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Prince / 1999 super deluxe reissue offers a wealth of unreleased material

Six physical formats • 5CD+DVD super deluxe • 10LP+DVD vinyl box • two CDs or 4LPs worth of unreleased ‘vault’ tracks • Live material


Warner Records will reissue Prince‘s fifth studio album 1999 in November across six different physical formats, including a 5CD+DVD super deluxe and 10LP+DVD set, both of which feature 35 previously unreleased audio tracks.

The 1982 album, which features the hits ‘1999,’ ‘Little Red Corvette’ and ‘Delirious’ was a major turning point in Prince’s career, delivering top 10 singles in the pop charts in both sides of the Atlantic (albeit in Britain it was via a double A-side reissue). The groundwork was effectively laid for even bigger success with Purple Rain (which was re-released in 2017).

The reissue of the 1999 album is more ambitious than the already very good Purple Rain set. As well as the remastered album, the 5CD+DVD super deluxe offers two further discs of previously unreleased ‘vault’ material (23 tracks in total), a CD of seven-inch versions and promo edits, a complete live audio performance from the 1999 tour and a DVD containing another complete, previously unreleased concert from the 1999 tour.

Vinyl fans can rest easy (although not their wallets) since the entire 65 tracks of audio on the CD super deluxe is being released as a massive 10LP vinyl box. And the good news is you get the DVD as well (sense prevails).

I have listened to ALL the bonus ‘vault’ audio on this set and there’s some incredible songs and recordings on here, including the early 1982 version of ‘Possessed’ (the later recording has already been a bonus track on the Purple Rain reissue), the full unedited six minute version of ‘Delirious’, an recording of B-side ‘Irresistible Bitch,’ live in the studio takes of ‘International Lover’ (sung without the falsetto) and ‘How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?’ and of course loads of completely unreleased songs such as ‘Money Don’t Grow On Trees,’ ‘Rearrange,’ ‘Bold Generation,’ ‘Purple Music,’ ‘You’re All I Want’ and, er, ‘Vagina’. Most of this was recorded in and around 1982.

The live audio performance comes from the late midnight show in Detroit from 30 November 1982. The early show has circulated amongst fans but apparently this later show has never leaked. The DVD offers the 29 December show (recorded in multi-cam) live at the Houston Summit.

As well as the two big sets (5CD+DVD and 10LP+DVD) Warner are also offering a two-CD edition which pairs the remastered album with the disc of seven-inch edits. This version is also available as a 4LP set. While the edits are welcome in the bigger sets, this being the only bonus material on the ‘mid-range’ offerings should all but ensure everyone opts for the super deluxe! As is always the way, the standard (double) remastered album is available as a single CD and a 2LP vinyl set. All the vinyl sets are black vinyl, except the 2LP edition which is pressed on purple vinyl.

Prince / 1999 5CD+DVD box set
Prince’s 1999 reissue in 5CD+DVD packaging (click image to enlarge)


As a correction to what was previously stated, the 1999 5CD+DVD super deluxe isn’t actually a large format book but is presented as in a small box. Each disc is held in a separate gatefold sleeve and these slot into the box, alongside a 48-page perfect bound booklet. The booklet has images of tape reels from the vault, rare photos and new sleeve notes from David Fricke, Duff McKagan, Andrea Swensson and Duane Tudahl. The two big sets are distinguished by revamped silver cover artwork. The 2CD, 4LP, CD and 2LP stick with the purple background.

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1999 5CD+DVD super deluxe

CD1 / Remastered Album

1 1999
2 Little Red Corvette
3 Delirious
4 Let’s Pretend We’re Married
5 D.M.S.R.
6 Automatic
7 Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
8 Free
9 Lady Cab Driver
10 All The Critics Love U In New York
11 International Lover

CD2 / Promo Mixes & B-Sides

1 1999 (7″ stereo edit)
2 1999 (7″ mono promo-only edit)
3 Free (promo-only edit)
4 How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore (“1999″ b-side)
5 Little Red Corvette (7″ edit)
6 All The Critics Love U In New York (7” edit)
7 Lady Cab Driver (7″ edit)
8 Little Red Corvette (Dance Remix promo-only edit)
9 Little Red Corvette (Special Dance Mix)
10 Delirious (7” edit)
11 Horny Toad (“Delirious” b-side)
12 Automatic (7″ edit)
13 Automatic (video version)
14 Let’s Pretend We’re Married (7″ edit)
15 Let’s Pretend We’re Married (7″ mono promo-only edit)
16 Irresistible Bitch (“Let’s Pretend We’re Married” b-side)
17 Let’s Pretend We’re Married (video version)
18 D.M.S.R. (edit)

