Prince sign o the times world tour 1987


The wide range of Prince's musicianship comes through much more clearly here than it did in ''Purple Rain,'' with which ''Sign o' the Times'' shares a small degree of silliness, sloppiness and obscurity; for Prince, these things seem to go with the territory. The film highlights Prince's range by shifting abruptly from song to song, with no attempt at any real continuity. There are brief dramatic sections here and there, with members of the troupe performing little sketches as Prince, looking pensive behind his steel-rimmed glasses, takes it all in; these fragments don't exactly hold the film together. But Prince himself does, as master showman, remarkable musician, and skilled ringmaster of this three-ring circus.

Prior to the disbanding of The Revolution, Prince was working on two separate projects: The Revolution album Dream Factory and a pseudonymous solo effort, Camille . [6] Unlike the three previous band albums, Dream Factory included input from the band members and lead vocals by Wendy & Lisa . [6] The Camille project saw Prince create an androgynous persona primarily singing in a sped-up, female-sounding voice. With the dismissal of The Revolution, Prince consolidated material from both shelved albums, along with some new songs, into a three-LP album to be titled Crystal Ball . [7] Warner Bros. baulked at the idea of trying to sell a three-LP album and forced Prince to trim it down to a double album. [8]

Watching a film, a new film, a film without context or the thick weave of association can be diverting, entertaining, even exhilarating. But to wade back into the warm waters of a film you know by heart, of a film you’ve watched through illness, hangovers, breastfeeding, days off, slumber parties, dates, insomnia and deadlines is a quite different experience.


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