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Recorded: 1984-1994

Released: Nov. 12, 1994

Rating: 4.570 (average of 7 ratings)

Genre: R&B

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Your Love Is King
  2. Hang on to Your Love
  3. Smooth Operator
  4. Jezebel
  5. The Sweetest Taboo
  6. Is It a Crime
  7. Never As Good As the First Time
  8. Love Is Stronger Than Pride
  9. Paradise
  10. Nothing Can Come Between Us
  11. No Ordinary Love
  12. Like a Tattoo
  13. Kiss of Life
  14. Please Send Me Someone to Love
  15. Cherish the Day
  16. Pearls

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 4.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.3
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 2.0
sales worldwide - estimated 12.5


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 9
peak on U.K. album chart 6

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Your Love Is King (2/25/84) #54 US, #6 UK, #27a RB, #8 AC
  • Smooth Operator (9/15/84) #4a US, #19 UK, #3a RB, #1 AC
  • Hang on to Your Love (11/24/84) #13a RB
  • The Sweetest Taboo (10/12/85) #5 US, #31 UK, #1 RB, #1 AC
  • Is It a Crime (11/11/85) #49 UK, #55 RB, #32 AC
  • Never As Good As the First Time (3/22/86) #20 US, #5a RB, #6 AC
  • Love Is Stronger Than Pride (4/2/88) #44 UK
  • Paradise (5/14/88) #16 US, #29 UK, #1 RB, #3 AC
  • Nothing Can Come Between Us (8/27/88) #3 RB, #21 AC
  • No Ordinary Love (10/10/92) #28 US, #14 UK, #8a RB, #14 AC
  • Kiss of Life (2/20/93) #65a US, #44 UK, #9a RB, #20 AC
  • Cherish the Day (7/31/93) #53 UK, #44a RB



Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Best of
“With her exotic beauty and steamy voice, Sade couldn’t help but be a star” SG She used “the more sensuous elements of island beats, smooth jazz, and R&B” SG to create a “timeless sound” JE that made “Sade Adu and her band a no-brainer for an appealing compilation.” JE

“By the time this was released in 1994, something unexpected happened. Sade’s early work became classic and the later additions boasted even better vocals and songs that nicely improved on the theme.” JEThe Best of Sade doesn’t detract from the original albums and is a marker of time, not the end of the act. The ice-princess demeanor and detached vocals worked perfectly for the mid-‘80s singles and radio samples Smooth Operator and Your Love Is King.” JE

“The tracks from the make-or-break second album, Promise, seem less dolorous propped up and sequenced for a compilation. The sensual-to-a-fault The Sweetest Taboo and Never As Good As the First Time both retain their strength here.” JE The former “was one of her last great moments before years of mediocrity.” SG

Those lesser years are “chronicled here by the lifeless Love Is Stronger Than Pride and the limp Nothing Can Come Between Us.” SG Even so, those songs “and the great Paradise…benefit from Ian Cooper’s mastering job.” JE

“This set also includes tracks from Sade’s ‘comeback’ CD, Love Deluxe, including Kiss of Life and No Ordinary Love.” JE The latter “was a return to form with the smoky richness back in her vocals and the urban/island feel of her first release.” SG That album also featured “Pearls, which, remixed, became a dance floor hit.” SG

“The nicest surprise here is” SG “a rare cover of Please Send Me Someone to Love from the Philadelphia soundtrack.” JE Sade proves “that although her range may be limited vocally, she doesn’t suffer the same fate artistically.” SG

“Her voice was often criticized for being thin, yet she made it work to her advantage with songs like the haunting Jezebel, on which her delivery added the vulnerability necessary to the song. Sade sounded best when she stuck to the lower register, and there is nothing thin about her dynamic handling of her torch song Is It a Crime.” SG

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Last updated October 14, 2009.