Sister Fate

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Sister Fate

from the album Romance 1600

single art for Sister Fate
Song details
Performer: Sheila E.
First Released: 26 July 1985 - Sister Fate single
Album(s): Romance 1600
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Sheila E.)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Sheila E.)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Sister Fate is the first track on Sheila E.’s second album Romance 1600, and, a month prior to the album’s release, Sister Fate was released as the album’s first single. In 1986, the Extended Version was included as the third track on The Glamorous Club Dance EP, a Japan-only EP of extended versions of Sheila E.’s singles.

Basic tracks were recorded by Prince and Sheila E. on 9 January 1985 at the Cheshire Sound Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, after a show on 8 January at the Atlanta Omni on the Purple Rain Tour. Sheila E. did vocal overdubs likely on 15 January 1985 following a show in Houston, Texas.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
9 January 1985 (a.m) Cheshire Sound Studios,
Atlanta, GA, USA
15 January 1985 (a.m.) (estimate) Le Mobile @ The Summit,
Houston, TX, USA
Overdubs including Sheila E. vocals, saxophone
12 June 1985 & 20 June 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Edits, crossfades 12" version (15th); edits, mix 12" version (20th, (Sheila E., Prince not present)
Recording Personnel
  • Sheila E. - vocals, bass, bongos, congas, drums, guitar, keyboards, percussion (credits given for full album - actually only vox and percussion)
  • Prince - vocals and all instruments, except where noted
  • Eddie M. - saxophone
  • Ken Grey - organ (credited, unlikely actual involvement)

  • Susan Rogers - engineer (Cheshire Sound Studios, Le Mobile Studios Mobile @ The Summit)
  • David Tickle - engineer (Cheshire Sound Studios)

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Sister Fate 3:50 Romance 1600 Studio
Sister Fate (Edit) 3:37 Sister Fate single Edit Edited to remove 13-second instrumental coda
Sister Fate (Extended Version) 5:48 Sister Fate single

The Glamorous Club Dance EP

Extended version
Sister Fate (Instrumental) 3:37 Sister Fate single Instrumental Instrumental of single edit
Special Medley Of “The Glamorous Life” /
“Sister Fate” / “A Love Bizarre
2:03 Special Medley Of “The Glamorous Life” / “Sister Fate” / “A Love Bizarre” Edit (in 7:08 medley)
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Sister Fate 4:00 Promotional release only Studio See Sister Fate video for details
Sister Fate 3:30 Sheila E.: Live Romance 1600 VHS/laserdisc Live 8 March 1986, Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Sister Fate Studio Longer version (different from the released extended version)
Sister Fate Studio Instrumental version (longer from the released instrumental version)
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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