Sugar Walls

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Sugar Walls

A Private Heaven
from the album A Private Heaven
Sugar Walls
single art for Sugar Walls
Song details
Performer: Sheena Easton
First Released: 7 September 1984 - A Private Heaven album
Album(s): A Private Heaven

The Best Of Sheena Easton
For Your Eyes Only: The Best Of Sheena Easton
The World Of Sheena Easton: The Singles Collection
Sheena Easton: Greatest Hits

Writer(s): Prince (as Alexander Nevermind)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Greg Mathieson)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Sugar Walls is the second track on Sheena Easton's fifth album A Private Heaven, and, around the time of the album's release, Sugar Walls was released as the album's third single.

In 1989, it was included as the ninth track on The Best Of Sheena Easton compilation. Also in 1989, it was included as the 18th and final track on the For Your Eyes Only: The Best Of Sheena Easton compilation. In 1993, it was included as the 13th track on The World Of Sheena Easton: The Singles Collection compilation. In 1995, it was included as the fourth track on Sheena Easton: Greatest Hits compilation.

The song is the first of many collaborations between Sheena Easton and Prince.

Sugar Walls was listed on the Parents Music Resource Center's "Filthy Fifteen" (along with Prince and the Revolution's Darling Nikki) which led to the introduction of parental advisory stickers on explicit releases.

Basic tracking took place on 20 January 1984 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California, and the song was originally tentatively intended for Jill Jones. However after Prince saw Sheena Easton perform on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson that night h thought she should sing it and it was subsequently send over to The Sound Factory on 22 January 1984, Super Bowl Sunday, and Sheena Easton recorded her vocals on that same day.

In a 2012 interview, Sheena Easton explained how the collaboration occurred. Both Prince and Easton were working with the same engineer, David Leonard at the time. Leonard told her:
"'Prince sent over a track for you. We saw you on The Tonight Show the night before and Prince said 'Ya, I gotta write something for that girl.' And so he sent over Sugar Walls, and it was one of those things where it was like, 'Here it is. If you want to do it, here's my number."

Sheena Easton adds:
"Then when we worked in the studio, we got along really well. We cracked each other up, we made each other laugh."

Although Greg Mathieson is listed as the executive producer, Prince was in fact very hands-on in producing the track on the spot.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
20 January 1984 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Basic tracking
22 January 1984 The Sound Factory, Hollywood, CA, USA Sheena Easton vocal recording
Recording Personnel
  • Sheena Easton - lead vocals
  • Prince - all instruments (uncredited)
  • Carlos Vega - credited for drums, but did not participate
  • Abraham Laboriel - credited for bass guitar, but did not participate
  • Lee Ritenour - credited for guitar, but did not participate
  • Mike Landau - credited for guitar, but did not participate
  • Greg Mathieson - credited for keyboards, but did not participate
  • Michael Boddiker - credited for keyboards, but did not participate
  • Lennie Castro - credited for percussion and physco bongos, but did not participate
  • Richard Page - credited for background vocals, but did not participate
  • Steve George - credited for background vocals, but did not participate
  • Tom Kelly - credited for background vocals, but did not participate

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Sugar Walls 4:09 A Private Heaven

Sugar Walls single
The Best Of Sheena Easton
For Your Eyes Only: The Best Of Sheena Easton
The World Of Sheena Easton: The Singles Collection
Sheena Easton: Greatest Hits

Studio
Sugar Walls (Dance Mix) 7:01 Sugar Walls single Remix Remixed by Greg Mathieson and Rusty Garner; David Leonard - remix engineer
Sugar Walls (Red Mix) 5:26 Sugar Walls single Remix Remixed by Greg Mathieson and Rusty Garner; David Leonard - remix engineer
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Sugar Walls 3:52 Sugar Walls video download Promo video


 
Additional Information

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References
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