Petula Clark

A Sign of the Times

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Only slightly disguised as a love song, "A Sign of the Times" was Petula Clark's swinging testament to the ever-changing '60s. Formerly Britain's favorite child flag-waver, Clark showed that the new pop-culture invasion was something to be patriotic about, especially for an older British pop audience only slowly differentiating from the mods vs. rockers riots and long-haired bands. Tony Hatch's orchestration -- complete with chugging rhythm section and punchy, overstated brass, plus a go-go girl background chorus -- suits the changing times perfectly, while Clark belts out the lyrics with her usual robust flair. Surprisingly, "A Sign of the Times" became a bigger hit in America than her homeland, just barely missing the U.S. Top Ten in 1966.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
My Love 1966 Sequel 2:57
The Greatest Hits of Petula Clark 1986 GNP 2:59
Greatest Hits [BR Music] 1990 BR Music 2:55
Dance Like the Devil 1994
Various Artists
Sequel 0:00
No Image 1996 ITC Masters / Intercontinental Records
The Very Best of Petula Clark [Prism 1997] 1997 Prism Platinum 2:58
Her Greatest Hits 1998 2:55
Original Hits 1998 Master Tone Records 2:59
The Classic Collection 1999 Castle Pulse 2:55
Petula Clark [Classic World] 1999 Classic World Productions, Inc. 2:55
Downtown: The Greatest Hits of Petula Clark 1999 Buddha Records 2:55
Anthology: Downtown to Sunset Boulevard 2000 Uptown / Universal 2:58
Sixties EP Collection 2000 Sequel 2:56
Legendary 2000 BMG 2:56
My Love/I Couldn't Live Without Your Love 2000 Sequel 2:56
The Very Best of Petula Clark [Pulse] 2000 Pulse / Sanctuary 2:56
Complete Golden Hits Collection 2001 Castle Music Ltd. 2:55
Groovy 60's 2001
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 2:57
A Year in Your Life: 1960's, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:57
The Ultimate Collection 2002 Sanctuary 2:55
Ultimate Petula Clark 2003 BMG Heritage 2:57
Call Me: The Songs of Tony Hatch 2003 Castle / Sanctuary 2:54
Petula Clark Sings the Sixties [Priceless Collection] 2004 Collectables 2:56
Platinum & Gold Collection 2004 BMG Heritage 2:59
Don't Sleep in the Subway 2005 WMO (Netherlands) / Wonderful Music 2:59
Supersounds from the Superstar 2007 Wounded Bird 2:57
Colour My World: Songs of Tony Hatch 2014
Various Artists
Ace 3:01
Signature Collection: Her Classic Hits 2015 Factory of Sounds 3:00
No Image SEL
Sixties Collection, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Going For A Song 2:57
Summertime: Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, Vol. 9
Various Artists
The 60's Collection
Various Artists
Going For A Song 2:57