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Romance 1600

Sheila E. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Aug 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Msi Music Corp
  • ASIN: B0000DEM7R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,162,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ''Romance 1600 - Sheila E'' CD. 16 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had high hopes for Sheila E's 2nd Prince produced album, after the brilliance of her debut 'Glamourous Life'. I wasn't let down, even if it didn't always live up to the high standards of her first record. It plays more as a slightly less memorable imitation of that first album.

It kicks off with a funky pop song ''Sister Fate'' which is an excellent opener and has a catchy hook and quirky lyrics you come to expect from the 1980's minneapollis gang.
Then it's onto one of the best songs on the album, the melodic, dreamy pop of ''Dear Michaelangalo'' where Sheila shows off her silky vocals over a typical Prince style ballad.
The centre-piece of the album is 'Love Bizarre' which features Prince singing alongside Sheila throughout. It runs in at almost 11 minutes, and is a light, frothy dance song. It's a considerable departure from the funkier style of 'Glamourous Life', and ties in with the psychadelic tone of Prince's ''Around the World' album.
The only other song worth mention is the title track, which again is a frenetic dance pop song that is a real stand out.
The rest of the tracks aren't as memorable, and do come across as filler songs. Good standard filler songs, but filler songs nonetheless.

If you want an introduction to Sheila E's music, check out 'Glamourous Life' first, but this follow up record is a good companion piece to that album.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHEILA E. THE GREAT! 13 Feb 2009
By Aaliyah Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Let me start by saying that Sheila E. & Prince played a HUGE part in my childhood throughout the '80s. My Mother played both artists' albums back to back in rotation, so I got used to both artists very early in life. It's now the new Millennium and I am so honored to possess my very own copy of "In Romance 1600." Because, in my opinion, this is one of the most stupendous albums ever created by Ms. Escovedo! Sheila shows off her talent for the bongos and drums throughout this album, giving you a front row seat to one of the greatest plays on earth!

1. Sister Fate - 3:50. "Sister Fate" is wild, totally wild. Imagine taking an exciting trip through the Congo, with a sharp turn here, and a rough turn there, never really knowing what lies ahead..that pretty much sums up the overall atmosphere of this recording! There are numerous instruments in play, including blazing bongos, dribbling drums, and a saxophone that tweaks with pure raw energy! Sheila sings about a nasty rumor that has spread, and states verbatim, "I'm gonna leave it up to Sister Fate, destiny, she's the only thing standin' in the way of you and me"...which, judging by her enticing tone, sounds like she is secretly routing on the rumor, hoping the fantasy will soon become reality - (4th favorite song).

2. Dear Michaelangelo - 4:38. "Dear Michaelangelo" starts out with a dreamy synthesizer, subsequently inviting in the off-beat, 4-step drum-marching method that only Ms. Escovedo can perfect! Also, the saxophone makes another appearance, this time, suited with brassy sass and class! The song is handled beautifully by her vocals and lyrics; lyrics that tell a noble fairy tale of a gorgeous artist whom enjoys painting and pillow talk! - (3rd favorite song)

3. A Love Bizarre - 12:18. "A Love Bizarre" stands out the most in my childhood memories! I heard this song so many times in the mid '80s, and I remember singing along to it, yelling out "A, B, A, B, C, D" in sync with Sheila lol. Prince lends his voice to this track, giving every note the grand royal treatment, as usual! This high-style number has a runway-stomping beat and an overall scratchy sound. The saxophone makes it's 3rd appearance, sounding so snoody, yet so elegant and sophisticated! Usually, when I listen to this song I imagine a warm summers night, set in Manhattan, in a long stretch limousine, laced with genuine leather exterior, beaming neon side lights, extravagant furs, wild aqua net-drenched hair, and 3-piece french tailored suits, all guided by "the moon up above" and the flow of expensive Dom Perignon -- if only Sheila and Prince had taken the time out to make a music video for this marvelous song, I have a feeling my vision could've developed a possibility - (2nd favorite song)

4. Toy Box - 5:32. Simply put...MY #1 ABSOLUTE FAVORITE TRACK on this album! The standoff between the bullet-banging drums and the shrill saxophone is mediated by the star-lit keyboard, all together creating a preeminent beat! Sheila's sexually suggestive lyrics give off a cutesy innocence....that is until the end-section, when Sheila can't decide on which fur coat to wear, screaming to the top of her lungs, then grumbling about her diamonds and s***. "Toy Box" was considered a lost song for me because, basically, I remember hearing this track once in '85, and never heard it again until 2008. And I must say, when I heard this song again in '08, it made me shutter with utter happiness! The moment I pressed play, a few seconds in, my brain underwent a major data scan overload, instantly flooring me in the process. Maybe it's my recollection of all the fun and zany memories shared with my friends and family back then, and my Mother playing this song, occasionally. Maybe my equilibrium is undergoing a major mind-scatter. I do know that I am so grateful to have rediscovered this song!

