Showing posts with label Sheena Easton. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sheena Easton. Show all posts

Friday, 13 May 2016

Telefone - Sheena Easton

Sheena Easton recorded 'Telefone (Long distance love affair)' in 1983 for her album 'Best kept secret'. It was released as the album's lead single.  The song reached a disappointing number 84 in the UK singles chart. Amazingly, it was more successful in the US, where it became her fourth top 10 hit, peaking at number 9 late October 1983.

A year later, Easton added 'Telefono' to her Spanish album 'Todo me recuerda a ti', recorded for the Latin markets.

My collection: 7" single no. 5844
Found: Discogs.com, received May 2, 2016
Cost: 2 euro
Tracks: 'Telefone' / 'Wish you were here tonight'

Listen to the song

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Eternity - Sheena Easton

'No sound but a heart' was Sheena Easton's eighth studio album, released in 1987 on the EMI label. The album was issued in Canada, Mexico, Japan, and other Asian markets. The album consisted of midtempo and ballad songs. The release of 'No sound but a heart' was hampered in the United States after EMI America was absorbed into EMI Manhattan records and two scheduled release dates for the album (February and June of 1987) were not met.

The album produced only one single, 'Eternity', written by Prince. The single was, amazingly, not a hit. This was Easton's final release on the EMI label, where she had started her career. She subsequently moved to MCA Records the following year in 1988.

My collection: 7" single no. 5149
Found: Chelsea Records, Antwerpen, June 9, 2011
Cost: 2 euro
Tracks: 'Eternity' / 'Shockwave'

Friday, 10 June 2011

Morning train (9 to 5) - Sheena Easton

Young Scottish singer Sheena Easton had some success with her debut single 'Modern girl', but her second, '9 to 5' went to number 3 in the UK singles chart.

'9 to 5' was Easton's first single release in the United States, although it was renamed 'Morning Train (Nine To Five)' to avoid confusion with Dolly Parton's hit movie title song '9 to 5'. 'Morning Train' became Easton's first and only #1 hit in the USA. It was the start of a very impressive and varied career on both sides of the Atlantic.

My collection: 7" single 5112
Found: Backtrack, Antwerpen, June 9, 2011
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Morning train (9 to 5)' / 'Calm before the storm'

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Strut - Sheena Easton

I bought the 7" single of 'Strut' for almost nothing in 1993, so it's only fair that I would find the 12" single for a tiny amount as well. I'm glad to say I did.

This 12" single features a dance mix Eighties-style: instrumental passages and echoes - and that's pretty much it. That's the way I like it best...

My collection: 12" single no. 548
Found: Kringloop, Den Haag, May 22, 2010
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Strut (Dance mix)' / 'Letters from the road'

Friday, 16 April 2010

Are you man enough - Sheena Easton

'Are you man enough', asks Sheena Easton with a bare shoulder on the sleeve of this single. It almost sounds like an indecent proposal. The song was written by G. Lyle and B. Livsey, and so at least the proposal doesn't really come from Easton herself.

The song was released in 1982 as the second single from her third album 'Madness, money and music', and failed to chart in all territories.

My collection: 7" single no. 4787
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, April 10, 2010
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Are you man enough' / 'Loner'

Monday, 12 April 2010

Sugar walls - Sheena Easton

Alexander Nevermind was credited for composing and producing Sheena Easton's 1984 single 'Sugar walls'. It was a pseudonym of Prince, marking the first time the purple midget from Minneapolis worked with the innocent Scottish girl.

'Sugar walls' was a suggestive song, for its repeating innuendo about a woman's private parts where the listener should 'come inside', adding 'Take advantage, it's all right' just to be sure. The single was not a hit in Europe, but reached number 9 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 4807
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, April 10, 2010
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'Sugar walls' / 'Straight talking'

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Take my time - Sheena Easton

'Take my time' was the title of Sheena Easton's debut album, released in 1981. Produced by Christopher Neil, the album was a combination of pure pop songs and sentimental ballads. Besides the two hit singles Easton had already had in 1980, 'Morning train' and 'Modern girl', three more singles were taken from the album in 1981.

