Promise (Sade album)

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Promise
Studio album by Sade
Released 4 November 1985 (1985-11-04)
Recorded
Genre
Length 54:10
Label Epic
Producer
Sade chronology
Diamond Life
(1984)
Promise
(1985)
Stronger Than Pride
(1988)
Singles from Promise
  1. "The Sweetest Taboo"
    Released: 12 October 1985 (UK) / 23 November 1985 (US)
  2. "Never as Good as the First Time"
    Released: 1986
  3. "Is It a Crime"
    Released: 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]
Rolling Stone mixed[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[4]

Promise is the second studio album by English band Sade. It was released in the United Kingdom on 4 November 1985 by Epic Records and in the United States on 15 November 1985 by Portrait Records. 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 includes the hit singles "The Sweetest Taboo" and "Never as Good as the First Time", which reached number five and number twenty on the US Billboard Hot 100, respectively. "Is It a Crime" was also released as a single. Promise became the band's first album to top the album charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Is It a Crime"   6:20
2. "The Sweetest Taboo"  
  • Adu
  • Martin Ditcham
4:37
3. "War of the Hearts"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
6:47
4. "You're Not the Man" (not included on LP)
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
5:10
5. "Jezebel"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
5:30
6. "Mr Wrong"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Hale
  • Paul S. Denman
2:52
7. "Punch Drunk" (not included on LP) Hale 5:25
8. "Never as Good as the First Time"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
5:00
9. "Fear"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
4:10
10. "Tar Baby"  
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
3:59
11. "Maureen"  
  • Adu
  • Hale
  • Denman
4:20

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Promise.[5]

Sade
  • Sade – production ("You're Not the Man", "Never as Good as the First Time", "Maureen"); arrangement (all tracks)
  • Sade Adu – vocals
  • Stuart Matthewman – guitar, saxophone
  • Paul S. Denman – bass guitar
  • Andrew Hale – keyboards
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[28] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[29] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[30] Platinum 58,935[30]
France (SNEP)[31] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[32] Platinum 500,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[33] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[34] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Promise – Sade". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Sade". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  3. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony (30 January 1986). "Sade: Promise". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 712. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Promise (CD liner notes). Sade. Epic Records. 1985. CDEPC 86318. 
  6. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard 98 (6): 66. 8 February 1986. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sade – Promise" (in German). austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "RPM100 Albums". RPM 43 (21). 15 February 1986. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Sade – Promise" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Europarade". Hitkrant (in Dutch) (Amsterdam) 9 (49). 7 December 1985. ISSN 0165-4942. 
  11. ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1985 par InfoDisc" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Sade, Promise" (in German). charts.de. Media Control. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Hits of the World". Billboard 97 (50): 59. 14 December 1985. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
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  15. ^ "Sade – Promise". norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Sade – Promise". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Sade – Promise". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 May 2008. 
  18. ^ "1985 Top 40 Official Albums Chart UK Archive". Official Charts Company. 16 November 1985. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  19. ^ a b c "Promise – Sade | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Album 1985" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  21. ^ "Jahreshitparade Alben 1986" (in German). austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  22. ^ "Top 100 Albums of '86". RPM 45 (14). 27 December 1986. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  23. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Album 1986" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  24. ^ "Swiss Year-End Charts 1986". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  25. ^ "1986 The Year in Music & Video – Top Pop Albums". Billboard 98 (52): Y-19. 27 December 1986. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  26. ^ "1986 The Year in Music & Video – Top Black Albums". Billboard 98 (52): Y-24. 27 December 1986. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  27. ^ "1986 The Year in Music & Video – Top Jazz Albums". Billboard 98 (52): Y-27. 27 December 1986. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  29. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Sade – Promise". Music Canada. 27 June 1986. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  30. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  31. ^ "French album certifications – Sade – Promise" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 20 April 1995. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  32. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Sade; 'Promise')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 31 May 2008. 
  33. ^ "British album certifications – Sade – Promise". British Phonographic Industry. 17 January 1986. Retrieved 30 March 2014.  Enter Promise in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  34. ^ "American album certifications – Sade – Promise". Recording Industry Association of America. 23 July 1997. Retrieved 30 March 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH