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Sign 'o' the Times (3-Jun-1988)

Director: Prince

Keywords: Music Concert, Rock and Roll

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Sheila E
12-Dec-1957   Child prodigy Latin percussionist
Sheena Easton
27-Apr-1959   My Baby Takes The Morning Train
7-Jun-1958 21-Apr-2016 Purple Rain


Review by anonymous (posted on 13-Nov-2006)

This movie is actually like a concert filmed live. I saw it when it was released, so excuse me if the details are a bit shaky. The concert was (I believe) filmed in Detroit in front of a live and very lively audience who Prince would talk to routinely. In the movie, Prince takes on more of a "James Brown" stage appeal. He has excellent musicians baking him up from a wide variety of backgrounds including Jazz and Gospel. Like James, he talks to his band quite often ("Brooks, I'm feeling like I'm gonna kick somebody's azz!"). His bass player, "Brooks" is off'da chain! This brutha can make rain drops break into rhythm. He calls on his dancer "Cat" quite frequently. She has the moves to keep the viewing men entertained. Other than the hit music performed live, the best part of this movie is Sheila E!!! First off, she's f-f-fine! Second, she's the drummer and she's not "just keeping the rhythm," but she's working the drums like Dave Weckl! She's working two kick drums and plays several solos including one jazz-based and the other pure tight funk! In one song, she and prince change positions, and she leads a rap with prince on the drums (You have to see this to believe it!) I don't believe this movie was ever released on DVD, just VHS. If you get a chance, check it out. I'd like to add this one right along side my "Earth Wind & Fire" concert DVDs.

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