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Prince and the Revolution released the Parade album in March 1986, after which, the following Prince projects were conceived, mostly completed, and abandoned: a single LP Dream Factory, a double-LP Dream Factory, the 3-LP Crystal Ball, a musical known as either The Dawn or Dream Factory, and a single LP Camille. Finally, in March 1987, the double-LP Sign O' The Times was released, cherry-picking highlights from most of those projects and adding brand-new material. It is—even for an artist who has gone down in history as one of the most prolific pop musicians of the 20th century—an astonishing volume of work. Even more astonishing is the consistently high quality of the work.

The original Sign O' The Times has long been recognized as Prince's creative zenith, garnering the sort of contemporaneous and retrospective critical admiration that very few double albums have ever claimed. But the fact that this work was the result of a 27-year-old creating at such a fast clip and such a high level is, when you stop and think about it, not just the mark of a genius at the top of his game, but something truly singular.

That uniqueness may bedevil listeners of this Super Deluxe Edition. While the Sign O' The Times album itself is, of course, still an incredible work that benefits immensely from the careful remastering (this album, probably more than any other in Prince's catalog, was in dire need of it), there is no easy way to mentally process its 45 unreleased tracks. They are sequenced in chronological order of recording, which makes sense, as there really is no other simple way the Estate could have presented this work. However—believe it or not—this isn't even everything! Due to licensing restrictions and the fact that many of these tracks exist in multiple versions, there is no way this set could be comprehensive.

So, while this presentation does deny listeners the chance to compile their own versions of the Dream Factory or Camille albums from the unreleased material, it also declines to provide any sort of narrative listening experience. Which is probably for the best. When, in just two years, you can go from the height of the Revolution's powers ("In A Large Room With No Light,""Soul Psychodelicide") through a collaboration with Miles Davis ("Can I Play With U?") and a run of inventive, immersive home-studio creations ("Cosmic Day") and then on to the sounds that would define Lovesexy ("The Cocoa Boys,""Walkin' in Glory"), the only story to tell is one of a prodigy at his most prodigious. With four albums' worth of unreleased material here—nearly all of which is in surprisingly solid sonic condition—your best bet is to proceed slowly, soak it all in, and find your favorites. And, if the original album and 45 unreleased tracks wasn't enough, this set also includes a handful of edits and remixes along with the two b-sides that were released contemporaneously with the album and an absolutely blazing live set from the album's European tour. © Jason Ferguson/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.

DISC 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.

DISC 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

DISC 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.

DISC 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.

Album Description

Prince and the Revolution released the Parade album in March 1986, after which, the following Prince projects were conceived, mostly completed, and abandoned: a single LP Dream Factory, a double-LP Dream Factory, the 3-LP Crystal Ball, a musical known as either The Dawn or Dream Factory, and a single LP Camille. Finally, in March 1987, the double-LP Sign O' The Times was released, cherry-picking highlights from most of those projects and adding brand-new material. It is—even for an artist who has gone down in history as one of the most prolific pop musicians of the 20th century—an astonishing volume of work. Even more astonishing is the consistently high quality of the work.

The original Sign O' The Times has long been recognized as Prince's creative zenith, garnering the sort of contemporaneous and retrospective critical admiration that very few double albums have ever claimed. But the fact that this work was the result of a 27-year-old creating at such a fast clip and such a high level is, when you stop and think about it, not just the mark of a genius at the top of his game, but something truly singular.

That uniqueness may bedevil listeners of this Super Deluxe Edition. While the Sign O' The Times album itself is, of course, still an incredible work that benefits immensely from the careful remastering (this album, probably more than any other in Prince's catalog, was in dire need of it), there is no easy way to mentally process its 45 unreleased tracks. They are sequenced in chronological order of recording, which makes sense, as there really is no other simple way the Estate could have presented this work. However—believe it or not—this isn't even everything! Due to licensing restrictions and the fact that many of these tracks exist in multiple versions, there is no way this set could be comprehensive.

So, while this presentation does deny listeners the chance to compile their own versions of the Dream Factory or Camille albums from the unreleased material, it also declines to provide any sort of narrative listening experience. Which is probably for the best. When, in just two years, you can go from the height of the Revolution's powers ("In A Large Room With No Light,""Soul Psychodelicide") through a collaboration with Miles Davis ("Can I Play With U?") and a run of inventive, immersive home-studio creations ("Cosmic Day") and then on to the sounds that would define Lovesexy ("The Cocoa Boys,""Walkin' in Glory"), the only story to tell is one of a prodigy at his most prodigious. With four albums' worth of unreleased material here—nearly all of which is in surprisingly solid sonic condition—your best bet is to proceed slowly, soak it all in, and find your favorites. And, if the original album and 45 unreleased tracks wasn't enough, this set also includes a handful of edits and remixes along with the two b-sides that were released contemporaneously with the album and an absolutely blazing live set from the album's European tour. © Jason Ferguson/Qobuz

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