CD3 / Vault, Part 1

1 Feel U Up
2 Irresistible Bitch
3 Money Don’t Grow On Trees
4 Vagina
5 Rearrange
6 Bold Generation
7 Colleen
8 International Lover (Take 1, live in studio)
9 Turn It Up
10 You’re All I Want
11 Something In The Water (Does Not Compute) (Original Version)
12 If It’ll Make U Happy
13 How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore? (Take 2, live in studio)

All tracks previously unreleased

CD4 / Vault, Part 2

1 Possessed (1982 version)
2 Delirious (full length)
3 Purple Music
4 Yah, You Know
5 Moonbeam Levels **
6 No Call U
7 Can’t Stop This Feeling I Got
8 Do Yourself A Favor
9 Don’t Let Him Fool Ya
10 Teacher, Teacher
11 Lady Cab Driver / I Wanna Be Your Lover / Head / Little Red Corvette (tour demo)

All tracks previously unreleased except **, released on the 2016 compilation, 4Ever

CD5 / Live In Detroit – November 30, 1982 (midnight show)

1 Controversy
2 Let’s Work
3 Little Red Corvette
4 Do Me, Baby
5 Head
6 Uptown
7 Interlude
8 How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?
9 Automatic
10 International Lover
11 1999
12 D.M.S.R.

All tracks previously unreleased

DVD / Live In Houston – December 29, 1982*

1 Controversy
2 Let’s Work
3 Do Me, Baby
4 D.M.S.R.
5 Interlude – piano improvisation (contains elements of “With You”)
6 How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?
7 Lady Cab Driver
8 Automatic
9 International Lover
10 1999
11 Head (contains elements of “Sexuality”)

All tracks previously unreleased

*N.B. video content is exclusive to the physical DVD and will not appear on digital download or streaming versions of the Super Deluxe Edition set.

1999 10LP+DVD box set

Side 1
1. 1999 (2019 Remaster)
2. Little Red Corvette (2019 Remaster)
3. Delirious (2019 Remaster)

Side 2
1. Let’s Pretend We’re Married (2019 Remaster)
2. D.M.S.R. (2019 Remaster)

Side 3
1. Automatic (2019 Remaster)
2. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute) [2019 Remaster]
3. Free (2019 Remaster)

Side 4
1. Lady Cab Driver (2019 Remaster)
2. All The Critics Love U In New York (2019 Remaster)
3. International Lover (2019 Remaster)

Side 5
1. 1999 (7″ Stereo Edit) [2019 Remaster]
2. 1999 (7″ Mono Promo-Only Edit) [2019 Remaster]
3. Free (Promo Only Edit) [2019 Remaster]
4. How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore (2019 Remaster)
5. Little Red Corvette (7″ Edit) [2019 Remaster]

Side 6
1. All The Critics Love U In New York (7″ Edit) [2019 Remaster]
2. Lady Cab Driver (7″ Edit) [2019 Remaster]
3. Little Red Corvette (Dance Remix Promo Only Edit) [2019 Remaster]
4. Little Red Corvette (Special Dance Mix) [2019 Remaster]

Side 7
1. Delirious (7″ Edit) [2019 Remaster]
2. Horny Toad (2019 Remaster)
3. Automatic (7″ Edit) [2019 Remaster]
4. Automatic (Video Version) [2019 Remaster]
5. Let’s Pretend We’re Married (7″ Edit) [2019 Remaster]

Side 8
1. Let’s Pretend We’re Married (7″ Mono Promo Only Edit) [2019 Remaster]
2. Irresistible Bitch (2019 Remaster)
3. Let’s Pretend We’re Married (Video Version) [2019 Remaster]
4. D.M.S.R. (Edit) [2019 Remaster]

Side 9
1. Feel U Up
2. Irresistible Bitch
3. Money Don’t Grow On Trees
4. Vagina

Side 10
1. Rearrange
2. Bold Generation
3. Colleen

Side 11
1. International Lover (Take 1) [Live In Studio]
2. Turn It Up
3. You’re All I Want

