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1999 Super Deluxe Edition

Warner Records

I just kept writing.

Building on Warner Bros. Records 2016 release of Purple Rain Deluxe, Prince’s breakthrough album 1999 is his second album to get remastered, this time repackaged into a super deluxe box-set comprising of 5 CDs and 1 DVD. The release was done in partnership with The Prince Estate and forms a collection of some 65 tracks (35 previously unreleased). With disk 1 containing the remaster of the original album, disk 2 features promo versions and edits. Disks 3 and 4 comprise of songs written during 1981 to 1983, showcasing the creative arc of the unreleased work Prince produced around the time of the original album. Kept in their chronological order, Disk 3 contains the vault tracks recorded between  November 1981 to April 1982, and Disk 4 houses those from April 1982 to January 1983.

It was only recently realised that the version of Delirious in the original album is actually an edit, the full 6-minute version was discovered when inventorying the contents of Prince’s vault and is included in disk 4.

Disk 5 is a recording of the second of two shows performed at the Masonic Hall, Detroit, on 30 November 1982 for Prince’s 1999 Triple Threat Tour. The sixth disk is a DVD containing a filmed recording of a previously unreleased show from the same tour, held at the Houston Summit, Texas, on 29 December 1982, the second of two shows performed that day.

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
NPG Records
Distribution
Warner Records
Cover Art/Photo
Prince
Released
0 years, 0 months ago, on 29 November 2019
Running Time
5:52:40
US Chart Peak
Not charted
UK Chart Peak
Not charted

Tracklist

Disk 1: 2019 Remaster

  1. 1999 (6:13)
  2. Little Red Corvette (5:03)
  3. Delirious (4:00)
  4. Let's Pretend We're Married (7:20)
  5. D.M.S.R. (8:17)
  6. Automatic (9:26)
  7. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute) (4:02)
  8. Free (5:07)
  9. Lady Cab Driver (8:17)
  10. All The Critics Love U In New York (5:57)
  11. International Lover (6:37)
Running Time
70:23

Disk 2: Promo Mixes & B-Sides Remastered

  1. 1999 [7" Stereo Edit] (3:36)
  2. 1999 [7" Mono Promo-Only Edit] (3:35)
  3. Free [Promo-Only Edit] (4:35)
  4. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore [1999 B-Side] (3:54)
  5. Little Red Corvette [7" Edit] (3:08)
  6. All The Critics Love U In New York [7" Edit] (3:15)
  7. Lady Cab Driver [7" Edit] (5:05)
  8. Little Red Corvette [Dance Remix Promo-Only Edit] (4:33)
  9. Little Red Corvette [Special Dance Mix] (8:30)
  10. Delirious [7" Edit] (2:38)
  11. Horny Toad [Delirious B-Side] (2:13)
  12. Automatic [7" Edit] (3:39)
  13. Automatic [Video Version] (8:20)
  14. Let's Pretend We're Married [7" Edit] (3:44)
  15. Let's Pretend We're Married [7" Mono Promo-Only Edit] (3:43)
  16. Irresistible Bitch [Let's Pretend We're Married B-Side] (4:14)
  17. Let's Pretend We're Married [Video Version] (4:02)
  18. D.M.S.R. [Edit] (5:05)
Running Time
77:59

Disk 3: Vault Tracks 1

  1. Feel U Up (6:41)
  2. Irresistible Bitch (4:39)
  3. Money Don't Grow On Trees (4:19)
  4. Vagina (3:28)
  5. Rearrange (6:11)
  6. Bold Generation (5:53)
  7. Colleen (5:29)
  8. International Lover (Take 1) [Live In Studio] (7:19)
  9. Turn It Up (5:23)
  10. You're All I Want (3:00)
  11. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute) (3:59)
  12. If It'll Make U Happy (4:11)
  13. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore? (Take 2) (6:11)
Running Time
66:49

Disk 4: Vault Tracks 2

  1. Possessed [1982 Version] (8:47)
  2. Delirious [Full Length] (5:59)
  3. Purple Music (10:58)
  4. Yah, You Know (3:10)
  5. Moonbeam Levels [2019 Remaster] (4:22)
  6. No Call U (4:29)
  7. Can't Stop This Feeling I Got (2:40)
  8. Do Yourself A Favor (9:00)
  9. Don't Let Him Fool Ya (4:34)
  10. Teacher, Teacher (3:36)
  11. Lady Cab Driver / I Wanna Be Your Lover / Head / Little Red Corvette [Tour Demo] (6:59)
Running Time
64:40

