Prince ‎– The Black Album

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The original release - without any credits - was intended to be released on 8 December 1987, but was canceled on Prince's request just one week prior to release.

The whole production was subject of a worldwide recall. However: already circulating copies are used for numerous Bootleg releases between 1988 to 1993 and a 2nd wave (mostly clear or other colored vinyl) as aftermath when Prince passed away in 2016.

You may find here a random selection of distinguishing marks to spot a fake:
• The runout is hand-etched; on the original (German) pressing it's machine stamped
• Track B4 is mis-spelt: "Rockard In A Funky Place" (missing 'H' - this error continues on almost all later released bootlegs)
• In the rim-text it's printed "OUTISIDE" (instead of Outside)
• The publisher credit is incorrectly capitalised: "G.B. Only" (instead of "G.B. only")
• The numbering '33' [RPM] within the orange triangle on the labels is black, whereas, on the original version the numbering '33' [RPM] within the orange triangle on the labels is white.

The Album was finally given a limited release in November 1994.

This master-release groups together all known editions of the Album - official and unofficial - some of the bootlegs may have additional tracks (outtakes) that are not part of the Black Album.

Versions (101)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
9 25677-1, 1-25677 Prince The Black Album(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 25677-1, 1-25677 US 1987 Sell This Version
1- 25677-DJ Prince Black Album(2x12", Album, Promo) Warner Bros. Records 1- 25677-DJ US 1987 Sell This Version
9 25677-2 Prince Black Album(CD, Album, Lon) Warner Bros. Records 9 25677-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
925677-2 Prince The Black Album(CD, Album) Paisley Park Records 925677-2 Austria 1987 Sell This Version
92 56771 Prince The Black Album(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 92 56771 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
925 677-1, WX 147 Prince The Black Album(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 925 677-1, WX 147 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
WX 147 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince) WX 147 1988 Sell This Version
NOIR-69, NOIR 69 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Ltd, Unofficial, Blu) Erotic City Records, Erotic City Records NOIR-69, NOIR 69 US 1988 Sell This Version
RDLP 101 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Pic, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince) RDLP 101 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
WX147, 925 677-1, 925677-1 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial) Warner Bros. Records (2), Warner Bros. Records (2), Warner Bros. Records (2) WX147, 925 677-1, 925677-1 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
BDPR010 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial) Black Discs BDPR010 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
NOIR-69 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial) Erotic City Records NOIR-69 US 1988 Sell This Version
RDLP 101 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial) Rikardo Hammond RDLP 101 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
M.A 12 401 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince) M.A 12 401 1988 Sell This Version
none Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince) none 1988 Sell This Version
none Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince) none Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
none Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince) none 1988 Sell This Version
NOIR-69, NOIR 69 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial) Erotic City Records, Erotic City Records NOIR-69, NOIR 69 US 1988 Sell This Version
NOIR-69, NOIR 69 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial, Red) Erotic City Records, Erotic City Records NOIR-69, NOIR 69 US 1988 Sell This Version
WX 147, 925677-1 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label (Prince), Not On Label (Prince) WX 147, 925677-1 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
BLACK Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label (Prince) BLACK UK 1988 Sell This Version
none Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial, W/Lbl, Blu) Not On Label (Prince) none 1988 Sell This Version
925677-1 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial, W/Lbl, Red) Not On Label (Prince) 925677-1 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
920 442-0, D.J. 12-1011-40 King (34) Black Is Beautiful(LP, Album, Unofficial) Paisley Park (2), D.J. International Records (2) 920 442-0, D.J. 12-1011-40 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
NOIR-69 Prince The Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial) Erotic City Records NOIR-69 US 1988 Sell This Version
