Sade: Promise LP (gatefold) UK 1985. Check the exclusive video, showing the vinyl for sale! Check videos “The Sweetest Taboo”, “Is It a Crime”

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Released 16 November 1985 (UK)

Recorded
Power Plant Studios (London, England)
Studio Miraval (Le Val, Var, France)
Genre Soul, R&B, jazz
Length 54:15

Producer Sade Adu, Robin Millar, Ben Rogan, Mike Pela

Promise is the second studio album by the English group Sade. It was released in the United Kingdom on 16 November 1985 by Epic Records and in the United States on 21 December 1985 by Portrait Records.
The major hits from this album were “The Sweetest Taboo” and “Never as Good as the First Time”, which reached number five and number twenty on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, respectively. Also, “Is It a Crime” was released as a single. While not as initially successful as their debut album, Diamond Life, Promise became the bands first album to top the albums chart in both the United Kingdom and the United States, helped by an appearance at Live Aid and a cameo in the film Absolute Beginners.
The title Promise comes from a letter from Sade Adus father where he refers to the “promise of hope” to recover from cancer.

  • Label : CBS
  • Pressing : EPC 86318 – ENGLAND
  • Year : 1985

“Is It a Crime” 6:18
“The Sweetest Taboo” 4:35
“War of the Hearts” 6:47
“Jezebel” 5:30
“Mr Wrong” 2:50
“Never as Good as the First Time” 5:01
“Fear” 4:05
“Tar Baby” 3:58
“Maureen” 4:22

Promise retains much of the cool, loungey chic of Sade’s debut while branching out into more Latin and Balearic sounds, with Sade Adu herself producing and arranging several tracks alongside Diamond Life producer Robin Millar. Promise opens in full-blown jazz mode with the dynamic big band drama of “Is It A Crime” before moving into what is perhaps their best known song, the rainy confessional “The Sweetest Taboo.” “Tar Baby,” “Jezebel” and “Never As Good As The First Time” are sultry jazz ballads in the vein of Diamond Life, but the rest of the record is peppered with Balearic and experimental touches that hint at the promise of the band’s subsequent work. The macabre theatrics and borderline free jazz of “Fear” (with Adu trading off English and Spanish verses), shuffling fusion of “Mr. Wrong,” sultry bossa nova of “War Of The Hearts” and upbeat jazz-funk of “Maureen” are other major standouts.
Housed in gatefold sleeve. Recommended.

Personnel:
Sade Adu vocals, producer, arranger
Andrew Hale keyboards
Stuart Matthewman guitar, saxophone
Paul S. Denman bass
Terry Bailey trumpet
Lee Barrett management
Pete Beachill trombone
Carlos Bonnell guitar
Pete Brown assistant engineer
Tom Coyne remastering
Martin Ditcham percussion
Simon Driscoll assistant engineer
Dave Early drums, percussion
Nick Ingman arranger
Jake Jacas vocals
Phil Legg assistant engineer
Robin Millar producer
Mike Pela producer, engineer, mixing, production engineer, strings
Ben Rogan producer
Graham Smith design
Toshi Yajima photography

Charts Peak positions Chart (1985/1986) Peak position:
Austrian Albums Chart 6
German Albums Chart 2
Norwegian Albums Chart 6
Swedish Albums Chart 4
Swiss Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 1
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
U.S. Top Jazz Albums 4

Certifications:
Country Certification
Canada 2× platinum
Finland Platinum
France Platinum
Germany Platinum
United Kingdom 2× platinum
United States 4× platinum

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Weight 0.25 kg

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