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Sheila E.'s second solo release, originally issued in 1985, was co-written & produced by Prince. Features the hit single 'Love Bizarre'.

1. Sister Fate
2. Dear Michaelangelo
3. A Love Bizarre
4. Toy Box
5. Yellow
6. Romance 1600
7. Merci For The Speed Of A Mad Clown In Summer
8. Bedtime Story

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  • Audio CD (August 21, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea Int'l
  • ASIN: B0000073RQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,694 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aaliyah Russell on February 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Let me start by saying that Sheila E. and Prince played a HUGE part in my childhood throughout the '80s! My Mother played both artists' albums back to back in rotation, so I got used to both artists very early in life. It's now the new Millennium, and I am so honored to possess my very own copy of "In Romance 1600!" Because, in my opinion, this is one of the most stupendous albums ever created by Ms. Escovedo! Sheila shows off her talent for the bongos and drums throughout this album, giving you a front row seat to one of the greatest plays on earth!

»1. Sister Fate - 3:50. "Sister Fate" is wild, totally wild! Imagine taking an exciting trip through the Congo, with a sharp turn here, and a rough turn there, never really knowing what lies ahead... that pretty much sums up the overall atmosphere of this recording! There are numerous instruments in play, including blazing bongos, dribbling drums, and a saxophone that tweaks with pure raw energy! Sheila sings about a nasty rumor that has spread, and states verbatim: "I'm gonna leave it up to Sister Fate, destiny, she's the only thing standin' in the way of you and me"... which, judging by her enticing tone, sounds like she is secretly routing on the rumor, hoping the fantasy will soon become reality - (4th favorite song).

»2. Dear Michaelangelo - 4:38. "Dear Michaelangelo" starts out with a dreamy synthesizer, subsequently inviting in the off-beat, 4-step drum-marching method that only Ms. Escovedo can perfect! Also, the saxophone makes another appearance, this time, suited with brassy sass and class! The song is handled beautifully by her vocals and lyrics; lyrics that tell a noble fairy tale of a gorgeous artist whom enjoys painting and pillow talk! - (3rd favorite song)

»3. A Love Bizarre - 12:18.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "musiquelagroove" on December 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
! Play Those Drums Ms. E.! She delivers a nasty, sexy, hype and glamorous follow up to her debut album "The Glamorous Life". "Romance 1600" is one her greatest recordings to date. Sheila shares her talented percussion best on tracks such as Sister Fate and Romance 1600. A Love Bizarre is as funky today as it was in 1985. It makes you wanna pull out the old 80's gear and break dance. Bedtime Story is a song that should only be listen to in the company of a romantic friend. Her voice and slow melodic groove prove to be sensual, classy, and unique. If you are a fan of the beatiful E. please make this cd a part of your collection.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Odom on November 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is pure Prince-esque glory. I already loved Sheila from her first album, which I listned to over and over. When "Romance 1600" came out, I rushed out to buy it. I was not disappointed. "Sister Fate" is a high energy, funky track with Sheila playing some mean drums. "Dear Michaelangleo" is a dreamy, sexy romp that takes her back in time to make love with the great artist. "Love Bizarre", though a great duet with Prince, is WAAAAYYYYY too long. I would have liked to have had the radio edit. "Toy Box" sounds a lot like a song called "Everybody Dance" that was released around the same time by Tamara and the Scene. Fun dance music. "Yellow" is retro-50's sounding track. "Romance 1600" is a great piece of novelty pop. I think Sheila E. is a brilliant musician, but I could live without the instrumental "Clown" that leads in to the sexy ballad that closes the album, "Bedtime Story". I was suprised that her voice could sustain such a hefty ballad, but she does a great job. I highly recommend this album for all Sheila fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 6, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Sure her debut Glamorous Life strong established the drummer/percussionist
as a tremendous force in the Minneapolis/Prince cannon of the early 80's but from my point of view her second album actually emmerges as her strongest and most creatively stimulating recording perhaps up to this very date. One important reason may have been her developing her own talented (and of course Paisley clad) band which included her elder brother Juan on additional percussion. Being her debut on Prince's Paisley Park as opposed to Warner Bros this album also marks an about face shift in musical priorities from a more commercial Minneapolis funk sound to a far more abstract one,going along with Prince's more live band and often jazzier musical approach he himself was taking at the time. And that was great news for a musician as live oriented as Sheila E.

Even the way this album is set up thematically is commercially risky. "Sister Fate" and the equally percussion based "Toy Box" showcase a somewhat similar sound to the title track of the previous. But on the other hand they also showcase stronger,almost dissonant avante garde sax/horn flourishes on the intro and various points that harken back to her Brazillian jazz/fusion past. Of course more "art pop" style funk such as "Dear Michaelangelo" and the title track the big surprise still comes on "A Love Bizarre",an amazing 12+ minute funk splatter of the classic elongated JB tradition,as was typical of Prince's funk during this time but with some amazing horns at the end. It's one of Sheila's most powerful moments under the Paisley banner and a high mark in her career.
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