Prince‘s 1987 album Sign O’ The Times will be reissued and amongst the formats are two enormous CD and vinyl super deluxe editions that offer a massive 63 previously unreleased tracks, including 45 studio ‘vault’ tracks.
The 45 vault tracks are full of unreleased gems including a 1979 version of ‘I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man‘, two unreleased versions of ‘Strange Relationship‘ (including a Shep Pettibone club remix!), alternate versions of ‘The Ballad of Dorothy Parker‘ and ‘Forever in My Life‘ and a fantastic amount of songs that Prince simply never issued, many of which were destined for three aborted albums conceived in 1986: The Dream Factory, Camille and Crystal Ball. These songs include ‘Rebirth of the Flesh‘, two completely different versions of ‘Witness 4 the Prosecution‘ and ‘Wonderful Day‘
Super Deluxe Edition: • The Super Deluxe Edition contains 92 audio tracks, of which 63 are previously unreleased, including 45 studio tracks from Prince’s legendary Vault. • The Super Deluxe Edition opens with Prince’s iconic album, Sign O’ The Times, dazzlingly remastered for the very first time by Prince’s original mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. • The set also includes an entire previously unreleased audio recording of Prince’s Sign O’ The Times tour performance in Utrecht, Netherlands, on June 20, 1987 • The DVD features a complete previously unreleased recording of Prince’s benefit performance at Paisley Park, December 31st, 1987. The show includes Prince’s only on-stage collaboration with Miles Davis. • Both CD and LP sets are housed in a 12” box, and accompanied by a 12” 120 page hardback book featuring: o Brand new liner notes by: William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of African American Studies, Theater Studies, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University – Daphne Brooks; US comedian Dave Chapelle; audio engineer Susan Rogers; and Minneapolis music scene commentator Andrea Swensson. Foreword by Lenny Kravitz. o Detailed notes on the Vault Tracks by Prince scholar Duane Tudahl o Rare and previously unseen photography by Jeff Katz o Prince’s handwritten lyrics
Deluxe Edition: • Prince’s iconic album, Sign O’ The Times, has been remastered for the very first time by Prince’s original mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. • CD1-2 / LP1-2: Sign O’ The Times album (2020 Remaster) • CD3 / LP3-4: 13x singles mixes and edits, all newly remastered
Remastered album: • Prince’s iconic album, Sign O’ The Times, has been remastered for the very first time by Prince’s original mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. • The new remastered 2LP is being pressed on 180g peach coloured vinyl (for initial run only, then reverting to black vinyl)