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  • Cassette (16 novembre 1994)
  • Nombre de disques: 1
  • Format : Import
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN : B000002MVL
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Le Black Album restera t-il mal connu et mal aimé ?

Après une publication "pirate" et limitée qui passa sous le manteau pendant des mois, la sortie officielle du disque a déçu certains fans en cassant l'interdit "underground" et le charme propre à un bootleg. Dommage, car ce disque de 1988 est à la charnière entre deux périodes musicales essentielles pour Prince (celles de The Revolution et des N.P.G.). Certains morceaux comme "Cindy C" rappellent l'atmosphère de l'album Parade (1986), alors que le funk-rap efficace de "Dead on it" est plutôt annonciateur des grooves ravageurs de Diamonds and Pearls (1991).

On peut également se régaler du titre "Bob George", (loud)funk-rock, façon George Clinton et ses dope dogs..., de "Two nigs united for west compton", jam instrumental efficace, ou de "Rockhard in a funky place", et son riff de sax aussi tarabiscoté qu'entêtant.

Globalement, Prince se situe dans le ton (et le son) de l'album Lovesexy, sorti la même année. Les deux disques ont d'ailleurs en commun la ballade "When two are in love", et même s'ils n'ont pas bénéficié du même statut aux yeux des fans, ils sont indiscutablement liés, par la même recherche esthétique, et par une richesse et une inventivité musicales profondes.
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Par Stefy TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS le 2 mars 2014
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Cet album aurait vraiment dû sortir après "Sign O The Times". Car Prince y est tout ce qu'on aime. L'album est cohérent mais varié, très animé, bénéficiant de la patte unique du Prince (ces rythmiques si particulières qui sont sa marque sur ses meilleurs albums), déroulant un funk à la Clinton mâtiné de délires à la Zappa. Il était bien dans la veine des albums sortis précédemment et cevait permettre à Prince de garder la tête dans l'innovation (un morceau comme "Bob George" ne serait-il pas le premier titre gansgta rap ?). Mais voilà, Prince débloque, trouve le disque démoniaque, empli de mauvaises vibrations, l'annule, et sort à la place l'angélique et positif "Lovesexy", beaucoup plus immaculé et moins sombre. Dommage, celui-ci était meilleur (même si "Lovesexy" n'est pas un vilain disque, il sonne beaucoup plus ampoulé, moins frais et conquérant, moins funky, que le Black Album). Et, en 1994, il ne créera pas l'événement. Reste donc un bon opus dans la lignée des grands albums du petit Prince mais qui rata son rendez-vous avec le public. A écouter aujourd'hui, cela reste dommage et, surtout, assurément bon.
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Album Indispensable pour les fan de Prince ! A posseder de toute urgence ....Du Bon groove ...; enfin tout a déjà était dis sur cet album
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Nous sommes en 1987, Prince veut sortir un triple album et sa maison de disque lui refuse ce soit disant suicide commercial....tant pis, crystal ball ( Genialissime triple album disponible trop cher mais a avoir) sortira en 1998....va pour un double, le non-moins genial et beaucoup plus connu Sign o' the times...Prince domine alors la scene rock-funk et la decennie...Seul Bambi, l'auto-proclamé king of the Pop, Michael Jackson resiste....et au moment ou BAD sort en 1988, avec la pub qui va avec, Prince decide de sortir un disque SANS PUB, ce sera le black album ou il n'y a meme pas son nom d'inscrit sur la pochette ! La maison de disque en parle....et il faudra attendre 1994 pour que Prince sorte ce chef d'oeuvre de Funk-rap tres proche de son style de l'epoque...Signe des temps, Prince est toujours le plus grand des annees 80, meme avec le recul et ces bandes commercialisees longtemps apres.... A noter que ce disque est sortit pour satisfaire le contrat de Prince avec sa maison de disque avec qui il etait en conflit depuis...1987 et Crystal Ball. Pour etre complet, en 1988, Prince a sortit Lovesexy qui, s'il contient un morceau de ce Black Album magique - When 2 R in love - est la face joyeuse de son oeuvre.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Legendary and controversial album by Prince 10 septembre 2005
Par Jon Marin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
What is there to say about the Black Album that hasn't already been said. This album was supposed to be the follow-up to the 1987 masterpiece Sign o' The Times. The album was made but weeks before it's release Prince refused to put it out there and went to work on another album. The album released instead was Lovesexy, which (if you've heard the Black Album) proves to be great in its own way but the exact opposite of the Black Album. For Prince this was a spiritual thing. He said that something told him not to put out the Black Album. But what Prince didn't know is that while WB destroyed most copies, some of the promotional LPs were sent out. That's when the bootlegging began. The Black Album was one of the most bootlegged albums in history. The Black Album was still alive when Prince began performing some songs on stage during his Lovesexy Tour.

