[LIVE Signs] -- First things first: I will agree to disagree with just about anyone regarding the status of Prince's 1987 double studio LP, Sign 'O' the Times. The album has many staunch defenders, but I feel it could have been better with some judicious editing (i.e., pruning it back to a single platter would have more effectively showcased Prince's genius). That's simply a matter of personal preference, really. But whatever one thinks of the studio release, and whatever you think of me for my opinion, we can probably agree that the concert film released that same year is a tour de force. It wasn't exactly a box office success, but VHS sales the following year propelled its popularity and fueled many positive reviews. SKY Magazine even suggested that it "was the greatest concert movie ever made" (Wikipedia entry without citation).
- "Sign o' the Times"
- "Play in the Sunshine"
- "Little Red Corvette"/"Housequake"
- "Slow Love"
- "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man"
- "Hot Thing"
- "Now's the Time" (Charlie Parker cover by the band excluding Prince)
- Drum solo by Sheila E.
- "U Got the Look"
- "If I Was Your Girlfriend"
- "Forever in My Life"/"It"
- "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night"
- "The Cross"
Twelve of the thirteen songs are live, on stage performances; "U Got the Look" is actually a promo video.
And this week's Flashback? It's the entire concert film courtesy of YouTube:
Flashback: "If you go to only one concert this year. The Prince movie is the one!"
That's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.
I'll see you in seven!