Prince: The Story of Sign O' The Times, the complete series

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Prince, The Story of Sign O' The Times
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  • Prince: The Story of Sign O' The Times, Episode 2 41:54
  • Prince: The Story of Sign O' The Times, Episode 3 30:33
  • Prince: The Story of Sign O' The Times, Episode 4 31:23
  • Prince: The Story of Sign O' The Times, Episode 5 34:00
  • Prince: The Story of Sign O' The Times, Episode 6 31:06
  • Prince: The Story of Sign O' The Times, Episode 7 32:46
  • Prince: The Story of Sign O' The Times, Episode 8 35:48

Prince: The Story of Sign O' The Times is an audio documentary series brought to you by The Current in collaboration with the Prince Estate, Paisley Park, and Warner Records.

You can listen to the complete eight-episode series using the audio player above. You can also find it on your favorite podcasting platform.

Episode 1: It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night

Prince was always two steps ahead of the rest of the world, so to tell the story of Sign O' The Times, we actually need to start a couple years earlier, at the moment when Prince and The Revolution were riding high. They'd just wrapped up the wildly successful Purple Rain Tour, selling 1.7 million tickets; they'd already released a follow-up album, Around the World in a Day; and were hard at work on their next soundtrack and film. | See the complete episode transcript

Episode 2: The Dream Factory

We visit Galpin Boulevard in Chanhassen, Minn., the place where Prince lived starting in the winter of the end of 1985, and he had a home studio there, and that is where he recorded many of the songs that are on Sign O' The Times. | See the complete episode transcript

Episode 3: The Quake

This episode tells the story of an earthquake — an actual earthquake, not just a "Housequake" — and the composition of the song "Sign O' The Times." | See the complete episode transcript

Episode 4: Strict and Wild and Pretty

We start this episode hearing from Lisa Coleman, keyboard player in the Revolution and close friend and collaborator of Prince's in the prolific era that led up to the creation of Sign O' The Times. We hear from nearly everyone who played in a band with Prince in 1986, including members of The Revolution, members of his side projects, and members of what would become his new band — a precursor to his ever-evolving New Power Generation. That band solidified on New Year's Eve, 1986, and debuted on the Sign O' The Times Tour. | See the complete episode transcript

Episode 5: It Be's Like That Sometimes

We explore many of the unreleased tracks from Prince's vault that are included on the new Super Deluxe Reissue of Sign O' The Times, songs that Prince was tracking between the breakup of his hit-making band, The Revolution, and the completion of Sign O' The Times. | See the complete episode transcript

Episode 6: Pop Goes The Music

We get to the part of the story where Prince assembles his new live band, releases the album, and dazzles audiences all across Europe with his Sign O' The Times Tour. | See the complete episode transcript

Episode 7: Peach and Black

In this episode, we're going to talk about Prince's epic Sign O' The Times Tour, which swept across Europe in May and June of 1987 and was filmed for the concert movie Sign O' The Times. This is the tour that introduced Prince's first post-Revolution band to the world, and he would emerge as the enthralling bandleader of a dazzling and much more theatrical stage show. | See the complete episode transcript

Episode 8: Can I Play With U?

For our final episode, we're going to dig into the story behind the video footage in the Sign O' The Times reissue — the full, remastered, re-edited footage of Prince and his Sign O' The Times band performing at his newly opened complex, Paisley Park, including an unforgettable appearance by the great Miles Davis. | See the complete episode transcript