Prince’s ‘1999’ Album To Be Reissued With More Than 30 Unreleased Songs
Only three years have passed since musical genius Prince passed away, leaving fans shocked and clinging to his memory. With a career that spanned four decades, his extensive music catalog is still enjoyed around the world. Since his death in 2016, the Prince estate has been working on a slate of projects to keep his legacy alive. Now, listeners can get their ears ready for something fresh from the icon.
The Prince Estate is releasing a remastered ‘1999’ album with some bonuses
As promised, the estate is going to keep dropping previously unheard tracks from Prince’s vault. This fall, a new 1999 deluxe boxed set that features a collection of 35 songs will be available. Catch that? Songs that haven’t graced fans’ ears yet.
According to an official announcement from the estate on the Prince website, a physical and digital reissue of 1999 will drop on November 29:
“The Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Records, will reissue 1999 via all physical, digital and streaming partners, with the timeless album remastered for the very first time along with 35 previously unreleased tracks from Prince’s legendary vault that showcase the creative flow Prince had tapped into during this era.”
How fans can purchase the boxed set
Three different versions of 1999 will be available including the Super Deluxe Edition, Deluxe Edition, and Remastered album. The Super Deluxe—which contains the 35 additions—is comprised of 65 songs on 5 CDs, 10 vinyl LPs, and the digital download.
In addition to the music created around 1982 for the album, the set will contain material recorded between 1981 and 1983, a live audio recording of his 1982 tour performance in Detroit, and a DVD from his Houston concert that same year.
That’s not all for the Super Deluxe collection, friends. Fans will also be treated to images of Prince’s handwritten lyrics for hit songs from 1999, photos, and liner notes from journalists and fellow musicians.
For the “Deluxe” boxed set, 2 CDs and 4 LPs will accompany the digital version, and the “Remastered” option will only consist of the original tracks from 1999.
The ‘1999’ remastered set follows a summer project from the Prince Estate
According to Pitchfork, the estate put out Originals, an album made up of songs composed by Prince for other artists such as Sheila E, Kenny Rogers, The Time, and The Bangles.
At the time of its release in June of this year, Originals was offered exclusively on the Tidal platform for two weeks with songs handpicked by the estate and Jay-Z. Warner later issued a deluxe version in July.
Because the late musician left no will specifying what to do with his property and musical works, his heirs inherited what was left behind. His siblings work in conjunction with legal and musical experts to execute the affairs of his estate.
Per Rolling Stone, the estate will continue to share Prince’s music,—oldies and vault selections—sell merchandise, and license some of his works for films, television, and concerts. For longtime fans and those just discovering his music, it will be like accessing a treasure chest of the artist’s gifts.