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1999

Warner Bros. Records

It took me four albums to get on the cover of Rolling Stone.

Selling 5 million copies worldwide 1999 became the album that propelled Prince to fame, his cross-over album into a white audience, and remains today the favourite of hardcore fans. It is certified Platinum by the RIAA.

The album was written in the summer of 1982, and although Prince wrote all the songs, shown reverse lettering on the cover it is credited to his new backing band The Revolution – the first time his band had been given a name. 1999 was Prince’s first double album (the first five tracks on the first disk, with the remaining six on the second) and also is the Prince album to be pressed to CD: D.M.S.R.2 was omitted due to space constraint in early CD manufacturing technology but is reinstated in later pressings. 1999 is also Prince’s first album for which he employs the use of a drum machine. The album is universally acclaimed; Rolling Stone Magazine listing it 163rd in their top 500 albums of all time. The album originally peaked at number 30 in the US, however, climbed to the number 15 spot in the week following Prince’s death in 2016.

Performers

All Instruments
Prince
Guitar
Dez Dickerson Little Red Corvette

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
Warner Bros. Records
Distributor
Warner Bros. Records
Cover Art
Prince
Released
36 years ago, on 17 October 1982
Running Time
70:35
US Chart Peak
15
UK Chart Peak
9
Prince Album
#5

Tracklist

  1. 1999 [feat. Jill Jones, Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson] (6:22) 1
  2. Little Red Corvette [feat. Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson] (4:58) 1
  3. Delirious (3:56) 1
  4. Let's Pretend We're Married (7:20) 1
  5. D.M.S.R. (8:05) 2
  6. Automatic (9:24)
  7. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute) (4:00)
  8. Free (5:00)
  9. Lady Cab Driver (8:25)
  10. All The Critics Love U In New York (5:55)
  11. International Lover (6:35)

1 Released as singles.
2 Omitted from original CD pressing.

Singles from 1999

1999 single from 1999

1999

Warner Bros. Records

Released
24 September 1982
US Chart Peak
12
UK Chart Peak
2
  1. 1999 [Edit] [feat. Jill Jones, Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson] (3:36)
  2. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore (3:50)
Little Red Corvette single from 1999

Little Red Corvette

Warner Bros. Records

Released
9 February 1983
US Chart Peak
6
UK Chart Peak
2
  1. Little Red Corvette [Edit] [3:08] (feat. Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson)
  2. All The Critics Love U In New York (3:15)
 Delirious single from 1999

Delirious

Warner Bros. Records

Released
17 August 1983
US Chart Peak
8
UK Chart Peak
No Release
  1. Delirious [Edit] (2:38)
  2. Horny Toad (2:12)
Let's Pretend We're Married single from 1999

Let's Pretend We're Married

Warner Bros. Records

Released
23 November 1983
US Chart Peak
52
UK Chart Peak
No Release
  1. Let's Pretend We're Married [Edit] (3:40)
  2. Irresistible Bitch (4:11)

Supporting tour

1999 Triple Threat Tour

1999 Triple Threat Tour

1982/3

  • 87 shows from 11 November 1982 to 10 April 1983

1999 – review

There are some albums that the music cannot be cranked up loud enough and 1999 is one of these albums. Indeed 1999 is considered the favourite album of Prince fans and is also the one that launched Prince into the music mainstream: Little Richard and Rick James was brushed aside amid the wake of 1999 and Prince has never since looked back. Featuring the juggernaut hits Little Red Corvette and of course the title track, the album foreshadows the domination Prince was destined to exert over the next decade of music. 1999 is the fan favorite for D.M.S.R., Let’s Pretend Were Married, Something In The Water (Does not Compute), Lady Cab Driver and the brilliant Automatic. 1999 was twenty years ahead of its time and guarantees it notoriety as the all time club classic and the go-to album for the turn of the Millennium. Because of its fresh and unmistakable sound 1999 has never dated and is ordained to be spun in clubs for decades to come. There is no “out of time” for this party, for this is Prince at his very best and without it the follow up, Purple Rain no less, could never have been written. Laden with grooves that find dancing an all-too a-u-t-omatic reflex to listers “You can dance if you want to” proves an invitation impossible to resist. Music will never be this exciting again.

1999

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