Lovers Rock/Lovers Live [CD & DVD]

Lovers Rock/Lovers Live [CD & DVD]

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by Sade
     
 

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Few performers hypnotize an audience as effectively as Sade. Like Billie Holiday, the Nigerian-born diva employs a sharp, seductive vocal wisp that hooks ears, eyes, and hearts in communal anticipation of her next note. The Lovers Live concert in support of her superb Lovers Rock album, caught here on DVD and VHS, showcases her extraordinary refinement.See more details below

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Few performers hypnotize an audience as effectively as Sade. Like Billie Holiday, the Nigerian-born diva employs a sharp, seductive vocal wisp that hooks ears, eyes, and hearts in communal anticipation of her next note. The Lovers Live concert in support of her superb Lovers Rock album, caught here on DVD and VHS, showcases her extraordinary refinement. There's less glitz here than one has come to expect from contemporary divas, but the adoring fans seem not to miss it at all, particularly during such velvety showstoppers as "Smooth Operator" and "Pearls." For the tour, Sade assembled a crack backing band, led by longtime collaborators Paul Spencer Denman, Stuart Matthewman, and Andrew Hale, who’ve been with her since the beginning and have helped transform her ambient, cool, jazz-inflected early work by fusing it with modern soul’s hip-hop beats. All of Rock is here, alongside much of her bewitching earlier material, like "Sweetest Taboo" and "Your Love Is King." Sade’s sensual, quiet-storm method has moved on to a different groove, and the results are close to breathtaking. Tracks are as follows:

  • Cherish the Day
  • Your Love Is King
  • Somebody Already
  • Broke My Heart
  • Cherry Pie
  • Pearls
  • Everyword
  • Smooth Operator
  • Red Eye
  • Jezebel
  • Kiss of Life
  • Slave Song
  • Sweetest Gift
  • Sweetest Taboo
  • Lovers Rock
  • Immigrant
  • Paradise
  • King of Sorrow
  • No Ordinary Love
  • By Your Side
  • Flow
  • Is It a Crime
  • It's Only Love That Gets You Through

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  • Editorial Reviews

    All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
    Three years after the release of Sade's Lovers Rock album and a year after her Lovers Live video, Epic bundled the two into a nice double-disc CD/DVD package. It's definitely the full Sade package, albeit the latter-day Sade package, capturing her in the prime of her third decade running, nearly 20 years after she made her smashing debut with Diamond Life in 1984. More than anything, it's amazing to hear (and see) her perform with such grace after so many years. You could pose a really strong argument here that Sade has never sounded better than she does on beautiful new songs like "Somebody Already Broke My Heart." And her performances of classic songs like "Jezebel" on Lovers Live makes them sound as fresh as they did way back in the day. Though Lovers Rock and Lovers Live are fine releases on their own, they make for a splendid two-fer, particularly for old Sade fans who stopped following her at the turn of the decade (whether at the dusk of the '80s or '90s). It's perhaps no coincidence then that Epic released Lovers Rock/Lovers Live just in time for the 2003 holiday season. It's a perfect gift for those many old Sade fans who still associate her solely with songs like "Smooth Operator" and "The Sweetest Taboo." Those forgivably out-of-touch listeners will surely be delighted to know that Sade never fell off over the years, even if her media presence did.

    Product Details

    Release Date:
    11/21/2003
    Label:
    Sony
    UPC:
    0827969072820
    catalogNumber:
    90728
    Rank:
    96788

    Tracks

    Disc 1

    1. By Your Side
    2. Flow
    3. King of Sorrow
    4. Somebody Already Broke My Heart
    5. All About Our Love
    6. Slave Song
    7. The Sweetest Gift
    8. Every Word
    9. Immigrant
    10. Lovers Rock
    11. It's Only Love That Gets You Through

    Disc 2

    1. Cherish the Day
    2. Your Love Is King
    3. Somebody Already Broke My Heart
    4. Cherry Pie
    5. Pearls
    6. Every Word
    7. Smooth Operator
    8. Redeye
    9. Jezebel
    10. Kiss of Life
    11. Slave Song
    12. The Sweetest Gift
    13. The Sweetest Taboo
    14. Lovers Rock
    15. Immigrant
    16. Paradise
    17. King of Sorrow
    18. No Ordinary Love
    19. By Your Side
    20. Flow
    21. Is It a Crime
    22. It's Only Love That Gets You Through
    23. Exclusive Backstage Footage
    24. Message to Sade
    25. King of Sorrow
    26. Black and White Stills from the Tour

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    Album Credits

    Performance Credits

    Sade   Primary Artist
    Sade Adu   Vocals,Group Member
    Paul S. Denman   Bass,Group Member
    Andrew Hale   Keyboards,Group Member
    Stuart Matthewman   Guitar,Saxophone,Group Member

    Technical Credits

    Sade   Composer
    Sade Adu   Composer
    Paul S. Denman   Composer
    Martin Ditcham   Composer
    Andrew Hale   Composer
    Stuart Matthewman   Composer
    Clyde Otis   Composer
    Gordon Matthewman   Composer
    Murray Stein   Composer
    Sophie Muller   Director,Video Director
    Antonio Hardy   Composer
    H.F. Adu   Composer
    Rob Small   Producer,Video Producer
    Stewart Matthewman   Composer
    S. Matthewman   Composer

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