Romance 1600

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Romance 1600
Sheila E Romance 1600 cover.jpg
Studio album by Sheila E.
Released August 26, 1985[citation needed]
Recorded 1984–1985
Genre Funk, pop, R&B
Length 38:59
Label Paisley Park/Warner Bros.
Producer Sheila E.
Sheila E. chronology
The Glamorous Life
(1984)The Glamorous Life1984
Romance 1600
Sheila E.
(1987)Sheila E.1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B)[2]

Romance 1600 is the second album by the singer-drummer-percussionist Sheila E. Prince contributed some backing vocals, guitar and bass guitar, and co-wrote/co-produced "A Love Bizarre", a 12-minute epic that became a major hit in its edited radio-friendly form.[citation needed]

During her break, she had received a lot of media exposure, including appearing in the movie Krush Groove, in which she performed "A Love Bizarre" and "Holly Rock". She had also performed for a wide audience as an act on Prince and The Revolution's Purple Rain Tour.

The video for the album's lead single, "Sister Fate", introduced a new image of the performer: a somewhat female-Prince influenced protégée. "Sister Fate"'s B-side had the cryptic protest song "Save the People". The album itself had many tracks that were personal and which help to support the embodiment of the thematic faux-French Renaissance episodic adventure that the lead single's video and the album art intended to set up for the listening audience.[citation needed]

Although the album received mixed reviews, "A Love Bizarre" was the album's most successful single. On January 28, 1986, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Sheila E, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Sister Fate" 3:50
2. "Dear Michaelangelo" 4:38
3. "A Love Bizarre" (Prince and Sheila E.) 12:18
Side two
No. Title Length
4. "Toy Box" 5:32
5. "Yellow" 2:11
6. "Romance 1600" 3:56
7. "Merci for the Speed of a Mad Clown in Summer" 2:47
8. "Bedtime Story" 3:45


  • Sheila E. – lead vocals, percussion, drums, strings, bass guitar, keyboards, arranger, producer, writer
  • Juan Escovedo – percussion (tracks 3 and 8)
  • Eddie M. – background vocals (tracks 3 and 4); saxophone (tracks 1–4; 6–8)
  • Ken Grey – organ (track 1)
  • Stef Burns (Stephan Birnbaum) (It) – guitar (tracks 2 and 8), background vocals (tracks 3 and 4)
  • Karl Perazzo – bongos (track 6)
  • Prince – guitar, bass guitar (tracks 3 and 4); background vocals (tracks 3 and 5)
  • Micheal Weaver – background vocals (track 4)
  • Susie Davis – background vocals (tracks 2, 3, 6)
  • Benny Rietveld – background vocals (track 6)

Song Details[edit]

Performer: Sheila E. First Released: 26 August 1985 - Romance 1600 album Album(s): Romance 1600 Writer(s): Prince (credited to Sheila E.) Producer(s): Prince (credited to Sheila E.)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 50
U.S. Billboard R&B Albums 12


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Archived from the original on February 25, 2013. Retrieved March 7, 2012.