none Prince The Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial) Minn. Recording & Soundworks none UK 1988 Sell This Version
NOIR 69 Prince The Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial) Erotic City Records NOIR 69 1988 Sell This Version
none Prince The Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince) none US 1988 Sell This Version
none Prince The Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label (Prince) none UK 1988 Sell This Version
WSR-10002 Prince The Black Album(CD, Album, Unofficial) The Wizard WSR-10002 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
KMCD 0088 Prince The Black Album(CD, Album, Unofficial) Klub Musik (2) KMCD 0088 South Korea 1989 Sell This Version
W1002 Prince The Black Album(CD, Unofficial) The Wizard W1002 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
NZCD 89008 Prince The Black Album(CD, Unofficial) Neutral Zone NZCD 89008 1989 Sell This Version
none Prince The Black Album(LP, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) Charity Records (3) none 1989 Sell This Version
WX147CD, OTCD 1 Prince Black Album(CD, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince), Not On Label (Prince) WX147CD, OTCD 1 1990 Sell This Version
P 910003 Prince Black Album(CD, Album, Unofficial) Unknown (P) P 910003 1991 Sell This Version
CD 53-34 Prince The Black Album (& The Back-Sides) Part 1(CD, Album, Unofficial) Ghost Records (3) CD 53-34 New Zealand 1991 Sell This Version
9 25677-2 Prince The Black Album(CD, Album, Unofficial) The Master Sound 9 25677-2 Asia 1993 Sell This Version
6708 , C.D. 6708 Prince Black Album / Crystal Ball(CD, Comp, RE, Unofficial) Caporal, Caporal 6708 , C.D. 6708 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
9362-45793-2 Prince Black Album(CD, Album, Ltd) Warner Bros. Records 9362-45793-2 Taiwan 1994 Sell This Version
9362457932 Prince Black Album(CD, Album, Ltd) Warner Bros. Records 9362457932 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
CDW 45793 Prince Black Album(CD, Album, Ltd) Warner Bros. Records CDW 45793 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
9362457932 Prince Black Album(CD, Album, S/Edition) Warner Bros. Records 9362457932 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
9362457934 Prince Black Album(Cass, Album, Ltd) Warner Bros. Records 9362457934 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
9362 45793-4 Prince Black Album(Cass, Album, Ltd) Warner Bros. Records 9362 45793-4 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
9362-45793-1 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Ltd) Warner Bros. Records 9362-45793-1 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
1-45793 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Num, Gre) Warner Bros. Records 1-45793 US 1994 Sell This Version
1-45793 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Num, Whi) Warner Bros. Records 1-45793 US 1994 Sell This Version
1-45793 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Pea) Warner Bros. Records 1-45793 US 1994 Sell This Version
PRO-A-7330 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Promo) Warner Bros. Records PRO-A-7330 US 1994 Sell This Version
1-45793 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Warner Bros. Records 1-45793 US 1994 Sell This Version
WBCD 1811 Prince The Black Album(CD, Album, Ltd) Warner Bros. Records WBCD 1811 South Africa 1994 Sell This Version
9362-45793-2, 2-45793 Prince The Black Album(CD, Album, Ltd) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9362-45793-2, 2-45793 South Korea 1994 Sell This Version
9362-45793-2 Prince The Black Album(CD, Album, Ltd) Warner Bros. Records 9362-45793-2 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
2-45793 Prince The Black Album(CD, Album, Ltd, SRC) Warner Bros. Records 2-45793 US 1994 Sell This Version
4509-98581 2 Prince The Black Album(CD, Album, MP) WEA 4509-98581 2 Benelux 1994 Sell This Version
WPCR-160 Prince The Black Album(CD, Album, Promo) Warner Bros. Records WPCR-160 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
2-25677 The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) The Black Album(CDr, Album, TP) Warner Bros. Records 2-25677 US 1994 Sell This Version
PCW-665 Prince The Black Album(Cass, Album) Polton PCW-665 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
4-45793 Prince The Black Album(Cass, Album, Ltd) Warner Bros. Records, WEA International Inc. 4-45793 Turkey 1994 Sell This Version
9362-45793-4 Prince The Black Album(Cass, Album, Ltd) Warner Bros. Records 9362-45793-4 Argentina 1994 Sell This Version
4-45793-A Prince The Black Album(Cass, Promo) Warner Bros. Records 4-45793-A US 1994 Sell This Version
2-45793 Prince The Legendary Black Album(CD, Album, Ltd, ARC) Warner Bros. Records 2-45793 US 1994 Sell This Version
4-45793 Prince The Legendary Black Album(Cass, Album, Lim) Warner Bros. Records 4-45793 South Korea 1994 Sell This Version
CDW 45793, 24 57934 Prince The Legendary Black Album(Cass, Album, Ltd) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records CDW 45793, 24 57934 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
