1. The Belle of St. Mark
2. Shortberry Strawcake
3. Noon Rendezvous
4. Next Time Wipe The Lipstick Off Your Collar
5. Oliver’s House
6. The Glamorous Life
7. The Glamorous Life (Club Edit)
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What set Sheila E. In The Glamorous Life apart from the rest of the Purple Music “project work” of 1984, is its headliner — one Sheila Escovedo (her last name first abbreviated here). A talented musician in her own right, she had made her name in the music scene as a drummer and percussionist for many artists including George Duke and Lionel Richie. She is particularly featured prominently on the former’s album Master Of The Game, in which she shows just how boss she can be behind a kit. What was not really known before the first hints of this album’s release, is that she wasn’t too bad behind the microphone as a singer. So when she crossed paths with That Guy From Minneapolis, the result couldn’t be a disappointment.
For the most part, this is correct. From start to finish, this is one of That Guy’s project/partnerships that actually worked all the way through. Sheila had the talent and the general demeanor to approach the songs on this project, and while she wouldn’t be mistaken for a superlative as a singer, she fits perfectly with this material. In particular, “Next Time Wipe The Lipstick Off Your Collar” would not be as enjoyable if say, Vanity was the one singing it. Not much needs to be said about the title track, which was placed all the way at the end of this record, perhaps to give the listener a means to listen to all of the other music before reaching it. It may have been a good idea, because “Shortberry Strawcake”, despite the very audible voice of That Guy all over the track, is a can’t miss aural proposition. “The Belle of St. Mark”, once claimed to be borne of recorded Jesse Johnson jam sessions and “Purpled Up”, has all the enjoyable hallmarks (synthesizer sounds, especially) of Minneapolis Funk, straight from the source. This is an enjoyable album, and a worthy official introduction to Sheila E., even though it is awash in the Purple Rain.