Ultimate Collection CD (2011)

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Great music, bad set,

on 6/26/2011

I have to agree: the re-mastering job hurt the final product, and I don't believe it is overreacting. In any case, you need to be a little snob to really understand and appreciate the great art of Sade. Her voice is definitely from the heart and it reaches exactly there, and it is a total shame to put it behind the music. Now, don't get me wrong, music is outstanding but it should support the voice. Read More

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Specifications

Label Epic Records
SKU 220903836
UPC 886979045422
UPC 14 00886979045422
Format CD
Release Date 5/3/2011
Links
Author Sade
Compilation Appearance Kwassa Kwassa
Compilation Appearance Keep On Loving You
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Compilation Appearance Philadelphia (ost)
Compilation Appearance 2011 Grammy Nominees
Associated Artist/Work Chancellor, Walter, Jr.
Technical Info
CatalogID 904542
Lable Name Epic (USA)
Released 05/03/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 132m : 50s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886979045422
Musical Guests
Jay-Z
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Sade Adu (vocals, programming); Stuart Matthewman (guitar, saxophone, programming); Andrew Hale (keyboards, programming).
Recording information: Angel Studios (09/1999-08/2000); Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas (09/1999-08/2000); Deliverance Studios (09/1999-08/2000); El Cortijo, Spain (09/1999-08/2000); Metalworks Studios, Toronto, Canada (09/1999-08/2000); Modern World Studios, UK (09/1999-08/2000); Real World Studios, UK (09/1999-08/2000); Ridge Farm, Surrey (09/1999-08/2000); Roc The Mic Studios, New York, NY (09/1999-08/2000); Sarm Hook End, UK (09/1999-08/2000); Studio Condulmer, Venice (09/1999-08/2000); Studio Marcadet, Paris, France (09/1999-08/2000); Studio Miraval, France (09/1999-08/2000); The Hit Factory, London (09/1999-08/2000); The Power Plant, London (09/1999-08/2000); Angel Studios (1984); Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas (1984); Deliverance Studios (1984); El Cortijo, Spain (1984); Metalworks Studios, Toronto, Canada (1984); Modern World Studios, UK (1984); Real World Studios, UK (1984); Ridge Farm, Surrey (1984); Roc The Mic Studios, New York, NY (1984); Sarm Hook End, UK (1984); Studio Condulmer, Venice (1984); Studio Marcadet, Paris, France (1984); Studio Miraval, France (1984); The Hit Factory, London (1984); The Power Plant, London (1984); Angel Studios (1985); Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas (1985); Deliverance Studios (1985); El Cortijo, Spain (1985); Metalworks Studios, Toronto, Canada (1985); Modern World Studios, UK (1985); Real World Studios, UK (1985); Ridge Farm, Surrey (1985); Roc The Mic Studios, New York, NY (1985); Sarm Hook End, UK (1985); Studio Condulmer, Venice (1985); Studio Marcadet, Paris, France (1985); Studio Miraval, France (1985); The Hit Factory, London (1985); The Power Plant, London (1985); Angel Studios (1987); Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas (1987); Deliverance Studios (1987); El Cortijo, Spain (1987); Metalworks Studios, Toronto, Canada (1987); Modern World Studios, UK (1987); Real World Studios, UK (1987); Ridge Farm, Surrey (1987); Roc The Mic Studios, New York, NY (1987); Sarm Hook End, UK (1987); Studio Condulmer, Venice (1987); Studio Marcadet, Paris, France (1987); Studio Miraval, France (1987); The Hit Factory, London (1987); The Power Plant, London (1987); Angel Studios (1992); Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas (1992); Deliverance Studios (1992); El Cortijo, Spain (1992); Metalworks Studios, Toronto, Canada (1992); Modern World Studios, UK (1992); Real World Studios, UK (1992); Ridge Farm, Surrey (1992); Roc The Mic Studios, New York, NY (1992); Sarm Hook End, UK (1992); Studio Condulmer, Venice (1992); Studio Marcadet, Paris, France (1992); Studio Miraval, France (1992); The Hit Factory, London (1992); The Power Plant, London (1992).
Photographer: Sophie Muller.
An update of the 1994 compilation The Best of Sade, The Ultimate Collection contains all but two of the Sade singles -- "When Am I Going to Make a Living" and, unfortunately, "Turn My Back on You" -- released through the first six studio albums. There are six well-chosen album cuts, highlighted by the exceptionally spacious Love Deluxe ballads "Bullet Proof Soul" and "Pearls." For some Sade followers, the one rarity (a restrained Neptunes mix of "By Your Side") and four new songs will be enough to justify re-acquiring the old material. The best of the new songs is a cover of Thin Lizzy's anguished ballad "Still in Love with You," a surprising but strikingly appropriate choice that is granted a hint of sweetness. On the opposite end, a remix of Soldier of Love's "The Moon and the Sky," featuring Jay-Z, marks Sade's first and hopefully last collaboration with an MC. The greater part of this two-hour anthology condenses a rich catalog of impeccably sophisticated and subtly stimulating pop, from 1984's seductive "Your Love Is King" to 2009's chilling "Soldier of Love." In 2014, this was re-released as The Essential Sade. ~ Andy Kellman
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.67) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's all state-of-the-art slow-jams all the time, driven by Sade Adu's touch-me now contralto....Like bar lighting, Sade's glow makes everyone look their best."
Disc 1
1 Your Love Is King,Cherish the Day
2 Smooth Operator,Pearls
3 Hang On to Your Love,By Your Side
4 Sweetest Taboo, The,Immigrant
5 Is It a Crime,Flow
6 Never as Good as the First Time,King of Sorrow
7 Jezebel,Sweetest Gift, The
8 Love Is Stronger Than Pride,Soldier of Love
9 Paradise,Moon and the Sky, The
10 Nothing Can Come Between Us,Babyfather
11 No Ordinary Love,Still in Love with You
12 Kiss of Life,Love Is Found
13 Feel No Pain,I Would Never Have Guessed
14 Bullet Proof Soul,Moon and the Sky, The - (remix, featuring Jay-Z)
15 By Your Side [Neptunes Remix] - (remix)
Disc 2
1 Your Love Is King,Cherish the Day
2 Smooth Operator,Pearls
3 Hang On to Your Love,By Your Side
4 Sweetest Taboo, The,Immigrant
5 Is It a Crime,Flow
6 Never as Good as the First Time,King of Sorrow
7 Jezebel,Sweetest Gift, The
8 Love Is Stronger Than Pride,Soldier of Love
9 Paradise,Moon and the Sky, The
10 Nothing Can Come Between Us,Babyfather
11 No Ordinary Love,Still in Love with You
12 Kiss of Life,Love Is Found
13 Feel No Pain,I Would Never Have Guessed
14 Bullet Proof Soul,Moon and the Sky, The - (remix, featuring Jay-Z)
15 By Your Side [Neptunes Remix] - (remix)
Product Attributes
Artist Sade
Label Epic Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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