Typically, it's record companies that cancel albums and singles at the eleventh hour. But in this case, it was the late, great Prince himself who reportedly had a bad experience on MDMA, suddenly decided his own record was "evil" and paid Warner Bros. to recall the entire 500,000-copy run.
By that point, many promo copies were already in circulation. The LP was widely bootlegged. And eventually, in 1994, Prince officially released "The Black Album" on CD.
But that doesn't matter to rare-record hounds. In 2018, an original Canadian vinyl pressing sold for $27,500, while a still-factory-sealed American copy fetched $42,300.