“I didn’t want to do a double album, but I just kept writing... 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.” Prince, November 1982
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.
The Deluxe version of this timeless album includes the original release remastered for the very first time and also includes promo mixes and B-sides. The album is pressed on 180G black vinyl.