In 1987, Prince was still a top selling artist at Warner Brothers. As a follow up to Sign O The Times, The Black Album was slated for release. A week prior to its release date, the album was pulled. All copies were supposedly destroyed. A few remained in circulation. A few of those found their way to the bootleggers who released it. Below is a bootleg copy from 1987.
The cover is supposedly a replica of the original release. Glossy black graphics printed on a matte black background. Very hard to read. In some lights it's invisible. It even came with a sticker.
No official reason is given for the recall. The material on this record is well into 'parental advisory' territory. The music and most of the lyrics venture into gangsta rap. Some say Prince was trying to address those critics who said he had lost touch with his African American roots. He was tight lipped even then. I would imagine he purposely allowed it to creep out. Those who were true fans rather than Purple Rain tourists would seek and find it.
Actual song titles printed on the label. Not a common thing for a bootleg.