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The Best Of SadeBy the time this was released in 1994, something unexpected happened. Sade's early work became classic and the later additions boasted even better vocals and songs that nicely improved on the theme. The timeless sound and class always exhibited makes Sade Adu and her band a no-brainer for an appealing compilation.
Like Al Green's Greatest Hits, The Best of Sade doesn't detract from the original albums and is a marker of time, not the end of the act. The ice-princess demeanor and detached vocals worked perfectly for the mid-'80s singles and radio samples Smooth Operator and Your Love Is King. The tracks from the make-or-break second album, Promise, seem less dolorous propped up and sequenced for a compilation. The sensual-to-a-fault The Sweetest Taboo and Never As Good As the First Time both retain their strength here. This set also includes tracks from Sade's comeback CD, Love Deluxe, including Kiss of Life and No Ordinary Love.
As a bonus, The Best of Sade also includes a rare cover of Please Send Me Someone to Love from the Philadelphia soundtrack.LP 1
1. Your Love Is King
2. Hang On To Your Love
3. Smooth Operator
5. The Sweetest Taboo
6. Is It A Crime
7. Never As Good As The First Time
8. Love Is Stronger Than Pride
2. Nothing Can Come Between Us
3. No Ordinary Love
4. Like A Tattoo
5. Kiss Of Life
6. Please Send Me Someone To Love
7. Cherish The Day
8. Pearls$32.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
'Lovers Rock' is the 5th studio album by the English singer Sade (born Helen Folasade Adu), released on 14 November 2000 by Epic Records. The album reached number eighteen on the UK Albums Chart and number 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200. it has since been certified triple platinum by the RIAA. 'Lovers Rock' earned Sade the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. She is the most successful solo female artist in the UK, having sold over 50 million albums.
From the early 80's on Sade and her band produced a string of hit albums, from debut album Diamond Life in 1984 up to Lovers Rock in 2000 (a new album is released in February 2010). Changing a winning team never was a good plan and Sade, accompanied by longtime associates Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul Denman, managed to deliver an elegant, smooth-yet-not-too-slick-sounding album. Pioneering the Nu Soul genre roughly 10 years before her US colleagues, Sade is definitely one of a kind!
Worthy of a 10th anniversary audiophile pressing, we gave 'Lovers Rock' the 180 grams vinyl treatment, for your aural pleasure!Side A
By Your Side
King Of Sorrow
Somebody Already Broke My Heart
All About Our Love
The Sweetest Gift
It's Only Love That Gets You Through$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Stronger Than Pride (Awaiting Repress)
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
Limited Edition 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
''...brilliant, exceptional, amazing and original - a warm and blissful pop-flavored modern jazz treasure.''
''A sublime, enduring classic...Sade's timeless masterpiece.''
Three years after leaving their fans begging for more, Sade created Stronger Than Pride, one of their best works ever. An international hit that lit-up the Pop, Jazz and R & B charts. The platinum selling album includes sensual Brazilian bossa nova inspired acoustic material as well as three Billboard charted singles - the #1 smash ''Paradise,'' ''Nothing Can Come Between Us'' and ''Turn My Back On You.''
On Stronger Than Pride, probably Sade's most stripped down and sparse album, the band creates the perfect groove for romance and fulfills the promise of their stunning debut by continuing a sense of sophistication and understated elegance, two hallmarks of the Sade sound. There's no visible strain in Sade's singing, and what she does within the boundaries of her range is exquisite.
''Stronger than Pride'' exudes a greater confidence than the first two records, the talented band no longer has anything to prove. Stuart Matthewman on guitar and sax, Paul Spencer Denman on bass and Andrew Hale on keyboards are strong musicians/composers with distinctive character, the perfect vehicle for Sade's mature, lush vocal lead.
Sade offers cool composure... a unique sound that infuses Soul, Pop, Contemporary Jazz and a little Middle-Eastern flavor. It's impossible to separate the allure of this sultry music from the persona of the woman singing it, for Sade truly is a femme fatale of mythic dimension.1. Love Is Stronger Than Pride
3. Nothing Can Come Between Us
4. Haunt Me
5. Turn My Back On You
6. Keep Looking
7. Clean Heart
8. Give It Up
9. I Never Thought I'd See The Day
10. Siempre Hay Esperanza$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Promise (Awaiting Repress)Mastered by Kevin Gray
The silky-smooth, smokey and sensuous voice of Sade Adu rings true and clear and the smoldering brand of jazz and Latin-tinged soul are featured on Promise, Sade's second album. Released just nine months after Diamond Life, the 1984 Grammy award-winning Best New Artist continues the cool-cat jazz of their debut while exploring more exotic influences. Sade is hard to define. She is not quite jazz, not quite R&B, not quite pop, and not quite ''easy listening.'' Sade the band really defies all attempts at categorization.
