Sheila E, Romance 1600 (1985)
Of course I got onto Sheila E. albums through being a Prince fan – that video of her playing (the drum solo from the Sign O’ The Times concert film – “not bad, for a girl…”) was one of my favourite music videos growing up. Still is, I guess. And so I started hunting out some of Sheila’s solo albums and finding out about her other appearances. Everyone knows A Love Bizarre from this album – well, every Prince fan knows anyway. And a wonderful epic it is too. But I like that on the Sheila E albums – even when it was clear that Prince was running the show and trying to have a(nother) pop protégée she still had a moment – at least one per album – where she got to show off her chops as musician (seriously good musician) in her own right.
Sample Track: Merci For The Speed of a Mad Clown In Summer
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