ARTIST : Prince
TITLE : The Black Album – Stupidly Rare and HIGHLY sought after Numbered out of just 50 copies made. GREY / GRAY MARBLE VINYL, with letter from Warner Exec
CATALOGUE NUMBER: 1-45793
CONDITION (DISC): M- (near mint) / EXCELLENT
CONDITION (SLEEVE): M- (near mint) / EXCELLENT
OTHER DETAILS: Okay, here is GRAND DADDY of Prince Original Issues 90’s promo LP’s, the incredibly rare Grey Marble, promo only issue of the Black Album!!! There were only 50 numbered copies of these and, get this, the number is withheld to protect the buyer’s privacy!!! *** COMES WITH THE ORGINAL LETTER FORM JEFF GOLD from whom acquired **It comes in a WHITE sleeve that has the peach lettering on the sleeve like the regular black issue! Dude to the unique ‘marbling process’ each of these pressings come out different, so each one is truly one of a kind. Each individual number makes it even more so. These were ONLY given to high up Warner Brothers executives and only a handful of these are even still known to still be in the US. Most have are owned by overseas collectors! These were an incredibly special promo only item that not only were never sold in stores, but ultimately they weren’t even really used to ‘promote’ either! They were more like vanity collectables for industry execs!!! ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE ITEM!! These are really one of the VERY top Prince rarities and the fact that it’s for such an enigmatic release as ‘The Black Album’ makes it even more extraordinary!! Even when albums are numbered, it’s usually on the sleeve, so it makes this that much more unusual that it’s numbered on the record!
I know everyone tries to hype their auction as a “MUST HAVE ITEM”, but this is a serious high end Prince collectable that if you are a serious Prince collector you will NOT see another like this so easily this is easily in the top 10 Prince rarities. Price is a guide, SERIOUS offers considered. Act now or forever hold your peace. You KNOW these are only going to appreciate in price in the years to come AND become harder to find.
This record has not been played since I’ve owned it, and I’ve had it for the last 10 years now. It’s been kept in it’s original sturdy, . It’s hard to rate these as they were never sealed, so ‘like new’ is kind of relevant to the way they were issued. All were handled to a degree so it depends on who’s rating it I guess. I’ll just call it a perfect example or whatever. No major wear or damage and it’s been very well preserved.