A Love Bizarre

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A Love Bizarre

Romance1600 album.jpg
from the album Romance 1600
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single art for A Love Bizarre
Song details
Performer: Sheila E.
First Released: 26 August 1985 - Romance 1600 album
Album(s): Romance 1600
Writer(s): Sheila E. and Prince
Producer(s): Sheila E. and Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

A Love Bizarre is the third track on Sheila E.’s second album Romance 1600, and, three months after the album’s release, A Love Bizarre was released as the album’s second single. While Prince was heavily involved in the album, this is is the only track to be credited as "produced, written and arranged by Sheila E. and Prince" - in fact, while Sheila E. sings on the track and plays percussion, all other vocals and instruments (other than saxophone by Eddie M.) are played by Prince. In 2001, a 1986 live version by Prince and the Revolution from the Parade Tour was included (along with other live tracks from the same show) in the NPG Ahdio Show 4 download from the NPG Music Club.

Basic tracks were recorded by Prince and Sheila E. on 8 January 1985 at the Cheshire Sound Studios, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in the early morning following a show in Atlanta on the Purple Rain Tour on the 7th. While Prince was heavily involved in the whole album, he only received credit for A Love Bizarre – in fact, while Sheila E. sings on the track and plays percussion (recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio on 20 January 1985), all other vocals and instruments (other than saxophone by Eddie M.) are played by Prince The full-length track, at 12:18, was edited into sections for its single release, with the b-side, A Love Bizarre (Part II), simply an additional edited portion of the full-length track.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
8 January 1985 (a.m.) Cheshire Sound Studios,
Atlanta, GA, USA
Tracking, mix
20 January 1985 5th Floor Recording Studio,
Cincinnati, OH, USA
Overdubs, including Sheila E. vocal, mix, instrumental mix
15 August 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 1,
Hollywood, CA, USA
'Dance Mix' (probably 'A Love Bizarre (Parts I & II)' edits, mix (Sheila E. sans Prince)
7 September 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Edits, crossfades, mix (Sheila E. sans Prince)
22 March 1986 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
[live, Warfield Theatre] overdubs, mix
Recording Personnel
  • Sheila E. - vocals, bass, bongos, congas, drums, guitar, keyboards, percussion (credits given for full album - instrument credits may not be accurate for this track)
  • Prince - vocals and all instruments, except where noted
  • Eddie M. - saxophone
  • Susie Davis - backing vocals (and credited for keyboards)
  • Juan Escovedo - percussion (uncertain actual involvement)

  • Susan Rogers - engineer (Cheshire Sound Studios, 5th Floor Recording Studio)
  • Gary Platt - engineer (5th Floor Recording Studio)

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
A Love Bizarre 12:18 Romance 1600 Studio
A Love Bizarre (Edit) 3:46 A Love Bizarre single Edit
A Love Bizarre (Part II) 3:48 A Love Bizarre single Edit
A Love Bizarre (Parts I & II) 7:13 A Love Bizarre single

Special Medley Of “The Glamorous Life” / “Sister Fate” / “A Love Bizarre”

Edit
Special Medley Of “The Glamorous Life” /
Sister Fate” / “A Love Bizarre” (part 1)
2:34 Special Medley Of “The Glamorous Life” / “Sister Fate” / “A Love Bizarre” Edit (in 7:08 medley)
A Love Bizarre 6:44 NPG Ahdio Show 4 mp3 (not available as a separate track) Live 31 August 1986, Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, West Germany; performed by Prince and the Revolution
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
A Love Bizarre 3:49 Promotional release only Promo video See A Love Bizarre for details
A Love Bizarre 10:48 Sheila E.: Live Romance 1600 VHS/laserdisc Live 8 March 1986, Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA - Prince guesting on stage during Sheila E. show
A Love Bizarre 1:57 Lovesexy Live 2 VHS Live 9 September 1988, Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, West Germany; not listed on packaging
A Love Bizarre ?:?? Welcome 2 America Deluxe edition Live 28 April 2011, The Forum, Inglewood, CA, USA
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
I Feel For You 2:12 Delayed performance TV broadcast Live 2 March 2004, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, NBC Studios, Burbank, CA; includes clips of A Love Bizarre and The Glamorous Life
I Feel For You 0:35 Delayed awards show performance TV broadcast Live 15 March 2004 19th Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, Waldorf Astoria, New York, NY; includes clips of A Love Bizarre and The Glamorous Life
The Glamorous Life / A Love Bizarre 2:26 Live awards show performance TV broadcast Live 1 June 2007, 9th annual ALMA Awards, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA, USA; performed by Prince, Sheila E. and Grupo Fantasma
Sexy Dancer/Le Freak - A Love Bizarre - Pass The Peas 6:00 3rdEye TV Show # 4 concert video stream Live 21 September 2007, The O2 Arena, London, England
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Purple Medley 11:03 Purple Medley single Studio medley See Purple Medley for more details
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
A Love Bizarre (Instrumental) Studio Instrumental version
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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