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Diamond Life (With Orig. Art) Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (March 6 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000051XX7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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By Harlem Honi on July 15 2004
Format: Audio CD
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. Anyway "Smooth Operator", and the video to it caught my attention, so I bought the album. "Your Love is King" still is a favorite of mine. I just played the album over and over. I was intrigued by her beats and vocals. I said to myself, like Prince, she'll be the only one who can do her songs justice. Just think have you eeeevvvvvver heard a Sade remake? you've heard Prince I know. She's a unique talent.
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Format: Audio CD
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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By A Customer on June 15 2004
Format: Audio CD
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.let alone a listen.i was still a teenager and developing my likes, taste and searching for what i enjoyed. DIAMOND LIFE SOARS WITH ENERGY, SHEER JOY AND A LUMINOUS SOUND.START here maybe you life will sparkle just as BRIGHT.
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Format: Audio CD
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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Format: Audio CD
This is definitely an album for a romantic evening. The first cut, Smooth Operator, is definitely classic. From the sexy saxophone wailing in the background, to Sade's beautiful, seductive vocals(...)BR>Your Love Is King is also a really great song because it combines a blues feeling with a smooth jazz beat. I would say that all of the tracks on the album follow that pattern. Not to say that they all sound the same, or are boring in the least. They each have their own distinct flavor. Whether the song is about failed love or renewed passion, this album is filled with gorgeous melodies and delicious vocals. Well done!
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Format: Audio CD
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! There's not a single bad track.
With a stunning funk-soul-jazz mix and great vocals, Sade set the music world on fire with this debut release!
A musical treasure!
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By Dance Dance Dance on Feb. 6 2004
Format: Audio CD
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 someone other than Sade. I love hearing Sade sing only. Other than that this album is wonderful.
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