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The Ultimate Collection

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As a follow up to the platinum-selling Soldier Of Love, which spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard album chart and garnered a well-deserved Grammy, Sade is back with The Ultimate Collection. In addition to classic Sade songs, the must-have, two-disc album will include three new, never-before heard songs including Moon & The Sky (featuring Jay-Z). Here for the first time, fans can find all of their favorite Sade classics from their most iconic albums including songs from the Best Of collection and the greatest hits off of Lover s Rock and Soldier Of Love.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Your Love Is King
  2. Smooth Operator
  3. Hang On To Your Love
  4. The Sweetest Taboo
  5. Is It A Crime
  6. Never As Good As The First Time
  7. Jezebel
  8. Love Is Stronger Than Pride
  9. Paradise
  10. Nothing Can Come Between Us
  11. No Ordinary Love
  12. Kiss Of Life
  13. Feel No Pain
  14. Bullet Proof Soul

Disc: 2

  1. Cherish The Day
  2. Pearls
  3. By Your Side
  4. Immigrant
  5. Flow
  6. King Of Sorrow
  7. The Sweetest Gift
  8. Solider Of Love
  9. The Moon And The Sky
  10. Babyfather
  11. Still In Love With You
  12. Love Is Found
  13. I Would Never Have Guessed
  14. The Moon And The Sky (Remix Featuring Jay-Z)
  15. By Your Side (Neptunes Remix)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 3, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B004TB8GS4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,622 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you like your Sade vocals buried by the instumentation, then this set is for you. The loudness compression that has been applied to this set has completely obliterated the dynamic range of the original recordings.

To set your expectations of what you will hear: If you've been listening to Sade past three decades on any previous CD release, your ear has been trained to expect Sade's voice to be in the front of the soundstage, just like if she were singing on stage in front of a band in a small club. When you play any of the tracks from this bastardized set, you will immediately notice that her vocals are buried and competing with the instruments, like she had been physically moved from the front of the stage to behind the drum kit. The volume of every track is REALLY loud, much louder than the older CD's, and quickly tiring to listen to.

If you're not familiar with the term "loudness compression": Go to Wikipedia and search "loudness wars". In that article, there is also a link to an excellent You Tube audio/video demonstration of this reprehensible practice, which is being propagated by bean-counter record company executives.

The technical explanation of loudness compression is the application of an increasingly high ratio of compression to the dynamic range of a particular recording, and then increasing the gain of the recording, until the peaks have reached maximum. In layman's terms, what this means is there are no longer any quiet or loud passages in the recording, EVERYTHING is at the same volume.
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I went to play this on my car stereo and I couldnt figure out why the bass and other levels were so loud and distorted. I didnt even keep playing it. Turns out they ruined this collection with very poor mastering! The new songs are good and it would have been a great collection otherwise. I think Sade should choose much more carefully who she (or her record company) hires to do this work!
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Why must they take such an amazing collection of songs & give them the Loud harsh digital treatment ? If you like modern music in your ipod , this is for you , if you have a nice stereo & like Dynamics , nice warmth & not slammed digital distortion by the time you reach the chorus , stay away .... Kinda sad as Sade's recordings are up there among the best , Pick up some vinyl , or older cd's if you want the proper sound , there was no need for this , sade is not fighting the same airwaves as the Black eyed peas .... you have been warned .
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For the "New or Recent Fan"

For those of you who have listened or liked a Sade track but never purchased a full length cd your time of indecision is over. This stunning 2 cd collection features all her major singles and contains for the first time hits from Sade's last two albums "Lover's Rock" and "Soldier of Love." The songs are re-mastered and most of the tracks are full-length album versions and not radio-friendly edits that other artists are known to feature on a best of cd. (ie Madonna)

For the "Old or Loyal/Die-Hard Fan"

For those of us who have all her cds including her 1994 cd "The Best of Sade", this is still well worth purchasing.
The reason being, the FOUR NEW TRACKS: "Still in Love with You", "Love is Found " (this one could easily become a huge dance or club single), "I would never have Guessed" and a solid remix of "The Moon and the Sky" featuring Jay-Z.
Also included is a remix by the Neptunes of "By Your Side" which many of us would not have unless we had purchased the cd single back in the day.

What's missing to make this a 5 Star?

I only wished that the record company included a bonus 3rd cd of all her rare or remixed tracks(Both the official ones and the much coveted bootlegs). Imagine having on cd Ben Watt's "By Your Side" or the Mad Professor Remix of "Love is Stronger than Pride" or the House Remix of "Pearls"!!

This then would have been a definitive masterpiece, one that would target a larger music audience.

There is a 2 cd and 1 DVD version of "The Ultimate Collection" featuring all 15 of her videos that will be released next week on May 10th

Finally, if you live in the U.S count your blessings. At less than $10, this is a steal. Here in Canada, I paid $20 plus 15 % tax for the standard 2 cd version.
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I've seen many reviews here complaining of a horrible mastering job on this compilation, I personally don't know what they're talking about. I'm a professional musician in that, people pay me to make music, I've also recorded 4 albums and am in the process of recording my 5th... I've listened to this collection on several systems from car to living room to computer room and have yet to be disappointed with the production. I DON'T listen to MP3's or use anything less than lossless. I do know that come producers are flooding some material with bass and volume to compensate for the limitations of the MP3 format but I don't feel this album is a victim of that. To the album itself Sade is... SADE... this collection of musicians are maserful, when I want to feel sensuos or get in the mood, this is the album I go to now. This IS no ordinary love...

Worf
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