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The Best of Sade Original recording remastered

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16 luscious tracks taken from Sade's first four albums and assorted singles, newly remastered and sounding (if possible) better than ever! Includes Smooth Operator; Your Love Is King; The Sweetest Taboo; Never As Good As the First Time; Paradise; No Ordinary Love; Kiss of Life; Nothing Can Come Between Us; Cherish the Day , and more.


With her exotic beauty and steamy voice, Sade couldn't help but be a star. Taking the more sensuous elements of island beats, smooth jazz, and R&B, Sade scored major hits with the continental feel of "Smooth Operator" and the sultry stylization of "Your Love Is King." Her voice was often criticized for being thin, yet she made it work to her advantage with songs like the haunting "Jezebel," on which her delivery added the vulnerability necessary to the song. Sade sounded best when she stuck to the lower register, and there is nothing thin about her dynamic handling of her torch song "Is It a Crime." "The Sweetest Taboo" was one of her last great moments before years of mediocrity, chronicled here by the lifeless "Stronger Than Pride" and the limp "Nothing Can Come Between Us." "No Ordinary Love" was a return to form with the smoky richness back in her vocals and the urban/island feel of her first release. Best of Sade goes right up to her hit "Pearls," which, remixed, became a dance floor hit. The nicest surprise here is "Please Send Me Someone to Love," with Sade proving that although her range may be limited vocally, she doesn't suffer the same fate artistically. --Steve Gdula

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Your Love Is King
  2. Hang on to Your Love
  3. Smooth Operator
  4. Jezebel
  5. The Sweetest Taboo
  6. Is It a Crime
  7. Never as Good as the First Time
  8. Love Is Stronger Than Pride
  9. Paradise
  10. Nothing Can Come Between Us
  11. No Ordinary Love
  12. Like a Tattoo
  13. Kiss of Life
  14. Please Send Me Someone to Love
  15. Cherish the Day
  16. Pearls

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: April 3, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005AWMF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (550 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,852 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I was never a big fan of Sade until her newest release LOVERS ROCK came out, took me ashore and then blew me away. I was never one to listen to anything associated with R&B either until Sade opened my doors into the world of neo-soul which just threw me for a loop. It's kind of like R&B except that it's more meaningful and mature. And while many might say that Sade has a voice that is thin and weak I would really like to differ. Her voice is low-key (I'm not gonna lie) but it's deeply sensuous and soultry with a smoky richness that is absolutely stunning. Her musical styling is also very interesting for it consists of smooth jazz (thanks in part to saxaphones and trumpets) with neo-soul (The Sweetest Taboo, No Ordinary Love) and urban beats (Never As Good As The First Time, Cherish The Day) that often sound like the perfect soundtrack for an island party (aka, Smooth Operator, Paradise). There are also some powerful ballads here like Jezebel and the haunting Pearls which often push me back into my chair as to melt into the melody.
This is an amazing album and it deserves a spot in everyone's collection.
This is highly recommended.
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People my age, 17, tend to look at me unusually when I tell them that I love Sade, that is because they have no idea who I'm talking about. That to me in itself is quite sad, because I have never heard such raw emotion and beautiful simplicity emerge from music. Not to mention the most beautiful vocals by Sade herself, and the excellent music itself by the musicians of Sade.
I began my Sade adventure when I was really bored one day and I began to pull out my Dad's old records, to find two. They were the albums 'Diamond Life' and 'Promise', the first two albums released. I wanted to take these with me in my discman, though not possible, so I went out to find their 'best of' CD, so I could get a feel for all of Sade's music.
Off those two albums, I immediately found my most favourite tracks. From Diamond Life 'Your love is king' (really nice sax here), 'Hang on to your love' (very nice bass and lyrics very true to life), and of course what I think is my most favourite song of all time, and I'm sure many others feel the same 'Smooth Operator'. It's amazing how their songs are timeless...smooth, lush and soulful.
From Promise 'Jezabel' (really touching lyrics), 'The Sweetest Taboo' (honestly, listen to the lyrics...I wish! fabulously upbeat and positive), 'Is it a crime' (Can we relate people?!), and 'never as good as the first time' (nice harmonies here with great percussion). I'm glad to say as well how from all of these tracks that I've mentioned, how the lyrics people can relate to. This is what with the musicality and rythms created by the musicians creates the evoking of different emotions spoken of earlier. I feel that that is what makes music, you like it because you feel for it, you're able to delve into it's layers, which is why I like Sade's music so much.
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Sade's voice should be in the dictionary as a definition of sultry. When she sings in the style she does best she is absolutely phenomenal. Her voice is the ultimate in romantic music and is suitable for darkened restaurants, living rooms (a fireplace would be good) and even bedrooms. Her music can make you feel mellow and cozy and is great music to fall into the eyes of your significant other.
At least one other reviewer has commented that Sade is a one-trick pony because her vocal talent is generally limited to one style. On the flip side, she sings best when she sings in the style that is her trademark. As an example, in the song "Nothing Can Come Between Us" Sade tries a bit faster pace and a different style, and the music overruns her vocals. I listen to Sade's music to listen to her, and when the instruments become the primary voice in a song then I feel as though I am not listening to Sade. This particular song is also very derivative and somewhat lackluster as compared to most of her other songs.
Sade's voice is well exploited and at its best in songs such as "Smooth Operator," "The Sweetest Taboo," and the emotional, heartfelt "Jezebel." But the examples on this CD are numerous extend well beyond these songs. "No Ordinary Love" is powerful, Sade sings from some deep place inside of her that connects you to her soul. This song is more than seven minutes of passion and beauty. Try listening to this song in a completely dark room, preferably holding your significant other, and keeping your eyes closed. The power of this song will flow through you and give you a most amazing feeling.
There are so many other wonderful songs on this CD that I could easily extol the virtues of nearly all of them.
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I didn't need to buy this CD because I already have all four of Sade's releases, but a friend left this laying around the house, so I gave it a listen. This is a greatest hits compilation that lives up to its billing. Usually, on this type of collection, the listener gets maybe 4 or 5 truly great hits and some filler. Such is not the case here because all 16 tracks are fabulous. The only songs that are missing are "Maureen" and "I Couldn't Love You More," but I suppose there had to be some cut-off point.
Sade is one of my all time favorite artists because she is just so smooth and mellow. Her songs may be a little tortured, but that delivery is always flawless. And the inclusion of some of her uptempo cuts should silence critics who claim that she is monotonous. My top picks are "Is it a Crime" "Jezebel" "No Ordinary Love" and "The Sweetest Taboo."
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