Disk 5: Live In Detroit - 30 November 1982

  1. Controversy (5:41)
  2. Let's Work (5:26)
  3. Little Red Corvette (4:17)
  4. Do Me, Baby (7:18)
  5. Head (4:12)
  6. Uptown (2:54)
  7. Keyboard Interlude [Lisa Coleman] (2:15)
  8. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore? (7:03)
  9. Automatic (7:02)
  10. International Lover (8:41)
  11. 1999 (10:24)
  12. D.M.S.R. (8:04)
Running Time
73:21

Disk 6: Live In Houston - 29 December 1982 (DVD)

  1. Controversy (4:54)
  2. Let's Work (5:27)
  3. Do Me, Baby (6:35)
  4. D.M.S.R. (4:46)
  5. Keyboard Interlude [Lisa Coleman] (3:39)
  6. Piano Improvisation (1:38)
  7. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore? (8:14)
  8. Lady Cab Driver (3:02)
  9. Automatic (5:44)
  10. International Lover (9:50)
  11. 1999 (8:08)
  12. Head (6:02)
Running Time
68 minutes

1999 Super Deluxe Edition – review

Enough with Purple Rain Deluxe already: there’s more material in Prince’s vault worthy of the deluxe treatment – and a better album is finally in town. It’s no surprise then, what is perceived as the fans’ favourite, the reissue of 1982’s 1999 is upgraded to Super Deluxe. Meaning that, 6 disks – presented in a beautiful silver and purple slipcase, unboxing 1999 Super Deluxe is a treat all to itself. Having once said he had no desire to create a double album, Prince was inspired and kept on writing. 1982 was an era he was untouchable and what he recorded in the sessions for his fifth album 1999 is the stuff of legend. Its many outakes have been dribbled out over the years but are finally and gloriously reunited, and resurfaced in this super, Super Deluxe, thirty-seventh anniversary edition. With the average Prince fan now well into their 40s, even the price point of 60 GBP can give no cause for grumble. So what’s it like? First and foremost the quality of the remastering showcases the full greatness of the original album 1999. But the real gold in this collection are disks 3 and 4; the Vault tracks – the extra material that didn’t make the final cut back in ’82. Opening with Feel U Up and sliding into Irresistible Bitch, funkier than versions previously released, we arrive at track #3 Money Don’t Grow On Trees, a tune that could have lifted the roof at any concert. Although the real notable tracks are Yah, You Know, Vagina and two standout tracks of the set: Rearrange and Do Yourself A Favor topping a strong field of choice. For me, the mark of a great album are those that stop you in your tracks, paralysing the listener to do nothing than to study the lyrics and absorb every beat and bar of the music – 1999 Super Deluxe is one of those without doubt. Bold Generation and Can’t Stop This Feeling I Got, the genesis of 1990’s Graffiti Bridge, are fabulous too. Collectively the Vault tracks are as good as any regular Prince album. The original versions are each as good as those more famous and familiar but give us greater appreciation for them. For instance, not ever being a fan of Possessed as released in Purple Rain Deluxe, the 1999 Super Deluxe version has turned me into a true believer – it’s fantastic. There are other versions also: Something In The Water, the full length Delirious, a remastered Moonbeam Levels and much more that I should give mention.  The final disks are recordings from the 1999 Tour as soundboard and DVD; both in excellent sound. Although I do harbour two very small gripes with deluxe editions – never one for liking more than one edit of the same song in the same release unless it is an EP – technically the series for me contain one disk I’ll probably never repeat listen to. But remixes are always most welcome. Plus, the two glaring omissions from the tracklist, Extraloveable and Lust U Always excluded, so we are told, due to references of rape, is poor curation of this essential era. Those minor issues aside, we can only hope all future reissues of Prince’s Warner Bros catalogue enjoy the same love as 1999 Super Deluxe. Long may the format continue. 1999 Super Deluxe is the best packaged Prince release to date, filled with 5 hours of ‘Purple Music’ at its absolute finest. Welcome to satisfaction.

1999 Super Deluxe Edition

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