Launched on an unsuspecting world on Esther Rantzen’s early reality TV show The Big Time, Scots singer Sheena Easton made the most of her break, racking up a string of hits. Clearly not one of the world’s most talented vocalists, Easton became successful through hard work, major record label support and some excellent song choices. The Collection is a 31-song two-CD collection which anthologises her EMI output between 1980 and 1986, including all 11 of her UK chart entries at that period, and her 17 US chart entries. Some of her best songs – including Sugar Walls, which was written for her by Prince – and Strut were not UK chart entries but made up the Top 10 in the US and are gathered here – though the album would have been improved by the inclusion of some of her subsequent MCA hits.
I’d forgotten all about the Scots lass that went from struggling pop singer on the TV documentary Big Time to chart topping princess in a few short months. So I’m truly surprised to be reminded by this 2CD set that Sheena did in fact have 11 US Top 20 hits, all featured here.
From her debut single Modern Girl, the US chart topper, Morning Train (9 to 5) and the Bond theme For Your Eyes Only she was also the subject of production work by no less than Prince and Chic’s Nile Rogers. Along with the landmark duet with country legend Kenny Rogers on We’ve Got Tonight there are another 30 examples of the sugar coated princess of pop’s brief but productive hit making career.