There’s a lot of live Prince out there, but this movie has always been the Holy Grail. When it came out in ’87, I had to finagle a car to see it in a Frankfurt movie theater, and nowadays, it’s not available on region 1 DVD. Sign o’ the Times remains one of Prince’s best albums, and the movie features scorching performances from the tour, including my all-time favorite Prince jam, “It’s Gonna Be a Beautiful Night.” There’s only one Prince movie that’s even better: Under the Cherry Moon.

YouTube has “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man,” below, as well as “If I Was Your Girlfriend.”

Sign o’ the Times. Prince, 1987. *****

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