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CLASSIC ALBUM SPOTLIGHT: Helen Folasade Adu, born 16 January 1959, known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade (shah-DAY), is a Nigerian British singer-songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer. Backed by members Paul S. Denman, Andrew Hale, and Stuart Matthewman, she gained worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of the English band Sade.
Following the release of the band's debut album; “Diamond Life (1984), they went on to release a string of multi-platinum selling albums. Their follow-up “Promise” was released in 1985, peaked at number-one in the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200, and went on to sell four million copies in the US. Sade later made her acting debut in the British film, Absolute Beginners (1986), before the release of the band's albums, Stronger Than Pride (1988) and Love Deluxe (1992). After the release of the fifth album, Lovers Rock (2000), the band embarked on a ten-year hiatus in which Sade raised her daughter. Following the hiatus, the band returned with their sixth album, Soldier of Love (2010) which became a commercial success and won a Grammy Award.
‘The Ultimate Collection’ contains all but two of the Sade singles - "When Am I Going To Make A Living" and "Turn My Back On You" - released through the first six studio albums. There are six well-chosen album cuts, highlighted by the exceptionally spacious ‘Love Deluxe’ ballads "Bullet Proof Soul" and "Pearls." For some Sade followers, the one rarity (a restrained Neptunes mix of "By Your Side") and four new songs will be enough to justify re-acquiring the old material. The best of the new songs is a cover of Thin Lizzy's anguished ballad "Still in Love with You," a surprising but strikingly appropriate choice that is granted a hint of sweetness. On the opposite end, a remix of Soldier of Love's "The Moon and the Sky," featuring Jay-Z, marks Sade's first and hopefully last collaboration with an MC. The greater part of this two-hour anthology condenses a rich catalog of impeccably sophisticated and subtly stimulating pop, from 1984's seductive "Your Love Is King" to 2009’s chilling “Soldier of Love.”