Side 12
1. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
2. If It’ll Make U Happy
3. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore? (Take 2)

Side: 13
1. Possessed (1982 Version)
2. Delirious (Full Length)

Side 14
1. Purple Music
2. Yah, You Know
3. Moonbeam Levels (2019 Remaster)

Side 15
1. No Call U
2. Can’t Stop This Feeling I Got
3. Do Yourself A Favor

Side 16
1. Don’t Let Him Fool Ya
2. Teacher, Teacher
3. Lady Cab Driver / I Wanna Be Your Lover / Little Red Corvette (Tour Demo)

Side 17
1. Controversy (Live at Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI, 11/30/1982 – Late Show)
2. Let’s Work (Live at Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI, 11/30/1982 – Late Show)
3. Little Red Corvette (Live at Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI, 11/30/1982 – Late Show)
4. Do Me, Baby (Live at Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI, 11/30/1982 – Late Show)

Side 18
1. Head (Live at Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI, 11/30/1982 – Late Show)
2. Uptown (Live at Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI, 11/30/1982 – Late Show)
3. Lisa’s Keyboard Interlude (Live at Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI, 11/30/1982 – Late Show)
4. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore? (Live at Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI, 11/30/1982 – Late Show)

Side 19
1. Automatic (Live at Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI, 11/30/1982 – Late Show)
2. International Lover (Live at Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI, 11/30/1982 – Late Show)
3. 1999 (Live at Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI, 11/30/1982 – Late Show)

Side 20
1. D.M.S.R. (Live at Masonic Hall, Detroit, MI, 11/30/1982 – Late Show)

DVD
Live In Houston – December 29, 1982*

1 Controversy
2 Let’s Work
3 Do Me, Baby
4 D.M.S.R.
5 Interlude – piano improvisation (contains elements of “With You”)
6 How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?
7 Lady Cab Driver
8 Automatic
9 International Lover
10 1999
11 Head (contains elements of “Sexuality”)

All tracks previously unreleased

*N.B. video content is exclusive to the physical DVD and will not appear on digital download or streaming versions of the Super Deluxe Edition set.

1999 2CD deluxe or 4LP vinyl

CD1 / LP 1&2

Remastered Album

1 1999
2 Little Red Corvette
3 Delirious
4 Let’s Pretend We’re Married
5 D.M.S.R.
6 Automatic
7 Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
8 Free
9 Lady Cab Driver
10 All The Critics Love U In New York
11 International Lover

CD2 / LP 3&4

Promo mixes & B-Sides

1 1999 (7″ stereo edit)
2 1999 (7″ mono promo-only edit)
3 Free (promo-only edit)
4 How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore (“1999″ b-side)
5 Little Red Corvette (7″ edit)
6 All The Critics Love U In New York (7” edit)
7 Lady Cab Driver (7″ edit)
8 Little Red Corvette (Dance Remix promo-only edit)
9 Little Red Corvette (Special Dance Mix)
10 Delirious (7” edit)
11 Horny Toad (“Delirious” b-side)
12 Automatic (7″ edit)
13 Automatic (video version)
14 Let’s Pretend We’re Married (7″ edit)
15 Let’s Pretend We’re Married (7″ mono promo-only edit)
16 Irresistible Bitch (“Let’s Pretend We’re Married” b-side)
17 Let’s Pretend We’re Married (video version)
18 D.M.S.R. (edit)

1999 / single CD and 2LP (Remastered Album)

1 1999
2 Little Red Corvette
3 Delirious
4 Let’s Pretend We’re Married
5 D.M.S.R.
6 Automatic
7 Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
8 Free
9 Lady Cab Driver
10 All The Critics Love U In New York
11 International Lover

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Jason Mitchell

Paul is there any way you could ask Michael Howe why they absolutely insist on altering Prince recodings with reverb and echo that Prince NEVER EVER EVER would have included in the final mix? Originals was a mixing disaster as they added Jill Jones backing vocals to Baby You’re A Trip and echo all over the place. Could you ask him if they could release Baby You’re A Trip with Prince’s backing vocals?

