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The Best of Sade [Original recording remastered]

Sade Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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Helen Folasade Adu was born in Ibadan, Nigeria. Her father was Nigerian, a university teacher of economics; her mother Anne was an English nurse. The couple met in London while he was studying at the LSE and moved to Nigeria shortly after getting married. When their daughter was born, nobody locally was prepared to call her by her English name, and a shortened version of Folasade stuck. Then, ... Read more in Amazon's Sade Store

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  • Audio CD (13 Dec 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B0000517HI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Your Love Is King (Album Version) [Clean] 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Hang On To Your Love (Album Version) [Clean] 4:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Smooth Operator (Single Version) [Clean] 4:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Jezebel (Album Version) [Clean] 5:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Sweetest Taboo (Album Version) [Clean] 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Is It A Crime (Album Version) [Clean] 6:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Never As Good As The First Time (Album Version) [Clean] 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Love Is Stronger Than Pride (Album Version) [Clean] 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Paradise (Album Version) [Clean] 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Nothing Can Come Between Us (Album Version) [Clean] 3:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. No Ordinary Love (Album Version) [Clean] 7:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Like A Tattoo (Album Version) [Clean] 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Kiss Of Life (Album Version) [Clean] 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Please Send Me Someone To Love (Album Version) [Clean] 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Cherish The Day (Album Version) [Clean] 6:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Pearls (Album Version) [Clean] 4:330.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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 stylisation of "Your Love Is King". Her voice was often criticised 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

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exotic Pleasure 12 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This truly is the best of the wonderful Nigerian songstress. Once you have all the Sade out there (pre-Lovers Rock) so that you can listen to the wonderful non singles like 'Bullet Proof Soul', 'Couldn't Love You More', 'Maureen', 'Tar Baby' and others, this is the one to own. It's the one you put on when you just want to listen to Sade!
There is an amazingly smooth flow to this marvelously put together effort. You never want to skip around because the song before the one you want to hear is great to. It's like that. This is one of the best, 'Best Of' CD's out there. Every Sade fan has this one and you'll want to pick it up also. I have two. One is for my car, and the other is for my home. It's that great.
Whether you're a die hard Sade fan or just a casual listener, once you listen to this you will find yourself in the former category. That's what Sade does to you. The exotic blend of the band's rhythms and the smooth stylings of Sade Adu come together to form a unique musical experience like no other. There is no one like her so 'The Best of Sade' is the best, period.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consummate late night music... 19 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes a "Best of..." compilation really does work and here's a perfect example. Not only does it live up to its title but it flows pretty seamlessly from start to finish capturing, on the way, some wonderful music from this underrated and increasingly forgotten artist. Sade's naturally "cool" voice weaves its way through a set of excellent, self-penned, jazz-tinged tracks featuring exquisite, perfectly "laid-back" arrangements to create a distinctive and unforgettable album that's a serious contender for one of the best late night records out there.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Class 24 July 2006
By Scully Bloke VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
If ever i was asked to live on a desert island and i could take 1 album, then this would be it. I have played it to death over the years and i still find it new, still find new favourite parts.

Its simply an album of fantastic love songs, sung with a level of passion that you simply do not hear in other artists.

It is the ultimate, play at night, play in the car on the way home, wind down, hold your girl in your arms album.

Absolutely the best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful cd for anyone who is a Sade fan 14 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Although there are a few songs from each of her individual cd's that are among some of my favorites, this cd does a terrific job of incorporating most of the best songs from each of them. This does have quite a few songs from "No Ordinary Love" so if you have this cd you may be disappointed - but it incorporates a great selection of the rest of Sade's songs. If you like Sade (and even if you don't know if you do) this cd can be listened to from beginning to end.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Lady who sings a beautiful song...... 7 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
I find Sade Adu's voice enticing, hypnotic. There's a sensuality there, an earthiness, but maybe a bit ethereal and a bit other-worldly. Seductive, however you look at it.
Are these truly her best? Don't ask me, because I think every song on all her CDs should be considered her best.
Okay, I exaggerate. I don't usually, but she deserves it. This is for R&B listeners, for smooth jazz listeners, for soft rock listeners, along with a batch of other listeners.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like Sade - Beautiful !` 7 Oct 2002
By Scitzo
Format:Audio CD
Every romantic should have a Sade CD in their collection, and this is a well compiled CD featuring one of the most vocally seductive, and sultry artists around. Some editorial criticism i have noticed about Sade Adu is that her work all sounds the same, I would repudiate this criticism and argue that Sade is wonderfully diverse and unique, one of the true pioneers of R&B, this Gal has more strings in her bow than a guitar orchestra !
The best tracks in my opinion must be the moody, bluesy 'No Ordinary Love' drowned in sorrow, its lyrics are evocatively accurate about falling in love, 'Pearls' is a poignant track about starvation in Ethiopia Pearls being the metaphor for seeds a mother is collecting to grow food for her starving child, a very perceptive piece, musically so beautiful ending in Sade screaming Halleluya because shes so lucky (you gotta hear it), Cherish the day is cool, so is the satirical 'Smooth Operator' and Your love is king, another good ballad is 'Love is Stronger than pride'. I heard her new album 'Lovers Rock' and read shes aged 41, but she still looks and sounds better than ever.
Anyone with a pulse would love this
Anyone without one, it will awake you !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Sade along with Anita baker, queen of adult contemporary, jazz & R&B delivers this beautiful, romantic album which is absolutely flawless from start to finish, providing the ultimate smooth grooves & chill out classics, all the songs are a joy to listen to time and time again.

My personal favourites on this album would be the huge jazzy crescendos of `Is It A Crime' that song is just incredible, the sultry `Sweetest Taboo', trademark hit `Smooth Operator', `Paradise', the jazzy sultriness of `Jezebel', `Hang On To Your Love', `Love Is Stronger Than Pride', `Never As Good As The First Time' & `Nothing Can Come Between Us'.

A fantastic greatest hits from Sade, it's got all the ingredients, class, depth & an almost incomparable sophistication, my only criticism is that it only includes the solid hits from each of her albums, Sade has done some mind-blowing songs over the course of her career, this can be seen in particular on her earlier LPs such as `Diamond Life' & `Promise', it's a shame we only get to hear a small portion of what Sade is about, but otherwise amazing songs, amazing artist, no one does it quite like Sade.
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