The Ultimate Collection (Sade album)

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The Ultimate Collection
Greatest hits album by Sade
Released 29 April 2011 (2011-04-29)
Recorded 1984–2011
Genre
Length 133:03
Label RCA
Producer
Sade chronology
Soldier of Love
(2010)
The Ultimate Collection
(2011)
Singles from The Ultimate Collection
  1. "Still in Love with You"
    Released: 5 April 2011 (2011-04-05)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]

The Ultimate Collection is the second greatest hits album by English soul band Sade, released on 29 April 2011 by RCA Records. The album includes several singles from the band's career, including the hit singles "Your Love Is King", "Smooth Operator", "By Your Side", "No Ordinary Love" and "Soldier of Love". It also contains four previously unreleased tracks—a cover of Thin Lizzy's 1974 song "Still in Love with You", a remix of "The Moon and the Sky" featuring Jay-Z, and the songs "I Would Have Never Guessed" and "Love Is Found". The band promoted the album with their first concert tour in ten years, Sade Live.[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Ultimate Collection debuted at number eight on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 15,184 copies, becoming Sade's seventh top ten album in the United Kingdom.[4] In the United States, the album entered the Billboard 200 at number seven with 38,000 copies sold in its first week, earning the band their ninth consecutive top ten album on the chart.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Your Love Is King" (from Diamond Life) Robin Millar 3:42
2. "Smooth Operator" (from Diamond Life) Millar 4:18
3. "Hang on to Your Love" (from Diamond Life)
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
Millar 4:32
4. "The Sweetest Taboo" (from Promise)
  • Adu
  • Martin Ditcham
Millar 4:27
5. "Is It a Crime" (from Promise)
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Andrew Hale
Millar 6:22
6. "Never as Good as the First Time" (from Promise)
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Paul S. Denman
  • Hale
3:58
7. "Jezebel" (from Promise)
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
Millar 5:27
8. "Love Is Stronger Than Pride" (from Stronger Than Pride)
  • Adu
  • Hale
  • Matthewman
4:20
9. "Paradise" (from Stronger Than Pride)
  • Adu
  • Hale
  • Matthewman
  • Denman
3:38
10. "Nothing Can Come Between Us" (from Stronger Than Pride)
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Hale
3:54
11. "No Ordinary Love" (from Love Deluxe)
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
7:21
12. "Kiss of Life" (from Love Deluxe)
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Hale
  • Denman
4:14
13. "Feel No Pain" (from Love Deluxe)
  • Adu
  • Hale
  • Matthewman
5:11
14. "Bullet Proof Soul" (from Love Deluxe)
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Hale
5:25
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Cherish the Day" (from Love Deluxe)
  • Adu
  • Hale
  • Matthewman
6:20
2. "Pearls" (from Love Deluxe)
  • Adu
  • Hale
4:34
3. "By Your Side" (from Lovers Rock)
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Hale
  • Denman
4:41
4. "Immigrant" (from Lovers Rock)
  • Adu
  • Janusz Podrazik
3:50
5. "Flow" (from Lovers Rock)
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Hale
  • Denman
4:34
6. "King of Sorrow" (from Lovers Rock)
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Hale
  • Denman
4:47
7. "The Sweetest Gift" (from Lovers Rock)
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
2:21
8. "Soldier of Love" (from Soldier of Love)
  • Adu
  • Hale
  • Matthewman
  • Denman
5:58
9. "The Moon and the Sky" (from Soldier of Love)
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Hale
4:29
10. "Babyfather" (from Soldier of Love)
  • Adu
  • Juan Janes
  • Andrew Nichols
  • Matthewman
4:40
11. "Still in Love with You"   Phil Lynott
4:26
12. "Love Is Found"  
  • Adu
  • Hale
  • Matthewman
  • Denman
4:11
13. "I Would Never Have Guessed"  
2:57
14. "The Moon and the Sky" (Remix featuring Jay-Z)
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Hale
Noah "40" Shebib 4:27
15. "By Your Side" (Neptunes Remix)
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Hale
  • Denman
3:59
Notes

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Ultimate Collection.[8]

