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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sign 'O' The Times (1987)

SIGN 'O' THE TIMES was Prince's ninth album and originally filmed over 3 different performances at a concert in The Netherlands but subsequently almost totally reshot (at least 75%) at studios in Minnesota when the concert footage was deemed unusable. Since the concert consisted almost entirely of the album SIGN 'O' THE TIMES, unfortunately many of Prince's signature hits are eliminated including When Doves Cry, 1999, Kiss and Let's Go Crazy though Little Red Corvette gets the shortest passing nod. But what remains is the man himself ... Prince, one of the most charismatic, creative and exciting pop/rock performers of the latter half of the 20th century and he doesn't disappoint. He also directed the film and as long as he sticks to the concert, it's first rate but he's added little scenes, the briefest of faux dramas that are intrusive to the flow of the film. Some of the musical highlights include Hot Thing and I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man. With the drummer Sheila E. and Sheena Easton who duets with Prince on U Got The Look.

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