A Private Heaven
|A Private Heaven|
|Studio album by Sheena Easton|
|Released||October 2, 1984|
|Label||EMI America / One Way Records|
|Sheena Easton chronology|
A Private Heaven, released in 1984, was the seventh album release by Scottish singer Sheena Easton. Released by EMI America, the album featured two US Top 10 hit singles: the sassy lead single "Strut" and the controversial "Sugar Walls." A third single, "Swear", reached #80.
The album itself reached US #15 and sold over one million copies, earning a US RIAA Gold & Platinum certification. In Canada the album also went Platinum.
The album marked a conscious effort by Easton to change her image to that of a sexy pop singer after cultivating a "sweet and innocent" image since the launch of her career five years earlier. Easton collaborated with Prince on controversial track "Sugar Walls," written by Prince under the pseudonym "Alexander Nevermind". The track and its accompanying video were banned in some regions due to its sexually risque lyrics and was one of several songs cited by Tipper Gore on her Filthy Fifteen list in her efforts to introduce mandatory warning labelling of explicit musical albums.
Easton's association with Prince would continue for the next few years, though A Private Heaven remains the most successful byproduct of the collaboration. In terms of sales and hit records, it also remains the most popular release of her career in the US. Converse to this, in the UK it was her first album not to chart, while none of the singles released made the Official top 75.
On Feb 23, 2013, Edsel Records (UK) reissued Easton's "A Private Heaven" and "Do You" in 2 compact discs packages remastered with bonus tracks.
On November 24, 2014 the album was included in a Original Album Series box set in the UK with all of her first 5 albums with EMI through Warner Music Group, who now owns the rights to all of EMI's back catalogs.
- "Strut" (Charlie Dore, Julian Littman), 4:05
- "Sugar Walls" (Alexander Nevermind) 4:01
- "Hungry Eyes" (Greg Matheison, Trevor Veitch) 3:42
- "It's Hard to Say It's Over" (Adrienne Anderson, Gino Cunico, Tom Saviano) 4:24
- "Swear" (Tim Scott) 3:43
- "Love and Affection" (Joan Armatrading)
- "Back in the City" (Greg Mathieson, Lee Ritenour, Trevor Veitch) 3:46
- "You Make Me Nervous" (Mark Holding, Robbie Nevil, Duncan Pain) 3:53
- "All By Myself" (Steve Lukather, Trevor Veitch) 4:24
- "Double Standard" (Steve Kipner, Ben Petterson) 3:50
The CD re-issue featured the following bonus tracks:
- "Letters from the Road"
- "Straight Talkin'"
- "Fallen Angels"
- "Strut" (Dance Mix)
- "Sugar Walls" (Dance Mix)
- "Sugar Walls" (Red Mix)
- "Swear" (Dub Mix)
- Produced By Greg Mathieson, Devo, and Prince
- Drums, Percussion: Lenny Castro, Carlos Vega
- Bass: Abraham Laboriel Jr.
- Guitars: Michael Landau, Steve Lukather, Lee Ritenour
- Keyboards: Michael Boddicker, Greg Mathieson
- Additional Vocals: Steve George, Tom Kelly, Richard Page, Devo
- Horns: Gary Grant, Gary Herbig, Jerry Hey, Bill Reichenbach Jr., Larry Williams
- Art Direction – Ria Lewerke
- Management – Harriet Wasserman
- Photography – Brian Aris
|United States||Platinum||1 million|
"Virtually unlimited talent, Sheena Easton is at her absolute best. A Private Heaven is solid, punchy, techno-pop production with dramatic ballads. A dazzling new album." – Cashbox Magazine, October 1984