April’s Album Club on Thursday 28th April 8pm BST will feature Prince, Sign o’ the Times. Following on from 1986’s Parade, Sign o the Times is the first release from Prince after three albums with The Revolution. The departure from his band allowed Prince even more freedom in the studio and time to experiment. The album itself is a contrast of emotions, upbeat with a heavy nod to the dancefloor. Listening back to the album now, it is still fantastic in all the right ways, perhaps not as immediately gratifying as Purple Rain, but an album that feels like it was laboured over and given the attention it deserves.
In advance of the meeting, Colleen will send out a ‘Musical Lead-Up Playlist’ of 10 songs – music that will set the tone for the deep album listening featuring Prince’s inspirations and other bands in their milieu at that time.
At the meeting, itself, Colleen tells the story behind the album for about 20 minutes and then we listen to the album in its entirety without interruption following our listening guidelines – phones off and no talking. To be clear, its up to you to source whichever copy of the album you can get your hands on – streaming online, CD, vinyl – whatever it is. We don’t broadcast the album over Zoom as you won’t have a great listening experience.
After the album finishes we reconvene and have a discussion about the album and our listening experience.
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We hope you can join us and thanks for listening!