A previously unheard work-in-progress version of Forever In My Life has been released, previewing the upcoming reissue of Prince’s classic Sign O’ The Times. Take a listen above.
The ‘early’ vocal take is exactly that – recorded in the early hours of the morning. Prince’s then-fiancee, Susannah Melvoin said of the version in a statement: “He had been up all night and he came upstairs. It was like 7:00 in the morning and he grabbed my hand and said ‘follow me’, and so I followed him downstairs. The sun was coming through the stained-glass windows and he pressed play, and that song came on and I looked at him and I got teary-eyed. And that was it. He didn’t have to say anything.”
The reissue, alongside a remastered edition of the album, comes with a vast collection of unreleased tracks. Comprising eight CDs (or a whopping 13 LPs) and a DVD, the Super Deluxe Edition of Sign O’ The Times packs a total of 63 previously unreleased tracks; 45 of which are studio recordings.
Notably, these tracks comprise music that Prince had intended “for three aborted albums conceived in 1986”, according to superdeluxeedition.com. Other tracks, consisting of B sides, singles mixes and edits include alternate versions and takes of songs such as Strange Relationship, The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker and Forever In My Life.
Two unreleased live gems have also been unearthed for the reissue: the first, a 1987 concert recording set in Utrecht, the Netherlands; and the second, a concert film from Prince’s New Year’s Eve 1987 show at Paisley Park, featuring a cameo from Miles Davis.
Additionally, a 120-page hardcover book – with a foreword written by Lenny Kravitz – will collect lyrics handwritten by Prince, previously unseen photographs and liner notes by audio engineer Susan Rogers, comedian Dave Chappelle and Minneapolis music scene commentator Andrea Swensson.
The Super Deluxe Edition of Sign O’ The Times comes in various formats, from a 2-LP album to the aforementioned 13-LP, 1-DVD boxset. Learn more at store.prince.com.
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