The title track was the penultimate single taken from the album. It reached number 44 in the UK singles chart but failed to chart in other territories.

My collection: 7" single no. 4753
Found: Record fair, Rijswijk, April 5, 2010
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Take my time' / 'Calm before the storm'

Saturday, 20 March 2010

A little tenderness - Sheena Easton

'A little tenderness' was released in 1981 as the third single from Sheena Easton's second album 'You could have been with me'. By that time, several singles had been released with almost the same sleeve: compare the one picture here with the ones of 'You could have been with me' and 'Ice out in the rain' and you'll be amazed.

This single did not reach the Dutch Top 40 or the UK singles chart. No further singles were released from the album.

My collection: 7" single no. 4688
Found: All that music, Leiden, March 13, 2010
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'A little tenderness' / 'Family of one'

Sunday, 14 March 2010

The lover in me - Sheena Easton

Under the wings of Prince, Sheena Easton reinvented herself as a sex bomb in the mid-Eighties. This image proved to be successful mostly in the United States, but sometimes her singles would have some chart success in Europe as well.

'The lover in me' was released in 1988 as the first single from Easton's album of the same name. Produced by LA & Babyface, it was one of her biggest hits in the USA and her first top 20 hit in the UK after eight years, peaking at number 15. In the Dutch Top 40, the single peaked at number 12.

My collection: 7" single no. 775
Found: Free Record Shop, Den Haag, March 23, 1989
Cost: 6 guilders
Tracks: 'The lover in me' / 'The lover in me (instrumental)'

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Just another broken heart - Sheena Easton

'Just another broken heart' was released in 1981 as the first single from Sheena Easton's second album 'You could have been with me'. The album was produced by Christopher Neil.

Although the single did not chart in the Netherlands, where Easton had some success before, it still charted in the UK, peaking at number 33.

My collection: 7" single no. 4599
Found: Velvet Vinyl Outlet, Leiden, February 26, 2010
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Just another broken heart' / 'Savoir faire (he's got)'

Monday, 15 February 2010

101 - Sheena Easton

Prince used his pseudonym Joey Coco to write '101' for Sheena Easton. The track was recorded on her 1989 album 'The lover in me', with Prince producing. When it was released as the second single from the album, the sleeve included a beautiful photograph by Sheila Rock.

It was not a big success for Easton, as '101' only reached number 54 in the UK singles chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 875
Found: Free Record Shop, Den Haag, June 3, 1989
Cost: 6 guilders
Tracks: '101' / 'Cool love'

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Strut - Sheena Easton

In 1984, Sheena Easton released the album 'A private heaven'. The song 'Strut' was released as the third single from the album, after the tracks 'Back in the city' and 'Hungry eyes' failed to chart in most territories. The music video and the sleeve signalled the first steps of Easton towards a more sexually suggestive image.

The single reached number 7 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 8 in Canada, but in Europe it wasn't successful.

My collection: 7" single no. 1911
Found: Leiden, May 19, 1993
Cost: 0,5 guilder
Tracks: 'Strut' / 'Hungry eyes'

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Do it for love - Sheena Easton

Most people assume that Sheena Easton's career basically consisted of two main periods: working in Europe and working with Prince in America. The truth, of course, is more complicated than that. Easton collaborated with Prince on her 1984 album 'A private heaven' and in 1987 on his track 'U got the look', but in 1985, she released the album 'Do you', which was produced by another musical legend, Nile Rodgers.

It's easy to understand why this album was overlooked, as it was only successful in America. In Europe, the album and this single 'Do it for love' was a flop.

My collection: 7" single no. 1765
Found: London, October 20, 1992
Cost: 1 pound
Tracks: 'Do it for love' / 'Can't wait till tomorrow'

Thursday, 14 January 2010

For your eyes only - Sheena Easton

Sometimes when you have a big singles collection, you erroneously buy a single twice. I recently discovered I have two copies of 'For your eyes only' by Sheena Easton: this one and this one. The other single was a European pressing, whereas this one was made in the UK. And lo and behold: they have different B-sides! What a nice surprise.

