Album: The Glamorous Life

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The Glamorous Life

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Album details


Released: 4 June 1984
Length: 32:50 - original release
39:23 - re-issue
Label(s): Warner Bros.
Studio(s): Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard 200 7 Jul. 1984 28 46
USA: Billboard Soul LP's 30 Jun. 1984 7 42
Certifications
Institution, Country Date Certification
RIAA, USA 10 Jan. 1985 Gold
Awards
This album has not received any awards in in the USA

Singles released


The Glamorous Life
b/w The Glamorous Life Part II
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Oliver's House
b/w Noon Rendezvous
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The Belle Of St. Mark
b/w Too Sexy
Thebelleofstmark single.jpg

See also


Romance 1600
(album)
Sheila E.
(album)
Romance1600 album.jpg Sheilae album.jpg
The Glamorous Life (full title Sheila E. In The Glamorous Life) is the first album by Sheila E..

Credits on the album state that the album was "directed by Sheila E. and The Starr Company", but in fact all six tracks were produced, written, and arranged by Prince (with input and help from Sheila E.).


First steps

Prince urged Sheila E. to record a solo album starting in February 1984, when she came to visit him at Sunset Sound during initial sessions for the Around The World In A Day album, following a friendship which had begun almost six years earlier.

She wasn't very comfortable singing lead vocals, although she had sung background vocals for other artists; Prince and Sheila E. began by recording Erotic City, which was used as the b-side of Let's Go Crazy, before he had her record vocals over some tracks he had originally intended for Apollonia 6.

Prince suggested she shorten her stage name from Sheila Escovedo to Sheila E., and took the finished tapes to his management company, who introduced Sheila E. to Warner Bros.


Recording process

The time between vocal recordings to the release of the album was swift; less than two months in total.

All songs on the album were recorded at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA. The Glamorous Life and Next Time Wipe The Lipstick Off Your Collar were recorded in late December 1983. The Belle Of St. Mark, Oliver's House and Shortberry Strawcake were recorded in early January 1984. Noon Rendezvous was recorded in mid-February 1984.

Sheila E.'s vocals and percussion for all tracks were recorded in the first few days of April 1984. The Glamorous Life, Next Time Wipe The Lipstick Off Your Collar, The Belle Of St. Mark, Shortberry Strawcake and Oliver's House were initially intended for Apollonia 6 until Prince began to work with Sheila E. in February 1984, at which time he set the songs aside for her.


Promotion

The album produced three singles, The Glamorous Life (which preceded the album), Oliver's House, and The Belle Of St. Mark.

It reached number 28 on the US Billboard 200 Chart, and number 7 on the Billboard Soul LP's Chart.



Track listing
CD LP

The compact disc version is a reissue from the original LP.

  1. The Belle Of St. Mark (5:08)
  2. Shortberry Strawcake (4:44)3
  3. Noon Rendezvous (3:50)1
  4. Oliver's House (6:20)
  5. Next Time Wipe The Lipstick Off Your Collar (3:50)2
  6. The Glamorous Life (8:58)
  7. The Glamorous Life (Club Edit) (6:33)

The vinyl long play format is the original issue.

  • Side 1:
  1. The Belle Of St. Mark (5:08)
  2. Shortberry Strawcake (4:44)3
  3. Noon Rendezvous (3:50)1
  • Side 2:
  1. Oliver's House (6:20)
  2. Next Time Wipe The Lipstick Off Your Collar (3:50)2
  3. The Glamorous Life (8:58)

All tracks written by Prince (credited to Sheila E.), except where noted.

1 Written by Prince and Sheila E. (credited to Sheila E.)
2 Written by Prince (credited to Sheila E. and Brenda Bennett)
3 Written by Prince (credited to Sheila E. and Jesse Johnson)



Personnel
Musicians


Production


Thanks
  • none.



Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

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Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia


References
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The Wild Heart
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Ice Cream Castle
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