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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|
2013 Japanese pressing BLU-SPECCD2. 2000 remaster. Sony
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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Top Customer Reviews
When I first entered the world of Sade, at age three, when listening to the opening track "Smooth Operator", I noticed that this was different from the music I heard my parents listening to. I was too young to totally grasp the lyrics and the meaning, and now, at age 12, I still don't get some of it, and maybe it's a lifelong thing. But as God is my witness, I will keep trying.
As I get further into the music, "Your Love Is King" makes me feel slightly lightheaded. it's so...Sade. For some reason, I love the third verse. It's different, something that only I would catch. I think.
"Hang On to Your Love" was a bit easier for me to understand, but "Frankie's First Affair" left me and still leaves me in a state of shock.
I never knew Sade could scream like that.
Songs 5-9 are also mysterious, and I think they're things the only the songwriter herself can understand.
Most people my age seem to think that they're supposed to listen to rap and r&b.
I beg to differ.
When I go to someone's house, and they ask me if I want to listen to music, sometimes, I'll be like, if it's not Sade, I don't want to hear it.
At this moment, I am listening to No Ordinary Love. While this is music that some people would prefer to just pop in the CD player and leave it there, I tend to actually listen to the words. I like to actually know what she's saying.Read more ›
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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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
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2003 by Gary F. Taylor
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