|Sign of the Times|
|Studio album by The Rubettes|
|Genre||Pop rock, rock & roll, Country rock|
42:02 (with bonus tracks)
|Label||State Records/Polydor Records|
|Producer||The Rubettes, Alan Blakley|
|The Rubettes chronology|
Sign Of The Times is the fourth studio album by the English band The Rubettes. It was released on the State Records label in June 1976.The album represented a significant change in direction for the band, as it was the first not produced by Wayne Bickerton and Tony Waddington - instead the Rubettes took on production responsibilities themselves, with Alan Blakley (formerly of the Tremeloes) as co-producer. The band made the decision due to the disappointing sales of their previous two Bickerton/Waddington singles and the desire to forge new musical directions.
The Rubettes were an English pop band put together of studio session musicians in 1973 by the songwriting team of Wayne Bickerton, then the head of A&R at Polydor Records, and his co-songwriter, Tony Waddington, after their doo-wop and 1950s American pop-influenced songs had been rejected by a number of existing acts. Waddington paired the group with manager John Morris, the husband of singer Clodagh Rodgers and under his guidance, the band duly emerged at the tail end of the glam rock movement, wearing trademark white suits and cloth caps on stage. Their first release, "Sugar Baby Love" was an instant hit remaining at number one in the United Kingdom for four weeks in May 1974, while reaching number 37 on the US chart that August, and remains their best-known record. Subsequent releases were to be less successful, but the band continued to tour well into the 2000s with two line-ups in existence.
State Records is a British independent record label, established by Wayne Bickerton, Tony Waddington and John Fruin in 1975. The label released hits by many successful artists including The Rubettes, Mac & Katie Kissoon and Delegation.
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The Rubettes were a four-piece band by the time Sign Of The Times was recorded, as keyboardist Bill Hurd departed earlier in 1976. Tony Thorpe took over keyboard duties in the studio.
The album contained two singles, both released in advance - the only UK single release "You're The Reason Why" and the non-UK A-side "Julia".
In 1992, Dice Records (France) released the Rubettes' third and fourth albums (Rubettes and Sign Of The Times) as a double CD set.In 2012 Cherry Red Records issued the album on CD. In 2015, Caroline Records released the album Sign Of The Times, with two bonus tracks, as part of a box CD set of the Rubettes' first five studio albums.
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