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Tracklist

19996:22
Little Red Corvette4:58
Delirious3:56
Let's Pretend We're Married7:20
D.M.S.R.8:05
Automatic9:24
Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)4:00
Free5:00
Lady Cab Driver8:25
All The Critics Love U In New York5:55
International Lover6:35

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Notes

Fifth studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on October 27, 1982, by Warner Bros. Records. 1999 was Prince's breakthrough album, but his next album, Purple Rain, would become his most successful. The title track was a protest against nuclear proliferation and became his first top ten hit in countries outside the United States.

The album was his first top ten album on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States (peaking at number 9, besting that peak at number 7 after his death in 2016) and became the fifth best-selling album of 1983 overall, eventually being certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA.

The first CD edition omitted "D.M.S.R." due to a 64-minute length limit imposed by the major CD manufacturers at the time. The track was included beginning in 1991. Meanwhile, all cassette copies moved "Free" to appear after "D.M.S.R" to close the first side. A 1LP version omitting 4 songs was issued in various countries across South America, Europe and Asia in 1983 and reissued worldwide as part of Record Store Day 2018; its cassette variant, which added "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore" and "D.M.S.R.", has as of 2019 not been reissued.

Singles taken from "1999":
Little Red Corvette
1999
Delirious
Little Red Corvette / 1999
Dance Music Sex Romance a UK released 12", Promo
Automatic a Australian released 7" Single
Delirious / Let's Pretend We're Married US released 7", Singles

Related releases:
Selections From 1999 a US released 12", 45 RPM, Promo
Twelve Inches On Tape cassettes

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    Cover of 1999, 1982-10-27, Vinyl1999
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    • wearegroot's avatar
      wearegroot
      Mine has flat discs and sounds really nice . . . hmmmm. Bass hits great, highs are present and surprisingly full of life even though almost every sounds is synthesized, and guitar sounds live in my room. I have no complaints. It's no Sign o' the Times, but what is?!
      • REENO's avatar
        REENO
        The Estate REALLY needs to re-press this boxed set, as 2nd hand prices are close to $500, and there is still huge demand for this.
        • AverageJoeVinyl's avatar
          Edited 8 days ago
          I picked this up today as part of Walmart's Black Friday ($15 vinyl) sale.

          It sounded a little muddy to me at first, but sounded better once I turned the treble up higher than I usually have it. The first 3 sides were super quiet: no pops or clicks. However, side 4 has a LOT of crackling during "Lady Cab Driver." I'll have to see if an ultrasonic cleaning takes care of it.

          This new pressing doesn't have the original gatefold sleeve. The clear vinyl is pretty, but I'm not sure why they added the "white smoke" effect. It just makes the record look scratched (as you can see in the photos).

          Both of my inner sleeves were slightly split when I took them out of the cover for the first time, so I put the LPs in new antistatic sleeves.

          Disc 1 was slightly warped, but not enough to affect playback.

          Lastly, I seem to have a little piece of black fuzz pressed into one of my LPs. It's not on the surface, but INSIDE the record, and can't be removed. It doesn't affect playback, but it's a cosmetic flaw that's impossible not to notice.

          For a brand-new pressing, the quality control sure is questionable.
          • MisterLoser's avatar
            MisterLoser
            Discs warped, mastering sounds like wet noodles. When I'm in the kitchen cooking and hearing it from the other room it's fine, but when I'm in the same room as my system I'm struck by how lifeless this incredible music sounds on this pressing.
            • dpfrag's avatar
              dpfrag
              Not sure if it's just the recordings or it's the masters for these 80's and early 90's CDs but the sound hear so hard to listen to. If you listen to 'Little Red Corvette' there is so much harsh crunchy clipping and it's so tinny. Same on the 'Hits 2' release...

              Is there a consensus on what versions of Prince albums sound best (original vinyl, new vinyl, newer CD etc etc).

              CHEERS!
              • Ruiner123's avatar
                Ruiner123
                My copy of this album no longer plays International Lover. The disc has no scratches at all but for whatever reason, the last track skips and stops as if it were damaged. I'm assuming it was a factory issue that got worse over time.
                • isaacmusicman's avatar
                  Edited 18 days ago
                  Album Revolution #3: Since 1978, "Prince's" musical ambitions have been getting bigger and bigger, and by 1982 they started to pay off...Enter "1999"...We all know that "Purple Rain" may have made Prince a superstar, but 1999 got him super-noticed! Why? Well, while everyone was just about into the "New Wave stuff", "Prince" took things much further....."Sly Stone", "Stevie Wonder", even 'Smokey Robinson" tried to flirt with "Electo-Funk"..... "Prince" grabbed ahold of it and put it into grand use! The album starts off with the title track (Also including "Revolution" members "Dez Dickerson", "Lisa Coleman" & friend and vocalist "Jill Jones"), which shows how ambitious "Prince's" music was becoming...Even at the end, with drums and guitars, while asking "Mommy, why is everybody on the bomb?"...Hmmmm...."Little Red Corvette" was the second single, and became an instant classic!!!! This also had vocals with "Dez" and "Lisa", and was the first video that "Prince" had on "MTV"...."Delirious" was one of those quirky jams he did from time to time, this one good enough to be a hit....The rest of the album was the most ambitious part..."Let's Pretend We're Married" was part "Minneapolis", part "Electro Funk"...I feel like it kind of got out of hand at the end though (I used to revel in it back in the days though, just a different person now)...."D.M.S.R". was just a straight "Minneapolis Funk" fest, with a gang of background vocals..."Automatic" was another ambitious joint, with help from "The Revolution"...."Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)" was another quirky jam...Pure "Electro Funk"..."Free" was cool, but it kinda threw the album off just a little bit to me..."Lady Cab Driver" was my Crown Jewel of the album...The guitar and drums on this one was right in the pocket...."All The Critics Love U In New York" was another quirky joint that would have your head bob... "International Lover" rounds out the album nicely, being that classic slow jam "Prince" was becoming known for...This was some the most creative music I ever heard! The only thing I would say, and I know people will get mad at me, but the sexual references are little to much for me personally (They were cool when I was younger, but now, not so much)...But I get it, he was also a different person back then too, but it didn't stop this from being is a straight up PRINCE CLASSIC!!!!!!
                  • Keyszd's avatar
                    Keyszd
                    This looks to be the same remastering as https://www.discogs.com/release/14462421-Prince-1999 which was credited as having great sound. I think the only difference is the weight is 150g vs 180g. Can anyone tell? I doubt it was remastered again by Bernie Grundman only 2 years later after the 2019 version
                    • gryphonmacthoy's avatar
                      Listening to the promo mixes & b-sides records, there is a lot to be desired. For one thing, the tracking order put the more important selections towards the inside of the tracking. For another, the levels are all really low. Like, half of what the original releases were. The result is a muddy and garbled quality that's oddly tiresome to listen to.So far the best example of both of these problems is the last track on side 6, "Little Red Corvette (Special Dance Mix). It sounds terrible compared to the original release on 12" 45 rpm, and that's an OLD and worn out record in my collection. Honestly, and I hate to say it, but I really wasted my money on this; rather go get the digital download. It sounds better than these vinyl pressings.
                      • AZNRGcollectables's avatar
                        On my pressing Side A had some mild weaving grooves, but they were not audible.
                        Nothing on the remaining three sides was similar.
                        This does not feel like 180 Gram, but you won't care, as the pressing is clean throughout, and sounds very good. Playing back on a Stanton stylus, you know which one. Trip the light fantastic.....

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