Showing posts with label Sheila E.. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sheila E.. Show all posts

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Sex cymbal - Sheila E.

My wife came home with a few singles, and I had almost all of them. Still, no harm, because it allowed me to ditch the copies that were in lesser shape, and there was one I didn't know. It was this song by Sheila E., released in 1991.

'Sex cymbal' was taken from Sheila's fourth solo album, the first not to be made with any input from her mentor Prince. It has a very prominent house- and dance-focused sound that was popular in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. It's not her best single, but it's a decent effort nonetheless.

My collection: 7" single no. 5878
Found: Kringloop Den Haag, December 27, 2016
Cost: 0
Tracks: 'Sex cymbal' / 'Bass base'

Listen to the song

Sunday, 3 January 2010

The belle of St. Mark - Sheila E

Taken from her debut album 'The glamorous life', 'The belle of St. Mark' was a 1984 hit single for Sheila E., written and produced by herself. The single reached number 34 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 5 in the Dutch Top 40.

The single came out during a time when Sheila E. was still part of Prince's entourage. Around the same time, the duo had a brief romantic relationship, although Prince was also still involved with Susannah Melvoin, twin sister of Wendy Melvoin of Wendy & Lisa fame.

My collection: 7" single no. 4357
Found: Record mania, Amterdam, December 30, 2009
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'The belle of St. Mark' / 'Too sexy'

Thursday, 16 July 2009

A love bizarre - Sheila E

Taken from Sheila E.'s second solo album 'Romance 1600' (1985), 'A love bizarre' was written and produced by Sheila E. and Prince. Prince also sings on the track. On the album, the track is over 12 minutes long, while the single version is one third of that length.

The single became Sheila E.'s last major hit, peaking at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 7 in the Netherlands.

My collection: 7" single no. 422
Found: Free Record Shop, Den Haag, June 28, 1986
Cost: 6 guilders
Tracks: 'A love bizarre' / 'A love bizarre (part 2)'

Sunday, 28 June 2009

The glamorous life - Sheila E.

Sheila Escovedo was born on December 12, 1957 in Oakland, California (USA). She is the daughter of percussionist Pete Escovedo. She became a drummer and percussionist herself and made her debut in 1976 with jazz bassist Alphonso Johnson on 'Yesterday's dream'. Sheila met Prince in the early Eighties, when she was performing with her father. He enlisted her for his band and she played during the recording sessions for 'Purple rain' (1984).

Though taken under Prince's wing, she proved to be a successful artist in her own right. In 1984 she scored her first solo hit with 'The glamorous life', which peaked at number 7 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 in the Netherlands.

My collection: 7" single no. 1896
Found: Record fair, Den Haag, May 2, 1993
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'The glamorous life' / 'The glamorous life part 2'

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