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Sade|The Best of Sade

The Best of Sade

Sade

  • Released on 1/7/94 by Epic
  • Main artist: Sade
  • Genre: Pop
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By the time this was released in 1994, something unexpected happened. Sade's early work became classic and the later additions boasted even better vocals and songs that nicely improved on the theme. The timeless sound and class always exhibited makes Sade Adu and her band a no-brainer for an appealing compilation. Like Al Green's Greatest Hits, The Best of Sade doesn't detract from the original albums and is a marker of time, not the end of the act. The ice-princess demeanor and detached vocals worked perfectly for the mid-'80s singles and radio samples "Smooth Operator" and "Your Love Is King." The tracks from the make-or-break second album, Promise, seem less dolorous propped up and sequenced for a compilation. The sensual-to-a-fault "The Sweetest Taboo" and "Never As Good As the First Time" both retain their strength here. The songs from Stronger Than Pride -- "Love Is Stronger Than Pride," "Nothing Can Come Between Us," and the great "Paradise" -- all benefit from Ian Cooper's mastering job. This set also includes tracks from Sade's "comeback" CD, Love Deluxe, including "Kiss of Life" and "No Ordinary Love." As a bonus, The Best of Sade also includes a rare cover of "Please Send Me Someone to Love" from the Philadelphia soundtrack. Despite its riches, The Best of Sade doesn't include all of the best, since "Maureen" and or "Keep Looking" aren't here. It's a small complaint and The Best of Sade is a great overview.
© Jason Elias /TiVo

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1
Your Love Is King
00:03:39

Martin Ditchman, Percussion - Andrew Hale, Keyboards - Paul Denman, Bass - Helen Adu, Composer, Lyricist, Vocal - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - ROBIN MILLAR, Producer - Mike Pela, Engineer - Pete Brown, Assistant Engineer - Stuart Matthewman, Composer, Guitar, Saxophone - David Early, Drums, Percussion - Terry Bailey, Trumpet - Sade, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cooke, Drums - G. Matthewman, Trumpet - Simon Driscoll, Assistant Engineer

(P) 1984 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

2
Hang on to Your Love
00:04:30

Martin Ditchman, Percussion - Andrew Hale, Keyboards - Paul Denman, Bass - Helen Adu, Composer, Lyricist, Vocal - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - ROBIN MILLAR, Producer - Mike Pela, Engineer - Pete Brown, Assistant Engineer - Stuart Matthewman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Saxophone - David Early, Drums, Percussion - Terry Bailey, Trumpet - Sade, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cooke, Drums - G. Matthewman, Trumpet - Simon Driscoll, Assistant Engineer

(P) 1984 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

3
Smooth Operator (Single Version)
00:04:18

Martin Ditchman, Percussion - Andrew Hale, Keyboards - Paul Denman, Bass - Helen Adu, Composer, Lyricist, Vocal - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - ROBIN MILLAR, Producer - Mike Pela, Engineer - Pete Brown, Assistant Engineer - Stuart Matthewman, Guitar, Saxophone - David Early, Drums, Percussion - Terry Bailey, Trumpet - Sade, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Raymond St. John, Composer, Lyricist - G. Matthewman, Trumpet - Simon Driscoll, Assistant Engineer

(P) 1984 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

4
Jezebel
00:05:29

Martin Ditchman, Percussion - Andrew Hale, Keyboards - Paul Denman, Bass - Helen Adu, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - ROBIN MILLAR, Producer - Mike Pela, Producer, Engineer - Pete Beachill, Trombone - Stuart Matthewman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Saxophone - David Early, Drums, Percussion - Terry Bailey, Trumpet - Sade, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlos Bonell, Guitar - Ben Rogan, Producer - Jake Jacas, Vocal - Paul Cooke, Drums - G. Matthewman, Trumpet