John

Christmas has come early!!!!! ☺

Randy Simpson

I don’t think the 1999 reissue is out of stock. I placed a pre-order on it the day it was announced as coming out. I think the release date has changed, and they don’t know what the new release date will be. See the amazon.com United States entry for the Super Deluxe:

https://www.amazon.com/1999-Super-Deluxe-5CD-1DVD/dp/B07XKW23LD/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=1999+super+deluxe&qid=1569957110&s=music&sr=1-1

Currently unavailable.
We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.

Cindy

It’s available for pre-order again at the $53.38 price. Just put mine in!

Cindy

Had the 5CD + DVD all ready to go in my Amazon US cart last week and it went out of stock just as I was about to place the order!

Sean

Do we know whether the DVD is region coded? Is there any reason not to order from the US for use in the UK?

Sean

Great, thank you!

Harcourt Fenton Mudd

don’t worry

I wont hurt you

I only want

to be your friend

This 1999 box set is greatly anticipated! Really looking forward to it…..especially as my original double LP disappeared in the big house move of 2008……and my CD doesn’t even have D.M.S.R. on it!

What is next?

1) Parade
2) Sign O the times (might get PEACH coloured discs here instead of purple ones)
3 Lovesexy
4) The rainbow children

bring it on! more unreleased tunes please!

I have loved Prince (metaphorically) for 30+ years….long may it continue….. long may he reign.

Ben

FYI, as of Sept. 19th, the price for the 5CD/DVD has dropped to $53.38 on Amazon US.

Maxwell

@ Max, thanks for the deep discount promo code. It’s highly appreciated. The best price I’ve come across so far.

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Max

DeepDiscount.com has a 15% off code active (FALL15) until Wednesday 9/18/19 at 1pm eastern. I have just ordered the 6CD/DVD 1999 SDE for $50 shipped to Texas. Personally, DeepDiscount has been reliable over the last 17 years.

wayne A KLEIN

I’d rather have a Blu-ray than DVD.

andy

Indeed. It’s ridiculous in this UHD disc world that record companies producing $200 box sets would even think about DVD as a format at all. I get that the content would be SD but surely they can use Blu-Ray and/or UHD discs to add more content to take advantage of the capacity.

If you can afford a big box set you can afford $40 for a blu ray player.

2wicky

@wayne A KLEIN
It has been explained before: The source material of the videos is not even DVD standard (720p) but rather 480p – what would be the use of putting that onto a 1080p BluRaydisc?
Use the upscaling option of your BluRay player and you will have exactly the same effect…

wayne A KLEIN

Looks promising. Hopefully it’s not brickwalled like the “Purple Rain” release.

Steven Roberts

That 6 disc CD/DVD boxset looks sweeeet. Would be great if they could stick to that format going forward with future deluxe reissues (the way that Tull hit upon a workable format with TAAB and then stuck with it for subsequent reissues).

Would be even greater if they were to revisit Purple Rain at some point and reconfigure it to fit in with the other titles (the way that Tull did with Aqualung!)

Guy.S

Hi Paul, I am thinking of ordering this from JPC de as they have been very good with their deliveries and packaging so far, but my worry is the date is maybe after we leave the EU, do you know what the outcome of goods already ordered will be, will we get an extra charge or will it just- be a bit late, don’t really want to start any Brexit debate here, just maybe some facts on post. ; )

Guy.S

Paul, Do you know if the Super Deluxe Box Sets (Vinyl/CD) are limited and if so how many?

MüllerMüller

In 1999 someone told me about a new promo cd with new remixes of „1999“ – there was a review in the German BRAVO Magazine – i never found this promo!?!?
Itˋs NOT the New Master version!

Liam Gillis

Haven’t seen in other posts but Rock It in Poole are doing the 10 LP deluxe version for £175.00 delivered and the CD/DVD version for £60.00 delivered. They have a huge selection of all things Prince. They’re also a brilliant shop for merchandise. And they are a physical store. I have no affiliation with this store, just think they are doing a really good job.

https://rockitpoole.com/products/prince-1999-super-deluxe-edition-10-lp-dvd-180g-black-vinyl-pre-order

https://rockitpoole.com/products/prince-1999-super-deluxe-edition-10-lp-dvd-180g-black-vinyl-pre-order-1

Griffin

Nice, thank you Paul S. for this post. Does anyone know why they included the MONO edits? Or what’s the point/sense to include those? I’m still thinking of just to get the 2CD or the 5CD+DVD just for Delirious (full length). If they drop the 2 Mono edits they could fit Delirious (full length) on CD2.