4-45793 Prince The Legendary Black Album(Cass, Album, Ltd) Warner Bros. Records 4-45793 US 1994 Sell This Version
WPCR-160 プリンス* ブラック・アルバム(CD, Album, Ltd) Warner Bros. Records WPCR-160 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
125677DJLP Prince Black Album(2xLP, Album, Unofficial, Cle) Warner Bros. Records (2) 125677DJLP 2016 Sell This Version
125677DJLP Prince Black Album(2xLP, Album, Unofficial, Pur) Warner Bros. Records (2) 125677DJLP 2016 Sell This Version
WX147, 925 677-1, 925677-1 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) Warner Bros. Records (2), Warner Bros. Records (2), Warner Bros. Records (2) WX147, 925 677-1, 925677-1 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
125677DJLP Prince The Black Album(2xLP, Album, Unofficial, Gre) Warner Bros. Records (2) 125677DJLP 2016 Sell This Version
TCR 013 Prince A Black Album In A Dirty Mind(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince) TCR 013 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
BPA0001 Prince Black (LP, Ltd, Promo, Unofficial) Not On Label BPA0001 Unknown Sell This Version
6708 CD Prince Black Album / Crystal Ball(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Caporal 6708 CD Europe Unknown Sell This Version
MB 001 Prince Black Album And...(CD, Unofficial) Monkey Business MB 001 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
6708, WX 147 Prince Black Album(CD, Album, Unofficial) Caporal, X' Records 6708, WX 147 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
6708 Prince Black Album(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Caporal 6708 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
6708 Prince Black Album(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Caporal 6708 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
6708 Prince Black Album(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Caporal 6708 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
NOIR 69 Prince Black Album(CD, Unofficial) Paisley Park (2) NOIR 69 Unknown Sell This Version
975 677, WX147 Prince Black Album(CD, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince), Not On Label (Prince) 975 677, WX147 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
NOIR 69 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, MP, Unofficial, Cle) Erotic City Records NOIR 69 US Unknown Sell This Version
925 677-1, WX147 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Num, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince), Not On Label (Prince) 925 677-1, WX147 UK Unknown Sell This Version
none Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Num, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince) none UK Unknown Sell This Version
WX147 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince) WX147 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
none Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial, Blu) Not On Label (Prince) none Unknown Sell This Version
925 677-1, WX147 Prince Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial, Ora) Warner Bros. Records (2), Warner Bros. Records (2) 925 677-1, WX147 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
P.B.A. 26821 Prince Black Album(LP, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince) P.B.A. 26821 Unknown Sell This Version
none Prince Black Album(LP, Unofficial, Blu) Not On Label (Prince) none Unknown Sell This Version
none Prince Black Album(LP, Unofficial, W/Lbl, Cle) Not On Label (Prince) none Unknown Sell This Version
none Prince The Black Album(CD, Album, Unofficial) HIV INC. none Unknown Sell This Version
DIDX2720 Prince The Black Album(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince) DIDX2720 Unknown Sell This Version
none Prince The Black Album(CD, Album, Unofficial) HIV INC. none Unknown Sell This Version
INDIGO 901 Prince The Black Album(Cass, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) Indigo Tapes Limited INDIGO 901 Yugoslavia Unknown Sell This Version
WB-25677 Prince The Black Album(Cass, Unofficial) Warner Bros. Records (2) WB-25677 Unknown Sell This Version
925 677-1, WX 147 Prince The Black Album(LP, Album) Not On Label (Prince) – none, Not On Label (Prince) – none 925 677-1, WX 147 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
none Prince The Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince) none Unknown Sell This Version
925 677-1, WX 147 Prince The Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial) Warner Bros. Records (2), Warner Bros. Records (2) 925 677-1, WX 147 Unknown Sell This Version
none Prince The Black Album(LP, Album, Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label (Prince) none Unknown Sell This Version
none Prince The Black Album(LP, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince) none Unknown Sell This Version
1785 Prince The Legendary Black Album(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Poker Sound 1785 Poland Unknown Sell This Version

