Prince – The Black Album (1988) Unofficial Release
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The Black Album is an album from funk artist Prince, regarded as the most bootlegged album of all-time. Initially scheduled for release in 1987 to follow up Sign "O" The Times. The album was regarded as quite dark, some suspect Prince's reasons for cancelling it's release just days before shipment was regarding his fear that he might suddenly die and he didn't want this to be the last album he left behind.
A few copies managed to escape destruction and eventually a large quantity of bootlegs reached the market. The album was officially released in 1994 as Prince's sixteenth album, but it never released an unofficial vinyl release in the US. Warner Bros released a very limited amount of Promo copies which are very hard to find.
This is one of the early unofficial or bootleg pressings from 1988.
Cover: EX (some light corner wear on the spine at the top left.)
Label: Erotic City Records - NOIR-69
|A3||Dead On It||4:35|
|A4||When 2 R In Love||4:12|
|B3||2 Nigs United 4 West Compton||7:00|
|B4||Rockard In A Funny Place||4:30|
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Cover - is still sealed.
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Cover - has some very minor cosmetic issue, like a light crease, light ring wear, nothing that is very noticeable.
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Cover - will have noticeable wear such as ring wear, seam splitting, writing on cover, creases, etc. Could be a couple items (not all) and they should not be major.
Very Good (VG):
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Cover - will have a couple cosmetic issues ring wear, seam splitting, writing on cover, creases, etc and it will be very pronounce.
Vinyl - will play but will have a lot of issues and have a lot of loud background noise. We will rarely list a record in this condition.
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