Album: A Private Heaven

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A Private Heaven

A Private Heaven (Front Cover)

Album details


Released: 7 September 1984
Length: 39:20
Label(s): EMI Records
Studio(s): Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Billboard 200 Chart, USA 20 Oct. 1984+ 15 35
Billboard Soul LPs Chart, USA 16 Feb. 1985 26 13
+ indicates album peaked in the year after it first charted.
Certifications
Institution, Country Date Certification
RIAA, USA 21 Nov. 1984 Gold (500,000)
RIAA, USA 15 Mar. 1985 Platinum (1 million)
Awards
This album has not received any awards in the USA

Singles released


Of the 5 singles released, only the one containing a Prince contribution is listed below.
Sugar Walls
b/w Straight Talking
Sugarwalls single.jpg

See also


No Sound But A Heart
(Album)
The Lover In Me
(Album)
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A Private Heaven is the fifth full-length studio album by Sheena Easton.

The album contained the track Sugar Walls, written by Prince under the pseudonym Alexander Nevermind, and was a conscious effort to move Sheena Easton away from her 'innocent' image and to show her in a more sexual way.


Sessions and compiling

Prince’s contribution, Sugar Walls, was recorded in late January or February 1984.


Promotion

The album produced five singles, Back In The City, Strut, Sugar Walls, Swear and Hungry Eyes (released in Japan only).

It reached number 15 on the US Billboard 200 Chart, and number 26 on the Billboard Soul LP’s Chart.

In 2022, the album was reissued in a Deluxe Edition with previously unreleased songs and versions and again in 2024 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original release



Track listing
CD LP

The compact disc version is a reissue from the original LP.
Details given for Prince-related tracks only:

  1. Strut
  2. Sugar Walls (4:03) 1
  3. Hungry Eyes
  4. Hard To Say It’s Over
  5. Swear
  6. Love And Affection
  7. Back In The City
  8. You Make Me Nervous
  9. All By Myself
  10. Double Standard


CD Reissue

  1. Strut
  2. Sugar Walls (4:03) 1
  3. Hungry Eyes
  4. Hard To Say It’s Over
  5. Swear
  6. Love And Affection
  7. Back In The City
  8. You Make Me Nervous
  9. All By Myself
  10. Double Standard
  11. Sugar Walls (Dance Mix) (7:01) 1
  12. Letters From The Road
  13. Straight Talking
  14. Fallen Angels
  15. Strut (Dance Mix)
  16. Swear (Dub Mix)
  17. Sugar Walls (Red Mix) (5:26) 1


CD Reissue - Deluxe Edition (2022)

  • Disc 1:
  1. Strut
  2. Sugar Walls (4:03) 1
  3. Hungry Eyes
  4. Hard To Say It’s Over
  5. Swear
  6. Love And Affection
  7. Back In The City
  8. You Make Me Nervous
  9. All By Myself
  10. Double Standard
  11. Strut (Dance Mix)
  12. Sugar Walls (Dance Mix) (7:01) 1
  13. Swear (Dance Mix)
  14. Strut (Dub Mix)
  15. Sugar Walls (Red Mix) (5:26) 1
  16. Swear (Dub Mix)
  • Disc 2:
  1. Letters From The Road
  2. Straight Talking
  3. Fallen Angels
  4. Have You Ever Been In Love
  5. Hungry Eyes (Alternate Version)
  6. Hard To Say It's Over (Alternate Version)
  7. Sugar Walls (Long 'Roman' Version) (6:38) 1
  8. Strut (Instrumental Mix)
  9. Love And Affection (Instrumental Mix)
  10. Hungry Eyes (Instrumental Mix)
  11. All By Myself (Instrumental Mix)
  12. Back In The City (Instrumental Mix)
  13. Hard To Say It's Over (Instrumental Mix)
  14. Straight Talking (Instrumental Mix)
  15. In It To Win It (Instrumental Mix)

The vinyl long play format is the original issue.

  • Side 1:
  1. Strut
  2. Sugar Walls (4:03) 1
  3. Hungry Eyes
  4. Hard To Say It’s Over
  5. Swear
  • Side 2:
  1. Love And Affection
  2. Back In The City
  3. You Make Me Nervous
  4. All By Myself
  5. Double Standard


LP Reissue - 40th Anniversary Edition (2024)

  • Disc 1:
  1. Strut
  2. Sugar Walls (4:03) 1
  3. Hungry Eyes
  4. Hard To Say It’s Over
  5. Swear
  • Side 2:
  1. Love And Affection
  2. Back In The City
  3. You Make Me Nervous
  4. All By Myself
  5. Double Standard
  • Side 3:
  1. Strut (Dance Mix)
  2. Letters From The Road
  3. Hungry Eyes (Remix)
  4. Straight Talking
  5. Sugar Walls (TV Mix) (4:43) 1
  • Side 4:
  1. Swear (Dance Mix)
  2. Fallen Angels
  3. Sugar Walls (Long Version) (6:38) 1 (also known as the 'Long Roman Version')
  4. Have You Ever Been In Love (Alternate Version)


1 Written by Prince (as Alexander Nevermind)



Personnel
Musicians
  • 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 psycho 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


Production
  • Greg Mathieson - producer (official credit)
  • Prince - producer (uncredited)
  • David Leonard - recording and mixing engineer
  • Harriet Wasserman - personal management
  • Adam Mattera - producer (Deluxe Edition)
  • Chris Lupton - designer (Deluxe Edition)
  • Fred Schaub - picture archive assistant (Deluxe Edition)
  • Linda Epstein picture archive assistant (Deluxe Edition)
  • Simon Murphy - digital remastering from original master tapes (Deluxe Edition)


Thanks
  • There are people who put their talent, patience and countless hours of hard work into the making of this album, who took the time to give it their best, and it shows... thank you, Sheena. Everyone at EMI Records, ICM, Solters/Roskin/Friedman, and Shankman, Deblasio. All the writers, musicians and technicians, and the guys at the "Sound Factory" and "Sunset Sound" especially Thad, Gail, Phil and Geoff. Also, Gary Freedman Trevor Veitch, Peggy McCreary, and Barbara Mathieson for being here every step of the way. But most of all the two people whose heart and soul are in this record, Greg Mathieson & David Leonard. Harriet Wasserman, who took a chance on me, "Our first together "H" here's to the rest!" And Rob my best friend, my "Private Heaven"
  • Deluxe Edition: Special thanks to Greg Mathieson, Charlie Dore, Robbie Nevil, Tom Saviano and Tim Scott McConnell for sharing their memories and insights for the liner notes. Thanks for your help and support from Alan Connor, Christopher Neil, Kay Bohlen, Ted Carfroe, Steve Harris, Quentin Harrison, Miguel Hidalgo Alarcon, Kathy Kurasch, Ike Avelli & Chris Williams@LooseLipsThePodcast, Robert Mitchell, Elia Rulli, John Reed, the RT Industries team (Craig Balsam, Michael Healy, Leigh Henrich, Kyle Mammarella, Ian Peel, Mark Piro and Victor Zaraya) and of course Miss Sheena Easton



Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
 
Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia


References
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