1985's Promise is a personal journey of a broken heart and a bruised soul. It bleeds with emotion, and it captivates the listener through its refined and understated grace. This album has a cohesiveness rather than just a collection of songs, there is a development of a theme here, and the songs of love and betrayal and just being a woman blend together into a whole. ''The Sweetest Taboo,'' easily one of the group's signature songs, went on to be a huge hit and ''Never as Good as the First Time'' landed in both the R&B and pop Top 20. ''Is It a Crime'' was also released as a single. The unreleased tracks are also standouts, Sade doesn't just sing with instrumental accompaniament, she dialogs with the instruments, conversing and gossiping with them about the melancholy inhabitants of her songs: ''Mister Wrong,'' ''Jezebel,''''Maureen'' (you-were-a-pearl-in-my-world).
Promise became the band's first album to top the album charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States while matching its predecessor's quadruple platinum certification. Sade was once again the personification of cool, her sultry contralto is more assured and expressive. Sade's voice and the band's music create a foreboding atmosphere that is practically spellbinding. This album is gorgeous. Sade is a timeless singer who makes her mark with refreshing refinement and beauty.
''...near-perfection, ''Promise'' will forever be Sade's career-defining masterwork.''1. Is It a Crime
2. The Sweetest Taboo
3. War of the Hearts
5. Mr Wrong
6. Never as Good as the First Time
8. Tar Baby
9. Maureen$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Soldier Of LoveMusic On Vinyl has already released two classic Sade albums; 1992's Love Deluxe and Lovers Rock from 2000, so it only makes sense to release their latest album Soldier Of Love from 2010.
This album is again filled with minimal arrangements that encapsulate Sade Adu's fragile singing, and yet there is a strength that shines through her voice that we haven't seen from her for a while. The album is filled with love, hurt, and abandonment, but there is an anger and a defiance here that we haven't seen before. Sade's lyrics are, as ever, poetic, demand our attention, and are a lot darker than we're used to.
This was Sade's first album with original work in 10 years, and was much anticipated by press and public alike. Luckily for us, in the words of fellow Neo-Soul singer Maxwell: it's so monolithic it'll shake you in your shoes!
180 grams audiophile vinyl
2010 Grammy award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals1. The Moon and The Sky
2. Soldier of Love
3. Morning Bird
5. Long Hard Road
6. Be That Easy
7. Bring Me Home
8. In Another Time
10. The Safest Place$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Diamond Life (Awaiting Repress)Elegance, class, and sophistication barely begins to describe the sound of Sade. Her 1984 debut album, Diamond Life, shimmers with glamour and style, a sleek, catchy hybrid of pop, soul and jazz. The album was driven by an irresistible sound, mood music that crosses over to dance with excellent musicianship and clever lyrics.
Diamond Life spawned her first Top 10 U.S. hit, the bossa nova-tinged, Smooth Operator, with its unforgettable sax work, a true classic. Other standouts are the swinging horn-peppered Your Love Is King, the retro-funk of When Am I Going To Make A Living, the tender and lovely I Will Be Your Friend, as well as an imaginative remake of Timmy Thomas' 1971 hit Why Can't We Live Together (with an extremely long, brilliant jazzy intro heavy with congas).
Diamond Life had international sales of over six million, becoming one of the top-selling debut recordings of the '80s and the best selling debut ever by a British female vocalist. There has never been a lead singer quite like former model Sade Adu, her cool vocals and exotic looks grabbed everyone's attention. Her ponytails, large hoop earrings and backless dresses, and the fantastic blue-tinged black and white cover art offered up a retro look to match the sound. Everything shimmers here with a sultry yet subtle beauty, pulling you into an atmosphere of a midnight lounge or the club scene from which Sade first emerged. Diamond Life is the album that started it all!1. Smooth Operator
2. Your Love Is King
3. Hang On To Your Love
4. Frankie's First Affair
5. When Am I Going To Make A Living
6. Cherry Pie
8. I Will Be Your Friend
9. Why Can't We Live Together$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now