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Romance 1600

Warner Bros. Records

We worked good together

Romance 1600 is Sheila E’s second solo album, but despite only being credited in the liner notes as a co-writer and performer on A Love Bizarre – the album’s most noteworthy track and reached number 1 in the US dance chart. Prince wrote every track on the album with the exception of one song, Merci For The Speed Of A Mad Clown In Summer – which is written by Sheila. The album was recorded between December 1984 and February 1985 while during the Purple Rain Tour, when Sheila was the support act on his tour. Boni Boyer and Levi Seacer were her band members, and all three joined Prince’s band for his Sign O’ The Times Tour.

Romance 1600 is the second album Prince released under his newly inaugurated Paisley Park Records, the first being his own, Around The World In A Day. His production credit is under the name of Jamie Starr, although it did not chart in the Billboard Top 200, it is certified Gold by the RIAA. Prince’s version of Dear Michelangelo with his vocals was released in 2019 by Warner Brothers, in the collection Originals, as is Holly Rock – an outtake intended for release on Romance 1600.

Data

Producer
Jamie Starr (Prince) and Sheila E.
Label
Paisley Park Records
Distribution
Warner Bros. Records
Cover/Design
Laura LiPuma
Released
35 years, 0 months ago on 26 August 1985
Running Time
36:13
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
Orig. Formats

Tracklist

  1. Sister Fate (3:50) 1
  2. Dear Michelangelo (4:38)
  3. A Love Bizarre (12:18) 1
  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) 2
  8. Bedtime Story (3:45) 1

1 Released as singles.
2 Written by Sheila E.

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