Prince estate releases remastered performance of 1999
By Classic Pop | April 29, 2022
Ahead of the entirely enhanced and reconstructed release of Prince and The Revolution: Live on June 3, 2022, The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings have issued another preview track from Prince and The Revolution’s historic Purple Rain Tour performance at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York: a scintillating performance of 1999.
The track was premiered on 28 April on BBC’s Radio 6 Music, and is now available on digital streaming platforms.
Prince and The Revolution: Live will be part of special programming premiering on PBS stations in the States beginning Saturday, June 4, 2022 (check local listings). The film will also air on Arte across both France and Germany, on Dutch Public channel NPO3, and additional broadcasters around the world.
Prince and The Revolution: Live, distributed globally by Sony Music Entertainment’s Premium Content Division, will be available for digital purchase and rental on June 7, 2022, and preorder is available now exclusively on the Apple TV app.
Also available today is the teaser for the next season of the Official Prince Podcast. Debuting May 26, The Story of Prince and The Revolution: Live will take listeners on a journey alongside Prince and The Revolution as the remember back to the Purple Rain premiere, the launch of their Purple Rain Tour, and the historic satellite broadcast of their concert in Syracuse, New York on March 30, 1985.
Hosted by Minneapolis music journalist Andrea Swensson, The Story of Prince and The Revolution: Live will feature memories from all five members of The Revolution – Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Dr. Fink, BrownMark, and Bobby Z – along with other personnel from the Purple Rain Tour, including Prince’s longtime manager Bob Cavallo. Listen to the podcast teaser here.
Prince and The Revolution: Live marks the first time that the concert will be available on vinyl (as a 3-LP set) and on CD (as a 2-CD/Blu-ray set). This performance by Prince and The Revolution has been carefully reconstructed: the original video source was rescanned, restored and colour-corrected; and the original multitrack audio master reels have been remixed and remastered onto Blu-ray video with selectable stereo, 5.1 surround and Dolby Atmos sound. Prince’s late-career and Grammy-nominated recording engineer, Chris James, remixed the recently discovered source audio, which had remained archived in Prince’s legendary Paisley Park vault for over three decades.
Additionally, a limited run Collector’s Edition of the iconic performance will be available exclusively from the official Prince Store. Housed in a luxe foil box, the set includes the remixed and remastered audio pressed onto 3 colored LPs (purple, red and gold vinyl), 2 CDs, the Blu-ray video, an expansive 44-page book complete with never-before-seen photos of the Purple Rain Tour, new liner notes highlighting stories and memories from all five members of The Revolution, and a 24 x 36 poster. The Collector’s Edition was designed by Grammy-nominated artist Mathieu Bitton and Grammy-nominated creative director and Prince associate Trevor Guy.
Pre-order the 3-LP, 2-CD/Blu-ray, and Collector’s Editions here.
In other Prince news, Chicago will glow purple this summer when Prince: The Immersive Experience makes its worldwide debut on June 9. Presented by Superfly in partnership with The Prince Estate, attendees will be invited to immerse themselves fully in the music and life of Prince. Tickets are on sale now exclusively at PrinceTheExperience.com.
And in Prince’s hometown, preparations are underway for the unveiling of an official mural that will honour Prince in downtown Minneapolis on June 2, 2022, which will also coincide with the return of Celebration at Prince’s private estate, museum, state-of-the-art recording studio, and concert venue, Paisley Park. This year, Paisley Park’s Celebration will be centred around the date of Prince’s birth—just as it was when Prince planned them himself in the early 2000s.
The 2022 Celebration will include a concerts by Prince (Live on the Big Screen) with live accompaniment by members of the New Power Generation, and by BrownMark featuring members of Mazarati. The lineup will also include celebrity panels, in-studio recording sessions, new museum exhibits to explore and much more. General Admission and VIP tickets are on sale now.