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Thread started 02/13/18 12:19am

bboy87

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Articles about The Black Album

I've been finding some cool articles surrounding the release (and cancellation)

Did you guys know the album was coming? What was the hype surrounding it?

Billboard- December 5, 1987

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Billboard- April 2, 1988

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Reply #1 posted 02/13/18 5:57am

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I remember during my first year in college, reading about it being scrapped in Rolling Stone, but I don't recall reading anything about it beforehand, personally. And then, of course, eventually reading that it was "out there," and the subsequent search for it.

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Reply #2 posted 02/13/18 7:59am

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I had heard quite a bit about it at the time - I was also in college but I spent a LOT of time reading music trade magazines (especially looking for info on Prince). I read a few times it was an answer to people saying he had lost touch with his funk roots after ATWIAD and Parade and also in particular a certain review that said George Michael's new album was "the best Prince album to be released in a few years". This of course angered Prince and gave him "I will show you who is funky" attitude. I remember the title being floated around was I believe "The Funk Bible" and I even saw a track list or two. Then when the whole things was scrapped and Lovesexy came out I remember that for some reason I read NOTHING at all about Lovesexy before it's release and I was a bit shocked - like it came literally from nowhere. But the attitude Prince had while recording or compiling the Black Album tracks I think is what ultimately caused him to scrap it - it was put together from a negative angry place - we have all read the post-mortem descriptions of the album. I got my hands on a bootleg copy not long after and I remember loving part of it and not loving part of it - also the same feelings on Lovesexy so together for me they became one really great release for that year and a half or so period.

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