Tag: Sade

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

Sunday 7/31/22 2pm ET: Feature LP: Sade – Diamond Life (1984)

Diamond Life is the debut studio album by English band Sade, released in the United Kingdom on July 16, 1984 by Epic Records and in the United States on February 27,1985 by Portrait Records. After studying fashion design, and later modelling, Sade Adu began backup-singing with British band Pride. During this time Adu and three of the original members of “Pride”—Paul Anthony Cook, Paul Denman and Stuart Matthewman—left the group to form their own band called Sade. After various demos and performances, Sade received interest from record labels and signed to Epic.

Recording for the album began in 1983 at Power Plant Studios in London and took six weeks to complete. The album’s content was written by the group Sade and the production was handled by Robin Millar. Fifteen songs were recorded. The album contained a variety of musical elements including soul, jazz and sophisti-pop, mostly with love lyrics. The album spawned four singles, including “Your Love Is King” and “Smooth Operator”.

Music critics acclaimed Diamond Life and it was also a commercial success, winning the 1985 Brit Award for Best British Album. The album reached number two on the UK Albums Chart and number five on the US Billboard 200, and has been certified multi-platinum in both countries. Diamond Life sold over 10 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the top-selling debut recordings of the era and the best-selling debut album by a British female vocalist, a record that stood for 24 years.

  1. “Smooth Operator” 4:58
  2. “Your Love Is King” 3:41
  3. “Hang On to Your Love” 5:55
  4. “Frankie’s First Affair” 4:39
  5. “When Am I Going to Make a Living” 3:27
  6. “Cherry Pie” 6:20
  7. “Sally” 5:23
  8. “I Will Be Your Friend” 4:45
  9. “Why Can’t We Live Together” 5:28

Sade Adu – vocals
Stuart Matthewman – saxophone, guitar
Andrew Hale – keyboards
Paul S. Denman – bass
Dave Early – drums, percussion
Martin Ditcham – percussion
Paul Cooke – drums
Terry Bailey – trumpet
Gordon Matthewman – trumpet

Monday 8/16/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Sade – Lovers Rock (2000)

Lovers Rock is the fifth studio album by English band Sade, released on November 13, 2000 by Epic Records. The album was titled after a style of reggae music known as lovers rock, noted for its romantic sound and content, which frontwoman Sade Adu listened to in her youth. Lovers Rock was seen as a departure from the band’s previous use of jazz elements, opting instead for a wider use of musical elements from soul music, R&B, soft rock, folk music, dub, reggae, neo soul and lovers rock. The album’s production has been characterised as spare, with simple arrangements and reggae flourishes. A concept album, the lyrics focus on both the positive and the negative sides of love; the album’s lyrical content also touches upon political themes.

Upon release, Lovers Rock was met with generally positive reviews from music critics, who praised the band’s musical direction. The album earned Sade the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2002. Commercially, the album reached number 18 on the UK Albums Chart and number three on the US Billboard 200. It has since been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having sold 3.9 million copies in the United States by February 2010. The album spawned two singles—”By Your Side” and “King of Sorrow”—and was further promoted by the band’s Lovers Rock Tour. Following the release of Love Deluxe (1992), the band began an eight-year hiatus, during which Adu would experience media scrutiny and give birth to her first child.

  1. “By Your Side” 4:34
  2. “Flow” 4:34
  3. “King of Sorrow” 4:53
  4. “Somebody Already Broke My Heart” 5:01
  5. “All About Our Love” 2:40
  6. “Slave Song” 4:12
  7. “The Sweetest Gift” 2:18
  8. “Every Word” 4:04
  9. “Immigrant” 3:48
  10. “Lovers Rock” 4:13
  11. “It’s Only Love That Gets You Through” 3:53

Sade – arrangement
Sade Adu – vocals
Andrew Hale – keyboards, programming
Stuart Matthewman – guitars, woodwinds, programming
Paul S. Denman – bass
Leroy Osbourne – vocals
Karl Van Den Bossche – percussion
Janusz Podrazik – keyboards on “Immigrant” and “It’s Only Love That Gets You Through”
Andy Nice – cello on “Every Word”
Nick Ingman – string arrangement on “King of Sorrow”

Tuesday 10/20/2020 11pm ET: Feature LP: Sade – Love Deluxe (1992)

Love Deluxe is the fourth studio album by English band Sade. It was released in the United States on October 26, 1992 and in the United Kingdom on November 1, 1992 by Epic Records.

Following the release of Love Deluxe, the band had a seven-year hiatus, during which Sade Adu came under media scrutiny with rumours of depression and addiction and later gave birth to her first child. During this time, the other members of the band, Matthewman, Denman, and Hale, went on to other projects, including Sweetback, which released a self-titled album in 1996. Matthewman also played a major role in the development of Maxwell’s career, providing instrumentation and production work for the R&B singer’s first two albums.

