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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 1998
The world of Sheena Easton is just that: everyone of her U.S. singles in chronological order. Beginning with her only #1, Morning Train, Sheena looks like just a pretty lady singing nice light pop songs. For those of us who bought her ablums, new there was more to her that this. She had a harder edge than the general public knew. In 1984, she released "Strut" and the world began to take notice. Then in 1985, she released "Sugar Walls" and the world was shocked. It has now been 18 years since the beginning of her career and all these different song stylings are put in place. This is an artist who can and does sing many types and styles of songs. Since they are put in chronological order, you can see the transformation from pop to adult contemporary to dance and R&B. In fact, Sheena is the only artist to date that has put singles in the top 5 of all the singles charts: pop(Morning Train), country(We've got Tonight w/Kenny Rogers), dance(Sugar Walls), adult contempory(For Your Eyes Only) and R&B(The Lover in Me).
This is an album that showcases the virsitility of a very talented artist! Don't miss this one.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2008
The name Sheena Easton takes me back to the 80's growing up in high school .Do you remember her singing on the show Solid Gold? I do , but it seems just yesterday I was watching. The World of Sheena Easton so far is one of my favorites of hers, it is based on the singles collection. I listened to most of these and fell in love with her voice and the lyrics.
My all time favorites are: Weve Got Tonight, I wouldnt beg for water, Almost over you and Sugar Walls.
That would be one amazing concert to go to . I would cry.
Thanks Sheena
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2003
If you need a Greatest Hits from this princess of Pop Music, this one is the best, I own other greatest hits from hers, and I can totally said that this version is the best, because includes all the singles releases by this artist from the EMI Label. The best cuts are Strut and Sugar Walls. The worst cut is Machinery, it's sound too robotic. Great pictures of all single sleeves and albums, also Billboard positions. Way to go Sheena! Good Luck in Las Vegas!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HALL OF FAMEon April 16, 2003
Scottish pop doll Sheena Easton was more a singles artist than an album artist, so it was only fair to collect the two or three singles into one album. This collection comprises singles from her first seven albums from her first label, EMI Records, from 1981 to 1987. Key: [on original studio album], {on remastered reissue album}
Ahh, "Morning Train", Sheena's debut single and only US #1! A sensation was born with the combined brass and 80's synthesizer, that sweet/perky/sultry vocal and the irresistible chorus--"My baby takes the morning train/He works from 9 to 5 and then/he takes another home again." At least the guy plays hard as well, so... "Modern Girl" takes it from the woman's perspective: "she manages a smile as he walks out the door/she's a modern girl who's been through this movie before." "She don't fill her world about no single man/but she's getting burnt doing what she can/she is free to be/what she wants to be/all she wants to be is a modern girl." Both these upbeat singles explore the soulless, compartmentalized corporate Wall Street/Madison Avenue world of the 1980's; the first single seems to celebrate it, the loneliness of it slips through. [Sheena Easton]
One of the loveliest, lushest James Bond songs and ballads, "For Your Eyes Only," deserved the #1 and not the #4 spot with Sheena's potent vocals. {You Could Have Been With Me}
Another ballad, the radio-friendly 80's soul of "You Could Have Been With Me" further demonstrates her ability to carry a good ballad. "When He Shines" is a ballad of a man with conflicting sides, "man/child" "mild/bold" "tramp/dude", "a song not easy to write." [You Could Have Been With Me]
Kazoo-like horns introduce the upbeat "Machinery" about a man who seems to flick a girl on like she is a piece of machinery. "I Wouldn't Beg For Water" is a classic 80's-style ballad, with Sheena's crystal clear voice accompanied by a piano. Kind of reminds me of Lionel Richie's "Say You Say Me" without the synthesizers. [Madness, Money and Music]
"We've Got Tonight", her duet with Kenny Rogers, is another classic 80's ballad sounding like Lionel Richie or 80's-Whitney Houston. Kenny's soft and rangy voice is complemented by Sheena's lush voice. Nice! {Best Kept Secret}
"Telefone" has a constant Nile Rodgers' bass disco synth backbeat, i.e. "Material Girl", except with richer sounds, then the chorus sounds like the theme to some 80's TV show. Another sweet but sad ballad, "Almost Over You" about a louse of a man from whom she's almost gotten over. "Devil In A Fast Car" has a dark synthesizer, like a restrained version of Van Halen's "I'll Wait" and rock guitar. [Best Kept Secret]
With "Strut" her best-charting album (#15), a white-funk sound was introduced. Think a white version of Prince's "Cream." As for the notorious Sheila E.-sounding "Sugar Walls", which is a euphemism for a woman's < >, this was written by Alexander Nevermind, an alias for someone who in 1995 changed his name to an unpronouncable symbol. Yes, that guy! Figures, right? "Swear" has a rock guitar and beat like Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop", except quicker. [A Private Heaven]
The next three Niles Rodgers-produced singles represents another shift in sound, especially "Do It For Love." The skippy stomping beat of "Jimmy Mack" is irresistible, but "Magic Of Love" is merely passable. [Do You]
"So Far So Good," from the About Last Night soundtrack, is a carbon-copy of Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" down to the "wooo!" in the beginning.
