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Évidemment avec ses plus de huit heures de musique, on se dit que cette réédition Super Deluxe de Sign O the Times s’adresse avant tout aux fans hardcore de Prince. Mais comme ce titanesque travail d’édition concerne l’un des plus grands albums du maître de Minneapolis, elle peut aussi servir de porte d’entrée aux novices. Sachant enfin que la star enregistrait quasiment en permanence toute la musique qu’elle jouait, ces huit heures peuvent paraître bien chétives… En 1986, l’album Parade est porté par Kiss, infernal hit ultra minimaliste qui plafonne au sommet des charts. Le nom de Rogers Nelson conserve une fois encore le haut de l'affiche et la famille princière tourne à travers le monde. Une famille pourtant en crise lorsque Prince dissout son groupe The Revolution pour s'enfermer dans son studio de Paisley Park afin de concocter en solitaire sa neuvième prophétie qui sort en avril 1987 : Sign ‘O’ The Times. Les fidèles amazones – Wendy à la guitare, Lisa au sitar et à la flûte et Sheila E aux percussions – sont les uniques invitées de sa nouvelle féerie blindée d’excès en tous genres. Son funk se minimalise grandement pour atteindre un concentré efficace (The Ballad of Dorothy Parker, Sign ‘O’ The Times, Starfish and Coffee) et opte rarement pour la soul d'antan (Slow Love). Le cerveau de Prince est plus que jamais en fusion et les idées se ramassent à la pelle à l'image de The Cross, hallucination sly stonienne aux saveurs arabisantes. Soul, funk, jazz, rhythm’n’blues, rock, pop, Sign ‘O’ The Times dynamite en fait toutes les frontières stylistiques.

Cette gargantuesque édition Super Deluxe qui sort à l’automne 2020 propose déjà l’album d’origine remastérisé par le grand spécialiste Bernie Grundman. Côté bonus, les inévitables versions edit des singles et leurs faces B, versions maxi et même dub, sont toutes là. Clou du spectacle, 63 pistes inédites regroupées sous la bannière Vault Tracks. Surtout, 45 prises studios jamais entendues ! Pas vraiment des rogatons puisqu’à l’origine, Prince envisageait un Sign O the Times de 22 chansons, ce que refusera Warner Bros qui ne lui accordera qu’un double album… Dans cette marmite, des bribes de ses projets avortés The Dream Factory, Camille, Crystal Ball et The Dawn, des compositions écrites pour Miles Davis, Sheila E., Joni Mitchell ou Bonnie Raitt, et tout un tas d’autres raretés comme Can I Play With U? avec Miles Davis. Bref, un nombre improbable de pièces pour tenter de finir le puzzle Prince. Encore faim ? Cette réédition comprend aussi un live époustouflant enregistré à Utrecht le 20 juin 1987. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Sign O' The Times 2020 Remaster
00:04:56

Prince, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020, 1987 NPG Records, Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.

2
Play In The Sunshine 2020 Remaster
00:05:05

Prince, Writer, MainArtist

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020, 1987 NPG Records, Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.

3
Housequake 2020 Remaster
00:04:39

Prince, Writer, MainArtist

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020, 1987 NPG Records, Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.

4
The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker 2020 Remaster
00:04:03

Prince, Composer, MainArtist

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020, 1987 NPG Records, Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.

5
It 2020 Remaster
00:05:09

Prince, Writer, MainArtist

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020, 1987 NPG Records, Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.

6
Starfish And Coffee 2020 Remaster
00:02:50

Susannah Melvoin, Composer - Prince, Composer, MainArtist

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020, 1987 NPG Records, Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.

7
Slow Love 2020 Remaster
00:04:22

Prince, Writer, MainArtist - Carole Davis, Writer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020, 1987 NPG Records, Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.

8
Hot Thing 2020 Remaster
00:05:38

Prince, Writer, MainArtist

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020, 1987 NPG Records, Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.

9
Forever In My Life 2020 Remaster
00:03:31

Prince, Writer, MainArtist

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020, 1987 NPG Records, Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.

