Epic publish Sade’s ‘Diamond Life,’ their debut album featuring ‘Smooth Operator,’ ‘Hang On to Your Love’ and ‘Your Love Is King’ (1984)

Sade’s ‘Diamond Life’ feat. ‘Smooth Operator’ is their debut album produced by Robin Millar and released on July 16, 1984 By Epic.

Track Listing : 1.Smooth Operator (Sade Adu, Ray St. John) – 04:59 . 2.Your Love Is King (Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman) – 03:41 . 3.Hang On To Your Love (Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman) – 05:54 . 4.Frankie’S First Affair (Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman) – 04:39 . 5.When Am I Going To Make A Living (Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman) – 03:27 . 6.Cherry Pie (Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale, Paul S. Denman) – 06:19 . 7.Sally (Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman) – 05:22 . 8.I Will Be Your Friend (Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman) – 04:43 . 9.Why Can’T We Live Together (Timmy Thomas) – 05:27

Julien Temple

Musicians : Sade – Band . Sade Adu – Vocals . Andrew Hale – Keyboards . Stuart Matthewman – Guitar, Saxophone . Paul S. Denman – Bass . Paul Cooke – Drums . Terry Bailey – Trumpet . Martin Ditcham – Percussion . Dave Early – Drums, Percussion . Gordon Matthewman – Trumpet

Production : Produced By Robin Millar . Ben Rogan – Engineer . Simon Driscoll – Assistant Engineer . Pete Brown – Assistant Engineer . Tom Coyne – Remastering . Mike Pela – Engineer

Package : Graham Smith – Artwork . Chris Roberts – Photography

Package : Jack Semmens for “Your Love Is King” . Stuart Orme for “When Am I Going to Make a Living” . Julien Temple asterisques RVM for “Smooth Operator” . Brian Ward for “Hang On to Your Love”

Recorded In 1983–1984 At Power Plant Studios (London).

Released On July 16, 1984 By By Epic.


The New York Times Company
Stunningly photogenic, Miss Adu possesses a dusky, haunting pop-jazz alto whose blase sensuality perfectly matches her sleek appearance. As an icon of a ”new pop elegance,” Miss Adu already has the American fashion press stampeding after her. […]

While it’s the reviewer’s view that this isn’t Sade’s best album, it’s a great place to start, as well as good background music for a cozy night at a beach house with your lover. […]

Sade a sexual conductor of all sorts of erotic karma while her braces and shiny shoes wearing band mates massage notes fretless basses were invented for. […]


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