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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

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).

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    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 – WX147
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    Europe1987Europe1987
    Cover of The Black Album, 1987-12-07, CDThe Black Album
    CD, AlbumLongbox
    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
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    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, AlbumChrome
    Paisley Park – noneUK1987UK1987
    New Submission
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Unofficial Release, Album
    Erotic City Records – NOIR-69US1988US1988
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    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) – 925677-1
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    UK & Europe1988UK & Europe1988
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Unofficial Release, Album
    Black Discs – BDPR010Europe1988Europe1988
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release, White LabelRed Transparent
    Not On Label (Prince) – 925677-1Germany1988Germany1988
    Cover of Black Album, 1988, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Unofficial Release, White LabelBlue Transparent
    Not On Label (Prince) – none19881988
    New Submission
    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 ReleaseRed 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, Limited Edition, Unofficial Release, StereoBlue 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) – 925677-1
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    Europe1988Europe1988
    Cover of The Black Album, 1989, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Album, Limited Edition, Unofficial Release
    Charity Records (3) – none19891989
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1989, CDThe Black Album
    CD, Unofficial Release
    The Wizard – W1002Canada1989Canada1989
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1989, CDThe Black Album
    CD, Unofficial Release
    Neutral Zone – NZCD 8900819891989
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Black Album, 1989, CDThe Black Album
    CD, Album, Unofficial Release
    Klub Musik (2) – KMCD 0088South Korea1989South Korea1989
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1989, CDThe Black Album
    CD, Album, Unofficial Release
    The Wizard – WSR-10002Canada1989Canada1989
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1989, CDThe Black Album
    CD, Album, Unofficial Release, Stereo
    Condor (6) – 1916, Toasted Records (2) – 1916US1989US1989
    New Submission
    Cover of Black Album, 1990, CDBlack Album
    CD, Unofficial Release
    Not On Label (Prince) – WX147CD, Not On Label (Prince) – OTCD 119901990
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    Cover of Black Album, 1991, CDBlack Album
    CD, Album, Unofficial Release
    Unknown (P) – P 91000319911991
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    Cover of The Black Album (& The Back-Sides) Part 1, 1991, CDThe Black Album (& The Back-Sides) Part 1
    CD, Album, Unofficial Release
    Ghost Records (3) – CD 53-34New Zealand1991New Zealand1991
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1993, CDThe Black Album
    CD, Album, Unofficial Release
    The Master Sound – 9 25677-2Asia1993Asia1993
    New Submission
    Cover of The Legendary Black Album, 1994-11-21, CassetteThe Legendary Black Album
    Cassette, Limited Edition, AlbumHX-pro B-NR
    Warner Bros. Records – 9362-45793-4Europe1994Europe1994
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    Cover of The Black Album, 1994-11-21, CDThe Black Album
    CD, Album, Limited Edition
    Warner Bros. Records – 9362-45793-2Europe1994Europe1994
    Cover of Black Album, 1994, VinylBlack Album
    LP, Album, Limited Edition
    Warner Bros. Records – 9362-45793-1Europe1994Europe1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Black Album, 1994-11-22, CDThe Black Album
    CD, Album, Limited EditionSRC Pressing
    Warner Bros. Records – 2-45793US1994US1994
    Cover of ブラック・アルバム, 1994-12-21, CDブラック・アルバム
    CD, Album, Limited Edition
    Warner Bros. Records – WPCR-160Japan1994Japan1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Black Album, 1994, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Album, Promo
    Warner Bros. Records – PRO-A-7330US1994US1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Black Album, 1994, CDBlack Album
    CD, Album, Limited Edition