DISQUE 2

1
U Got The Look 2020 Remaster
00:03:46

Prince, Writer, MainArtist

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020, 1987 NPG Records, Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.

2
If I Was Your Girlfriend 2020 Remaster
00:05:03

Prince, Writer, MainArtist

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020, 1987 NPG Records, Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.

3
Strange Relationship 2020 Remaster
00:04:01

Prince, Writer, MainArtist

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020, 1987 NPG Records, Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.

4
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man 2020 Remaster
00:06:28

Prince, Writer, MainArtist

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020, 1987 NPG Records, Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.

5
The Cross 2020 Remaster
00:04:48

Prince, Composer, MainArtist

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020, 1987 NPG Records, Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.

6
It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night 2020 Remaster
00:09:01

Prince, Writer, MainArtist - Eric Leeds, Writer - Matt Fink, Writer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020, 1987 NPG Records, Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.

7
Adore 2020 Remaster
00:06:34

Prince, Writer, MainArtist

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020, 1987 NPG Records, Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company.

DISQUE 3

1
Sign O' The Times (Edit) 2020 Remaster
00:03:40

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Engineer, Writer, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Eric Leeds, Saxophone - Atlanta Bliss, Trumpet - Coke Johnson, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1999 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

2
La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Edit) 2020 Remaster
00:03:21

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - LEE HERSCHBERG, Mastering Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer - Sheena Easton, Writer - Dave Friedlander, Mastering Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1978, 1979,1980,1982,1984,1985,1987,1988,1990,1991,1992,1993 Warner Records Inc.

3
La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Highly Explosive) 2020 Remaster
00:10:46

Prince, Arranger, Vocals, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - LEE HERSCHBERG, Mastering Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer - Sheena Easton, Writer - Dave Friedlander, Mastering Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

4
If I Was Your Girlfriend (Edit) 2020 Remaster
00:03:46

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Engineer, Writer, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Camille, Lead Vocals - Eric Leeds, Saxophone - Atlanta Bliss, Trumpet - Coke Johnson, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

5
Shockadelica 2020 Remaster
00:03:30

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - LEE HERSCHBERG, Mastering Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer - Dave Friedlander, Mastering Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1978, 1979,1980,1982,1984,1985,1987,1988,1990,1991,1992,1993 Warner Records Inc.

6
Shockadelica (12" Long Version) 2020 Remaster
00:06:12

Prince, Writer, MainArtist - Prince & The New Power Generation, Performance

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

7
U Got the Look (Long Look) 2020 Remaster
00:06:40

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Engineer, Writer, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Camille, Vocals - Sheena Easton, Vocals - Sheila E., Drums, Percussion - Eric Leeds, Saxophone - Atlanta Bliss, Trumpet - Coke Johnson, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 Warner Records Inc. Paisley Park, distributed by Warner Records Inc., A Warner Communications Company

8
Housequake (Edit) 2020 Remaster
00:03:22

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Engineer, Writer, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Camille, Lead Vocals - Eric Leeds, Saxophone - Atlanta Bliss, Trumpet - Coke Johnson, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 Warner Records Inc. Paisley Park, distributed by Warner Records Inc., A Warner Communications Company

9
Housequake (7 Minutes MoQuake) 2020 Remaster
00:07:11

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Engineer, Writer, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Camille, Lead Vocals - Eric Leeds, Saxophone - Atlanta Bliss, Trumpet - Coke Johnson, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

10
I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (Fade) 2020 Remaster
00:03:38

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Engineer, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Coke Johnson, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

11
Hot Thing (Edit) 2020 Remaster
00:03:40

Junior Vasquez, Editor - Shep Pettibone, Remixer - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Writer, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Michael Hutchinson, Engineer - Eric Leeds, Saxophone

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 Warner Records Inc. Paisley Park, distributed by Warner Records Inc., A Warner Communications Company

12
Hot Thing (Extended Remix) 2020 Remaster
00:08:32

Junior Vasquez, Editor - Shep Pettibone, Remixer - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Writer, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Michael Hutchinson, Engineer - Eric Leeds, Saxophone

