GFM’s Loveman, The Ricker, and DJ Polished Solid are joined by Prince Scholars, Zaheer Ali, Miles Marshall Lewis & Harold Pride, to discuss one of the funkiest albums ever recorded by anyone, the album with no name which was eventually dubbed The Black album. The album was so funky that Camille didn’t give it a name and Prince ultimately decided to pull it from its intended original release. As a result, this masterpiece became one of the most bootlegged albums ever until its official 1994 release. This album is the gift that keeps on giving more than thirty years later. Our three-hour conversation is a testament to that and that’s after editing it down from four.


Writings referenced:

George, Nelson. The Death of Rhythm and Blues, 1988

George, Nelson. “Rhythm & Blues,” Billboard, 1 Feb. 1986.

Sky Magazine, October 1991

Tudahl, Duane. Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984 (Expanded Edition), 2018

Podcasts referenced:

GFM’s Inside The Album Podcast: Prince 1987 Flood

GFM Madhouse 8 Podcast

Purple Rain Deluxe w/ Duane Tudahl & Miss TLC (Part 1 of a 2-part conversation)

GFM Behind The Book Podcast: Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984

Questlove Supreme Episode 4, September 28, 2016: The Revolution

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