The B-side of this single is nothing much to write home about: it's an instrumental piece from the soundtrack of the James Bond movie 'For your eyes only'. As I always say: 'It's just a soundtrack, isn't it?'.

My collection: 7" single no. 3299
Found: Disco Market, Den Haag, February 24, 2001
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'For your eyes only' / 'Runaway'

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Morning train - Sheena Easton

After Sheena Easton's debut single 'Modern girl' failed to chart, both that song and 'Morning train' featured in the BBC documentary 'The big time'. Both songs suddenly reached the chart as a result. 'Morning train' became a number 3 hit in the UK, also reaching number 14 in the Dutch Top 40.

The song is about a woman who waits at home all day for her man to come home from work. The music video was filmed on the Bluebell Railway, a heritage line running between East and West Sussex in England.

My collection: 7" single no. 4366
Found: Record mania, Amsterdam, December 30, 2009
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'Morning train' / 'Moody (My love)'

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Machinery - Sheena Easton

If it wasn't for my sister, I might never have bought 'Machinery' by Sheena Easton when I did. She played this single over and over when it was released, and not long after that I bought myself a copy.

'Machinery' is a track from Easton's third album 'Madness, money and music'. It didn't chart in the Netherlands, but it reached number 38 in the UK singles chart and number 57 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 147
Found: Wouters, Den Haag, 1982
Cost: 3 guilders
Tracks: 'Machinery' / 'So we say goodbye'

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Ice out in the rain - Sheena Easton

While 'You could have been with me' was taken from Sheena Easton's second album of the same name and 'Ice out in the rain' was taken from her third album, the two singles' sleeves still share the same photograph and artwork.

'Ice out in the rain' is one of Sheena Easton's lesser known single releases. When it was released as the follow-up to 'Machinery', it didn't chart in any territory.

My collection: 7" single no. 1472
Found: Parkpop, Den Haag, June 30, 1991
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Ice out in the rain' / 'Loner'

Sunday, 13 December 2009

You could have been with me - Sheena Easton

'You could have been with me' was the title track from Sheena Easton's second album, released in 1981. The song was composed by Lea Maalfrid who had had considerable success in her native New Zealand as frontwoman for glam rock band Ragnarok. Maalfrid had little awareness of Sheena Easton and 'wasn't too bothered [i.e. interested]' about Easton recording her song. When the song turned out to be successful, Maalfrid abandoned her own singing career in favour of songwriting.

The single reached number 14 in the Dutch Top 40 and number 15 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. In the UK, the single only reached number 54, showing the first signs of Easton's career being more successful in America than in her native Great Britain.

My collection: 7" single no. 103
Found: Wouters, Den Haag, 1982
Cost: 6 guilders
Tracks: 'You could have been with me' / 'Family of one'

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Jimmy Mack - Sheena Easton

Some time ago, I wrote about a cover version of 'Jimmy Mack' by Risqué. I didn't know then that the track had also been covered by Sheena Easton two years after Risqué's version. I'm almost certain that she didn't hear that track, but it's nice to compare the two anyway.

Sheena Easton's version was produced by Nile Rodgers, just like the parent album 'Do you'. The single reached number 65 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. In the UK and Europe, the single did not chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 4314
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, November 21, 2009
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Jimmy Mack' / 'Money back guarantee'

Thursday, 26 November 2009

One man woman - Sheena Easton

'One man woman' was the third single by Sheena Easton, released in November 1980. Recorded at George Martin's Air Studios and produced by Christopher Neil, it was one of the tracks to be included on Sheena Easton's debut album, released in early 1981.

Although the single was released all over Europe (this copy comes from Germany and includes a press info sheet on the single), 'One man woman' only charted in the UK, where it reached number 14.

My collection: 7" single no. 4256
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, November 21, 2009
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'One man woman' / 'Summer's over'

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