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Diamond Life [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

SadeAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 14, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000051XX7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,328 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Liquid Elegance November 8, 2003
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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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Sade Adu and her group are unique in their smooth, but always rythmic style, with the jazz interplay, with the Nigerian beat that puts this in a place of their own in pop music.
There's a rythym, a plan, to this debut CD, a placing of four of the best songs at the very forefront: The signature "Smooth Operator", the more intimate "Your Love Is King", the relaxed yet playful and inviting "Hang On To Your Love" in which the instrumentalists have a stronger voice and effect on the cut, "Frankie's First Affair" which seems to me a nod to legendary standard favorite "Frankie and Johnny" (strictly my impression). The next song, "When Am I Going to Make A Living", seems weaker to me, but provides a little balance after the strong opening group. "Cherry Pie" and "Sally" bring us back up, maybe not to the peak of the opening four, but "Cherry Pie" especially is exciting, and "Sally" pretty well keeps us going. "I Will Be Your Friend" and "Why Can't We Live Together" round out the CD, and seem to me more run of the mill, but still suitable to relax, listen to, and enjoy.
My enjoyment of Sade comes from the fact that she actually sings without loud, overly dramatic emoting, and the softer moments of her songs have us listening attentively, in her spell. Those who prefer the loud and the brassy won't likely enjoy it, but if you appreciate melody, harmony, some good jazz, and a spicy African beat, I honestly think you will want this CD.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Diamond Life June 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Thank goodness for music fans that Sade debuted at a time when the music business was truly focused on the music side. I shudder to think about what could've happened if this uniquely original songstress & her dynamic band had debuted in 2006 instead of 1985 - would she be well received or become a one hit wonder?

Overall, this is a strong debut with just a couple of songs that bordered on the filler side for me & since I usually skip them, I couldn't give the disc the full 5 stars. I can't thank Sade enough for opening me up to different styles of singers & music.

My favorite tracks: SMOOTH OPERATOR - midtempo, jazzy song with a story to tell (the accompanying video was also excellent in its storytelling); HANG ON TO YOUR LOVE - the song that introduced Sade to the US, it created a sense of intrigue in me regarding what more this group had to offer, great lead off single; WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING - catchy, love the chorus; CHERRY PIE - love the music moreso than the lyrics; SALLY - very thematic song, precursor of what was to come from Sade, beautiful lyrics & moody music; WHY CAN'T WE LIVE TOGETHER - same as the aformentioned, Sally; YOUR LOVE IS KING - very smooth, jazzy track.

Even today, I'd highly recommend this disc - since the music production is so excellent & Sade's vocals are so unique the music sounds as fresh as if the disc had been released this year as opposed to 20 years ago!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sade's sophisticated debut June 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I always hesitate to write music reviews because, frankly, I don't think I'm that good at them. I make exceptions when the album in question has either moved me deeply or has been an important part of my life for years. Diamond Life meets both criteria. It's hard for me to explain how this album has moved me, and nearly impossible to articulate the way it has been a part of my life for years. But I'll try.

Diamond Life takes its title from the first two words of the opening song, Smooth Operator. "Diamond life, lover boy. He moves in space with minimum waste and maximum joy." This sultry tale of the life of an international play boy has become a standard on adult contemporary stations, and to date remains Sade's biggest hit. The accompanying music video, available on the compilation titled "Sade - Life Promise Pride Love," casts Sade in the role she was born to play: sexy, exotic nightclub singer, with the most heavily made-up lips to ever grace the small screen. (Thick lipstick was Sade's trademark during the early 1980s.) To listen to Smooth Operator, my mind floods with beautiful images of paradise, of the Bahamas, Hawaii, white sandy beaches, warm sun, tropical breeze through the palm trees, and, of course, the fantasy of being in such places with Sade Adu herself, the most beautiful and elegant woman I've ever seen.

LA, New York, Chicago, Key Largo, and Europe, are all evoked in various songs in Diamond Life. And the song Why Can't We Live Together, with the lyrics, "No matter, no matter what color, you are still my brother," has always made me think of South Africa under Apartheid (which it still was when Diamond Life was released). Sade is an international phenomenon. Her very being, a Nigerian-born woman raised in England, is international.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soft and Sexy Voice of Sade
From the first time I heard Smooth Operator, I was hooked. This soft, sexy and sultry singer has a very different style of singing than most. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jan Elizabeth Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Sade, is one of my favorite performers and I have just about all of her albums and will be looking for her future releases.
Published 4 months ago by Albert T Sisco
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sade album.
in general, Music's Sade is so good, but when you listen this album, you get more than a real good album, is a trip through mesmerizing dound that over your senses.
Published 5 months ago by Jose Luis Acevedo Moreno
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Sade!
I recently bought this album and I have been a fan for years. "Diamond Life" has a classic and very smooth tone to it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andy L
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond Life
Love this CD - song selection great - quality of CD good. I listen to it at least once a day. Great to get things around the house done by.
Published 5 months ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Sade is for real
I still remember the fist time I heard Smooth Operator and thought it was OK but the jazz station I listened to at the time played the other cuts on the album all the time and they... Read more
Published 10 months ago by madcrutch
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