    Warner Bros. Records – 9362457932Australia1994Australia1994
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    Cover of The Black Album, 1994, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Album, NumberedWhite
    Warner Bros. Records – 1-45793US1994US1994
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    Cover of The Black Album, 1994, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, AlbumPeach Marbled
    Warner Bros. Records – 1-45793US1994US1994
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1994, CassetteThe Black Album
    Cassette, Album
    Polton – PCW-655Poland1994Poland1994
    Cover of Black Album, 1994, CDBlack Album
    CD, Album, Limited Edition
    Warner Bros. Records – CDW 45793, Warner Bros. Records – 24 57934Canada1994Canada1994
    Cover of The Black Album, 1994, CassetteThe Black Album
    Cassette, Promo
    Warner Bros. Records – 4-45793-AUS1994US1994
    Needs Changes
    Cover of The Black Album, 1994, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Album, NumberedGrey
    Warner Bros. Records – 1-45793US1994US1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of 黑色專輯, 1994, CD黑色專輯
    CD, Album, Limited Edition
    Warner Bros. Records – 2-45793Taiwan1994Taiwan1994
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1994-11-18, CDThe Black Album
    CD, Album, Limited EditionARC Pressing
    Warner Bros. Records – 2-45793US1994US1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Legendary Black Album, 1994, CassetteThe Legendary Black Album
    Cassette, Album, Limited Edition
    Warner Bros. Records – 4-45793US1994US1994
    New Submission
    Cover of ブラック・アルバム - The Black Album, 1994, CDブラック・アルバム - The Black Album
    CD, Album, Promo
    Warner Bros. Records – WPCR-160Japan1994Japan1994
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1994, CassetteThe Black Album
    Cassette, Limited Edition, Album
    Warner Bros. Records – 9362-45793-4Argentina1994Argentina1994
    Cover of Black Album, 1994, CDBlack Album
    CD, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue
    Warner Bros. Records – WBCD 1811South Africa1994South Africa1994
    New Submission
    Cover of The Legendary Black Album, 1994, CassetteThe Legendary Black Album
    Cassette, Album, Limited Edition
    Warner Bros. Records – 4-45793South Korea1994South Korea1994
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1994-09-27, CDrThe Black Album
    CDr, Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release
    Warner Bros. Records (2) – 2-25677US1994US1994
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    Cover of The Black Album, 1994, CDThe Black Album
    CD, Album, Limited Edition
    Warner Bros. Records – 9362-45793-2, Warner Bros. Records – 2-45793South Korea1994South Korea1994
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1994, CDThe Black Album
    CD, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Special EditionSlipcase
    Warner Bros. Records – 9362457932Australia1994Australia1994
    New Submission
    Cover of The Legendary Black Album, 1994, CassetteThe Legendary Black Album
    Cassette, Album, Limited Edition
    Warner Bros. Records – CDW 45793, Warner Bros. Records – 24 57934Canada1994Canada1994
    New Submission
    Cover of Black Album, 1994, CassetteBlack Album
    Cassette, Limited Edition, Album
    Warner Bros. Records – 9362457934Australia1994Australia1994
    Cover of The Black Album, 1994, VinylThe Black Album
    LP, Album, Test Pressing, White Label
    Warner Bros. Records – 1-45793US1994US1994
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1994, CassetteThe Black Album
    Cassette, Album, Limited Edition
    Warner Bros. Records – 4-45793Turkey1994Turkey1994
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    The Black Album
    CD, Album, Mispress
    WEA – 4509-98581 2Benelux1994Benelux1994
    New Submission
    Cover of The Black Album, 1994, CassetteThe Black Album
    Cassette, Album
    WEA – noneUK1994UK1994
    New Submission
    • soweitfueradelheit's avatar
      excellent sound for a unofficial release i must admitt !
      • Seandyer87's avatar
        Seandyer87
        bought this black album for 27.5k , it doesnt even have enter sandman on it ...
        • boysdontcry's avatar
          boysdontcry
          I've got a VG+ copy for sale, if anyone's interested...😊
          • MagicMarcus's avatar
            MagicMarcus
            This is, as far as my personal history with this release goes, NOT a bootleg, but a pre release promo pressing that Warner Germany had already shipped before the cancellation notice came from Paisley Park. Why do I think so?

