Prince: Preview the New Reissue of ‘Sign O’ the Times’ with Rare Recordings (Pre-Order)


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In late June, the Prince estate announced the upcoming reissue of the legendary entertainer’s 1987 album Sign O’ The Times.

(Click here to pre-order the Sign O’ the Times reissue from our Rock Cellar Store).

On Thursday, a second song was released previewing the reissue: a 1979 recording of “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man,” which was otherwise previously unreleased and is the oldest recording to be included in the new reissue.

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The Prince Estate and @WarnerRecords are pleased to unveil the original recording and handwritten lyrics for "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," a song Prince wrote during the sessions for his 1979 self-titled album. It was recorded at Hollywood Sound Recorders, Studio A on May 23, 1979, and is the oldest recording in the forthcoming Super Deluxe Edition of Sign O' The Times. 🟣 The track was retrieved from the vault by Prince in June 1986 and re-recorded, with Prince adding a guitar solo and updating the sound. That updated version was included on the abandoned Dream Factory and Crystal Ball projects, and was eventually released on Sign O' The Times. 🟣 The new Sign O' The Times expanded reissue will be available September 25 via all physical, digital and streaming partners, with the classic album remastered for the first time. The Super Deluxe edition features 63 previously unreleased tracks and a 2+ hour video of a concert at Paisley Park on December 31, 1987. 🟣 Pre-order and Pre-save the reissue of #PrinceSOTT. Link in bio.

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The first song previewing the reissue was “Witness 4 the Prosecution” — stream that below:

The Sign O’ the Times reissue will be available in 8 CD+DVD and 13 LP+DVD formats, making this a true treasure trove for hardcore fans of Prince’s music and legacy.

Here’s a description of the 8 CD+DVD edition, per Prince’s official site:

Primarily recorded between the end of 1985 and beginning of 1987, the era saw the dissolution of his band The Revolution, the end of his engagement to Susannah Melvoin, and the creation (and ultimate abandonment) of the albums Dream Factory, Camille, and Crystal Ball. By the end of that period of transformation, Prince emerged with one of his most urgent and wide-ranging releases to date — an epochal double album that would be hailed as a creative, critical, and commercial triumph.

The Super Deluxe Edition includes all the audio material that Prince officially released in 1987, as well as 45 previously unissued studio songs recorded between May 1979 and July 1987, and a complete live audio performance from the June 20, 1987 stop on the Sign O’ The Times Tour at Stadium Galgenwaard in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Also included is a brand-new DVD containing the complete, previously unreleased New Year’s Eve benefit concert at Paisley Park on December 31, 1987, which was Prince’s final performance of the Sign O’ The Times Tour stage show and his only on-stage collaboration with jazz legend Miles Davis.

The Super Deluxe Edition set also features a 120-page hardcover book containing Prince’s previously unseen handwritten lyrics for many of the songs from the era, including the hits “U Got The Look,” “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man,” and “Hot Thing,” iconic unseen images from the era taken by Prince’s primary photographer in the mid-1980s to early 90s, Jeff Katz, plus images of archive assets including original analog tape reels and studio tracking sheets.


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