Sign O The Times is Prince's ninth album. It is one his most critically acclaimed records and produced three top ten singles. It features a mixture of styles, including pop, funk, dance, rock and jazz.
Compared to previous albums, it features a stripped back sound, featuring distorted guitars, the Linn LM-1 and the Fairlight keyboards. New synthesizers on this album include the Ensoniq Mirage and the Sequential Prophet VS.
Prince toured Sign O The Times from May to June 1987 with a new, unnamed band. Prince also filmed a concert movie with this band in Europe and Paisley Park.
The Black Album was recorded around the same time as Sign O The Times so is included on this page. It was released as Prince's sixteenth album in 1994.
Sign O The Times was recorded between March and December 1986 at Sunset Sound studios, Prince's Galpin Boulevard home studio and Le Zenith, Paris.
For details of the instruments used by the Revolution on "It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night", see the Parade page.
The Black Album was recorded between October 1986 and March 1987 at Sunset Sound and Galpin Boulevard, using similar equipment to the Sign O The Times sessions. "When 2 R In Love" was recorded in October 1987 at Paisley Park. See the Lovesexy page for more information about this session.
Clean guitar parts were recored through a Countryman 85 DI direct into the mixing board. Distorted guitar parts were recorded through a Mesa/Boogie Mark II/Bag End D12-M rig with Shure SM57 and Sennheiser MD421 microphones.