Diamond Life

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Diamond Life
Studio album by Sade
Released 16 July 1984 (1984-07-16)
Recorded 1983–84; The Power Plant (London)
Genre
Length 44:31
Label Epic
Producer Robin Millar
Sade chronology
Diamond Life
(1984)
Promise
(1985)
Singles from Diamond Life
  1. "Your Love Is King"
    Released: 25 February 1984 (1984-02-25)
  2. "When Am I Going to Make a Living"
    Released: 26 May 1984 (1984-05-26)
  3. "Smooth Operator"
    Released: 15 September 1984 (1984-09-15)
  4. "Hang On to Your Love"
    Released: 8 December 1984 (1984-12-08)

Diamond Life is the debut studio album by the English band Sade. It was released in the United Kingdom on 16 July 1984 by Epic Records and in the United States on 27 February 1985 by Portrait Records. Released in the wake of Sade's two hit singles "Your Love Is King" and "When Am I Going to Make a Living", the album peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and spent over six months in the top ten. Diamond Life also topped the charts in Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland, while reaching number five in the US and number seven in Canada.

The album won the Brit Award for Best British Album in 1985.

Background[edit]

The musical group Sade was formed in London in 1982, by members of a Latin soul band, Pride. Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman, and Paul Spencer Denman, together with Paul Anthony Cook, formed the break-away group and began to write their own material. They named the band after lead singer, Sade Adu, and made their debut performance in December 1982 at Ronnie Scott's Club in London in support of Pride. In May 1983 the band performed their first US show at Danceteria Club in New York City. Andrew Hale joined the band in 1983, but Cook left in 1984. Sade received more attention from the media and record companies than Pride had, and eventually separated from that group altogether. On 18 October 1983, the band signed with Portrait Records (which was absorbed by its parent label, Epic Records, in 1986).

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
BBC Music favorable[2]
Robert Christgau B[3]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[4]
Uncut 4/5 stars[5]

Track listing[edit]

CD and LP
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Smooth Operator"   4:59
2. "Your Love Is King"   3:41
3. "Hang On to Your Love"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
5:54
4. "Frankie's First Affair"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
4:39
5. "When Am I Going to Make a Living"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
3:27
6. "Cherry Pie"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Andrew Hale
  • Paul S. Denman
6:19
7. "Sally"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
5:22
8. "I Will Be Your Friend"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
4:43
9. "Why Can't We Live Together"   Timmy Thomas 5:27

Some cassette editions, like the US and the Canadian editions, use the above standard track listing.

Cassette (side one)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Smooth Operator"/"Snake Bite"  
  • Adu
  • St. John/Matthewman
  • Hale
  • Denman
7:28
2. "Your Love Is King"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
3:41
3. "Hang On to Your Love"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
5:55
4. "Frankie's First Affair"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
4:39
5. "When Am I Going to Make a Living"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
3:27
Cassette (side two)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Cherry Pie"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Hale
  • Denman
6:20
7. "Sally"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
5:23
8. "I Will Be Your Friend"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
4:45
9. "Why Can't We Live Together"   Thomas 5:28
10. "Love Affair with Life"   Adu 4:35

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Diamond Life.[6]

Sade
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[35] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[36] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[37] 2× Platinum 1,348,400[37]
Germany (BVMI)[38] Platinum 500,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[39] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[40] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[41] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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