Secrets of Prince's 'Sign O' the Times' Shared on Rhino Podcast

A deep dive into the making of one of Prince's greatest albums with historian Duane Tudahl.
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Fans are going wild for the deluxe edition of Prince's legendary 1987 album Sign O' the Times. On the latest episode of the Rhino Podcast, released Sept. 28, historian and author Duane Tudahl - who's helped the artist's estate uncover some of the greatest treasures in the vault - pulls back the curtain to show how this project came together.

Tudahl joins podcast host Rich Mahan to share some of the stories behind one of Prince's most creative fertile periods, coalescing into the double album fans and critics regard as one of his greatest. The new Sign O' the Times super deluxe edition, released Sept. 25, collects the remastered album, rare B-sides and remixes, 45 unreleased tracks and two live shows from the era across eight CDs or 13 LPs and a DVD. The accompanying hardcover book includes rare photos, handwritten lyrics and track-by-track notes from Tudahl on the unreleased material, alongside essays and recollections from Dave Chappelle, Lenny Kravitz and Daphne A. Brooks, professor of African American and theater studies at Yale University.

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This Rhino Podcast episode is the perfect complement to the official Prince Podcast's ongoing Sign O' the Times miniseries. Hosted by Andrea Swensson of Minneapolis' 89.3 The Current (and author of another essay in the box set), this weekly eight-episode series details the creation of the record as seen through the eyes of Prince's collaborators, including Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman of former backing band The Revolution, saxophonist Eric Leeds and engineer Susan Rogers.

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