Helen Folasade Adu, OBE (Fọláṣadé Adú; born 16 January 1959) in Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria – known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade, is an English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer. With members Paul S. Denman, Andrew Hale, and Stuart Matthewman, she gained worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of the English band Sade.
Title: Diamond Life
Label: Epic Records
Catalog# EPC 26044
Diamond Life is the debut studio album by English band Sade, first released in the United Kingdom on 16 July 1984 by Epic Records and in the United States on 27 February 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. Following various demos and performances, Sade received interest from record labels and later signed to Epic.
Recording for the album began in 1983 at The Power Plant in London and took a total of six weeks to complete. The album’s content was written by the group Sade whilst the production was handled by Robin Millar. A total of fifteen songs were recorded for the album with the use of live instruments that used sonically experimental material. The album contained a variety of musical elements including soul, jazz and sophisti-pop, with lyrics revolving mainly around themes of love.
It was recorded at The Power Plant in London. After cutting the proposed singles “Smooth Operator” and “Your Love is King,”, the first album track recorded was “Sally,” a song about the Salvation Army. During recording the band worked collectively on the musical direction, rehearsing each song in details and then recording it. . The song “When Am I Going to Make a Living” was started by Sade on the back of a cleaning ticket after she picked her clothes up from the cleaners. She had no money and she wrote down, “When Am I Going to Make a Living.”
1. Smooth Operator (4:57)
2. Your Love Is King (3:55)
3. Hang On To Your Love (5:56)
4. Frankies First Affair (4:34)
5. When Am I Going To Make A Living (3:26)
1. Cherry Pie (6:17)
2. Sally (5:19)
3. I Will Be Your Friend (4:41)
4. Why Can´t We Live Together (5:28)