Thursday, September 14, 2006

Sign O' The Times

A little over a week ago I posted some Prince 12"s from 1985's Around The World In A Day album. Today gets you a couple of 12"s from the 1987 follow-up to that record (and probably my favorite Prince album of all) Sign O' The Times. A sprawling double album, it had all of the catchy pop chart material that fans wanted (U Got The Look), and some seriously strange stuff to satisfy those of us looking for some experimentation (Starfish & Coffee/The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker). It was also full of the requisite references to God and sex and love and devotion. And it was wrapped up in a lovely, psychedelic package. Many an hour was spent listening to this record, both sober and under the influence of all manner of things, and it was always all good. I look forward to the day when I can get my hands on a remastered and expanded reissue of this album, with all of it's 12" versions and cool b-sides and rarities. In the meantime enjoy these two ripping slabs of funkiness...

U Got The Look (Long Look) features a memorable cameo from diminutive Scottish funkstress Sheena Easton, as well as some seriously horny lyrics. Let's get to ramming!

Hot Thing (Extended Remix) is one of the funkiest Prince jams ever. Big bumping beats, big horns and plenty of horny add up to a killer late '80s update of James Brown's Sex Machine.

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