1999 (Super Deluxe) (5CD/1DVD)
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Vinyl, 29 November 2019
- Product Dimensions : 73.41 x 18.39 x 4.7 cm; 409.93 Grams
- Manufacturer : Warner Records
- Original Release Date : 2019
- Run time : 7 hours
- Label : Warner Records
- ASIN : B07XKW23LD
- Number of discs : 6
- Best Sellers Rank: 12,049 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Considered one of the most iconic and influential double albums in rock history, Prince’s 1999 was released at a major turning point in the artist’s career. After years of being relegated to the R&B charts, he experienced his first true crossover moment with the mega-hits “Little Red Corvette,” “1999,” and “Delirious,“ shattering barriers with his revolutionary blend of rock, funk, R&B and new wave pop, and making history by being one of the first black artists to have their videos in heavy rotation on MTV. The songs included on 1999 were just a small sampling of the work that was pouring out of Prince in the intensely prolific period of 1981 and 1982. In addition to his own material, he was also working up tracks that he would give to his protégés Vanity 6 and The Time, and recording dozens of songs that would be stored for possible later use, archiving them in his growing vault of unreleased material. This November 29, The Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Records, will reissue 1999 via all physical, digital and streaming partners, with the timeless album remastered for the very first time, along with 35 previously unreleased tracks from Prince’s legendary vault that showcase the creative flow Prince had tapped into during this era. The 1999 Super Deluxe Edition represents the deepest dive to date into Prince’s vault and includes a total of 65 audio tracks across five CDs and ten 180g vinyl records. The Super Deluxe Edition brings fans all the audio material that Prince officially released in and around 1982, as well as 23 previously unissued studio tracks recorded between November 1981 and January 1983, and a complete live audio performance of the 1999 tour recorded at the late show (the second of two that day) in Detroit, MI on November 30, 1982. The Super Deluxe Edition set also features Prince’s previously unseen handwritten lyrics for several songs from the era, including the hit “Little Red Corvette,” plus images of the analog tape reels from the vault and rare photography from Prince’s early ‘80s photographer, Allen Beaulieu. The Super Deluxe Edition is completed with brand-new liner notes by longtime Rolling Stone critic David Fricke, revered Guns N’ Roses bassist and author Duff McKagan, Minneapolis historian and radio host Andrea Swensson, and Prince scholar Duane Tudahl. Fricke notes, “A landmark collection of vision, craft, and urgency – an unprecedented immersion in the frenetic momentum and private working world of Prince in 1981 and 1982, en route to the profound breakthrough of his fifth studio album, 1999.” The 1999 Super Deluxe Edition shines a forensic light on the creative output of this truly unique musician, songwriter, producer, and performer at a pivotal point in his career and demonstrates why his unsurpassed body of work continues to generate so much love and passion around the world.
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1999 Super Deluxe
The Super Deluxe Edition brings fans all the audio material that Prince officially released in and around 1982, as well as 23 previously unissued studio tracks recorded between November 1981 and January 1983, and a complete live audio performance of the 1999 tour recorded at the late show (the second of two that day) in Detroit, MI on November 30, 1982.In addition, both CD and vinyl sets also boast a brand-new DVD containing another complete, previously unreleased concert from the 1999 tour, recorded in multi-cam live at the Houston Summit on December 29, 1982.The Super Deluxe Edition set also features Prince’s previously unseen handwritten lyrics for several songs from the era, including the hit “Little Red Corvette,” plus images of the analog tape reels from the vault and rare photography from Prince’s early ‘80s photographer, Allen Beaulieu.
The Super Deluxe Edition is completed with brand-new liner notes by longtime Rolling Stone critic David Fricke, revered Guns N’ Roses bassist and author Duff McKagan, Minneapolis historian and radio host Andrea Swensson, and Prince scholar Duane Tudahl.Fricke notes, “A landmark collection of vision, craft, and urgency.
An unprecedented immersion in the frenetic momentum and private working world of Prince in 1981 and 1982, en route to the profound breakthrough of his fifth studio album, 1999."The Super Deluxe Remastered CD album will be shipped for the release date of November 29th.
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Some of the unreleased tracks show why Prince was a master in choosing what to release and what to leave in the vault, but its great to have them as a record of how prolific the man was. Others were worthy of release in their own right. The live concerts have surprisingly good sound quality of their age and are also a great slice of Prince history, seeing the man and the band start to come in to their own as a live act.
Full credit to Warner Records for this release, they've done Prince and their fans proud and I can't wait to see what future re-releases are ahead (Sign O' The Times and The Gold Experience please!!!)
Prince's 1999 was originally released in 1982. The album was released through Warner Bros and was produced by Prince himself. Though there are vocals and the odd bit of instrumentation from the likes of Dez Dickerson and Lisa Coleman, the majority of the instruments on the record were performance by Prince himself. The sound of the album is very similar to the albums Dirty Mind and Controversy with the guitar driven funk and the odd synth pop track. The production was never the best and it showed on songs like Little Red Corvette with was recorded too hot, causing weird audio artifacts etc. It was an album that needed a lot of love.
The 1999 Super Deluxe Edition box-set contains five CDs and a single DVD. The first disc contains the original album, superbly remastered and a lot nicer sounding than the original (and very dated) CD. The second contains a number of b-sides and promo mixes. The third and fourth disc contains an impressive amount of vault material. The fifth disc features a live performance from the 1999 tour, recorded in Detroit on November 30th, 1982. The sixth and final disc is a DVD featuring an old VHS quality performance, a full concert from the same tour. It's a multi-cam show from Houston Summit on December 29th, 1982. All the discs are housed in a thick miniature double gatefold sleeve, all of which come together in a nice hard back slip case.
As mentioned above, the new remastering of 1999 sounds fantastic. Gone is that awkward muddiness that plagues a lot of Prince's 80s albums on CD and in comes a beautifully clear sharp sounding album. It's a huge improvement on the original and it's well worth replacing that tired old CD with the new one. Unfortunately, nothing could be done to improve Little Red Corvette but it at least sounds better. The extra material is the icing on the cake. I'm not fond of the second disc but it's not for the lack of quality. The vault material is utterly fantastic. There's a lot of great funk material that's not quite up to the standard of the 1999 album but more than worthy of a fun compilation album. The live album is really nice to have. It's a true warts and all audio recording. Prince's band sound very tight and extremely energetic. The DVD isn't the best quality but it's got some pretty decent audio and is still very fun to watch.
The 1999 Super Deluxe Edition box isn't quite as impressive as the Sign O' The Times one, but it's pretty great in its own right and a huge improvement on the god awful Purple Rain remaster. It's just a shame that the box-set has been out of stock and super expensive for so long. I'm so glad I caught amazing re-stocked when I did. If you ever have a chance to buy this (for a reasonable price), I couldn't recommend it more.
It is an amazingly funky, outstanding & truly perfect example of P’s genius, the man had no equal, purple mastery in all its glory! 🙌🏻💜