Prince’s ‘1999’ album gets deluxe reissue with unreleased tracks
The Prince Estate has recently announced that it will reissue a remastered version of the musician’s iconic double album “1999” which was first released in 1982.
This “Super Deluxe Edition” sprawls across five CDs and a DVD or ten LPs and a DVD, featuring B-sides and extended remixes from “1999” as well as 35 previously unreleased tracks.
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On November 29 the Prince Estate, in partnership with @warnerrecords will reissue Prince's landmark album 1999, remastered for the very first time, along with 35 previously unreleased tracks from Prince's legendary vault. • • Considered one of the most iconic and influential double albums in rock history, #Prince1999 was released at a major turning point in Prince's career. After years of struggling to break out of the R&B charts, he scored major crossover hits with "Little Red Corvette" and "1999." The success helped Prince to introduce his iconic Minneapolis Sound to the world: a revolutionary blend of rock, funk, R&B and new wave pop that shattered barriers in the industry. • • The songs on 1999 were just a small sampling of the work pouring out of Prince in this intensely prolific period. In addition to his own material, he was also working up tracks to give to his protégés Vanity 6 and The Time, and storing countless unreleased songs in his vault. • • Many of those unreleased tracks are included in the Super Deluxe Edition of the 1999 reissue, and on November 29 they will be heard by the public for the very first time. • • “I didn’t want to do a double album, but I just kept writing," Prince told @rollingstone in 1982. "I always compare songwriting to a girl walking in the door. You don’t know what she’s going to look like, but all of a sudden she’s there.” • • In addition to the remastered album and studio tracks from the vault, the Super Deluxe Edition includes two complete live performances from the 1999 Tour: an audio recording captured on 11/30/82 in Detroit; and a video recording from 12/29/82 in Houston, presented on DVD. • • The Super Deluxe Edition features Prince's never-before-seen handwritten lyrics from the era, tape reels from the legendary vault, and rare photography from #AllenBeaulieu, plus liner notes by longtime Rolling Stone critic David Fricke, revered Guns N' Roses bassist and author Duff McKagan, and Prince scholars Andrea Swensson and Duane Tudahl.
As Variety points out, most of these unreleased tracks were recorded between November 1981 and January 1983, some of which have since circulated on bootlegs.
Among them are alternate versions of “Something in the Water”, “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore” along with re-recorded versions of “Feel U Up”, “Can’t Stop This Feeling I Got” and “Irresistible B**ch”.
Other highlights from the deluxe edition include the live recording of a late-night concert Prince performed in Detroit on Nov. 30, 1982, and the concert film of a gig at the Houston Summit on Dec. 29, 1982, shot with multiple cameras.
The reissue also comes with a booklet that features images of the analog tape reels from the vault, rare photographs by Allen Beaulieu, as well as Prince’s unseen handwritten lyrics for several songs dating from 1981 and 1982.
The accompanying book also includes new liner notes that were authored by Guns N’ Roses’ bassist Duff McKagan, Prince scholar Duane Tudahl, radio host Andrea Swensson, and critic David Fricke.
The “Super Deluxe Edition” of “1999” will arrive on Nov. 29 via Warner Records.
Since the artist’s death in 2016, the Prince Estate has released several albums from his catalog, including a deluxe edition of “Purple Rain”, “Piano & a Microphone 1983” and the collection “Originals”. JB
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