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Diamond Life Original recording remastered, Import

4.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 14 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000051XX7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
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1. Smooth Operator
2. Your Love Is King
3. Hang On To Your Love
4. Frankies First Affair
5. When Am I Going To Make A Living
6. Cherry Pie
7. Sally
8. I Will Be Your Friend
9. Why Can't We Live Together

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It could have been that Sade (collectively, the vocalist Sade Adu and her band) would have remained the darlings solely of the British underground rare-groove scene, but their sound proved irresistible to the mainstream, and the rest is history. Caught at the beginning of her career in 1985, Sade's cool vocals and exotic looks grabbed everyone's attention. But equally as important to Diamond Life's success was the velvet muscle of the band's accompaniment, a sinewy after hours groove, laden with minimalist funk. Eight of the nine tracks are self-penned. Straddling R&B and pop, this disc lays out the hooks and sultry allure that became Sade's soulful standard--intelligent and sexy at the same time. --Derek Rath --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Sade is one the greatest of all time and on this set the group created a template which would continue to generate hit after hit over the years. The exotic face and persona of Ms Sade Adu, her divine vocal style, the intricate musical arrangements, the heart-wrenching lyrics, strong bass lines, the fusion of jazz/funk/pop, in other words the smooth sound of Sade. One of the only bands of all time to make smooth jazz sound very hip and very cool. It was a style that was as unique to them more than 20 years ago as it is today.
The album has one of the strongest starts of all the Sade albums, from the classic "Smooth Operator", to the standard "Your Love is King", to "Hang on to Your Love". In just these 3 songs you know you are listening to something special that will be around for a very long time. The album does cool off a bit after the startling intro with cuts that are less inspired. They borrowed a little too much in style and production from the pop world in the 80's and consequently sound very dated today. Having said that there were still stand out tracks like the dynamic "Cherry Pie" and the pleading "Why Can't We Live Together". The messages were consistently emotive throughout and the point was made, look out there is a new force to be reckoned with in the world of music and if you don't know you better get to know!
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There has never been a singer quite like Sade Adu. Although she is of Nigerian origin, and her voice is clearly that of a woman of color, she is equally influenced by her English upbringing; the resulting combination of African heat and British coolness, particularly when combined with her band's elegant mixture of both American and European jazz idioms, is as original today as when it first appeared. Superficially cool and seemingly detached, everything about the band simmers with an underlying passion.
While Adu and her band (collectively known as Sade) have done many memorable recordings since they debuted, DIAMOND LIFE remains their single finest recording: it is pure liquid elegance every step of the way. Opening with "Smooth Operator," which makes particularly good use of Stuart Matthewman on sax, the entire collection flows effortlessly from cut to cut--some dark, some slightly dissonate, some slightly upbeat, and every one of them memorable in the most haunting way imaginable.
Like "Smooth Operator," both "Your Love Is King" and "Hang on to Your Love" actually broke into the charts as singles--a truly amazing feat for a jazz-oriented club band in the ultra-synthetic 1980s. But in truth, be it "Cherry Pie," "When Am I Gonna Make A Living," or "Sally," there isn't a bad cut on the entire CD. Everything shimmers with a sultry yet subtle beauty, pulling you into an atmosphere in which you seem to feel the pulse of a midnight lounge, the atmosphere of the club scene fromw which Sade emerged.
As a band, Sade is sexy, cool, smart, delicately shaded, and brilliantly shaped, and the aptly titled DIAMOND LIFE is perhaps one of the best debut recordings made over the past fifty years.
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Hello, I previously reviewed two of her other CDs. This is her first, and I believe it is unfair to say her best, because the other CDs had a different style of music than this one. This one is great, sexy, orgasmic ... all the adjectives people us on every one of her CDs of course. This CD starts off with the growly SMOOTH OPERATOR, one of my favorites of all time. It's just a great song that features a cool opening. On TV a few months ago they showed one of her San Diego concert appearances in 1993 and it was better than the CD. She looks beautiful and her dancing is just very sexy ! She looked a little nervous though, but that's my opinion. YOUR LOVE IS KING is the reviewers say about the perfect orgasm and it's very good. HANG ON TO YOUR LOVE is another great song (of course), I love the way how she says "Hand in glove." I like FRANKIE'S FIRST AFFAIR because she screams and shouts about this loser, but it's also very light-tinged. SALLY is a hit on this CD in my opinion. It's about prostitution, a different view on it than others might have. I WILL BE YOUR FRIEND is a light trifle, however, as are WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING. The song ends with the protest song WHY CAN'T WE LIVE TOGETHER, a fine but not great song. They should have mixed up the big 3 hits (Smooth Operator, Your Love and Hang On) through this CD, the CD somewhat declines. However, this a very great CD, she looks great on the cover, kind of a tigress. I am also happy she is putting out a new CD,hopefully she doesn't become some kind of punk rocker or something like that ... Sade, we love you and are happy you're back !
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Diamond Life is Sade's best work. Her voice is so lovely, soothing, rich, and soulful. Smooth and cool is how I would summerize her style and delivery. The lyrics are full of emotion whether she's telling a sad story (Sally) or rejoicing in friendship (I Will Be Your Friend and Why Can't We Live Together) and love (Your Love is King). Smooth Operator, of course, is her signature song for which she is most recognized around the world. Her collaboration with her musicians is unique and appropriate at all times. Her vocals do not over-shadow the instruments. Her voice is never over-powered by the music. They blend seamlessly. I'm always glad to listen to an artist with class who actually CAN SING. Frankie's First Affair is my favorite song on this album. Overall, I'm extremely attached to Diamond Life because I used it as a crutch to get through a hard time in my life. Today, I enjoy Diamond Life for it's subtle beauty and power to help me relax and unwind from this rush-around life.
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