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A Private Heaven [Original recording reissued]

Sheena EastonAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 9, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Innovative Dist Netw
  • ASIN: B00004TEV5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Strut
2. Sugar Walls
3. Hungry Eyes
4. Hard To Say It's Over
5. Swear
6. Love and Affection
7. Back in the City
8. You Make Me Nervous
9. All By Myself
10. Double Standard

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pop Heaven! May 2, 2001
By mlyles
Format:Audio CD
Sheena Easton recorded her most American-sounding album to date with 1984's "A Private Heaven." "Strut," and "Sugar Walls" (written by Prince) both made the U.S. top ten. But the best song here is the exquisite ballad, "Hard To Say It's Over," which should have been the set's third single, instead of the awkward "Swear." On the remake of Joan Armatrading's "Love and Affection," Easton displays a vocal range that few singers today can match. Other highlights include the jazzy "Back In The City," the Steve Luthaker-penned ballad, "All By Myself," and "Double Standard," an energetic slice of dance-pop that would sound right at home on any of Madonna's 80's albums. This is definitely a must-have for any fan of Easton or 80's music in general!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your own private heaven ... February 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Sheena Easton made a striking debut in 1981 with her self-titled album and her first two American hits, "Morning Train (9 to 5)" and "Modern Girl" (#1 and #18 pop, respectively). Three more albums followed: "You Could Have Been with Me, "Madness, Money and Music," and "Best Kept Secret." Sheena had another hit with "For Your Eyes Only," from the movie of the same name (#4), but none of the singles from these three albums charted very high, and most of them didn't make the Top 10 ("Telefone" managed #9, and that was the highest). Sheena made a "comeback" in 1984 with "A Private Heaven."

"Heaven" features three singles: "Strut," "Sugar Walls (written by Prince)," and "Swear." Two of them, "Strut" and "Sugar Walls" were hits: #7 and #9 respectively. The album itself climbed to #15 and was certified platinum I THINK.

The remainder of the songs on the album are quite cohesive and quite good, and any of them could have been singles, from the danceable "Hungry Eyes" to the tender ballad "Hard to Say it's Over."

This is probably the best album of the 1st phase of Sheena's career. At least, in my opinion it is, and I know there's many that agree. The song choices and the glossy production are near-perfect, unlike some of the other albums. This 2000 reissue from One Way Records (which is located in my home city of Albany, NY!) features three non-album songs: the rocking "Letters from the Road," "Straight Talking," and the interesting "Fallen Angels," as well as good extended remixes of the three original singles. So you're really getting your money's worth, especially if you're an 80s music fan like I am. :)

My favorite song on the album is by far "Swear." I just love the "rap" lyrics towards the end of the song, as well as the cool guitar work throughout. It's a total SHAME that this song is not one of Sheena's signature songs, like "Strut" and "Sugar Walls." It really deserves to be!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheena's brightest moment February 19, 2004
By Louis
Format:Audio CD
Back in the 80's, Sheena Easton was something of an oddity in the music business. She was never the hottest thing in town, but she was rarely out of sight. In fact, her momentum kept building up until she hit her commercial (and arguably artistic) peak with "A Private Heaven".
This album was indeed very successful, and it deserved to. The classic debut single, "Strut", was possibly one of the most simple and powerful feminist statement of the 80's - "Come on baby, what are you taking me for ?" is her answer to a self-centered and patronizing lover who's willing to use her as a cheap sex object. Her vocal delivery is simply fantastic - both coy and outraged - and the song's hooks were inevitable. She kept her momentum with the sultry "Sugar Walls", which as everyone knows was written by Prince, who got a few raised eyebrows because it was a big stretch from Sheena's former "sweet girl next door" image. A third single, the rocking "Swear", never got the success it deserved, but let's just say that it's all about attitude, and Sheena had the right one.
In fact, the whole album is pretty straight forward; while one might argue that the production sounds dated today, the arrangements were a fine crossover of rock and dance. A good song is a good song, period, regardless of the era it comes from. Tracks like "Double standards", "Back in the city" and "You make me nervous" are edgy and straight forward in the best possible way, and could all have been released as singles.
I have to say something about the ballads on this album. When Sheena turns down the tempo, it's usually for the better, and this album is proof of that; the three ballads on this album are all standouts. "Hard to say it's over" is a # 1 smash that never happened, because EMI somehow overlooked it (how could they ?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Sheena Heaven... March 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Maybe I haven't explored this album as deeply enough as the other listeners. For me the strongest tracks are the two top hits Strut and Sugar Walls. The third favorite track of mine is Back In the City with its contagious Latin pop feel.The rest of the tracks, well,feel like outdated commercialized 80's dance pop. That's not a bad thing. It's a very good thing since Easton never relied on heavy synthesizers or other studio mixing board gimmicky tactics. She's sheer honest to goodness pure talent with a voice that can soar to heights unattainable even by some of today's hottest pop female icons in the business...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven On Earth May 11, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of Sheena Easton's great albums and the addition of bonus tracks makes it even better. From the racy "Sugar Walls" to the tender "Hard to Say It's Over" to her fabulous cover "Love & Affection", this one has it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
I recently placed orders with amazon for several years I always had great products new or used, It's always the best price than to shop at 2nd hand stores in the local area. Read more
Published 10 months ago by KSTuckin
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the CD of all CD's
I looked for years for this CD, couldn't even find it on iTunes or other music download sites. When I found this CD here it was expensive. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Leslie Rhoades
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have.
A must have for any true Sheena Easton fan. It is part of the best music of an unforgettable time.
Published 16 months ago by David A. Pelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Seventh Heaven!
In 1984, while waiting for the movie to start, the video for Strut flashed across the cinema screen, to promote the single and the upcoming A Private Heaven. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Pet Nemo
4.0 out of 5 stars Sheena Lets Loose Her Inner "Bad Girl"
In late 1984, Sheena Easton's album "A Private Heaven" was released and kicked off the second phase of her '80s career. Read more
Published on November 6, 2010 by Kasey G
4.0 out of 5 stars ALMOST got it right!!!!
It was so fantastic to have all of Sheena's CDs remastered with pretty much all the 12" mixes and stray tracks from soundtracks, etc. Read more
Published on June 19, 2008 by Daniel W. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars An Great Cd
Here is another great cd from Sheena Easton. I forgot the hits from the alumb i mean cd but what can i say that has never been say before.

Published on May 30, 2008 by Rondall Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Best Songs Are Here
This is Sheena's best CD. I heard her sing "temperatures rising inside of my Sugar Walls" on the radio one morning and started puberty that afternoon.
Published on October 21, 2007 by Shake
5.0 out of 5 stars SHEENA EASTON - Private Heaven
This is a wonderful LP with the hit song "STRUT". Take the flash back to the 80's with this pop album. Read more
Published on September 1, 2007 by W. Larson
4.0 out of 5 stars Career peak for Sheena
Now sadly out of print, this, for me, is Sheena Easton's finest hour. When it was originally released in 1984, Sheena was struggling to hold her own against the new kid in town,... Read more
Published on August 9, 2007 by bobby morrow
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