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Sade Lovers Live

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Sade fans may experience a range of emotions while watching the first-rate Lovers Live, but one thing they won't feel is shortchanged--not with nearly two hours of concert footage, 22 songs (including almost all of her Lovers Rock album), and DVD bonus features galore. That sultry, soulful Sade sound is in full effect throughout the concert (filmed at two Southern California locations in 2001), brought to life by a capable band, some superbly evocative visuals and sound effects, and, of course, the singer herself. The show is dramatic, but never overly theatrical; best of all, Sade, while perhaps not the world's greatest performer, is an adult--you'll find no pop-princess posing here. Of the nine songs from Lovers Rock, "Slave Song" and "Immigrant" are especially moving, revealing that Sade added some new flavors to her sound during her protracted layoff from performing. This show is pure Sade--and that's a good thing. --Sam Graham

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The DVD menu, while well designed, is frustratingly slow. If you have the patience, you'll find some largely extraneous backstage footage of Sade and her band, a nice gallery of black-and-white photos, the excellent "King of Sorrow" video, and "Message to Sade," essentially 10 minutes of adoring fans offering homages and confessions of love to their heroine. --Sam Graham

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Oct. 2 2002
By hm
Despite the praise by other reviewers for this new Sade concert DVD, I found it disappointing, because the concert as filmed and performed here is neither emotionally captivating nor artistically and musically convincing. For a start, in some songs - e.g. the first and the last - Sade's lips are not in sync with her voice indicating that what you hear is not her live voice but a playback of it while she's mimicking her singing. With the exception of a few passages, when the musicians are given space to solo, the performances are too close to the CD versions of the songs, so they feel as if everybody is just doing their jobs. I found myself reaching for the remote control to skip to the next song after one or to minutes of almost each song.
The underwhelming experience of the performances is in part also a result of production values that are definitively under par. True, a lot of concert DVDs offer even worse sound and picture, but that's no reason to let the producers and the media companies who want customers' money off the hook easily.
In the case of Lovers Live drums and the usually pumping bass are o.k., but all other intruments either lack transparency or are - case in point: overdriven guitars - to loud. Compare the sound to The Band's remastered Last Waltz DVD or to Steely Dan's Two Against Nature DVD and you cannot be but disappointed.
Both picture quality and directing are also rather bad. The color transfer on the DVD looks as if it was filmed through filters to reduce the color differentiation and the perspectives of the camera usually do not absorb you into the show. Worst are the frontal shots of the whole stage, which show you the light and photo show, but which put you into the distant position of an uninvolved observer.
To sum up: It's better to listen to Sade's music on CD than to be disappointed by this DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Very Best July 9 2004
I am so glad I bought this DVD. Of my DVD collection, I place Sade right up there with Patti Labelle's "One Night Only" DVD (in which I also highly recommend). Sade's performance is simply outstanding, perhaps the best I've ever seen. She never misses a beat. And her band is equally as great.
So if you love R&B and jazz, then this DVD is a must for your collection. And if you like Sade, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cherish the concert Feb. 7 2004
Sade is as enchanting as ever in this excellent follow-up to the first concert DVD ("Sade Live"). This performance, which was filmed in September of 2001 at two SoCal venues, proves that after eight years, the attraction of Sade herself is just as strong as her music.
At just under two hours, you get a comprehensive show: 22 songs, with ten from the latest "Lovers Rock" CD. The remaining twelve are all favorite hits from Sade's previous four albums. Sound-wise, everything sounds great, and you can select from either stereo or 5.1 Surround Sound to suit your tastes. The band plays really tight, and there are some nice surprises, such as a cool intro to "Sweetest Taboo" and a funky/rock version of "Paradise" (check out the choreography).
Visually, you see lots of Sade (a good thing), yet the camera time spent on her and the rest of the band is fairly balanced. I loved the editing since I was watching what I wanted to see pretty much most of the time. The lighting for this tour is somewhat more interesting than the last, and the use of the video screen in back of the stage adds some pizzazz, especially the film of water dropping in synch with key accented beats in "Somebody Already Broke My Heart." The camera work and editing are superb. Even the credit track is awesome, with some really touching footage of the audience.
