No sound but a heart

No Sound But a Heart
Sheena Easton
Released 1987, 1999 re-release
Genre Adult contemporary
Label EMI-America-EMI-Manhattan One Way Records
Producer Keith Diamond, Narada Michael Walden, Nick Martinelli, David Leonard, and Phil Ramone
Sheena Easton chronology

Do You
(1985)
No Sound But a Heart
(1987)
The Lover in Me
(1988)

No Sound But a Heart was Sheena Easton's eighth studio album, released in 1987 on the EMI label. The album's original U.S. release was canceled but some copies were found stateside. The album was issued in Canada, Mexico, Japan, and other Asian markets. The album consisted of midtempo and ballad songs. The disc features Journey's ex-front man Steve Perry on backing vocals on "Still in Love" and Eugene Wilde on "What If We Fall In Love".

The release of No Sound But a Heart was hampered in the United States after an EMI America was absorbed into EMI Manhattan records and two scheduled release dates for the album (February and June 1987) were not met.

The album was reissued in 1999 by the One Way Records label, marking the first time it has been officially available in the United States; this technically makes it the last "new" album to date that Easton has released in the US, her albums from 1997 onwards being exclusively non-American releases. The album produced one single and video, "Eternity", written by Prince. The 1999 reissue added several bonus tracks. This was Easton's final release on the EMI label, where she had started her career. She subsequently moved to MCA Records the following year in 1988.

Songs from the album were covered by other artists: Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris featured "Wanna Give My Love" and "What If We Fall In Love" on a 1987 duet album named for the latter song; Celine Dion recorded "The Last to Know" on 1990's Unison; Patti LaBelle covered "Still In Love" on 1989's Be Yourself; and Pia Zadora recorded "Floating Hearts" on 1989's Pia Z.

Track listings

  1. "Eternity"
  2. "Still Willing to Try"
  3. "Still In Love" (feat. Steve Perry)
  4. "Wanna Give My Love"
  5. "The Last to Know"
  6. "No Sound But a Heart"
  7. "What If We Fall in Love" (feat. Eugene Wilde)
  8. "No Ordinary Love"
  9. "Floating Hearts"

The 1999 reissue added several single B-sides as bonus tracks

  1. "Shockwave"
  2. "So Far So Good"
  3. "Natural Love"
  4. "It's Christmas All Over The World"

Reviews

No Sound But A Heart is an interesting compromise. It keeps the emphasis on soul balladry, but backs its songs with solid R&B grooves.

Rolling Stone Magazine, 1987

References

  • No Sound But a Heart at Allmusic
  • Rolling Stone.com
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