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  • Summary: The reissue of the pop artist's fifth studio release was remastered and includes b-sides, alternates mixes, 23 previously unreleased studio tracks recorded between November 1981 and January 1983, a complete live audio performance of the 1999 tour recorded in Detroit, MI on November 30, 1982,The reissue of the pop artist's fifth studio release was remastered and includes b-sides, alternates mixes, 23 previously unreleased studio tracks recorded between November 1981 and January 1983, a complete live audio performance of the 1999 tour recorded in Detroit, MI on November 30, 1982, and a DVD of his performance at the Houston Summit on December 29, 1982. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 27, 2019
    100
    The music still sounds contemporary and alive. ... Every song exults in the architectural savvy of a musician who, from the drumbeat up, seemed to know exactly how he’d be jamming with himself as he built the song. ... A handful [of the previously unreleased material] — including the absolute standout, “Purple Music” — are gems; none is a dud.
  2. 100
    These songs—either live or in the studio– maintain the power and magnetic, manic dynamism that turned heads nearly four decades ago and they have never sounded better.
  3. Q Magazine
    Nov 27, 2019
    100
    This six-disc "Super Deluxe" edition rescues the treasure, including alternative mixes, a complete live concert and nearly two discs' worth of unheard brilliance. [Jan 2020, p.117]
  4. Dec 2, 2019
    100
    The rare record that has come to define its era while also existing outside of it, a masterpiece that immediately precedes the albums Prince fashioned, conspicuously, as masterpieces.
  5. Nov 27, 2019
    90
    None of the bonus songs are necessarily better than the ones that made the cut on 1999, but they show just how curious he was at the time, trying out new and different ideas, musical themes he would still be exploring in the decades that followed. ... As with the Purple Rain box set a couple years ago, this macro look at 1999 shows not just Prince’s genius but the breadth of his brilliance at the time.
  6. The Wire
    Nov 27, 2019
    90
    The five CD expansion pack of his 1982 double LP offers a far more enticing peek behind the purple velvet curtain [than Originals]. ... The outtakes are the real draw here. ... It only leaves you wanting more. [Dec 2019, p.66]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 5, 2019
    10
    Apesar de usarem algo de um morto pra ganhar dinheiro é inegável o talento do mesmo,um álbum magnífico sem dúvidas
  2. Dec 6, 2019
    10
    How is it possible people giving this set a negative review?? Is it the exclusion of Extraloveable and Lust U Always? Come on. This is how itHow is it possible people giving this set a negative review?? Is it the exclusion of Extraloveable and Lust U Always? Come on. This is how it should be done: with care, and a true treasure of unreleased gems. Expand