Music Education

Prince – 1999

“Little Red Corvette”
“Let’s Pretend We’re Married”
40 years ago, Prince released 1999, his first album to be recorded with his band The Revolution and re-fashioned Funk, Punk, RnB, Soul, and Rock for the next centuries…

Two Thousand Zero Zero Party Over,
Oops out of time
So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999

1999 is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Prince, released on October 27, 1982. It became his first album to be recorded with his band the Revolution.
1999‘s critical and commercial success propelled Prince to a place in the public psyche and marked the beginning of two years of heightened fame via his following releases.

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Review in Rolling Stone (12/9/82)

Having graduated in record time from postdisco garage rock to high-tech studio wizardry, Prince works like a colorblind technician who’s studied both Devo and Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force, keeping the songs constantly kinetic with an inventive series of shocks and surprises. As “1999” proceeds, for example, he geometrically increases the overdubs until there’s a roomful of Princes partying almost out of bounds, then deftly brings it down to rhythm guitar and percussion while a childlike chorus asks, “Mommy, why does everybody have a bomb?” until — boom! — the groove disappears at its hottest.
By Michael Hill