Carlos

Because CD 2 includes all versions and tracks released as singles and Bsides back in the day. There’s no place for Delirious (full length) on CD 2 as it was never officially released.

Griffin

, thank you for your time to reply. I still don’t get when you have the stereo edit why on earth would you like to listen to the mono edit? There is a Delirius MONO edit. Why is that one on CD2 (not that I want it)
https://www.discogs.com/Prince-Delirious/release/4265761
If they can put Delirious (full length) on CD2. Then why I buy the 2CD set I can have/own all the edit & full length versions.

Guy.S

The 5cd/dvd Deluxe Box Set is £59.99 at HMV to pre-order, though I don’t know what their postage skills are like.

Dylan

Really looking forward to this!
Paul – was just wondering, do you know which of your posts/articles over the years attracted the most comments?

Louis

Paul, do you know why (at least so far with 1999 and Purple Rain too) they have not added a HQ surround audio format? let’s say BR audio or DVD audio… In my opinion, the music of Prince would be amazing in surround format.

memoryboy

Hey guys, thanks for clearing up my confusion regarding thw “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” 12″ Extended Version. I now realize that the album itself contains all full-length or extended versions of the songs. Something I never really noticed or thought about before.

‘1999’ looks to be an extended version itself on the album. I always wondered why they never did an extended mix of ‘1999’, but now it’s clear it was there the entire time.

‘Little Red Corvette’ is a full-length version on the album, so makes sense there is an actual Extended Version elsewhere.

I am very excited to get this as it’s one of the greatest albums from the 80’s and him. I’m already getting excited for the ‘Controversy’ Box Set! Can’t wait for that as well.

John M

The released full length version of 1999 is in fact edited (there’s a Latin section that was omitted). Would have been good to see this unreleased unexpurgated version on the super deluxe release.

Phil Vellender

Hi all
I have to confess I’m a little confused. Weren’t we all rooting for blu-ray as the preferred option vis a vis DVD? So is this box’s offer of DVD not a step backwards? Maybe I’m missing something. Feel free to set me right!
Phil

Alan Mitchell

This is a snippet of the video on the official Prince channel…

https://youtu.be/udkRI514KSI

Quality on my little phone screen seems okay. I’m sure it’ll be fine on a tv for those that choose to watch the dvd. I’d just like a bluray of the last HitnRun tour with the Hair Bear Bunch edited out of the Manchester gig. I was at that one :)

blink

Personally I do not care at all whether the box includes a DVD or BluRay disk. What format a disk I watch 0 times has is irrelevant to me (going by how often I watched the video content of other SDEs here…) – and given the age / quality of the footage, it would not matter even if I actually cared for that disk…

Larry Davis

Ever since people were suspecting that this 1999 SDE was next on the list, I’ve been licking my chops in anticipation…and yep, it’s as great…or better than I thought it would be…I saw write-ups about these sets a day or two before Paul did his, and my mind was racing on the 1999 piece on SDE, Paul’s reaction & fellow readers…not only that but a new Howe interview too…nice…this might be best reissue/box of 2019 easily…and 1999 is one record that changed my life as a 15 year old kid…seeing him do the title track on US show Solid Gold, with those grand opening chords, lights all flashing & hosts acting all excited Prince was about to be on, introducing him…the song itself blowing my mind…then buying the full album on cassette while on a shopping trip at summer camp, 1983, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the tape getting all eaten up in my boombox deck multiple times cuz the tape itself being thinner than most cuz of the length of the album, a double…then ordering the album on 2LP vinyl from the Columbia House record club while at college, 1985…the record label being his eye…the original CD a 2CD set to fit all 11 songs, then reduced to one disc but removing DMSR to make room…this was before CDs could fit 70+ minutes of music…then reissuing the album on 1 CD with all 11…ah memories, and everything to do with my personal music buying habits and tastes…1999 the album itself is one of Prince’s best and one of the best of all time by anyone…I would preorder it, but have a feeling the 5CD/1DVD will be on sale everywhere come November 29, so no need to preorder, & hardly any difference between the US & UK preorder price…with Moonbeam Levels on this set, it frees up 4Ever to do with as u wish…not exclusive to that set anymore, better in context on the 1999 set anyway… question, with the 3 Legacy titles (Emancipation, Chaos & Versace) out Friday, and the 1999 set just announced….mmmm, what’s next?? I’m loving this constant engine humming of rollouts… release then announcement…this will be some fall & winter, then my cruise, amazing!!