(P) 1985 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

5
The Sweetest Taboo
00:04:36

Martin Ditchman, Percussion - Andrew Hale, Keyboards - Paul Denman, Bass - Helen Adu, Composer, Lyricist, Vocal - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - ROBIN MILLAR, Producer - Mike Pela, Engineer - Pete Brown, Assistant Engineer - Pete Beachill, Trombone - Ditcham, Composer, Lyricist - Stuart Matthewman, Guitar, Saxophone - David Early, Drums, Percussion - Terry Bailey, Trumpet - Phil Legg, Assistant Engineer - Sade, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cooke, Drums - G. Matthewman, Trumpet - Simon Driscoll, Assistant Engineer

(P) 1994 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

6
Is It a Crime
00:06:21

Martin Ditchman, Percussion - Andrew Hale, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - Paul Denman, Bass - Helen Adu, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - ROBIN MILLAR, Producer - Mike Pela, Producer, Engineer - Pete Beachill, Trombone - Stuart Matthewman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Saxophone - David Early, Drums, Percussion - Terry Bailey, Trumpet - Sade, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Carlos Bonell, Guitar - Ben Rogan, Producer - Jake Jacas, Vocal - Paul Cooke, Drums - G. Matthewman, Trumpet

(P) 1985 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

7
Never as Good as the First Time
00:03:57

Martin Ditchman, Percussion - Andrew Hale, Keyboards - Paul Denman, Bass - Helen Adu, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Vocal - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - ROBIN MILLAR, Producer - Mike Pela, Producer, Engineer - Pete Brown, Assistant Engineer - Pete Beachill, Trombone - Stuart Matthewman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Saxophone - David Early, Drums, Percussion - Terry Bailey, Trumpet - Rogan, Producer - Phil Legg, Assistant Engineer - Leroy Osbourne, Vocal - Sade, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jake Jacas, Vocal - Paul Cooke, Drums - G. Matthewman, Trumpet - Simon Driscoll, Assistant Engineer

(P) 1985 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

8
Love Is Stronger Than Pride
00:04:18

Martin Ditchman, Percussion - Andrew Hale, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - Paul Denman, Bass - Helen Adu, Composer, Lyricist, Vocal - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Mike Pela, Engineer - Pete Brown, Assistant Engineer - Stuart Matthewman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Saxophone - David Early, Drums, Percussion - Terry Bailey, Trumpet - Sade, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cooke, Drums - G. Matthewman, Trumpet - Simon Driscoll, Assistant Engineer

(P) 1988 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

9
Paradise
00:03:37

Martin Ditchman, Percussion - Andrew Hale, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - Paul Denman, Composer, Lyricist, Bass - Helen Adu, Composer, Lyricist, Vocal - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Mike Pela, Engineer - Pete Brown, Assistant Engineer - Stuart Matthewman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Saxophone - David Early, Drums, Percussion - Terry Bailey, Trumpet - Sade, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cooke, Drums - G. Matthewman, Trumpet - Simon Driscoll, Assistant Engineer

(P) 1994 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

10
Nothing Can Come Between Us
00:03:54

Martin Ditchman, Percussion - Andrew Hale, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - Paul Denman, Bass - Helen Adu, Composer, Lyricist, Vocal - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Mike Pela, Engineer - Pete Brown, Assistant Engineer - Stuart Matthewman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Saxophone - David Early, Drums, Percussion - Terry Bailey, Trumpet - Sade, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cooke, Drums - G. Matthewman, Trumpet - Simon Driscoll, Assistant Engineer

(P) 1994 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

11
No Ordinary Love
00:07:20

Martin Ditchman, Drums, Percussion - Andrew Hale, Keyboards - Paul Denman, Bass - Helen Adu, Composer, Lyricist, Vocal - Nick Ingman, Arranger - Marc Williams, Assistant Engineer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Mike Pela, Engineer - Pete Brown, Assistant Engineer - SANDRO FRANCHIN, Assistant Engineer - Stuart Matthewman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Saxophone - Adrian Moore, Assistant Engineer - David Early, Drums, Percussion - Tony Pleeth, Cello - Terry Bailey, Trumpet - Leroy Osbourne, Vocal - Sade, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cooke, Drums - G. Matthewman, Trumpet - Simon Driscoll, Assistant Engineer

