Five original extremely rare vinyl records of Prince‘s legendary The Black Album have surfaced according to NME Records – The records are reported to be in pristine condition and have remained untouched for 25 years with three of them selling, one for a staggering $20,000, and the other two for $15,000.
Recorded in 1986 and 1987, The Black Album is legendary among Prince fans and vinyl record collectors and was a follow-up to his classic double album "Sign O' the Times".
The Black Album was going to be the 16th record album released by Prince but was shelved before the due date after the reclusive and mysterious artist became convinced that the album was created by an evil demon and so he demanded that his record label "Warner Bros" abandon the release. After some negotiations, Warner Bros agreed and made the decision to destroy almost every one of the 500,000 copies that had already been pressed.
It is believed that the other two copies are still with the person who sold the other three – but he is considering selling one of them.
Currently, one authentic copy of The Black Album is for sale at a website called Recordmecca, a website owned by Jeff Gold a former Warner Bros executive.
Is the promo label copy (Warner Bros PRO-A-7330) more common?