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japedumarie

japedumarie

December 1, 2018
referencing Black Album, LP, Album, Unofficial, WX147, 925 677-1, 925677-1
I have this copy. I can say it sounds really good. Pressing is not bad at all. I have to say this: YES it's a bootleg for sure. The vinyl is not spotless and noiseless. It has some background noise but it's absolutely not overpowering the music and not irritating while playing. My copy has some stripes in the vinyl pressed. It shows it's a "fast uncleaned pressing" - so machine was dirty while pressing. Not a problem while playing. I noticed this more often at also commercial pressings. If you find it and you doubt if this is a good one… buy it. The sleeve is completely black - and has the CATID written on the side of the sleeve (what you see when it's in the closet). I love this album also.. it's more an experimental trip - funky as hell and it simply has that awesome Prince-Sound I love so much. "When 2 R in love" sounds more unfinished as the version on lovesexy. More like a demo version. I am a satisfied man... I doubt if this album ever will get repressed. There are rumours about a repress… but I can imagine they simple don't do it... maybe they are afraid of the person who paid 20.000 for the Original copy that came straight out the Warner Bros factory (Official pressing) - hahaha !!
maxime.delafontaine

maxime.delafontaine

November 27, 2018
referencing The Black Album, LP, Album, Unofficial, 925 677-1, WX 147
Hi, one copy to sell in VG+ condition for the media, and VG for the sleeve ! Feel free to send me a PM and offers. I can send u photo of course.
**SERIOUS OFFERS ONLY**
OLDFRIENDSFORSALE

OLDFRIENDSFORSALE

November 22, 2018
referencing Black Album, 2x12", Album, Promo, 1- 25677-DJ
there are "27 owners" ? lol: never ever . . . !
musicdreams

musicdreams

November 17, 2018
referencing The Black Album, LP, Album, Unofficial, 925 677-1, WX 147
I have this into my collection.opened to offers between 1200-1500€.vinyl condition between VG and G+ (visually graded) but plays perfect.very rare
Monkfish2

Monkfish2

November 12, 2018
referencing The Black Album, LP, Album, 9 25677-1, 1-25677
What is the owner of Josey Records going to be doing with this money once it's sold? Lining his own pockets, or something useful?
giorgio_borri

giorgio_borri

November 12, 2018
edited 27 days ago
referencing The Black Album, LP, Album, 925 677-1, WX 147
Hi all I have a 1987 original version of Prince - The Black Album and would like to know the real value of it
thanks
Killian600

Killian600

October 29, 2018
referencing The Black Album, LP, Album, 9 25677-1, 1-25677
Funny, 13 people are claiming to own this record. But an employee of Warner Brothers said, there are less than 10 copies in existence....
mokwadesire

mokwadesire

October 29, 2018
referencing The Black Album, LP, Album, 9 25677-1, 1-25677
Imagine it getting damaged in the mail... you'd wanna die
FunkSki

FunkSki

October 18, 2018
referencing The Black Album, LP, Album, 92 56771
Whoa, Amazing how much this record has been sold for !
djdonnie

djdonnie

September 27, 2018
referencing Black Album, LP, Album, Unofficial, WX147, 925 677-1, 925677-1
What would-be price of this edition does anyone have Any clue.
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