prince - Sign O The Times.
InTime Out magazine ranked it as the greatest album of all time. The Times listed Sign o' the Times as the 29th greatest album of all time. All songs written by Princeexcept where noted. The live audience on "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" is credited for backing vocals under the name of "6, wonderful Parisians".
Note: Except Hot Thing - Prince - Sign O The Times the title trackall the singles' music videos are the scenes depicted in the concert film; however, the music video for " U Got the Look " was filmed separately. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the album by Prince.
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