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Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums; he toured frequently, produced albums and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of ... Read more in Amazon's Prince Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Dec. 1984)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000002KY8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. 1999 6:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Little Red Corvette 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Delirious 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Let's Pretend We're Married 7:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. D.M.S.R. 8:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Automatic 9:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute) 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Free 5:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Lady Cab Driver 8:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. All The Critics Love U In New York 5:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. International Lover 6:37£0.99  Buy MP3 

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CD -EAN 075992372022-WARNER BROS-1982 -MADE IN THE EU

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Prince's fifth album came right before the lascivious multi- instrumentalist became a huge star with his 1984 film and soundtrack, Purple Rain. But Prince had already proved himself to be the most audacious talent to emerge in the 1980s, and 1999, the bulk of which features Prince on all the instruments, reflects the dance-rock styles that he also brought to the acts he produced, particularly the Time. Prince knows how to run a one-man-band. Here, individual instruments don't blend together as much as they compete in a funky showdown which allows tracks like "Automatic", "DMSR" and "Delirious" to sustain their long playing times; but the album's two enduring hits, "1999" and "Little Red Corvette", outshine the rest, and define the essential roles that rock and funk play in Prince's music. "Little Red Corvette" is a sexy song about a car, which would have been enough to make it a terrific rock song even if it didn't also boast an infectious chorus and a great guitar part. --John Milward

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Stanley on 19 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion '1999' will always remain Prince's best album.
I mean don't get me wrong, 'Sign 'O' The Times' is a masterpiece, but it can't match '1999' it terms of sheer brilliance, and it is only Prince's 1987 album that contains as many outstanding tracks as this record.
Containing 11 tracks (basically an average albums worth of material) Prince manages to sustain a 70 minute running time by extended the majority of the tracks into impressive funk-jams filled with grinding keyboard-lines and interspersed with some of Prince's blistering rhythm guitar work.
Prince's previous album (Controversy) was the blueprint for the 'Minneapolis sound', here is where you can find the full effect. Deep bass, multi-layered keyboard-lines and synthesisers replacing common horns; this was his royal badness at the top of his game, and it's hard to believe at times that every single instrument you hear on the album comes from him.
It's hard to pick the most impressive tracks when near-every track is a standout, but the the title track still generates the kind of excitement you can only get from listening to a Prince song. Utilising a brilliant rhythm track due to the imaginative drum-programming the title cut is an excellent party anthem that (like most of the album) packs a terrific punch.
The other two singles from the album ('Little Red Corvette' and 'Delirious') are equally as impressive. 'LRC' opens with a simple yet beautfiful synthline and leads into what is still, probably, Prince's greatest pop song. 'Delirious' is a lovely little, rockabilly tinged track with, quite possibly, the catchiest keyboard hook ever.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Go-KL on 30 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
1999 was the first Prince album I ever listened to. Back when I was around 11 years old I made a tape to listen to in the car whilst on holiday. On one side was Madonna's True Blue, the other was Prince's 1999. As I had only 45 minutes to play with some hasty editing had to be done: Automatic was shortened to about 3 and a half minutes; Lady Cab Driver was fortuitously edited to just before the moment when Prince repays his willing chauffeur (I'm not sure my parents would have approved!); I think Free may have been culled and Warner Bros UK helpfully decided not to even include DMSR on the original British CD release!
One week and around 10 hearings later, I, my parents and my brothers had become Prince fans. Over the course of the next five years I went out and bought just about everything there was to own for a Prince devotee.
So what was on the album that would influence just about every album I have brought ever since?
The title track is a classic even if familiarity has seen its shine wane a little. Thankfully the full-length album version is played seldomly enough for the final three minutes to be fresh.
Little Red Corvette was a catchy rock song about cars (I liked cars a lot, that appealed to me) until I became a few years older and realised what a Pocket full of horses / Trojan and some of them used, meant and then Little Red Corvette became a dirty catchy rock song (I liked dirty a lot, it appealed to me even more...)
Delirious featured the cutest catchiest high pitch synth melody and pacey beat which hooked me from the first listen. Again it seemed to be about cars, which I liked even more!
Let's Pretend We're Married seemed to be an innocent, but catchy, song about playing Mummies and Daddies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Nov. 2008
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The first three tracks form an electrifying sequence: from the pulsating 1999 through the rocking Little Red Corvette and into the hypnotic Delirious. The disturbingly prophetic words of 1999 gives me the chills but Little Red Corvette soon cures that, and halfway through the uplifting Delirious rapture may result! This is a powerhouse song sequence, on a par with Donna Summer's legendary The Midnight Shift/Queen For A Day/Now I Need You on the original vinyl of her album Once Upon a Time.

Because of such gems, one tends to overlook the fact that tracks like Let's Pretend We're Married and DMSR are brilliant too. Automatic is a long atmospheric piece with lovely female vocal and an impressive instrumental ending. Free is compelling in the interplay between Prince's falsetto and the backing vocals, another song loaded with meaning: "Be glad that U are free, free to change your mind/Free to go most anywhere anytime/Be glad that U are free, there's many a man who's not/So don't sleep until your guilty, cause sinners all are we/There are others doin' far worse than us/So be glad that you are free." It's pure gospel, and a rousing number too.

Prince's music is such a seamless blend of so many styles, that it's hard to single out particular influences. But to me, on this album he's like a more urgent and full-bodied Chic! There's that same elegant tension in the beat, but Prince has eschewed Chic's minimalism for the full power of Rock and R&B.
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