DVD Extras: 1) behind-the-scenes video (pretty funny) of the band members dancing and mugging for the camera; 2) Sade, behind-the-scenes; 3) concertgoers' "messages to Sade"; and 4) excellent "King of Sorrow" video, directed by Sophie Muller and filmed in Puerto Rico.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfactory Sade Nov. 25 2003
The music of Sade deserves nothing less than 5 stars. Those who are looking for a great collection of Sade's music need look no further.
As a DVD however, this disc leaves a little to be desired. First of all the concert was captured on film, which gives a nice cinematic feel... but this is not cinema, and ironically the choice to record the concert on film fails to capture the the immediacy and connection that an audience gets at a live performance. Colors are softer, and images are not as vibrant. High Def video would have been a better choice here.
The 5.1 mix of the audio is also fairly bland, being not far removed from the 2.0 stereo mix. The tracks lack a certain clarity and crispness that DVD is capable of.
The performance is, of course, spectacular, and it's a shame that it's transfer to DVD didn't see more care. The footage doesn't quite match up to the dramatic image on the front cover. I will "cherish the day" that a DVD will be produced worthy showcasing of Sade's breathtaking voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was blown away... June 27 2003
This DVD is superb. Sade is enchanting in every sense of the word: sexy, sultry, with a voice that will make you melt. The grooves backing her up are a perfect match, one made in heaven without a doubt. I received this as a gift because I had been wanting for so long to have some Sade in my life, and this really blew me away. Better than buying the audio CD version of this same concert and even a better investment (if a perfect complement) of Sade's "Lover's Rock" album, this DVD is magic. My favorite performances, all delivered with great joy and passion, are: Cherish The Day, Your Love Is King, Somebody Already Broke My Heart, Cherry Pie, Smooth Operator, Jezebel, Kiss Of Life, Sweetest Taboo, Lovers Rock, King Of Sorry, No Ordinary Love and By Your Side. Sade sing and dances hear rear-end off in some of these performances, and it's a pure joy to watch. If you like Sade, I recommend this with my eyes closed... if not, check it out, you might be surprised what a great performer she is! I adore the direction she's going in, more influenced by electronica, a bit ala Everything But The Girl. Amazing!
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If you are a Sade Fan, good for you, if you are not, shame on you! Get this video, you will not regret it, trust me. Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by Marianna
5.0 out of 5 stars The CD is what got me
Just like another poster after listening to the cd audience I wanted to see what they were so excited about. Again Sade shows and proves. Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by Ms Muse
5.0 out of 5 stars Felt like I was there....
Man, is she HOT?! She is everything sexy and sultry and classy...I love her and the DVD never leaves my player.
A Loyal Female Fan
Published on Feb. 17 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth getting, Sade's still stylish, classy and fun
Although I like her other 1994 DVD better, this one is also a must-get for Sade fans ... (hey she's older now, so that's why no bare midriff anymore I guess).. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2004 by Kenneth Calhoun
3.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and Sensual
Sade is sexy as ever in this "live" concert performance! She does NOT have to be naked or dress like a street girl to be sexy. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2004 by axpress
3.0 out of 5 stars Sade is Awesome, DVD somewhat disappointing
Like some other people have mentioned, filmed concert footage lacks the "just like being there" feeling that video taped footage offers. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2004 by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadelicious
I think she was fabulous...I had never seen her perform, live or in dvd/taped. Although there were some takes where I wanted to see more closeups and the camera more still on her,... Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004 by Carmen Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Sade puts on a great show once again
Sade does all the hits except "Hang Onto Your Love". She even jams on cuts from her latest album "Lover's Rock". There is a bonus clip featuring India. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2003 by Mikezike
4.0 out of 5 stars MUCH TOO COSERVATIVE!!!
Being a fan of Sade, I already have most of her material on cd so i purchased the dvd to be entertained by seeing her, I was exspecting to sit and sizzle!!! Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2003 by None
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating!!!
This concert should go down as one of the best!
Sade is a hell of singer and with this stage performance, just puts the icing on the cake!
Published on Aug. 13 2003 by Troy I. Morrison
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