Track from seminal double album Sign O’ The Times
The Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Records, has released “Cosmic Day,” a previously unheard recording from Prince’s legendary vault that will be featured on the expanded reissue of Prince’s iconic Sign O’ The Times out September 25th.
“Cosmic Day” was recorded at Sunset Sound, Studio 3 on November 15, 1986, by engineers Susan Rogers and Coke Johnson. It is possibly the most revered recording in the Super Deluxe collection. While the song had floated among ardent collectors as a small snippet, the full version reveals Prince at his most psychedelic. From the race car ignition sounding intro to the screaming guitar finale, Prince sings about Mermen in the sky and flying in the deep sea.
“In my fantasy world, I always live far away from the public at large, usually on a mountain, sometimes a cloud, and even in an underwater cave,” Prince shares of the track’s inspiration.
Inhabiting his “Camille” vocal throughout, Prince blends synth and real drums, guitars and several keyboard parts which add to the ethereal surrealism of the song.
Although “Cosmic Day” didn’t appear on any of the original configurations for Crystal Ball or Sign O’ The Times, elements from the song were later used by Prince in 1988 during the Lovesexy Tour intermission.
The new Sign O’ The Times expanded reissue will be available this fall via all physical, digital and streaming partners, with the classic album remastered for the very first time. The Super Deluxe edition features 63 previously unreleased tracks, as well as a previously unreleased more than two hour video concert performance from the vault. Physical configurations include 8 CD/DVD and 13 LP/DVD Super Deluxe Edition; 3 CD and 4 LP 180-gram vinyl Deluxe Edition; and remastered 2 CD and 2 LP 180-gram peach vinyl edition.
The first unreleased tracks from Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition were shared in recent weeks; “Witness 4 The Prosecution (Version 1)” and “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (1979 Version)” are now available on all digital download and streaming platforms.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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