Craiged

It’s been rumoured that a Parade SDE would be next but who knows!

O(+> Peter B

The 6-disc set is beyond what I was hoping 4, I’m so excited (delirious?) about this.

Josh

This is going to be amazing! Think I’ll go with the five CD version, as the price is incredible and flipping 10 LPs would probably make me more likely to just stream it anyway… Between this, the R.E.M. Monster release and Abbey Road — gonna be an expensive fall!

Tim Joseph

Currently the 5CD/DVD version is only £15 more than the 1CD/LP “Originals” “deluxe” package. I wonder if the overriding of the earlier album backfired on them? I still haven’t bought it.

Eduardo

Yesterday I ordered the 2lp edition from the link to Amazon France as soon as I realized they were actually selling the 1999 purple vinyl edition. Today the item I bought has been labeled as unavailable and the info below states that only the first batch of issues will be purple. Should I be afraid of they delivering a black vinyl instead? I am worried because no other Amazon site has announced the purple vinyl variant for sale.

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Andrew

Paul,

do you know if the 10 vinyl box will be sold via Amazon UK? I can’t find any listing although they do have the other editions.

madman

I’d love to get this on vinyl, but that price is a little steep for me. The CD version, though, is a great price. Especially with all the bonus audio.

Alex Stassi

I managed to pre-order the super deluxe 5cd/1dvd last night on Amazon UK for £54.

Kevin

Now this is what I call value for money. Nobody can moan about this price. Loads of rarities and yours delivered for £65. No rip off here.

Then I look at the pricing of the Gene Clark set at £140. I know it looks a lovely set but £140. I own every legal Gene Clark issued in the US and UK but will have to pass on this. I will get the 2CD set.

And some of those David Bowie sets……….

stephan

I read somewhere that a new interview with Mr Howe the Archivist about this release is due to be posted soon ??
thanx

Kevin galliford

This will be my Christmas present to myself : “To me, Merry Christmas , lots of love , me x”

Nolls

Ha ha. Excellent. Happy Christmas Kevin ;)

Johnny Spasm

This is a must own. 1999 is far & away Prince’s best album, and probably the greatest funk album ever made. Can’t wait on this one!

RJS

Whilst it’s not short on funky moments, I’ve never considered 1999 to be a funk album.

Alan Mitchell

I’ve never considered any of his albums as funk albums as he always threw in the odd ballad and other bits and pieces. It’s why i loved Prince. Took me a long time to understand that other bands tend to stick to one genre and only play 1.5 hour gigs.

Fuck i miss him.

Johnny Spasm

Alan, you must be one of his younger fans who is not all that familiar with his early funk. There’s no question that all his albums were funk through 1999. As much as I love 1999, I find Purple Rain a bit confused, specifically the album version of When Doves Cry. The ending, instead of being the funk jam many of his early records had, just came across as, “Oh God, when is this gonna end?” RJS, Lady Cab Driver, DMSR, Automatic, the title track, that’s over 30 minutes of straight funk. What’s your definition of a moment?

memoryboy

“Let’s Pretend We’re Married” (12″ Extended Version) seems to be missing. I have a copy if this. That’s the only thing In can see missing.

John M

The 12″ version of Let’s Pretend is the album version.

Stephan

This is exactely the same version as Album Version if my memory is right !

Teiemka

Spot on John M & Stephan track length 7:20.
A fantastic online resource for all things Prince , Princevault is your friend.

http://www.princevault.com/index.php?title=Let%27s_Pretend_We%27re_Married

Chris

The comment on the video content being exclusive to the physical box and not appearing on digital download almost confirms that this will appear as a download also. Given that msg previous Prince re-releases have also been released in hi res (24/96) then I would guess there is a good chance that the download of this will also be available as hi-res.

I would love this in hi-res and am not too bothered about missing the video content, so do I hold out for release to see if all 5 CDs appear in hi-res or do I put in my preorder for this to get the better price…….

Any inside info Paul on whether this will be released in 24/96 ?

