Tuesday 9/6/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Sade – Promise (1985)

Promise is the second studio album by English band Sade, released in the United States on November 15, 1985 by Portrait Records. Recording for the album began in February and lasted until August 1985. The band co-produced the album with the same team of producers they worked with on their debut album, Diamond Life, including Robin Millar, Mike Pela and Ben Rogan. The album’s title comes from a letter from Sade Adu’s father where he refers to the “promise of hope” to recover from cancer.

The album was a commercial success, peaking at number one on both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200, becoming the band’s first album to top both charts. It also reached number one in Finland, the Netherlands and Switzerland, and the top five in numerous countries, including Canada, Germany and New Zealand. The album spawned three singles, including “The Sweetest Taboo”, which became a success worldwide.

  1. “Is It a Crime?” 6:20
  2. “The Sweetest Taboo” 4:37
  3. “War of the Hearts” 6:47
  4. “You’re Not the Man” 5:10
  5. “Jezebel” 5:29
  6. “Mr Wrong” 2:51
  7. “Punch Drunk” 5:25
  8. “Never as Good as the First Time” 5:00
  9. “Fear” 4:09
  10. “Tar Baby” 3:58
  11. “Maureen” 4:20

Sade Adu – vocals
Stuart Matthewman – saxophone, guitar
Paul S. Denman – bass guitar
Andrew Hale – keyboards
Sade – arrangements
Sade Adu – vocals
Stuart Matthewman – saxophone, guitar
Paul S. Denman – bass guitar
Andrew Hale – keyboards