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PrinceThe Black Album

Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Soul, Funk
Year:

Tracklist

Le Grind6:42
Cindy C.6:14
Dead On It4:35
When 2 R In Love4:12
Bob George5:36
Superfunkycalifragisexy5:55
2 Nigs United 4 West Compton7:00
Rockhard In A Funky Place4:30

Notes

The Black Album is the sixteenth studio album by American musician and songwriter Prince.

Initially intended to be released as untitled album (no artist credit, no title etc.) on 8 December 1987, but canceled on Prince's request just one week prior to release.

The entire 1987 production was subject of a worldwide recall. However, already circulating copies were used for numerous bootleg releases between 1988 and 1993. A second wave of bootlegs (mostly clear or other colored vinyl) surfaced after Prince passed away in 2016.

Meanwhile known as "Black Album", it was finally given a limited time release, which was only available from late November 1994 until 31st January 1995, with a 'The legendary Black Album' hype sticker.

This master-release groups together all known editions - official and unofficial - some of the bootlegs may have additional tracks which are not part of the original album.

How to spot a fake vinyl record:
• The most prominent flaw is the black color '33' [RPM] within the orange triangle on the labels. The original is white.
• The runouts are hand-etched. On original German pressings the matrix is machine stamped and may have some minor etchings.
• Track B4 is misspelled: 'Rockard' [sic: read Rockhard] in a Funky Palce'. This error carries over to almost all bootlegs.
• The legal text in the labels rim-text reads 'OUTISIDE' instead of 'Outside' .
• The publisher credit is incorrectly capitalized: 'G.B. Only' instead of 'G.B. only'.

Remarks:
Only one track, 'When 2 R In Love', was subsequently released on the Lovesexy album and appears on the B-Side of Scandalous!
German studio musicians created cover versions of the entire album (see The Black Album).

Versions

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    Version DetailsData Quality
    Cover of The Black Album, 1987, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Album
    Warner Bros. Records – 925 677-1, Warner Bros. Records – WX 147, Warner Bros. Records – WX147Europe1987Europe1987
    Cover of The Black Album, 1987-12-07, CDThe Black Album
    CD, Album, Longbox
    Warner Bros. Records – 9 25677-2US1987US1987
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1987, VinylThe Black Album
    2×12", 45 RPM, Album, Promo
    Warner Bros. Records – 1- 25677-DJUS1987US1987
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1987, CDThe Black Album
    CD, Album
    Paisley Park Records – 925677-2Austria1987Austria1987
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1987, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Album
    Warner Bros. Records – 9 25677-1, Warner Bros. Records – 1-25677US1987US1987
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1987, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Album
    Warner Bros. Records – 92 56771Canada1987Canada1987
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1987-11-11, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Album, Test Pressing, Stereo
    Warner Bros. Records – 1-25677US1987US1987
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Black Album, 1987-12-00, CassetteThe Black Album
    Cassette, Album, Promo, Stereo
    Paisley Park – PSC-151Japan1987Japan1987
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1987, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release, White Label
    Not On Label (Prince) – noneUS1987US1987
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1987-11-18, CassetteThe Black Album
    Cassette, Advance, Album, Chrome
    Paisley Park – noneUK1987UK1987
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1987-12-08, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Mispress, Unofficial Release, Stereo
    Erotic City Records – NOIR-69France1987France1987
    New Submission
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Unofficial Release, Album
    Erotic City Records – NOIR-69US1988US1988
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release
    Warner Bros. Records (2) – WX147, Warner Bros. Records (2) – 925 677-1, Warner Bros. Records (2) – 925677-1UK & Europe1988UK & Europe1988
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Unofficial Release, Album
    Black Discs – BDPR010Europe1988Europe1988
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Black Is Beautiful, 1988, VinylBlack Is Beautiful
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release
    Paisley Park (2) – 920 442-0, D.J. International Records (2) – D.J. 12-1011-40Germany1988Germany1988
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release
    Not On Label (Prince) – none19881988
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Black Album, 1988, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Album, White Label, Unofficial Release
    Not On Label (Prince) – noneUK1988UK1988
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release
    Rikardo Hammond (2) – RDLP 10119881988
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, White Label, Unofficial Release
    Not On Label (Prince) – BLACKUK1988UK1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release
    Erotic City Records – NOIR-69, Erotic City Records – NOIR 69US1988US1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Unofficial Release, Album, Picture Disc
    Not On Label (Prince) – RDLP 101Netherlands1988Netherlands1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release, White Label
    Not On Label (Prince) – WX 147, Not On Label (Prince) – 925677-119881988
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release, White Label, Red Transparent
    Not On Label (Prince) – 925677-1Germany1988Germany1988
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release, White Label, Blue Transparent
    Not On Label (Prince) – none19881988
    New Submission
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release
    Not On Label (Prince) – P.B.A. 2682119881988
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Black Album, 1988, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release
    Minn. Recording & Soundworks – noneUK1988UK1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release
    Not On Label (Prince) – none19881988
    New Submission
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release
    Not On Label (Prince) – noneNetherlands1988Netherlands1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release, Red vinyl
    Erotic City Records – NOIR-69, Erotic City Records – NOIR 69US1988US1988
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1988, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release
    Erotic City Records – NOIR-69US1988US1988
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1988, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release
    Not On Label (Prince) – noneUS1988US1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Limited Edition, Unofficial Release
    Not On Label (Prince) – WX 14719881988
    New Submission
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Numbered, Unofficial Release
    Not On Label – noneUK1988UK1988
    New Submission
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Limited Edition, Unofficial Release, Stereo, Blue Vinyl
    Erotic City Records – NOIR-69, Erotic City Records – NOIR 69US1988US1988
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1988, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release
    Erotic City Records – NOIR 6919881988
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1988, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release
    Not On Label (Prince) – M.A 12 40119881988
    New Submission
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release
    Mr X Records – RDLP 101Netherlands1988Netherlands1988
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Limited Edition, Unofficial Release
    Not On Label (Prince) – WX 14719881988
    New Submission
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release
    Warner Bros. Records (2) – WX147, Warner Bros. Records (2) – 925 677-1, Warner Bros. Records (2) – 925677-1Europe1988Europe1988
    Cover of The Black Album, 1989, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Album, Limited Edition, Unofficial Release
    Charity Records (3) – none19891989
    New Submission

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