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

13
Hot Thing (Dub Version) 2020 Remaster
00:06:52

Junior Vasquez, Editor - Shep Pettibone, Remixer - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Writer, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Michael Hutchinson, Engineer - Eric Leeds, Saxophone

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1987 Warner Records Inc. Paisley Park, distributed by Warner Records Inc., A Warner Communications Company

DISQUE 4

1
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (1979 Version) 2020 Remaster
00:03:12

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Bob Mockler, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

2
Teacher Teacher (1985 Version) 2020 Remaster
00:03:07

Lisa Coleman, Producer - Wendy Melvoin, Producer - Prince, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - David Tickle, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

3
All My Dreams 2020 Remaster
00:07:23

Lisa Coleman, Vocals - Wendy Melvoin, Vocals - Prince, Producer, Vocals, Instruments, MainArtist - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - "Peggy Mac" McCreary, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

4
Can I Play With U? (feat. Miles Davis) 2020 Remaster
00:06:39

Prince, Producer, Vocals, Instruments, MainArtist - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Miles Davis, Trumpet, FeaturedArtist - Eric Leeds, Saxophone - Coke Johnson, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

5
Wonderful Day 2020 Remaster
00:03:47

Lisa Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals - Wendy Melvoin, Guitar, Vocals - Prince, Producer, Vocals, Instruments, MainArtist - Coke Johnson, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

6
Strange Relationship 2020 Remaster
00:06:41

Lisa Coleman, Producer, Vocals - Wendy Melvoin, Producer, Vocals - Prince, Vocals, Instruments, MainArtist - David Tickle, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

7
Visions 2020 Remaster
00:02:18

Lisa Coleman, Producer, Piano - Prince, MainArtist - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

8
The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker With Horns; 2020 Remaster
00:04:56

Susannah Melvoin, Background Vocals - Prince, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Instruments, MainArtist - Clare Fischer, Horn - Eric Leeds, Saxophone

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

9
Witness 4 The Prosecution (Version 1) 2020 Remaster
00:03:59

Susannah Melvoin, Background Vocals - Lisa Coleman, Organ, Background Vocals - Wendy Melvoin, Guitar, Background Vocals - Prince, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Eric Leeds, Saxophone - Atlanta Bliss, Trumpet

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

10
Power Fantastic (Live in Studio) 2020 Remaster
00:07:18

Lisa Coleman, Composer, Piano - Wendy Melvoin, Composer, Guitar - Prince, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Instruments, MainArtist - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Eric Leeds, Flute - Atlanta Bliss, Trumpet - Bobby z, Drums

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

11
And That Says What? 2020 Remaster
00:01:50

Lisa Coleman, Piano - Prince, Producer, Drums, Vocals, MainArtist - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Eric Leeds, Saxophone - Atlanta Bliss, Trumpet - Matt Fink, Keyboards

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

12
Love And Sex 2020 Remaster
00:04:11

Prince, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Bass, MainArtist - Coke Johnson, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

13
A Place In Heaven (Prince Vocal) 2020 Remaster
00:02:57

Lisa Coleman, Vocals - Wendy Melvoin, Background Vocals - Prince, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Piano, MainArtist - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

14
Colors 2020 Remaster
00:01:01

Wendy Melvoin, Instruments - Prince, Producer, MainArtist - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

15
Crystal Ball (7" Mix) 2020 Remaster
00:03:29

Susannah Melvoin, Background Vocals - Prince, Producer, Vocals, Instruments, MainArtist - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Clare Fischer, Orchestral Arranger

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

16
Big Tall Wall (Version 1) 2020 Remaster
00:05:58

Prince, Producer, Vocals, Instruments, MainArtist - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

17
Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A 2020 Remaster
00:02:33

Lisa Coleman, Lead Vocals - Wendy Melvoin, Background Vocals - Prince, Producer, MainArtist - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

