45 unreleased Prince studio tracks to be included in reissue of Sign O’ The Times

Part of the material was said to be for “three aborted [Prince] albums conceived in 1986”

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The Prince estate has announced a massive reissue of the late musician’s Sign O’ The Times double album from 1987. Along with a remastered edition of Prince’s ninth studio album, a vast collection of unreleased tracks from the late musician’s vaults will be included on the Super Deluxe Edition.

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. Take a listen to the unreleased track, Witness 4 The Prosecution (Version 1), below.

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 photograph 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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