5. Yellow - 2:11. "Yellow" is a '60s inspired melody, but with an '80s twist! Prince ad-libs in Vs. mode with Sheila, singing on totally opposite spectrums. These two artists always set the bar when they collaborate on a track together, constantly redefining the term perfection!

6. Romance 1600 - 3:56. Soooo swift; soooo rapid - BEYOND energetic! "Romance 1600" gives you the impression of zooming uncontrollably down a rocky road, with four loose wobbly wheels that are ready to detach at any moment. The drums are pounding non stop, and the synthesizer is scaling to new heights! The beat will whip you around and around, rush you down flat on your back, snatch you up from off of the floor, and demand you to DANCE! - (5th favorite song)

7. Merci For The Speed Of A Mad Clown In Summer - 2:47. This zesty instrumental is like a jack-in-the-box. In this case, you sit and listen, you wait.............and wait............then finally, the surprise appears. The essence of this track reminds me of a circus or parade, with Sheila, Prince and the entire Revolution as the main attraction - I'd pay ANY amount of money to see that show!

8. Bedtime Story - 3:45. "Bedtime Story" is a low tempo tune, engulfed with a drowsy essence and an overall blissful melody. Cozy, graceful and truly divine in every way conceivable! The horn plays off of her vocals, together bringing a touch of eroticism! And let me just say that Sheila really shows us fans exactly how versatile she is at attacking a ballad!

When I think of stellar '80s music, Prince and Sheila quickly come to mind, along with so many others who came roaring through that decade! I often think to myself, and at times when I'm dancing my a** off to their music, "Thank God for Sheila E. and Prince." I am thankful for their contribution in shaping the expressive decade into what it was and will remain - a bright, sharp, kinky, shocking, energetic, exciting, colorful, fun-loving decade! Both artists, in my opinion, are the epitome of three words - !!The Nineteen Eighties!! - enough said!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sheila! Sheila! Sheila E.! 15 Dec 1999
By "musiquelagroove" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
! Play Those Drums Ms. E.! She delivers a nasty, sexy, hype and glamorous follow up to her debut album "The Glamorous Life". "Romance 1600" is one her greatest recordings to date. Sheila shares her talented percussion best on tracks such as Sister Fate and Romance 1600. A Love Bizarre is as funky today as it was in 1985. It makes you wanna pull out the old 80's gear and break dance. Bedtime Story is a song that should only be listen to in the company of a romantic friend. Her voice and slow melodic groove prove to be sensual, classy, and unique. If you are a fan of the beatiful E. please make this cd a part of your collection.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Shiela 2 Nov 2004
By C. Odom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is pure Prince-esque glory. I already loved Sheila from her first album, which I listned to over and over. When "Romance 1600" came out, I rushed out to buy it. I was not disappointed. "Sister Fate" is a high energy, funky track with Sheila playing some mean drums. "Dear Michaelangleo" is a dreamy, sexy romp that takes her back in time to make love with the great artist. "Love Bizarre", though a great duet with Prince, is WAAAAYYYYY too long. I would have liked to have had the radio edit. "Toy Box" sounds a lot like a song called "Everybody Dance" that was released around the same time by Tamara and the Scene. Fun dance music. "Yellow" is retro-50's sounding track. "Romance 1600" is a great piece of novelty pop. I think Sheila E. is a brilliant musician, but I could live without the instrumental "Clown" that leads in to the sexy ballad that closes the album, "Bedtime Story". I was suprised that her voice could sustain such a hefty ballad, but she does a great job. I highly recommend this album for all Sheila fans.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheila E is the coolest. 28 Mar 2007
By Rudolfo M. Alapag - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance 1600 3 Nov 2006
By Habatchii - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This production showcases the talent and artistic elements of Shelia E; the Prince protege' with amazing skill of the drum. Romance is a powerful, yet seductive work of art that is sure to be a classic.
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