Sheila E. (album)

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Sheila E.
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 28, 1987
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[3]

Sheila E. is the third solo album by Sheila E., released on Paisley Park Records in July 1987.

Two singles were released from the album in the US, "Hold Me" and "Koo Koo". "Love on a Blue Train" was the first single released in Japan. The album is notable for its Latin influence and prominent presence in this hybrid of jazz, rock, funk and salsa. The video for "Koo Koo" shows Sheila dancing with Cat Glover.[citation needed]

The album has the earliest recorded appearance of members from the group Tony! Toni! Toné!, who Sheila E. attempted to bring to Paisley Park. Almost a decade later, in 1996, she appeared on their final album, House of Music.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

The Rolling Stone Album Guide called the album "flat and mechanical, boasting some rhythmic flash but not enough melody to make it worthwhile."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Sheila E. and Prince, except where noted.

Side one
1."One Day (I'm Gonna Make You Mine)"4:47
2."Wednesday Like a River" (Sheila E., Constance Guzman and Levi Seacer, Jr.)3:25
3."Hold Me" (Sheila E., Constance Guzman and Eddie Mininfield)5:04
4."Faded Photographs" (Sheila E., Constance Guzman, Samuel Domingo and Boni Boyer)4:11
5."Koo Koo"3:24
Side two
6."Pride and the Passion"4:05
7."Boy's Club"3:56
8."Soul Salsa" (Sheila E., Norbert Stachel and Levi Seacer, Jr.)3:08
9."Hon E Man" (Sheila E., Constance Guzman and Levi Seacer, Jr.)3:22
10."Love on a Blue Train"5:33


  • Sheila E. – vocals, percussion
  • Levi Seacer, Jr. – guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, background vocals
  • Juan Escovedo – percussion
  • Boni Boyer – keyboards, background vocals
  • Timothy Riley – drums
  • Norbert Stachel – soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, flute, clarinet
  • Carl Wheeler – keyboards, background vocals
  • Rafael Wiggins, Jr. – bass guitar, background vocals
  • Peter Michael Escovedo – percussion
  • Eric Leeds – saxophone
  • Matt Blistan (aka Atlanta Bliss) – trumpet
  • Eddie Minnifield – background vocals
  • Carlos Rios (musician) – guitar
  • Howard Kenney – background vocals
  • Steph Birnbaum – guitar
  • Coke Johnson, David Leonard, Peggy McCreary Leonard – recording engineers
  • Jeff DeMorris, Mike Kloster, Steve Himmelfarb, Leslie Ann Jones, Chuck Webb, Thom Kidd, Tom Wright – second engineers
  • Mary Ann Dibs – art direction and design
  • Jeff Katz – photography
  • Chris Bellman – mastering at Bernie Grundman Mastering


Chart (1987) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 88
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[5] 68
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[6] 24
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 20
US Billboard 200[8] 56
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[9] 24


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ a b The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 630.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 270. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ " – Sheila E. – Sheila E." (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  6. ^ " – Sheila E. – Sheila E.". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  7. ^ " – Sheila E. – Sheila E.". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "Sheila E Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  9. ^ "Sheila E Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 6, 2019.