18
In A Large Room With No Light 2020 Remaster
00:03:27

Lisa Coleman, Background Vocals, Instruments - Wendy Melvoin, Background Vocals, Instruments - Prince, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - Sheila E., Background Vocals, Instruments - NORbert Stachel, Instruments - Eric Leeds, Instruments - Atlanta Bliss, Instruments - Coke Johnson, Engineer - David Z, Engineer - Levi Seacer, Instruments

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

DISQUE 5

1
Train 2020 Remaster
00:04:22

Prince, Producer, Vocals, Instruments, MainArtist - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Todd Herreman, Assistant Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

2
It Ain't Over 'Til The Fat Lady Sings 2020 Remaster
00:02:21

Lisa Coleman, Grand Piano - Wendy Melvoin, Instruments - Prince, Producer, Vocals, Instruments, MainArtist - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Clare Fischer, Orchestra - Eric Leeds, Instruments - Atlanta Bliss, Instruments - Todd Herreman, Assistant Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

3
Eggplant (Original Prince Vocal) 2020 Remaster
00:05:18

Lisa Coleman, Instruments - Wendy Melvoin, Instruments - Prince, Producer, Vocals, Instruments, MainArtist - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Eric Leeds, Horn - Atlanta Bliss, Horn - Todd Herreman, Assistant Engineer

© 2020 NPG Records, Inc., Under Exclusive License to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2020 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

Descriptif de l'album

Évidemment avec ses plus de huit heures de musique, on se dit que cette réédition Super Deluxe de Sign O the Times s’adresse avant tout aux fans hardcore de Prince. Mais comme ce titanesque travail d’édition concerne l’un des plus grands albums du maître de Minneapolis, elle peut aussi servir de porte d’entrée aux novices. Sachant enfin que la star enregistrait quasiment en permanence toute la musique qu’elle jouait, ces huit heures peuvent paraître bien chétives… En 1986, l’album Parade est porté par Kiss, infernal hit ultra minimaliste qui plafonne au sommet des charts. Le nom de Rogers Nelson conserve une fois encore le haut de l'affiche et la famille princière tourne à travers le monde. Une famille pourtant en crise lorsque Prince dissout son groupe The Revolution pour s'enfermer dans son studio de Paisley Park afin de concocter en solitaire sa neuvième prophétie qui sort en avril 1987 : Sign ‘O’ The Times. Les fidèles amazones – Wendy à la guitare, Lisa au sitar et à la flûte et Sheila E aux percussions – sont les uniques invitées de sa nouvelle féerie blindée d’excès en tous genres. Son funk se minimalise grandement pour atteindre un concentré efficace (The Ballad of Dorothy Parker, Sign ‘O’ The Times, Starfish and Coffee) et opte rarement pour la soul d'antan (Slow Love). Le cerveau de Prince est plus que jamais en fusion et les idées se ramassent à la pelle à l'image de The Cross, hallucination sly stonienne aux saveurs arabisantes. Soul, funk, jazz, rhythm’n’blues, rock, pop, Sign ‘O’ The Times dynamite en fait toutes les frontières stylistiques.

Cette gargantuesque édition Super Deluxe qui sort à l’automne 2020 propose déjà l’album d’origine remastérisé par le grand spécialiste Bernie Grundman. Côté bonus, les inévitables versions edit des singles et leurs faces B, versions maxi et même dub, sont toutes là. Clou du spectacle, 63 pistes inédites regroupées sous la bannière Vault Tracks. Surtout, 45 prises studios jamais entendues ! Pas vraiment des rogatons puisqu’à l’origine, Prince envisageait un Sign O the Times de 22 chansons, ce que refusera Warner Bros qui ne lui accordera qu’un double album… Dans cette marmite, des bribes de ses projets avortés The Dream Factory, Camille, Crystal Ball et The Dawn, des compositions écrites pour Miles Davis, Sheila E., Joni Mitchell ou Bonnie Raitt, et tout un tas d’autres raretés comme Can I Play With U? avec Miles Davis. Bref, un nombre improbable de pièces pour tenter de finir le puzzle Prince. Encore faim ? Cette réédition comprend aussi un live époustouflant enregistré à Utrecht le 20 juin 1987. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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