On this day in music history: December 1, 1987 - “The Black Album” by Prince is withdrawn from release. Written and produced by Prince, it is recorded at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN and Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, CA from Early 1986 - Late 1987. Recorded in response to critics who feel his music has become “too pop oriented”, Prince will come forth with an album that will feature stripped down funk jams, tempered with often darkly humorous and profane lyrics. It is to be released with no title, text, or graphics on the front or back of the plain black cover (with only the catalog number printed on the spine). Originally scheduled for release on December 7, 1987, the eight track album (coming just nine months after “Sign ‘O’ The Times”) is pulled from release at the very last minute after the artist has requested that it be rush released. Warner Bros Records will end up destroying several hundred thousand copies of the album before it can be shipped to record stores. However, enough copies will survive (most originating from WEA’s West German pressing plant and advance promo cassettes) for it to become one of the most heavily bootlegged albums of all time. Prince has never publicly given a reason for the withdrawal, but it has been rumored that he felt the record was “evil” or that he had experienced a bad trip after taking the drug Ecstasy. Prince will allow it be officially released on a limited basis on November 22, 1994. “The Black Album” will be permanently pulled from the marketplace in January of 1995.