1. “No Ordinary Love” 7:20
2. “Feel No Pain” 5:08
3. “I Couldn’t Love You More” 3:49
4. “Like a Tattoo” 3:38
5. “Kiss of Life” 5:50
6. “Cherish the Day” 5:34
7. “Pearls” 4:34
8. “Bullet Proof Soul” 5:26
9. “Mermaid” 4:23

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

Monday 8/10/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Sade – Stronger Than Pride (1988)

Stronger Than Pride is the third studio album by English band Sade. It was released by Epic Records in the United States on April 5, 1988 and in the United Kingdom on May 3, 1988. In September 2018, Pitchfork placed the album at number 37 on its list of The 200 Best Albums of the 1980s. The album spawned five singles.

1. “Love Is Stronger Than 4:16
2. “Paradise” 4:01
3. “Nothing Can Come Between Us” 4:21
4. “Haunt Me” 5:48
5. “Turn My Back on You” 6:05
6. “Keep Looking” 5:20
7. “Clean Heart” 3:59
8. “Give It Up” 3:49
9. “I Never Thought I’d See the Day” 4:12
10. “Siempre Hay Esperanza” 5:16
11. “Paradise” Extended 5:25
12. “Paradise” Single Edit 3:26

Wednesday 2pm ET: Feature Artist – Sade

Helen Folasade Adu CBE (born January 16, 1959), known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade is a Nigerian-British singer, songwriter, and actress, known as the lead singer of her eponymous band.

Born in Ibadan, Nigeria, but brought up in Essex, England, Sade gained modest recognition as a fashion designer and part-time model, prior to joining the band Pride in the early 1980s. After gaining attention as a performer, she formed the band Sade, and secured a recording contract with Epic Records in 1983. The band then released the album Diamond Life a year later, which became one of the best-selling albums of the era, and the best-selling debut ever by a British female vocalist. It also gained widespread critical acclaim and is included in the reference book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In July 1985, Sade was among the performers at the Live Aid charity concert at Wembley Stadium. In late 1985, they released Promise, which was also a resounding critical and commercial success, topping the UK Albums Chart and becoming the band’s first album to debut atop the Billboard 200. It later earned quadruple platinum certification in the U.S., and reached platinum across Europe. It also earned the group the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1986. Their following two releases, 1988’s Stronger Than Pride and 1992’s Love Deluxe, were also critically and commercially successful; however, the band would go on hiatus after the birth of Sade’s child, while the singer experienced widespread media coverage during the period for unsubstantiated claims of mental health and addiction issues.

After a spell of eight years without an album, which came after Sade appeared in the film Absolute Beginners (1986), the band reunited in 1999, and released Lovers Rock in 2000. The album departed from the jazz-inspired inflections of their previous work, featuring mellower sounds and pop compositions, and was critically praised, earning the group the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. The band would then undergo another term of hiatus, not producing music for another ten years until the release of Soldier of Love. The album was another commercial success, although critical reception remained divided, but won the group the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Following the album’s release, the band entered a third period of hiatus, and have only released two new songs (2018’s “Flower of the Universe” for the soundtrack of Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time and “The Big Unknown”, part of the soundtrack for Steve McQueen’s film Widows) to date.

Sade is widely considered a musical influence, and her contributions to music have made her a global figure in popular culture for over two decades. She has been credited as one of the most successful British female artists in history. Her services to music were also recognised with an award of the Officer of the Order of the British Empire chivalry honour in 2002, and later the rank of the Commander of the same order in 2017.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 5pm ET

GSP-LOGO“Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” comes your way this Sunday afternoon with music from: Shalamar, the Crown Heights Affair, Luther Vandross, Atlantic Starr, Larry Graham, Sade, New Edition, Vesta Williams, Regina Belle & Peabo Bryson, Phoebe Snow, Lakeside and others. It kicks off at 5PM ET, 4PM CT, 3PM MT & 2PM PT and it is immediately followed at 7PM eastern time by an encore of last evening’s “Great Soul Performances” if you missed it, or want to hear it again. So join me for four hours of “Sweet Soul Music” this Sunday afternoon, on the best radio station on the internet, RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 5pm ET

bobbyjay070612Welcome to Sunday everyone. I’m sure the talk and speculation all week will be, who will win the Belmont Stakes. Can American Pharaoh do it? We’ll see. But let’s go “Groovin’ On A Sunday Afternoon” with “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s,” where you’ll hear: Kool & the Gang, War, the Whispers, Sade, the Ad-Libs, Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand, Ashford & Simpson, the Manhattans, Barry White, Grandmaster Flash, the Sugarhill Gang, plus we’ll hear words from Ben E. King, as he talks about some of the younger groups and much more. It all begins at 5PM ET, 4PM CT, 3PM MT, & 2PM PT to be followed at 7PM eastern by an encore of last evening’s “Great Soul Performances.” I think its gonna be a fantastic Sunday and I urge you to join me for all of it, here on RadioMaxMusic.com.