Chris

In answer to my own question, I see that qobuz now have the 1999 Live In Detroit track available at 24/88, so I am hopeful the rest will be in hi-res.

Wahmbeck

WoW! Great News. Especially the Vault CDs are very interesting. Can’t wait for it!!! :-)

Shane

Amazon fr now shows “currently unavailable”. It was a bit cheap… Wonder what will happen to our preorders

Cosby Sweater

Good thing I got the alert from SDE and ordered straightaway at Amazon.fr. Thanks for that, Paul.

Francis Maher

No complaints here . Waited so long for this . Will devour this while waiting for the next one . Great price too .

Joseph Stone

Purple Rain included a hi-res 24/96 FLAC file of the album, any chance of this?

GentleRabbit

Spectacular! Even for us diehards who have hunted down bootleg-quality versions of many of these (often astoundingly good) unreleased tracks, there is a wealth of sparkling bonus material still here to devour.

I suppose the next best thing to having our Prince still down here amongst us really is the advent of these long-awaited archival releases. Please keep them coming, thick and fast.

Are we all ready…? On the one!

Mearsi

I believe Prince is talking to my wallet from his Paisley Park in the sky. “Don’t worry, I won’t hurt you. I only want you to have some fun”.
When I read that it was 10LPs I thought I would have to settle for CD as I’m getting fed up with how frequently vinyl needs to be flipped over – but they’ve got a good amount of music on each side. LP box for me.
This recent trend of splitting an old single LP release into a double is annoying me (not talking about 1999 here) as the momentum of the LP is lost. There was an album recently that I wanted to upgrade to the new version, but the double album difference stopped me.

Steven Roberts

Bah, humbug!

It’s a handsome-looking set, and no mistake – but I can’t help feeling for an archival release to merit the title of a “SuperDeluxeEdition” release it should include hi-res or 5.1 options (and preferably **both**).

Just sayin ‘ :)

Rashers

Yet another super deluxe box set that comes in several editions but no blu-ray. Virtually all the CD content could have been included in a 24/96 blu-ray plus the concert in uncompressed sound. Why are the music industry still persisting with 1980s digital audio and 1990s digital video (and of course 1940s analogue audio)?
A big meh here!

James Barler

Come on Paul!! How does the bonus material sound. Do you think they are from a cassette or are the remastered from the original tracks? Just your initial thoughts would help with the excitement. We’ve been patiently waiting for a release like this for a LONG time. Hopefully this will be the start of many great box sets to come! Fingers crossed!!

AndyB

Can’t wait. You were very tight-lipped regarding Prince re-releases (or was that Howe?) Please sell your secrets here (although I know you can’t.)

Michael

Paul wonder why Extraloveable is unfortunately not on this release? It’s a good song.

John

An early fade at about 6 minutes could remedy that. Personally, I’d like the whole version but 6 minutes would be a good compromise.

Tom from FIN

Fantastic, exclusive news, Paul. Job again well done.

This vault explosion from Prince estate was expected, but this amount of bonuses from 1999 sessions is overwhelming. Is it a world record amongst re-issues, really?

Stephan

Great Paul

Thanx

ps
I wish that u can question about this one to Howe > When will we get the chance to listen the 1st Version of WHEN DOVES CRY (LOnger & lot more produced version of the song + bass) thanx if u can ?

Seth Hollander

Seeing this 1999 package has made me think that a second Purple Rain package could come out in the future. The already released one was lovely for the price, but there is so much more that could be released. The summer ’83 gestation of the album tracks in the studio and on stage was ignored on the already released set; there’s easily 2 CDs and a DVD to be pulled from that material. Throw in a deluxe book and a not-so-brickwalled remaster of the album and you have a whole new high-priced product!

Charlie Waffles

Well done, Warner Bros.

Paul, how did you get the chance to listen to all of the unreleased tracks?

Alex Cho

Sad to think back to a time when Prince had to fight Warners to release a triple LP set (Original Crystal Ball), but that was a very different time – I’d have a hard time affording it myself
Still, super excited for this!!

william

That’s one of the cheapest SDE prices I’ve seen ever for a new release/preorder. Definitely worth it.

STÉPHAN LIMONGI

…..can u say more about the remastering work on the Album himself & more about what the best surprises for u about Vault trax ? Thanx in advance Stephan