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"The World Of Sheena Easton:
The Singles Collection"
December 24 - 30, 2017
Year of Release: 1993
Morning Train (Nine To Five)
For Your Eyes Only
You Could Have Been With Me
When He Shines
I Wouldn't Beg For Water
We've Got Tonight
Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)
Almost Over You
Devil In A Fast Car
Do It For Love
Magic Of Love
So Far So Good
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The 1980s shined brightly for Sheena Easton -- recording with Prince, a "James Bond" girl (singing one of the Bond films' main songs), and the wife
of Sonny Crockett (played by Don Johnson) on the TV show Miami Vice. The World Of Sheena Easton: The Singles Collection displays the
hits of her career, from 1980-1987. (She did record albums in the 1990s, but there were not well-remembered hits.)
From her debut 1981 album Take My Time, "Morning Train (Nine To Five)" would be her only #1 hit of her career. THe song had to be
renamed to "Morning Train (Nine To Five", as caused confusion of Dolly Parton's song, "9 To 5" "Modern Girl" was another hit from
this album. "For Your Eyes Only" would be the title to a James Bond film in 1981, starring Roger Moore. (Another reason to get this particular
Best Of album of Easton's; the Bond tune was only available on its soundtrack.
"You Could Have Been With Me" was the title track of her 1981 album. "When He Shines" was taken from her debut Take My Time,
as it has a strong resemblance to the style of Barbra Streisand. "Machinery" has the Pop Sheena, a style that was heard in most of her popular
hits from the 1980s. This song would be the leadoff track of her 1982 album, Madness, Money And Music." Another song from this album, is
"I Wouldn't Beg For Water," another powerful ballad.
Another huge hit for Sheena, would be the duet with Kenny Rogers, "We've Got Tonight." The song was originally written and recoded by Bob
Seger. The duet would appear on both of Kenny's and Sheena's individual solo albums -- Best Kept Secret (1983; Easton) and We've Got Tonight
(Rogers; 1983). (Seger's original version appeared on his 1978 album, Stranger In Town. Best Kept Secret also produced another hit for
Easton, "Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)" Two more songs from this album are on this compilation: "Almost Over You," (ballad) and
"Devil In A Fast Car" (another Streisand sounding Pop song). Easton's next album was released in 1984, Todo Me Recuerda A Ti, a Spanish
greatest hits compilation. None of the tracks from this album appeared on this compilation reviewed.
1984 saw the release of her next album, A Private Heaven, of which three songs are here: "Strut," "Sugar Walls" and "Swear."
The writer of "Sugar Walls" was listed as "Alexander Nevermind." It was learned, that name was a pseudonym for a very well known performer, Prince.
"Sugar Walls" caused controversy, with its sexually risque lyrics, as the song was banned in some regions, and was negatively critique by Tipper
Gore in her efforts pointing out warnings of explicit musical albums with suggestive lyrics. Easton would continue working with Prince for the next few
years, however their collaboration on A Private Heaven would be their most popular album together. All three songs on this compilation from
A Private Heaven definitely has the Prince style. Easton was changing her image to that of a sexy pop singer, away from her "sweet and innocent
clean" image. (I'm sure Prince had help in determining Easton's new sexy image.) And speaking of Prince, another Easton/Prince collaboration NOT on
this compilation is "U Got The Look" which was released on Prince's 1987 album, Sign O'The Times.
1985 -- Her 7th album was released, Do You, and from it, three songs: "Do It For Love," another upbeat Pop number for Easton, and her
version of the Motown hit "Jimmy Mack" (orginally recorded by Martha & The Vandellas). Nile Rogers (of Chic fame) was the album's producer.
And the third track from Do You, "Magic Of Love."
Ending this compilation are the last two tracks: "So Far So Good" from the movie About Last Night, released in 1986. The movie starred
Rob Lowe and Jim Belushi. The last track, "Eternity", would be from her eighth album from 1987, No Sound But A Heart. This song has a
comparison to Eurythmics.
After 1987, Sheena Easton would release a total of seven more albums (1988-2000). Although no major hits would surface from these albums, she has
always been known as a great, accomplished singer, and a Pop Diva. Her best known songs were from the 1980s, her involvement with Prince, and her
appearances on 5 episodes as Sonny Crockett's wife, on Miami Vice. In reading on her early life, she did not consider singing, until she saw
the movie The Way We Were, starring Barbra Streisand. It is quite obvious, that she can be compared to Streisand, as Easton recorded songs that
would be similar to Streisand (another Diva in music), and Easton's comparison to Streisand's sound.
This compilaiton of Easton's is quite thorough, regarding her most popular hits. Especially the movie songs, most notably, the James Bond theme from
For Your Eyes Only. Of course, the popular hits well-known are the standouts, and its easy to call Sheena Easton another "Pop Diva." She has
appeared on Broadway, since 1991, including playing the character Rizzo from Grease, in 1996. Most recently, she appeared in the musical 42nd
Street in London, 2017.
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