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30 June 2022

Jack White Confirms Plans For Lost Prince Album ‘Camille’

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Jack White has confirmed plans to “re-edit” Prince‘s album Camille as “originally planned”.

Earlier this year, the 46-year-old musician’s Third Man Records secured the rights to release the “lost” 1986 record.

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 and pitch-shifted vocals by Prince recorded in September and October 1986, shortly after The Revolution disbanded.

As quoted by the Daily Star newspaper’s Wired column, White said: “We are able to re-edit it as it was originally planned. So that is great news.

“It’s very difficult to confirm, because Prince himself changed his mind about Camille when he was about to release it.

“[But] I don’t think [releasing] it goes against his will, because he ended up issuing many of the songs on different recordings over the years. It’s not like he didn’t want them to see the light of day.”

Earlier this year, White announced plans to release Camille after he paid almost $50,000 for a test pressing.

He added: “I already owned a copy of Prince’s The Black Album on vinyl as well as on cassette and so I was trying to get this copy of Camille for the Third Man archives.

“After losing out to other bidders a long time ago, we were lucky to win one this time round. I spoke about it publicly to help secure the reissue with the Prince estate and Warner Bros.”

He also suggested that the release could be announced before long: “I can say that it looks like it’s good to go, even if you never know in the music industry.”

Back in April, Third Man’s co-founder Ben Blackwell has confirmed the music legend’s estate has given them the go-ahead to release the eight-track record for the first time in full.

He said at the time to MOJO: “We’re finally going to put it out. Prince’s people agreed – almost too easy.”

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