(P) 1994 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

12
Like a Tattoo
00:03:38

Andrew Hale, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - Paul Denman, Bass - Helen Adu, Composer, Lyricist, Vocal - Nick Ingman, Arranger - Martin Ditcham, Drums, Percussion - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Mike Pela, Engineer - Stuart Matthewman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Saxophone - Leroy Osbourne, Vocal - Sade, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 1994 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

13
Kiss of Life
00:04:11

Martin Ditchman, Drums, Percussion - Andrew Hale, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - Paul Denman, Composer, Lyricist, Bass - Helen Adu, Composer, Lyricist, Vocal - Marc Williams, Assistant Engineer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Mike Pela, Engineer - Pete Brown, Assistant Engineer - SANDRO FRANCHIN, Assistant Engineer - Stuart Matthewman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Saxophone - Adrian Moore, Assistant Engineer - David Early, Drums, Percussion - Tony Pleeth, Cello - Terry Bailey, Trumpet - Leroy Osbourne, Vocal - Sade, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cooke, Drums - G. Matthewman, Trumpet - Simon Driscoll, Assistant Engineer

(P) 1994 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

14
Please Send Me Someone to Love
00:03:40

Martin Ditchman, Percussion - Andrew Hale, Keyboards - Paul Denman, Bass - Helen Adu, Vocal - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Mike Pela, Engineer - Pete Brown, Assistant Engineer - Percy Mayfield, Composer, Lyricist - Stuart Matthewman, Guitar, Saxophone - David Early, Drums, Percussion - Terry Bailey, Trumpet - Sade, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cooke, Drums - G. Matthewman, Trumpet - Simon Driscoll, Assistant Engineer - Hein Hoven, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Gordon Hunte, Guitar - Trévor Murrell, Drums

(P) 1994 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

15
Cherish the Day
00:06:18

Martin Ditchman, Drums, Percussion - Andrew Hale, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - Paul Denman, Bass - Helen Adu, Vocal - Marc Williams, Assistant Engineer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Mike Pela, Engineer - Pete Brown, Assistant Engineer - SANDRO FRANCHIN, Assistant Engineer - Stuart Matthewman, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar, Saxophone - Adrian Moore, Assistant Engineer - David Early, Drums, Percussion - Tony Pleeth, Cello - Terry Bailey, Trumpet - Leroy Osbourne, Vocal - Sade, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Cooke, Drums - G. Matthewman, Trumpet - Simon Driscoll, Assistant Engineer

(P) 1994 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

16
Pearls
00:04:33

Andrew Hale, Composer, Lyricist, Keyboards - Paul Denman, Bass - Helen Adu, Composer, Lyricist, Vocal - Martin Ditcham, Drums, Percussion - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Mike Pela, Engineer - Stuart Matthewman, Guitar, Saxophone - Leroy Osbourne, Vocal - Sade, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 1994 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Album Description

By the time this was released in 1994, something unexpected happened. Sade's early work became classic and the later additions boasted even better vocals and songs that nicely improved on the theme. The timeless sound and class always exhibited makes Sade Adu and her band a no-brainer for an appealing compilation. Like Al Green's Greatest Hits, The Best of Sade doesn't detract from the original albums and is a marker of time, not the end of the act. The ice-princess demeanor and detached vocals worked perfectly for the mid-'80s singles and radio samples "Smooth Operator" and "Your Love Is King." The tracks from the make-or-break second album, Promise, seem less dolorous propped up and sequenced for a compilation. The sensual-to-a-fault "The Sweetest Taboo" and "Never As Good As the First Time" both retain their strength here. The songs from Stronger Than Pride -- "Love Is Stronger Than Pride," "Nothing Can Come Between Us," and the great "Paradise" -- all benefit from Ian Cooper's mastering job. This set also includes tracks from Sade's "comeback" CD, Love Deluxe, including "Kiss of Life" and "No Ordinary Love." As a bonus, The Best of Sade also includes a rare cover of "Please Send Me Someone to Love" from the Philadelphia soundtrack. Despite its riches, The Best of Sade doesn't include all of the best, since "Maureen" and or "Keep Looking" aren't here. It's a small complaint and The Best of Sade is a great overview.
© Jason Elias /TiVo

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