11 Songs, 1 Hour 10 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even the brilliant provocations of Dirty Mind and Controversy couldn’t have prepared us for the album that made Prince a star. Featuring three Top 20 hits—“Little Red Corvette,” “Delirious,” and the title track—1999 didn’t just help define his electro-futuristic sound, but the sound of ’80s pop in general. And though Prince's primary area of study remained sex (“Let’s Pretend We’re Married,” “Lady Cab Driver”), his stabs at satire (“All the Critics Love U in New York”) are surprisingly sharp, too.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even the brilliant provocations of Dirty Mind and Controversy couldn’t have prepared us for the album that made Prince a star. Featuring three Top 20 hits—“Little Red Corvette,” “Delirious,” and the title track—1999 didn’t just help define his electro-futuristic sound, but the sound of ’80s pop in general. And though Prince's primary area of study remained sex (“Let’s Pretend We’re Married,” “Lady Cab Driver”), his stabs at satire (“All the Critics Love U in New York”) are surprisingly sharp, too.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
410 Ratings
410 Ratings
ianjackson ,

Album is 5-star - but iTunes edits the title track...

The album is fantastic - but having owned it for 15 years or so I'm disappointed that iTunes is posting this as a complete album, when the title track is clearly the single edit, rather than the superior, complete 6:20 version.
Regardless, if you only buy one track, buy DMSR and pump it up load (and repeat).

jcj5 ,

This was the first Prince album I bought

As a 14 y/o, I thought this was it. Right in the middle of 80's pop, mods, and big hair, I spied this album. The guy at the record store said it was one of the best albums he'd ever heard, not that he was just selling anything. When you think of Prince music, think of the opening to "1999: 'Don't worry I won't hurt you. I only want you to have some fun.'" This album is fun, especially Delirious, DMSR, Automatic, and Lady Cab Driver.

Someone who's been around ,

Listen to this and you'll realize...

...why Prince still has so many fans, despite the poor quality of his last several releases. 1999 is a towering work of songwriting and musicianship, and its virtuosic blending of musical styles yielded music that was unlike anything anyone had ever heard. 1999 was the album that cemented Prince's standing as the most talented, badass, hippest, and without question the coolest figure in contemporary music. Thinking back on the reactions this album elicited still blows my mind. John Cougar, then a huge star, actually interrupted a concert and played "Little Red Corvette" to the audience because he so badly wanted to turn them onto this major new talent. Prince practically drove Rick James (then really popular) mad with envy; he was the only artist who struck fear into Michael Jackson; I remember Eddie Murphy, at the height of his fame, saying that Prince was the only person in the world he'd trade places with. Miles Davis gave Prince huge, huge props, saying he could be his generation's Duke Ellington. Really, all the other pop titans of the era -- people like Bruce Springsteen and a little later, Madonna, etc. -- acknowledged that there was Prince and then there was everyone else. And all that adulation took root in this overwhelmingly funky, freaky, astoundingly innovative album. I recommend listening to it when you're alone and otherwise unoccupied, because the more attention you pay, the more it rewards you.

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