Catalog # SAB 193
Release Year 2002
CD Length 77.45
Date/Venue Shelved 1986 Studio Album
Deane's Comments (rates this release 5/5.0)
A real gem. Dream factory is a fantastic album that would have been the Revolution's defining statement had it been released. As it was the band split and and the same thing happened to this album, some songs ending up on Sign "O" the times (albeit in slightly different form to here), some belatedly emerging on the Crystal ball set, while others have amazingly never been released. 'Train' is far better than the version Mavis Staples released, while 'All my dreams' is a true epic and deserved a better fate that to languish in the vaults all these years. The flawless sound of this album ensures its classic status.
Fink's Comments (rates
this release 5/5.0)
An absolutely fantastic release. This configuration was sequenced sometime between June and July 1986 - although it is not the final configuration. I can only imagine what would have happened had this actually been released, as it is Prince and the Revolution at their most creative and at their imaginative peak.
Firstly, you have to remember that Sign O' The Times (the album) hadn't been released or thought about yet, so the forget how the tracks sound on the Sign O' The Times album. Visions is a beautiful solo piano piece by Lisa, Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A (A Place In Heaven backwards) is simply an intro to Dream Factory. Train is an absolutely amazing song and it's a crime it hasn't been released. Interlude is Wendy's guitar solo piece. Strange Relationship is the 'Revolution' version. I Could Never Take The Place is slightly extended during the guitar portion of the song. A Place In Heaven is Lisa's vocal. And finally 'All My Dreams' - surely if there's one song that sums up Prince, Wendy & Lisa's work together at it's most inspirational, imaginative and most clever - it's that.
The material was obviously too good to shelve after the Revolution disbanded, so it's understandable he chose to use some tracks on S.O.T.T. An absolute must have album for any Prince fan. The packaging for this disc is brilliant. The booklet includes a nice 'story of the Dream Factory', taken from The Vault. Sheer class.