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Prince Estate announces deluxe reissue of 1999

on September 10, 2019, 6:18pm

Prepare to get delirious and party before the millennium again: The Prince Estate and Warner Bros. Records have announced an extensive reissue of The Purple One’s legendary 1982 fifth studio album, 1999. Due for release on November 29th, the album will be remastered for the very first time and include 35 previously unreleased tracks culled from the legendary vault.

These tracks offer a true window into the late legend’s genius leading up to the blockbuster crossover double album. At the time, he had been working on material that would be passed on to his various protégés (see: Vanity 6 and The Time), in addition to stockpiling a number of tunes he planned to use in the future. These tell the full story and should add some context to 1999.

Naturally, as these commemorative releases tend to be rolled out, there are three different versions. There’s the remastered album, which will be available on 2LP 180g Purple vinyl, CD, and all streaming platforms, but then there’s the two Deluxe editions. The standard Deluxe includes the additional tracks over 2 CDs or four LPS, but the Super Deluxe Edition? Hold my beer.

(Read: The Top 10 Definitively Prince Songs)

The Super Deluxe Edition delivers all the audio Prince officially released in and around 1982, 23 previously unissued studio tracks recorded between November 1981 and January 1983, and a complete live performance of the 1999 tour recorded in Detroit, MI on November 30th, 1982. What’s more, both sets include a DVD of his Houston, TX show on December 29th, 1982.

That’s not all, though. The set will also include Prince’s previously unseen handwritten lyrics for several songs from the era, including “Little Red Corvette”, alongside rare photography from Prince’s early ‘80s photographer, Allen Beaulieu. Rolling Stone critic David Fricke, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, radio host Andrea Swensson, and Prince scholar Duane Tudahl penned new liner notes.

Consult the cover artwork and full tracklist below. Update: Also check out a previously unreleased clip of Prince performing “1999” live in Houston in 1982.

In related news, October 29th will bring the release of Prince’s memoir, The Beautiful Ones.

1999 Reissue Artwork:

Prince 1999 Album Artwork

1999 Reissue Tracklist:

Disc 1 – 1999 Remastered Album:
01. 1999
02. Little Red Corvette
03. Delirious
04. Let’s Pretend We’re Married
05. D.M.S.R.
06. Automatic
07. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
08. Free
09. Lady Cab Driver
10. All The Critics Love U In New York
11. International Lover

Disc 2 – Promo Mixes & B-Sides:
01. 1999 (7″ stereo edit)
02. 1999 (7″ mono promo-only edit)
03. Free (promo-only edit)
04. How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore (“1999″ b-side)
05. Little Red Corvette (7″ edit)
06. All The Critics Love U In New York (7” edit)
07. Lady Cab Driver (7″ edit)
08. Little Red Corvette (Dance Remix promo-only edit)
09. Little Red Corvette (Special Dance Mix)
10. Delirious (7” edit)
11. Horny Toad (“Delirious” b-side)
12. Automatic (7″ edit)
13. Automatic (video version)
14. Let’s Pretend We’re Married (7″ edit)
15. Let’s Pretend We’re Married (7″ mono promo-only edit)
16. Irresistible Bitch (“Let’s Pretend We’re Married” b-side)
17. Let’s Pretend We’re Married (video version)
18. D.M.S.R. (edit)

Disc 3 – Vault, Part 1:
01. Feel U Up
02. Irresistible Bitch
03. Money Don’t Grow On Trees
04. Vagina
05. Rearrange
06. Bold Generation
07. Colleen
08. International Lover (Take 1, live in studio)
09. Turn It Up
10. You’re All I Want
11. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute) (Original Version)
12. If It’ll Make U Happy
13. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore? (Take 2, live in studio)

Disc 4 – Vault, Part 2:
1 Possessed (1982 version)
2 Delirious (full length)
3 Purple Music
4 Yah, You Know
5 Moonbeam Levels **
6 No Call U
7 Can’t Stop This Feeling I Got
8 Do Yourself A Favor
9 Don’t Let Him Fool Ya
10 Teacher, Teacher
11 Lady Cab Driver / I Wanna Be Your Lover / Head / Little Red Corvette (tour demo)

** released on the 2016 compilation, 4Ever

Disc 5 – Live In Detroit – November 30, 1982 (Midnight Show)
01. Controversy
02. Let’s Work
03. Little Red Corvette
04. Do Me, Baby
05. Head
06. Uptown
07. Interlude
08. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?
09. Automatic
10. International Lover
11. 1999
12. D.M.S.R.

DVD: Live In Houston – December 29, 1982:
01. Controversy
02. Let’s Work
03. Do Me, Baby
04. D.M.S.R.
05. Interlude – piano improvisation (contains elements of “With You”)
06. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?
07. Lady Cab Driver
08. Automatic
09. International Lover
10. 1999
11. Head (contains elements of “Sexuality”)

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