Sade Diamond Life on Limited Edition 180g LP from Audio Fidelity
Warm, Intimate, Sensual, Stylish, Sophisticated: 1984 Debut a Miasma of Smooth Soul, Pleasant Jazz, Infatuating Pop
Blockbuster Debut Includes Top 10 Hits "Smooth Operator" and "Your Love Is King"
Audiophile-Caliber Sound: LP Cut by Legendary Engineer Kevin Gray and Pressed on 180g Gatefold Vinyl
Essential Listening: Vocal Tour de Force Augmented by Wondrous Arrangements and Subtle Details
The voice: Warm, intimate, sensual, sophisticated, stylish, soft. The music: Romantic, occasionally cool, often married to funk melodies. No matter what description you choose, elegance, class, and sophistication barely begin to describe the sound of Sade. Her 1984 debut Diamond Life shimmers with glamour and style, a sleek, catchy hybrid of pop, soul and jazz. The album is mood music that crosses over to dance with excellent musicianship and clever lyrics.
Diamond Life spawned the bossa nova-tinged Top 10 hit "Smooth Operator," outfitted with unforgettable sax work. Other standouts are the swinging horn-peppered "Your Love Is King," the retro-funk of "When Am I Going To Make A Living," the tender and lovely "I Will Be Your Friend," as well as an imaginative remake of Timmy Thomas' 1971 hit "Why Can't We Live Together" (with an extremely long, brilliant jazzy intro heavy with congas).
Diamond Life boasts international sales of more than six million copies, making it one of the top-selling debut recordings of the 80s and the best selling debut ever charted by a British female vocalist. There has never been a lead singer quite like Sade Adu, whose sensitive vocals and exotic looks grab everyone's attention. What's more, the album's fantastic blue-tinged black-and-white cover art offered up a retro look to match the sound. Everything glistens with a sultry yet subtle beauty, pulling you into an atmosphere equivalent to that of a midnight lounge.
And now, thanks to the work of engineer Kevin Gray, Diamond Life finally has sonics that parallel the unforgettable musical performances within. Audiophiles, your table is ready. Order your copy today!
"Interestingly, there’s a much greater sense of vertical dimensionality in the new pressing. The original rendition of Adu’s voice is more diffuse; here, her voice feels right at microphone height. And the remaining audiophile boxes are properly ticked. My pressing is free of clicks and pops, has a much lower noise floor, and features an exquisitely printed gatefold cover. A very worthwhile addition to any record collection."
Sade Diamond Life Track Listing:
--Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio, Issue 44
1. Smooth Operator
2. Your Love Is King
3. Hang On To Your Love
4. Frankie's First Affair
5. When Am I Going To Make A Living
6. Cherry Pie
8. I Will Be Your Friend
9. Why Can't We Live Together