| October 2, 1984|
2 October 1984
| Sheena Easton albums, Adult contemporary music albums|
A Private Heaven, released in 1984, was the sixth 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 is Easton's most successful album in the United States to date, reaching US #15 and selling 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. Converse to the album's success in America, in the UK it was her first album not to chart, while none of the singles released made the Official top 75.
In 2000, New York-based One Way Records released a remastered version of A Private Heaven with bonus tracks and b-sides.
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 an 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:
Produced By Greg Mathieson
Lead and backing vocals: Sheena Easton
Drums, percussion: Lenny Castro, Carlos Vega
Bass: Abraham Laboriel Jr.
Guitars: Michael Landau, Steve Lukather, Lee Ritenour
Keyboards: Michael Boddicker, Greg Mathieson
Additional backing 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
- "Sugar Walls" (Dance Mix)
- "Letters from the Road"
- "Straight Talking"
- "Fallen Angels"
- "Strut" (Dance Mix)
- "Swear" (Dub Mix)
- "Sugar Walls" (Red Mix)
The album spent 35 weeks on the U.S. Billboard album charts and reached its peak position of #15 in early February 1985.
"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
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