            I got my copy from a radio DJ out in the countryside a few days after he received his copy FROM WARNER MUSIC. This dude was so provincial in everything, I don't think he even knew what a bootleg is.
            Another Radio station (who didn't give a Sxxt) played the entire album a few days later (sounding the same and proving my point of this beeing a promo release) , obviously ignoring the letter from Warner NOT to touch this release.

            Also, I got my copy within days of the breaking news that the album was shelved. The first bootlegs appeared months (!!) later.

            I own a couple of bootleg pressings as well. they all look and sound like bootlegs. This doesn't!

            This pressing sounds as good as vinyl sounded in 1987. Also I never ran into any bootleg that went all the way to also forging labels AND THE MASTER RUNOUT STAMPS (not etched but stamped)

            As a german, I own a lot of Alsdorf pressings and this one looks and feels genuine.

            Make of this what you will, To me this is the official pre release promo print they tried to push under the rug.

            Also, check the similar release also here on discogs, where I post the same comment.
            • MagicMarcus's avatar
              MagicMarcus
              Edited one month ago
              This is, as far as my personal history with this release goes, NOT a bootleg, but a pre release promo pressing that Warner Germany had already shipped before the cancellation notice came from Paisley Park. Why do I think so?

              I got my copy from a radio DJ out in the countryside a few days after he received his copy FROM WARNER MUSIC. This dude was so provincial in everything, I don't think he even knew what a bootleg is.
              Another Radio station (who didn't give a Sxxt) played the entire album a few days later (sounding the same and proving my point of this beeing a promo release) , obviously ignoring the letter from Warner NOT to touch this release.

              Also, I got my copy within days of the breaking news that the album was shelved. The first bootlegs appeared months (!!) later.

              I own a couple of bootleg pressings as well. they all look and sound like bootlegs. This doesn't!

              This pressing sounds as good as vinyl sounded in 1987. Also I never ran into any bootleg that went all the way to also forging labels AND THE MASTER RUNOUT STAMPS (not etched but stamped)

              As a german, I own a lot of Alsdorf pressings and this one looks and feels genuine.

              Make of this what you will, To me this is the official pre release promo print they tried to push under the rug.

              Also, check the similar release also here on discogs, where I post the same comment.
              • A_Rider_On_The_Storm's avatar
                Price is one of the worst artists ever. Just absolute garbage. Change my mind. Who would pay 27.5K on this piece of garbage?
                • isaacmusicman's avatar
                  isaacmusicman
                  Well, here it is!!!!! After going down as possibly the most infamous bootleg in music history, "The Black Album" was finally released to the public "officially"!!!!! Now, don't get it twisted, "The Artist Formally Know as Prince" probably wouldn't have it released if it wasn't for him trying desperately to be released from his "Warner Bros." contract...This album was performed with the first installment of the "New Power Generation" (Sheila E., Dr. Matt Fink, Miko Weaver, Eric Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, Boni Boyer, Cat Glover, Greg Brooks, & Wally Safford)....I won't comment on the content, even though it might seem tamed by today's standards, but the music behind it is fantastic!!!!! I will say that "2 Nigs United 4 West Compton" is the Crown Jewel....Once you get passed the beginning commentary, the band just goes off!!!!!! Some people dig it, some people don't, but one thing you can say, "Prince" (The Artist) made an impact with this one........
                  • Dormeguyivy's avatar
                    Dormeguyivy
                    Boring album!! Bought it for 16 dollars last month....... oh
                    • Dormeguyivy's avatar
                      Dormeguyivy
                      Wow bought one last month at a garage sale fore 16 dollars, and it's not even that good in my opinion. I don't understand the hype.
                      • Dormeguyivy's avatar
                        Dormeguyivy
                        not very good album, but with these prices i love it haha :)

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