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  • Vinyl (10 Dec. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B009B1UY4G
  • Other Editions: Paperback  |  Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,768 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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180 gram audiophile vinyl / Gatefold sleeve

About the Artist

This modern soul classic debut was recorded and released in 1984, two years after the English group was formed. 'Diamond Life' was an instant hit in the UK, peaking at #2 and staying in Top Ten for more than six months. At the same time they conquered the rest of Europe reaching #1 positions in The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In the USA it reached #5 in the charts and the album reached a four time Platinum status, just like in the UK. Due to the hit singles 'Your Love Is King', 'When Am I Going To Make A Living', 'Smooth Operator' and 'Hang On To Your Love' Sade's debut album sold more than 7 million copies worldwide! Diamond Life is truly a legendary addition to the Music On Vinyl catalogue.

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There has never been a singer quite like Sade Adu. Although she is of Nigerian origin, and her voice is clearly that of a woman of color, she is equally influenced by her English upbringing; the resulting combination of African heat and British coolness, particularly when combined with her band's elegant mixture of American and European jazz idioms and African rythmns, is as original today as when it first appeared. Superficially cool and seemingly detached, everything about the band simmers with an underlying passion.
While Adu and her band have done many memorable recordings since they debuted, DIAMOND LIFE remains their single finest recording: it is pure liquid elegance every step of the way. Opening with "Smooth Operator," which makes particularly good use of Stuart Matthewman on sax, the entire collection flows effortlessly from cut to cut--some dark, some slightly dissonate, some slightly upbeat, and every one of them memorable in the most haunting way imaginable.
Like "Smooth Operator," both "Your Love Is King" and "Hang on to Your Love" actually broke into the charts as singles--a truly amazing feat for a jazz-oriented club band in the ultra-synthetic 1980s. But in truth, be it "Cherry Pie," "When Am I Gonna Make A Living," or "Sally," there isn't a bad cut on the entire CD. Everything shimmers with a sultry yet subtle beauty, pulling you into an atmosphere in which you seem to feel the pulse of a midnight lounge, the atmosphere of the club scene fromw which Sade emerged.
As a band, Sade is sexy, cool, smart, delicately shaded, and brilliantly shaped, and the aptly titled DIAMOND LIFE is perhaps one of the best debut recordings made over the past fifty years. Mix yourself a drink, turn the lights down low, drop this on the stereo--and dream of smoke, the clink of cocktail glasses, and the murmur of voices gone suddenly silent when the band begins to play. Strongly recommended.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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Sade suffered from the same lazy pigeon-holing that plagued Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms" and countless other albums over the years. The cliche was that you put Dire on to demonstrate your new, shiny compact disc player, and you put Sade's "Diamond Life" on to show your dinner-party guests how sophisticated, yet contemporary you were.
Playing this remastered CD just over 20 years on from the album's first release, the quality of the band's playing and the soul in the vocals comes as quite a surprise. None of these tracks are bad. Some are exceptional. "Hang on to your love" ploughs a muscular groove that is marvellously tight. "Smooth Operator" either celebrates or lampoons the yuppie male of the eighties, concluding ultimately ambiguously. "Your love is King" is allegedly about something very intimate, but I couldn't possibly comment... judge for yourself! The other tracks never really let up in terms of sheer class.
The remaster is good in terms of quality, although the original CD certainly wasn't awful. The only minor complaint - and true of so many remastered CDs - why no extra B-side-type tracks, such as the excellent "Spirit" that I remember from the "Smooth Operator" single?
Sade's next album ("Promise") was resolutely uncommercial, and pushed the soulful vibe even further. Meanwhile, however, forget the smoothie dinner-party jibes, this has got more soul than a coachload of today's chart hopefuls.
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From the cover work to the final musical element, DIAMOND LIFE almost managed to avoid every signature trap of the "oh so cliched" 1980's it was born during. There are signs of wear, but for a 26 year old work, this remains remarkable.
Much misunderstood, still millions came to honour with their purchase, the little known songstress with the strange dusky voice who in a single stroke smashed the ball clean out of the stadium.
Never eclipsed in her own careers - and no that's not a typo - Sade has twisted and turned through the genre, but simply set the bar too high at the first attempt. DIAMOND LIFE will be remembered long after she herself has been forgotten. It was a great album then, it remains so now.
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have this on cd already but was interested to see what a modern 180 gram pressing would sound like so gave it a try. Sound is great on vinyl and dynamics is better than cd very quite noise floor on my copy very happy with this transfer.
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Had this on vinyl in the 80's and forgotten just how good the album is. Fantastic and hasn't dated over the years. Every track brilliant!!
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I remember when this was released; and took most people by [pleasant] surprise with it's mix of pop, jazz, and soul, and that delicious smokey vocal from Ms Adu.
My only disappointment is that, on my original cassette version of this album, "Smooth Operator" was followed/segued by a marvellous instrumental called "Snakebike", which doesn't seem to be available any more, although it can be heard on the longer YouTube video editions of the single.
That aside, this début oozes class, and is as strong today, as it was approaching 30 years ago (yikes!) when it first came out.
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A great voice and one of my favourites from many years ago. My last copy got "borrowed" so I got another and enjoyed re-listening to some much loved melodies and songs. I prefer this to my other Sade cd's - lots of emotion and detail.
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