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Diamond Life Original recording remastered, Import
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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|
|8. I Will Be Your Friend|
|9. Why Can't We Live Together|
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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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!
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.Read more ›
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This album came out during the pre-video craze, THANK GOODNESS or else I don't think it would have received much airplay...things are SOOOO based on the video nowadays. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Harlem Honi
DIAMOND LIFE, the album by the band Sade changed how i felt and listend to music. there were only a handful of bands in the mid 80's doing anything worth a glance. Read morePublished on June 14 2004
This is definitely an album for a romantic evening. The first cut, Smooth Operator, is definitely classic. Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by D. Pawl
I stopped in my tracks the first time I heard Smooth Operator - WOW! I couldn't get enough, so I rushed out and bought the CD and never regretted it! Read morePublished on April 8 2004 by Damian P. Gadal
Great work for Sade in the 80's.This album produced 3 hit singles that I still love to listen to. I do not like the backround vocals provided on the 4 and 5 track brought to you by... Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004 by Dance Dance Dance
She is simply superb, and magnificent. She brought romance back to homes, clubs, cars, etc. She is the essence of love. I find her style to be unique. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2003 by George E. Laster
This is truly a remarkable artist with a hauntingly beautiful voice mixed with the right music all of her work is excellent but be careful like a siren she will pull you in and... Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2000 by BEETLBUG
This recording is just so precious sort of....like a Diamond. Is that the source of the title? Sade's sultry voice really is so captivating especially on such tracks as Why... Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2000 by G. J Wiener