Posted by DjPaulT on 8th August 2011
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984
This rare UK only 12″ promo contains the “8 Minute” version of “The Glamorous Life”. This mix is actually 9:02 and is exclusive to this 12″. The b-side contains “The Glamorous Life (Part II)” although it is not listed on the sleeve or record label. The 12″ comes housed in a unique picture sleeve.
“The Glamorous Life” is a song written by Prince in 1984 and first recorded by singer/percussionist Sheila E. The dance song has lyrics which reflect a cynicism for the decadence and materialism of the song’s protagonist, referred to in the third person, who “wants to lead a glamorous life”, although she is aware that “without love, it ain’t much”.
“The Glamorous Life” was originally intended to be recorded by the short-lived replacement act for Vanity 6, girl group Apollonia 6. Prince allegedly had several tracks lined up for the trio to record for their 1984 debut album (and by some accounts, their follow up album as well), but abandoned the idea when he learned that lead singer Apollonia Kotero had no desire to stay in the group beyond her contractual obligations as designed for her movie role in Purple Rain.
Prince decided to give the song to Sheila E. who was fresh off her duet on Prince’s “Erotic City”. “The Glamorous Life” would be recorded by Sheila E. and go on to launch her solo career.
“The Glamorous Life” was the title track and closing song on Sheila E.’s debut solo album, and reached number 7 on the U.S. pop charts, as well as number 1 on the U.S. dance charts, and earned a Grammy Award nomination.
Sheila E.’s live performances of the song became memorable events, most notably for her percussion solo towards the end of the song. Depending on the occasion, she would either spin around several times while drumming without missing a beat during the rigorous solo, place one highly elevated foot on a snare while standing on the other leg mid-solo, or perform with glow-in-the-dark drumsticks. While the solo featured in the song helped to bolster Sheila E.’s fame, all subsequent versions of this song have no drum solo.
The Glamorous Life (8 Minute Version) 9:02
The Glamorous Life (Part II) 3:12
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint
|1984||The Glamorous Life||U.S. Billboard Hot 100||#7|
|1984||The Glamorous Life||U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||#1|
|1984||The Glamorous Life||U.S. Billboard Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||#9|
Label: Warner Music UK Ltd.
Catalog#: SAM 196
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Promo
Genre: Funk / Soul
Credits: Co-producer – Jamie Starr
Directed By – Starr * Company, The
Producer, Directed By – Sheila E.
From the forthcoming album “The Glamorous Life”
Find The 12″ On DISCOGS
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super 20
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 16bit 44kHz using Adobe batch processing
FLAC (Level Eight)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi PNG format, resized to JPEG format for posting.
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