Sade
  • Sade – production (disc 1: tracks 8–14; disc 2: tracks 1–13, 15); arrangement (disc 1: tracks 8–14; disc 2: tracks 1–7, 15)
  • Sade Adu – vocals, programming
  • Andrew Hale – keyboards, programming
  • Stuart Matthewman – guitar, programming, saxophone
  • Paul S. Denman – bass
Additional personnel
  • Mat Arnold – assistant engineering (disc 2: track 11)
  • Terry Bailey – trumpet (disc 1: tracks 4, 5)
  • Pete Beachill – trombone (disc 1: tracks 4, 5)
  • Karl Van Den Bossche – percussion (disc 2: tracks 3–6, 11)
  • Olivier de Bosson – assistant engineering (disc 1: tracks 8–10)
  • Richard Bowe – archiving
  • Adam Brown – tape transfer
  • Pete Brown – assistant engineering (disc 1: tracks 1–7)
  • Jamie Brownlow – assistant engineering (disc 2: track 11)
  • Ian Burdge – cello (disc 2: tracks 8, 9)
  • Noel Cadastre – engineering (disc 2: track 14)
  • Noel 'Gadget' Campbell – mixing (disc 2: track 14)
  • Paul Cooke – drums (disc 1: tracks 1, 3)
  • Andy 'Nipper' Davies – assistant engineering (disc 2: tracks 3–6)
  • Brendan Davies – assistant engineering (disc 2: tracks 12, 13)
  • Roger Davies – management
  • John Davis – mastering
  • Martin Ditcham – percussion (disc 1: tracks 1–6, 8–12, 14; disc 2: tracks 8–10); drums (disc 1: tracks 8–10, 12; disc 2: track 10)
  • Simon Driscoll – assistant engineering (disc 1: tracks 1–7)
  • Dave Early – drums, percussion (disc 1: tracks 1–7)
  • Sandro Franchin – assistant engineering (disc 1: tracks 11–14; disc 2: tracks 1, 2)
  • Isobel Griffiths – contractor (disc 2: track 12)
  • Simon Hale – conductor (disc 2: track 12)
  • Gordon Hunte – guitar (disc 1: track 9)
  • Jake Jacas – vocals (disc 1: track 6)
  • Jay-Z – featured artist (disc 2: track 14)
  • Lynn Jeffrey – band assistant
  • Gimel 'Young Guru' Keaton – recording (disc 2: track 14)
  • Noel Langley – trumpet (disc 2: track 8)
  • Phil Legg – assistant engineering (disc 1: tracks 4–7)
  • Pete Lewinson – drums (disc 2: tracks 10, 11)
  • Alain Lubrano – assistant engineering (disc 1: tracks 8–10)
  • Gordon Matthewman – trumpet (disc 1: track 1; disc 2: track 10)
  • Vince McCartney – assistant engineering (disc 1: tracks 8–10)
  • Robin Millar – production (disc 1: tracks 1–7)
  • Tony Momrelle – vocals (disc 2: tracks 8–11)
  • Adrian Moore – assistant engineering (disc 1: tracks 11–14; disc 2: tracks 1, 2)
  • Greg Morrison – mixing assistant (disc 2: track 14)
  • Sophie Muller – photography
  • Everton Nelson – violin (disc 2: track 9)
  • The Neptunes – mixing, remix (disc 2: track 15)
  • Mike Nyandoro – assistant engineering (disc 2: tracks 12, 13)
  • Leroy Osbourne – vocals (disc 1: tracks 6, 8–14; disc 2: tracks 1–6, 8–11); guitar (disc 2: track 11)
  • Mike Pela – engineering (disc 1: all tracks; disc two: tracks 1, 2, 8–13); production (disc 1: track 6); co-production (disc 1: tracks 8–14; disc 2: tracks 1–13, 15); recording (disc 2: tracks 3–7, 15); mixing (disc 2: tracks 8, 11–13)
  • Tony Pleeth – solo cello (disc 2: track 2)
  • Nick Poortman – assistant engineering (disc 2: tracks 12, 13)
  • Ben Rogan – production (disc 1: track 6); co-production, engineering (disc 1: tracks 8–10)
  • Franck Segarra – assistant engineering (disc 1: tracks 8–10)
  • Noah "40" Shebib – engineering, production (disc 2: track 14)
  • Owen Shiers – assistant engineering (disc 2: track 11)
  • Mark 'Spike' Stent – mixing (disc 2: tracks 9, 10)
  • David Strickland – mixing assistant (disc 2: track 14)
  • Gary Thomas – engineering (disc 2: track 12)
  • Ben Travers – guitar (disc 2: track 12)
  • Kevin Vanbergen – tape transfer
  • Jean-Christophe Vareille – assistant engineering (disc 1: tracks 8–10)
  • Ryan Waters – guitar (disc 2: track 11)
  • Melanie West – assistant engineering (disc 1: tracks 8–10)
  • Marc Williams – assistant engineering (disc 1: tracks 11–14; disc 2: tracks 1, 2)
  • Gavyn Wright – orchestra leader (disc 1: track 12; disc 2: track 2)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Hungary (Mahasz)[48] Gold 3,000x
Poland (ZPAV)[49] 4× Platinum 80,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Australia 29 April 2011 Sony Music
[50][51]
Germany
  • CD
  • CD+DVD
  • digital download
[52][53][54]
France 2 May 2011
[55][56][57]
United States 3 May 2011
  • CD
  • digital download
Epic Records
[58][59]
United Kingdom 9 May 2011
  • CD
  • CD+DVD
  • digital download
RCA Records
[60][61][62]
Germany 20 May 2011 LP Sony Music
[63]
United Kingdom 23 May 2011 RCA Records
[64]
United States 24 May 2011 Epic Records
[65]
Japan 22 June 2011 CD Sony Music
[66]

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