A Private Heaven, released in 1984, was the seventh album release by Scottish singer Sheena Easton. Released by EMI America, the album featured two US Top 10 hit singles: the sassy lead single “Strut” and the controversial “Sugar Walls.” A third single, “Swear”, reached #80. The album itself reached US #15 and sold over one million copies, earning a US RIAA Gold & Platinum certification. In Canada the album went Platinum.
The album marked a conscious effort by Easton to change her image to that of a sexy pop singer after cultivating a “sweet and innocent” image since the launch of her career five years earlier. Easton collaborated with Prince on controversial track “Sugar Walls,” written by Prince under the pseudonym “Alexander Nevermind”. The track and its accompanying video were banned in some regions due to its sexually risque lyrics and was one of several songs cited by Tipper Gore on her Filthy Fifteen list in her efforts to introduce mandatory warning labelling of explicit musical albums.
Easton’s association with Prince would continue for the next few years, though A Private Heaven remains the most successful byproduct of the collaboration. In terms of sales and hit records, it also remains the most popular release of her career in the US. Converse to this, in the UK it was her first album not to chart, while none of the singles released made the Official top 75.
In 2000, New York-based One Way Records released a remastered version of A Private Heaven with bonus tracks and b-sides. On Feb 23, 2013, Edsel Records (UK) reissued Easton’s “A Private Heaven” and “Do You” in 2 compact discs packages remastered with bonus tracks.
1 Strut (Charlie Dore, Julian Littman) 4:04
2 Sugar Walls (Alexander Nevermind) 4:00
3 Hungry Eyes (Greg Mathieson, Trevor Veitch) 3:42
4 It’s Hard to Say It’s Over (Adrienne Anderson, Gino Cunico, Tom Saviano) 4:24
5 Swear (Tim Scott) 3:42
6 Love and Affection (Joan Armatrading) 4:05
7 Back in the City (Greg Mathieson, Lee Ritenour, Trevor Veitch) 3:46
8 You Make Me Nervous (Mark Holding, Robbie Nevil, Duncan Pain) 3:53
9 All by Myself (Steve Lukather, Trevor Veitch) 4:24
10 Double Standard (Steve Kipner, Ben Petterson) 3:50
|Bass||Abraham Laboriel Sr|
|Background Vocals||Richard Page|
|Background Vocals||Steve George|
|Background Vocals||Tom Kelly|
Producer, Arranged By – Greg Mathieson
Arranged By (Horns) – Jerry Hey
Mastered By (Runout Etch) – Wally Traugott
Recorded By, Mixed By – David Leonard
Art Direction – Ria Lewerke
Graphics (Logo) – Sue Reilly
Photography By – Brian Aris
Phonographic Copyright (p) – EMI Records Ltd.
Copyright (c) – EMI AMERICA Records
Printed By – 4P Nicolaus GMBH
Recorded At – Sunset Sound Factory
Mixed At – Sunset Sound
Marketed By – EMI
Manufactured By – EMI
Distributed By – EMI