1999: The New Master
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1999: The New Master features vocals from Prince, Larry Graham, Rosie Gaines and rapper Doug E. Fresh, and comprises of six re-recorded versions of the 1982 hit song 1999, issued to mark the turning of the year 1999, and in interest in the song was high due to the impending turn of the Millennium.
Prince recorded 1999: The New Master under his own label in a counter release to Warner Brothers’ own reissue of the original version the previous year. Due to his contract with his former label Warner Brothers, Prince was unable to re-release material recorded during his tenure at the label, unless he produced a new master recording and with different creative input.
Confusingly, this release is credited to Prince and the Revolution despite the original not being written by nor featuring any member of the Revolution (albeit the band has a mention on the artwork of the original album of the same name and this is a nod to that), and is most likely because at the time of this release Prince was known as Prince love symbol had leveraged his birth name and the legacy of Revolution to market his product.
- The Artist Formally Known As Prince
- NPG Records
- NPG Records
- 21 years, 8 months ago on 2 February 1999
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- Orig. Formats
- 1999 (The New Master) (7:09)
- Rosario (1999) [feat. Rosario Dawson] (1:19)
- 1999 [The Inevitable Mix] (5:46)
- 1999 [Keepsteppin] (4:39)
- 1999 [Rosie, Doug.E In A Deep House] (6:23)
- 1999 [Single Edit] (4:30)
- 1999 [Acapella] (5:11)
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