Years went by and in 1994 Prince had to fufill his contract with WB and did something he didn't want to do back in '88. Release the Black Album to the mass public. For years he'd been warning people not to buy the Black Album and now it was available but with a catch, it was limited. The Black Album's shocking lyrics and overt sexuality threw many people off. Here was the guy that sang "Little Red Corvette" talking in this pimped out voice calling a woman something besides her name. But even with all the controversy it was well praised.

Prince's The Black Album is an all out funk fest. With jams like "Le Grind", "Cindy C." and "Superfunkycalifragisexy". The only ballad on the album that was also featured on Lovesexy, "When 2 R In Love" is great and among the greatest Prince songs. "Dead On It" is a cool parody of rappers with an addictive yet simple beat that's sure to having you bobbing your head. "2 Nigs United 4 West Compton" is mostly an instrumental but has a little intro at beginning that has a conversation between Prince and Cat behind the drums of his song "Housequake". But listen closely and you'll hear a slew of voices chattering spewing curse words and conversations of their own. "Rockhard In A Funky Place" is a cool song too, with Prince ripping the guitar while Shiela, Cat and anothers yell "Rock!". But the infamous and controversial "Bob George" takes the crown for the best cut on the album. It is Prince in rare form. A deep voice and a pimp attitude. He's even making suggestions to using a gun, something that shocked critics and even made them come to the conclusion that Prince pioneered "gangsta rap".

To those that love Purple Rain and the legendary status of the man will find this album and "Bob George" in particular somewhat different and very disturbing. But to those that can enjoy Lovesexy and all of his work that the albums that weren't lighting up the pop charts, this is a masterpiece. Enough said.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A CLASSIC THAT WAS OVERHYPED THEN, AND UNDERRATED NOW 15 avril 2004
Par Giacomo Holdini - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
This album could have been titled "Controversy," mainly because most Prince fans seem to be unable to agree on whether or not it is a good disc. I side with the camp that sees this as a Prince classic. As the intended follow-up to the vaunted Sign 'o' the Times, 1987's Black Album comes straight out of one Prince's most inspired periods. Although the brilliant patchwork of Sign 'o' the Times ultimately yields the finer album, Black Album is Prince's ode to funk, and, as such, is more cohesive, much more of a piece with itself. It is also much more focused and enjoyable than Lovesexy, the album Prince released in place of Black Album, in 1988. Whereas on Lovesexy, Prince obscures his funk with swirls of quasi-religious philosophizing, on Black Album he stays true to one vision: getting it on to the groove.
Here, the Purple One conjures an unrelenting world of joyously insane, black-strap, butt-bumping, booty-grinding funk that struts in with "Le Grind" and doesn't let up until "Rock Hard in a Funky Place" swaggers off into silence. On every track in between, Prince keeps up the pace, refusing to let listeners catch their breath. (One exception to this is the only ballad on the disc, "When 2 R in Love," the one Black Album track to make it onto Lovesexy, where it makes much more sense thematically. On Black Album, it simply doesn't fit in, and is the album's one weakness.) This is not listener-friendly Prince; he is much too hardcore here for casual fans, which could explain why this disc still gets mixed reviews. However, for those who revel in this artist's unique, inspired forays into the fun and unusual, Black Album is just the ticket.
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Officially, this album was not released until 1994, when Warner Bros. put out a limited edition CD. Prior to that, it had been available only on bootleg LPs and cassettes. To my knowledge, this album is now out of print officially, and all forms of it will take some work to find. If you can track down a copy, either official or bootleg, snap it up. It's worth it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Only Good Prince Is The One Whose Dead On It 26 octobre 2012
Par Andre S. Grindle - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Very little in Prince's vast released music catalog carries as much mystique as this album. Recorded in the fall of 1987 this album was to have served two functions in the artists career. One was as a party album for Sheila E's birthday and the other was (supposedly) to silence critics and fans who felt Prince's music had become a bit lighter and more radio friendly in the past few years. It actually had been anything but. Yet Prince's irritation at all facets of the music business and press was beginning to manifest itself strongly. He was finding himself more interested in recording with artists like Miles Davis and pursuing the more abstract and funky side of his musical nature,as well as openly express his discomforts. And all of that goes into making this album.

Musically it was no lie that the bulk of this album represents the most coherent and focused form of funk music ever heard on a Prince album. Usually following his eclectic leanings songs such as "Le Grind","Cindy C","Superfunkycalifragisexy","Rockhard In A Funky Place" and the amazing instrumental "2 Nigs United For West Compton" deliver 100% on that promise. This takes the Sign O the Times era band,in particular Levi Seacer's intense slap bass and Bonnie Bonnie Boyer's bouncy gospel/soul/blues/jazz piano stylings with Prince's JB like rhythmic guitar touches and Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss's horn accents. It's first generation funk revivalism at it's finest. "Dead On It" finds Prince in a proto new jack/old school hip-hop beat (sounding like a rap song from about 1984 actually) with Prince dissing rappers who embody more boastfulness than talent.

