|Camille is an unreleased album by Prince (although planned for release under the pseudonym Camille), and was compiled on 5 November 1986, from tracks using distorted vocals by Prince recorded in September and October 1986, shortly after The Revolution disbanded (although Feel U Up was originally recorded in 1981 and Strange Relationship in 1982). It was issued a catalog number (1-25543) by Warner Bros. and planned for release in January 1987 (to be preceded by a single of Shockadelica). Prince instead decided to expand on the project by incorporating tracks recorded earlier in 1986, resulting in the three-disc set Crystal Ball.|
The album features Prince in disguise as Camille on all vocals and instruments, with saxophone by Eric Leeds and trumpet by Atlanta Bliss on some tracks. Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman also appear on Strange Relationship (although their contributions were buried in the mix), and Susannah Melvoin on Rockhard In A Funky Place.
When the project was developed into Crystal Ball (first sequenced on 30 November 1986), seven of the eight tracks were kept; only Feel U Up was removed. Only Housequake, Strange Relationship and If I Was Your Girlfriend were kept as the album developed into Prince's next officially released album, Sign O' The Times.
All of the remaining tracks have since been released elsewhere, although Rebirth Of The Flesh has only been released in a live rehearsal form (by the NPG Music Club, in 2001). Shockadelica was released as the b-side of the 12" of If I Was Your Girlfriend in 1987. Goodlove was available on the Bright Lights, Big City movie soundtrack in 1988. Feel U Up was released as the b-side of the 12" Partyman in 1989. Rockhard In A Funky Place was planned for release on "The Black Album" in 1987, but finally received an official release with "The Black Album" in 1994. The only song that would have appeared with a minor difference was If I Was Your Girlfriend, which at this point did not have the 'wedding march' and 'Look at the bargains over here, ladies' samples at the beginning, instead starting 'on the 2', like the single does.
The album cover has been described as having a stick figure with X's for eyes. However, rather than a fully developed design this is believed to have been only in the stage of Prince drawing on the white unmarked sleeve of a test-pressing, much like the 12" to Gett Off. The labels of the vinyl would have been the first with the new Paisley Park design and featured the song titles in Prince's own writing, as well as the name Camille with the C and a crescent moon. The name Prince would not have been on the record.