1999

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1999

1999.jpg
from the album 1999
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single art for 1999
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 24 September 1982 - 1999 single
Album(s): 1999
The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
Ultimate

Prince 4ever

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

1999 is the first track on Prince's fifth album 1999, and, one month prior to the album's release, 1999 was released as the album's first single. The song has been released around the world many times in Prince's career.

In 1993, the track was included as the ninth track on Prince's first compilation album The Hits 1 (also included as the first disc of The Hits / The B-Sides). In late 1998, the 1999 single was reissued, including the full version of the track.

In 1999, a re-recording of the track, as well as several remixes, were released by Prince on the 1999: The New Master single, credited to "Prince and the Revolution".

In 2001, the track was included as the second track on the compilation album The Very Best Of Prince. In 2006, the track was included as the fourth track on the first disc of the compilation album Ultimate.

Initial tracking for 1999 took place at Prince's Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA, in July or August 1982 as the final track recorded for the album. While reflecting on the track's history on Facebook in 2014, Jesse Johnson wrote that Prince "used my 1968 Italian made Vox Wah on "1999"! (He would grab my stuff from our rehearsal spot without asking of course, and tell me about it later while laughing his a$$ off)."

Prince re-recorded the song in late-1998 for release as 1999: The New Master. Prince claimed at the time that his entire Warner Bros. catalogue had been re-recorded and would be released as "new masters" - it is unknown how close these came to release, however.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
July - August 1982 Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
Late 1998 Paisley Park Studios (assumed) Re-recording and remixes
Recording Personnel

Original version


1999: The New Master version and remixes


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
1999 6:22 1999 album

1999 single
Little Red Corvette single
When Doves Cry single
His Majesty's Pop Life promotional album
The Story So Far... promotional album
The Crown Jewels promotional album
1999 single re-issue

Studio a.k.a. 1999 (Album Version)
1999 (Edit) 3:36 1999 single

Little Red Corvette single
Strange Tales From The Rain promo
The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
Ultimate
Prince 4ever

Edit Slightly alternate beginning
1999 (Edit) 3:36 1999 promo Edit, mono version
1999: Acapella 5:11 1999: The New Master Acapella Credited to Prince and the Revolution
'1999: Keep Steppin 4:33 1999: The New Master Remix Credited to Prince and the Revolution
1999: Rosie & Doug E. In A Deep House 6:23 1999: The New Master Remix, re-uses rap from Guess Who? by Doug E. Fresh Credited to Prince and the Revolution
1999: The Inevitable Mix 5:46 1999: The New Master Remix Credited to Prince and the Revolution
1999: The New Master 7:09 1999: The New Master Re-recording Credited to Prince and the Revolution
1999: The New Master: Single Edit 4:30 1999: The New Master Re-recording edit Credited to Prince and the Revolution
Rosario: 1999 1:19 1999: The New Master Studio Spoken word over music from Little Red Corvette - other than name, no relation to 1999; Credited to Prince and the Revolution
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
1999 (Edit) 3:36 The Hits Collection VHS/DVD Promo video See 1999 video for more details
1999 4:15 Prince And The Revolution: Live VHS/laserdisc Live 30 March 1985, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, USA
1999 T.B.C. Lovesexy Live 1 VHS Live 9 September 1988, Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, West Germany
1999 T.B.C. Rave Un2 The Year 2000 VHS/DVD Live 18 December 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
1999 T.B.C. Live concert radio broadcast Live 22 July 1990, Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
1999 T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 29 July 1990, Estadio Santa María del Mar, La Coruña, Spain
1999 T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 31 August 1990, Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム), Tokyo, Japan
1999 3:13 Live radio broadcast Live 07 September 1993 (mat.), Simon Bates Show, BBC Broadcasting House, London, England; part of medley containing 1999 / Baby I'm A Star / America / D.M.S.R. / Pope / It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
1999/Baby I'm A Star T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 17 October 2003, Tamar Site, Admiralty, Hong Kong; 1999 intro only
1999/Baby I'm A Star T.B.C. Live awards performance TV broadcast Live 8 February 2004, 46th annual Grammy Awards Ceremony, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA; with Beyoncé; 1999 intro only
The Superbowl 11:52 Lotusflow3r.com video stream Live medley 04 February 2007, Dolphins Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL, USA; medley of We Will Rock You / Let's Go Crazy / 1999 intro / Baby I'm A Star / Proud Mary / All Along The Watchtower / Best Of You / Purple Rain
1999 4:07 Lotusflow3r.com video stream Live 25 April 2008, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Burbank, CA; not broadcast on TV
1999 T.B.C. Live performance TV broadcast Live 14 October 2009, Le Grand Journal, Studios Rive Gauche, Paris, France
1999 / Little Red Corvette / Musicology (intro) 9:52 3rdEye TV Show # 7 live video stream Live 30 June 2013 (a.m.) City Winery Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
1999 T.B.C. Live concert online stream Live 10 May 2015, Baltimore, MN, USA, Royal Farms Arena
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Partyman (The Purple Party Mix) 6:02 Partyman single Remix Remix by Femi Jiya and Prince; Includes sampled clips of Sexy Dancer, I Wanna Be Your Lover, Head, Partyup, Let's Work, 1999, Raspberry Beret, Erotic City, Kiss, U Got The Look, Housequake and Alphabet St.
Partyman (The Purple Party Mix) 5:58 The Scandalous Sex Suite EP Remix edit As above, missing The Joker's opening dialogue
Purple Medley 11:03 Purple Medley single Studio medley See Purple Medley for more details
Purple Medley (Edit) 3:14 Purple Medley single Edit See Purple Medley for more details
Million $ Show 3:10 Hitnrun Phase One album stream Studio Contains samples from openings of For You, 1999 and Let's Go Crazy
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Prince announced prior to the Rave Un2 The Year 2000 TV special that he would retire the song 1999 after its performance in the show; he didn't perform it again in full until 2007, but has performed it regularly since then.

References
US Copyright Office PAu000440507 / 1982-09-23; PA0000157921 / 1982-12-06; PA0000165680 / 1983-01-27;
ASCAP Work ID: 440129719 / ISWC: T0701546806; (Acapella) Work ID: 450506873 / ISWC: T0722530644; (Keep Steppin') Work ID: 450506819 / ISWC: T0722530611; (Rosario) Work ID: 450506775 / ISWC: T0722530597; (Rosie & Douge E. In A Deep House) Work ID: 450506837 / ISWC: T0722530622; (Take) Work ID: 450506855 / ISWC: T0722530633; (The Inevitable Mix) Work ID: 450506793 / ISWC: T0722530600; (The New Master) Work ID: 450506757 / ISWC: T0722530586
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