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Diamond Life [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

SadeAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 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 (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,739 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
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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 A Diamond indeed! April 14, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is an old album (I never thought 1984 would become old, lol!) but I was reminded of it while preparing my first Listmania list, for my 40 favourite albums (yes, it definitely made the list). This album reminds me of UK music magazines Smash Hits, Record Mirror, and Blues & Soul (ah, the days when hardcopies of magazines and music ruled) as it came out while these were the magazines of the day, and Sade was a regular visitor to their pages.

"Diamond Life" is the debut release from Nigerian chanteuse Folasade Adu and her Band, simply known by the moniker Sade (an abbreviation of her first name). A sleek catchy hybrid of Pop, Soul and Jazz, the album was a multi-million seller and won Sade the Grammy for best newcomer. It showcased excellent musicianship and clever lyrics, rarely bettered even today.

Right from the group's image (her ponytails, large hoop earrings and backless dresses), and the fantastic blue-tinged black and white cover art (giving a retro look to match the sound), everything about this album reeked sheer class, which permeated right through the nine tracks on the album.

Opening cut (and a favourite of mine), the aptly titled dramatic "Smooth operator" with percolating percussion, spoken intro with dramatic flourishes, sprinkled with tenor sax, and that dusky Blues-y voice telling the tale of this western male who goes from "Coast to coast, LA to Chicago" is still a classic to this day, much like anything by Ella or Billie I daresay.
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