1. This Is Spinal Tap
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    This Is Spinal Tap by Spinal Tap, 1984. Soundtrack to the movie This Is Spinal Tap. Like Tap, this list goes to 11.
  2. The Black Album
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    The Black Album by The Dandy Warhols, 2004. This was originally going to be the follow up to their debut album, which was all white with gray text. It was rejected by Capitol Records in 1996, and traded by fans for 8 years before being released by the band.
  3. The Black Album*
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    The Black Album* by Kino, 1990. A tribute to their recently deceased lead singer (like AC/DC's Back in Black), except this was the band's final album. Kino was one of the most popular Russian rock bands of the 80's, ....they were like Depeche Mode or The Smiths. (*actually untitled)
  4. The Black Album
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    The Black Album by Jay-Z, 2003. The "blackest" album in this list, is ironically the least black album cover. Thanks to the large image of Jay-Z & the non-black text.
  5. Who Will Survive, and What Will Be Left of Them?
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    Who Will Survive, and What Will Be Left of Them? by Murder By Death, 2003. Subtract points for non-black text. Bonus points for being bad-ass. Subsequent reissues have a silver cover.
  6. Unknown Pleasures
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    Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division, 1979. The cover art represents 100 successive pulses from the first pulsar discovered. Deduct points for having cover art. Serious bonus points for not listing the track info or names on the back or on the album itself. They didn't even put "Side One" or "Side Two" on the record.
  7. Smell the Glove
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    Smell the Glove by Spinal Tap, 1982. Same cover as the 1984 movie soundtrack. OK, so this is a fiction album. It also replaces the original, offensive album cover (boo censorship! fictional or otherwise). Bonus for being all black. The only reason I put this at #5 and the other album at #11 is because I thought the 11 joke would work better that way.
  8. The Black Album
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    The Black Album by Prince, 1987. Originally this album was Prince's reaction to the criticism that he had become too pop-oriented. It was pulled, and replaced by the very pop-oriented "Lovesexy". Prince perceived The Black Album to be evil. It was eventually released in 1994. Bonus for being all black. Double bonus for being evil.
  9. Danzig 4
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    Danzig 4 by Danzig, 1994. This cover is nearly all black until it catches the light when tilted. The band's name on the cover is in Medieval German Vehmgericht runes. It is considered the most stolen CD in history. The band wanted the case to be all cardboard, sans jewel case, like an old-school album. Not good for record store security measures.
  10. Metallica
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    Metallica by Metallica, 1991. Also referred to as The Black Album, this was Metallica's "coming-out" as the popular band Metallica, as opposed to the ass-kicking, much better version of Metallica that was beloved & followed by the original fans for the entire decade before. Some copies of this album appear to be completely black, with the logo and snake barely visible.
  11. Back in Black
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    Back in Black by AC/DC, 1980. In tribute to original lead singer Bon Scott, one of the biggest rock classics of the 20th century. Second best selling album ever. Michael Jackson's Thriller sold more, but it's the best selling album by a band. And it kicks way, way more ass. It was released only 5 months after Bon Scott's death. The official cause of death was listed as "Acute Alcohol Poisoning" and "Death by Misadventure". Bonus points for "Death by Misadventure."