Friday, March 30, 2012

sign "☮" the times

Prince left the Revolution behind to produce a minimalistic manifesto with this double-album patchwork quilt of funk, soul, rap, pop, rock, jazz, blues, and gospel. 'Sign “☮” the Times' combines music from 'Dream Factory' which was conceived for the Revolution, his 'Crystal Ball' project, and a solo project called 'Camille'. Prince wanted to make it a triple-album; but Warner Brothers forced him to trim it down. Utilizing drum machine loops and digital samplers to produce the sped up voice of his alter ego Camille; as well as working with Sheena Easton, Sheila E, as well as Wendy & Lisa; he runs the gamut from his apocalyptic vision of the state of the world through an exploration of personal identity and ultimately finding redemption through love and spirituality. 'Sign “☮” the Times' went to number six on the US album chart and number four in the UK.

'I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man' went to number ten on the US pop chart.

"It hurt me so bad when she told me
with tears in her eyes
He was all she ever had and now she wanted 2 die
He left her with a baby and another one on the way
She couldn't stop cryin'
Cause she knew he was gone 2 stay
She asked me if we could be friends
And I said, oh, honey baby that's a dead end
U know and I know that we wouldn't be satisfied
And I said, baby don't waste your time
I know what's on your mind
U wouldn't be satisfied with a one night stand
And I could never take the place of your man"

'The Cross'
"Black day, stormy night
No love, no hope in sight
Don't cry, he is coming
Don't die without knowing the cross"

'Sign “☮” the Times' 
full album:'+The+Times

Sign 'O' the Times from PRINCE on Myspace.

All songs written and composed by Prince, except where noted

Side 1
"Sign o' the Times" – 4:57
"Play in the Sunshine" – 5:05
"Housequake" – 4:42
"The Ballad of Dorothy Parker" – 4:01
Side 2
"It" – 5:09
"Starfish and Coffee" (Prince, Susannah Melvoin) – 2:50
"Slow Love" (Prince, Carole Davis) – 4:22
"Hot Thing" – 5:39
"Forever in My Life" – 3:30
Side 3
"U Got the Look" (featuring Sheena Easton) – 3:47
"If I Was Your Girlfriend" – 5:01
"Strange Relationship" – 4:01
"I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" – 6:29
Side 4
"The Cross" – 4:48
"It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" (Prince, Doctor Fink, Eric Leeds) – 9:01
"Adore" – 6:30

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