1999, released by Prince in 1982, would come to be a high mark in his iconic career, but until now the record has not been officially reissued in remastered fashion — but it will soon.
On Tuesday, Prince’s estate announced that a deluxe reissue of the album will be out on Nov. 29 in a variety of formats:
Considered one of the most iconic and influential double albums in rock history, 1999 was released at a major turning point in Prince's career. After years of struggling to break out of the R&B charts, he scored major crossover hits with "Little Red Corvette" and "1999." pic.twitter.com/eIU6FJX6wV
— Prince (@prince) September 10, 2019
The classic album features some of Prince’s most popular songs, including the title track and “Little Red Corvette,” and its overall style has been lauded for decades.
The reissue sounds like it will pack quite a punch in terms of bonus material, which the Prince Estate has a bounty of, still, even after a number of releases that have seen the light of day since the massively influential artist passed away in 2017.
Variety breaks it down:
” … containing dozens of B-sides, remixes and 35 previously unreleased outtakes — yes, thirty five unreleased tracks — along with two full concerts from the legendary tour in support of the album (both from 1982: Nov. 30 in Detroit and Dec. 29 in Houston, the latter show is the DVD and is from a multi-camera shoot). It also comes with a lavish booklet with liner notes, rare photos and several of Prince’s hand-written lyrics; the full tracklist appears below. It’s out on Rhino/Warner Records Nov. 29, 2019; there will also be 4LP and 2CD versions that include the original album, and the promo mixes and B-sides, all with 2019 remaster.”
In related news, Prince’s official memoir, The Beautiful Ones, which he had been working on prior to his death, will be released in abridged form in October. Pre-orders for that are up on Prince’s official site.