(Featured Image: The very shiny cover of the new “Super Deluxe” edition of 1999; © Warner Bros./NPG Records.)

When I saw yesterday’s official announcement of the long-rumored deluxe reissue of 1999–the album, to state the obvious, which I’m currently working through on the blog–I realized that my private goal to get started on Purple Rain by the end of the year had become, to put it mildly, complicated. If I’m going to hit a scheduling snag, though, a compilation with two new discs of previously-unreleased material is pretty much the best possible way for that to happen. If you’ve been reading my posts this year, you already know that 1999 is one of my favorite Prince albums: easily in the top three. So it goes without saying that I am very, very excited by this release, and have already spent money I don’t technically have to get my paws on that frankly excessive 10-LP configuration.

But I’m also a blogger, which means that I am duty-bound to turn this exciting new announcement into content. So, much like I did with the deluxe Purple Rain reissue over two years ago, I’ve written down some quick thoughts on the (very, very long) track list, which you can now read on the d / m / s / r Patreon:

Preliminary Thoughts on the New 1999 Reissue

Speaking of Patreon, thanks to Freek Claassen for becoming my 18th patron this week! If you’re interested in joining Freek and supporting the blog for just a dollar a month (or more!), you can sign up from the link above. It really does help me make time for writing, has massively increased my productivity, and starting this week, it will also allow you to read my song posts a week ahead of when I release them to the public! If you don’t care to become a patron–and seriously, no hard feelings if that’s the case–you can also support the blog by preordering 1999 Deluxe using these Amazon affiliate links for the CD, 2-LP, 2-CD, 4-LP, 5-CD/1-DVD, or 10-LP/1-DVD versions of the set. If you (quite reasonably) don’t want to line Jeff Bezos’ already well-laden pockets, that’s fine too; I appreciate all of you just for reading. Patrons, look forward to “777-9311” by Friday night; everyone else, see you next week!

3 thoughts on “Patreon Exclusive: Preliminary Thoughts on the New 1999 Reissue

  1. Yow! 70 Smackers for the 5xCD! At least it wasn’t $100, but… I wannit, I wannit, I wannit. For me THE Prince 3-album arc of triumph was the “Dirty Mind/Controversy/1999″ period. That represented the apex of his New Wave/Funk fusion groove thang. All 12” mixes and enough playing times to give Cabaret Voltaire ideas. This was his moment in the sun …before conquering the planet. Throw two Vault discs of ’81/’82 at me and I’m powerless to resist. No matter what the cost. And the live album will go a long way towards assuaging my pains over missing this tour as it taunted me in 1983.

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    1. Yeah, it is pricey for sure; I’m only buying it because I am bad with money and this project gives me an (albeit flimsy) excuse. But I agree, this period holds a really special place in my heart; I’m a big fan of 86-87 as well, but the scrappy punk-rock/proto-techno minimalism of 80-82 is probably my favorite. Now I just hope we get expanded versions of Dirty Mind and Controversy (with some of that Second Coming footage, s’il vous plait) in the next few years.


  2. Oh, I don’t know about that Second Coming footage! Some things are better left unseen. But my mind melts at what might accompany DLX RMs of “Dirty Mind” and “Controversy.” I suspect that The Machine was not yet in high gear as he still worked in commercial studios, so maybe there might only be 3xCDs for those two. Maybe mixes/rarities and a live CD. It’s obvious that we are definitely simpatico on the best Prince period, then! Talking of video, I would not look askance at a comprehensive video album. That might be a box in itself. Though the period’s penchant for shooting on videotape would limit the end product to DVD. Fine with me. I’ll never have blu-ray®! Hell, I still watch any video on a CRT!

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