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Sheila E

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Sheila E is the self-titled third album by Sheila Escovedo. Unlike her two previous albums Prince did not write all its songs, this time writing half of the album’s ten tracks. The album was recorded between December 1985 and September 1986, during the time Prince was working on his own studio album Sign O’ The Times. The album produced three singles (Love On A Blue Train was released in Japan only), the most successful was Hold Me written by Sheila and peaked at number 3 in the US charts.

Prince again performs on the album, playing most of the instruments. On leaving Paisley Park Records in 1989, it was her final recording collaboration with Prince until the pair worked on Musicology in 2004. She introduced many members of her own band to Prince who he would hire into own touring bands, namely: Miko Weaver, Levi Seacer, Boni Boyer and Renato Neto. Kat Dyson, Rhonda Smith and Cassandra O’Neal were members of her 2007 touring band C.O.E.D, before joining Prince.

At the time of the release of Sheila E, she was a full-time member and drummer in Prince’s backing band for his Sign O’ The Times Tour. Sheila was also the inspiration behind The Black Album, which he intended to release in 1987 in just a matter of months after Sign O’ The Times but replaced in 1988, with Lovesexy.


Sheila E. and David Z.
Paisley Park Records
Warner Bros. Records
33 years, 11 months ago on 19 February 1987
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  1. One Day (I'm Gonna Make You Mine) (4:47) 1
  2. Wednesday Like A River (3:25)
  3. Hold Me (5:04) 2
  4. Faded Photographs (4:11)
  5. Koo Koo (3:24) 1 & 2
  6. Pride And The Passion (4:05) 1
  7. Boy's Club (3:56) 1
  8. Soul Salsa (3:08)
  9. Hon E Man (3:22)
  10. Love On A Blue Train (5:33) 2

1 Written by Prince but credited to Sheila E.
2 Released as singles.

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