The reason "Eternity" sounds like a C-side reject from Sign 'O' The Times is that Prince wrote it for her. [No Sound But A Heart].
What I really like about this is that it lists the albums and singles chronologically, lists their peak positions on Billboard, and the B-side singles. However, puzzling is how it lists material that is NOT on this compilation, i.e. her duets with Prince and singles from her MCA albums, The Lover In Me and What Comes Naturally. Great collection if you can get it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2000
Sheena Easton was my favorite singer when I was in high school, and I still love her music. She had an amazing voice, one of the few true sopranos in pop music at the time, and she could sing virtually any kind of material. This features all her singles (English-language only) on the EMI label, so you get plenty of huge hits: The bittersweet You Could Have Been With Me, the provocative Strut, the dreamy For Your Eyes Only, etc. All have aged terrifically well. The set would have been perfect if it could have included her Spanish-language hits and the tracks she recorded for MCA (The Lover in Me; Days Like This). Still, this is the best gathering of her hit material.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2002
I wasn't really a big fan of Sheena Easton when she released "Morning Train". It wasn't until she came out with "Sugar Walls", and "Strut" that she became an instant hit with me. This greatest hits compilation covers her music from 1981 to 1985 roughly. It doesn't include any of the songs she did with Babyface in the later '80s like "Lover in Me", but it's still a great collection for Sheena fans. It sounds great too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2002
To those of you who've already spent money on an album entitled "Greatest Hits" by Sheena Easton: my condolences--because THIS is the REAL Sheena Easton Greatest Hits album.
The only reason this album doesn't get 5 stars is that two MAJOR, MAJOR hits (both of which went to #2 on the U.S. charts) are missing here (due to, I'm sure, record company pettiness) . The omission of "The Lover In Me" and "U Got The Look" [on which Prince all but ignored Sheena's contribution in his credits--even though the cut would have bombed without her] prevents this album from being a perfect 5. Still, it is an excellent overview of her EMI years, and I highly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2000
I got this CD two years ago while on vacation. I listened to parts of the CD when I came back. I liked the songs that I hadn't heard before(like "Machinery", "Devil...", and "Swear"). The slower songs I didn't listen to at first but warmed up to them after a while.
I also like that all the songs are included on the CD, unlike most greatest hits, where a couple of songs are noticeably left out.
If you want all her songs on one CD, this is the one to get(the other greatest hits CD has only 10-12 songs).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2005
There's a lot to be said about getting things done right the first time. Even whole schools of thought resulting in terms such as ISOs and Six Sigma have evolved around that very same concept and here in this case, I'm glad someone actually adhered to it. What am I babbling about? Well, this is not a remastered cd but that's okay because the sound quality of the tracks is simply excellent! I've heard proudly proclaimed remastered discs that sound nowhere as good as this disc does. Thanks Kevin Reeves (credited with the mastering on the disc) for getting it right the first time.

Sheena Easton's singles have never sounded better and the track selections here are great. As these are just the singles, this means inevitably some very good album tracks are missing but still given that there are 19 tracks here and the great sound quality and selections, these more than make up for that.

"Sheena Easton" was one of the very first albums that I had ever heard and I remember all those years ago how much I enjoyed her debut album. A remastered version of that album will be next on my list of discs to get. In any case, if you are looking for the best compilation of Sheena Easton's hits, this is clearly it. Highly recommended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2001
Having seen Sheena Easton in concert when she first arrived on the scene, she has always been one of my favorites. I saw her again a couple years ago at the Rio in Las Vegas with David Cassidy. Her voice was just as beautiful as ever. This album reminds me of those two wonderful moments. But only two comments: Where is "Wind Beneath My Wings?" I saw her sing that song in person and her rendition is vastly superior to Bette Midler's. (Her song with Prince would be a good addition, too.) Also, who picked the cover photo? I never thought that it was possible to find an awful picture of this beautiful Scottish lassie. The back cover photograph is absolutely stunning. Amazon should do some digital manipulation to display the back cover instead.
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