In a slowed down voice,the stop-start funk of "Bob George" disturbingly tells the story of a psychopathic boyfriend berating his lover for her affairs and tastes,including dating a man who manages "Prince? that skinny motherf...er with the high voice?"-some plain self parody thrown in. Only the melodic ballad "When 2 R In Love",which lyrically offsets the proceedings appeared fully on his follow up album Lovesexy. Even though lyrically a lot of this album consists of the usual series of somewhat racy fetish setups Prince often used to troll and get a rise out of listeners (including lyrics about erections and squirrel meat),some of the scurrilous commentary on hip-hop artists and artist management tie in very well with Prince's later arguments against the recording history. Even though a spiritual revelry resulted in Prince shelving this album at it's time,it's official release in 1994 during Prince's release from his contract and his identity seemed more than fitting.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Departing From the Black Album, Arriving at Lovesexy 27 mars 2015
Par David A. Lee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD Achat vérifié
This is actually among Prince's better albums, in my humble opinion. Though he has distanced himself from it, this was recorded in a particularly prolific time in his career when apparently even what he regards as some of his most regrettable material is still some of his best.

I didn't at the time, but now I think I 'get it', why he didn't want this one released. Some of the material is quite angry and vitriolic. Apparently there is raw anger and cynicism aimed directly at particular people. Based on what I've read, what I understand is this was a difficult period in his personal life. If, like the rest of us, he doesn't want his dirty laundry to be released as a product for public consumption, yeah that's understandable. He even felt he needed to apologize for it.

If, on my side of the desk, as a listener, an apology is warranted for listening to and even digging this album then, Prince, I sincerely apologize. However, as apologies are supposed to be explanations ... I think I was maybe 17 or 18 when I first got hold of it (remember, this is an apology) as a bootleg. I remember driving my Honda listening to this excellent album on a Maxell cassette, wondering why it wasn't released officially. Also, this was before the internet, so I didn't know about the whole controversy yet.

On another level, I think this album documents the closing of one door and the opening of another. The classic sound, which I think of as starting with 'Controversy,' and ending with the 'Black Album' was basically a tight 5-piece band. To my ears it was a tasteful blend of influences from that time. It sounds like he was listening to and enjoying various styles, like New Wave and electronic music. The eclectic style, even despite songs like 'Jack U Off', 'Let's Pretend We're Married' and 'Darling Nikki,' was perceived by most people, obviously, as more mainstream.

The use of relatively popular musical equipment, like the Roger Linn drum machine, the Oberheim synthesizer, somehow became Prince's signature sound. His growing facility as a guitarist and the development of his signature guitar sound coincided with the arrival of Boss stomp boxes and, a little later, the DigiTech "Whammy" pedal. Every shot of his stage gear I've seen since is basically, if not actually, the same pedals. As the 80's wound down, drum pads and drum machines began to give way to more traditional acoustic drum sets. 'Lovesexy', though apparently recorded right on the tail of the 'Black Album,' documents the beginnings of his movement into the more improvisational, jazzy sound.

To my ears 'Lovesexy' seems less produced; more live and spacious. Again, all these years later, I think I understand. There was a major change in personnel between 'The Black Album' and 'Lovesexy' and I think it shows in the music. The mythology surrounding this time, whatever the details, point to a drastic and sudden shift in consciousness. Stylistically, to my way of thinking, between the 'Black Album' and 'Lovesexy' he becomes less the front man of a band and becomes more a band leader and arranger. The 'Black Album' is the fitful releasing of the past. Perhaps this is what exorcising his demons sounds like. 'Lovesexy' is not without its own controversy, but for me it is the end of the "former" Prince. For me, the 'Black Album' is the last of the intense, introspective and still-innocent Prince. 'Lovesexy,' and the music since then are the sound a man becoming more at peace with himself -- if not always with the music industry.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Worth waiting for... 26 décembre 2013
Par Noorah101 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD Achat vérifié
I loved Prince in the Purple Rain era. Then I fell out of his spell for years, only really following his radio hits, not his full albums. I bought them, but didn't enjoy them (with a few exceptions like Parade and Graffiti Bridge), and put them on the shelf. Now I'm rediscovering how great Prince was all those years I didn't listen to him. I never even knew about the Black Album until I recently started backtracking his career and getting caught up buying CD's from those days. I'm finding out that the funky music I didn't care for that much 25 years ago, I love now...and Prince does it best!

The Black Album was expensive, since it's rare, but I bought it anyway, and I don't regret it. All funky dance music with entertaining and funny (and sometimes disturbing) lyrics. The only exception is the ballad "When 2 R in Love" which is also on the Lovesexy album. I agree with other posters who say this one song does not fit in with the rest of the album, but it's still a great song.

My one and only complaint would be that the 3rd party vendor I bought this from (through Amazon) took 3 full weeks to deliver the CD, which seemed too long for domestic USPS shipping. But it was worth the wait.
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