Sade ‎– Diamond Life

Audio Fidelity (3) ‎– AFZLP 089, Epic ‎– AFZLP 089
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Limited individual machine numbered sticker: "Audio Fidelity Numbered Edition No.xxxx" Initial copies included numbered sticker but later copies do not.
Sticker on sleeve: "Limited Edition - 180+ Pure Virgin Vinyl - Specially Remastered For This LP - Made in the U.S.A."
Mastered by Kevin Gray at CoHearent Audio. Pressed R.T.I.
Gatefold sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 8001420891 2
  • Matrix / Runout: Side A: AS-774390; KG@ATM; 19358.1 (3)
  • Matrix / Runout: Side B: BS-774390; KG@ATM; 19358.2 (4); 8869743901 B

Other Versions (5 of 169) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
EPC 26044 Sade Diamond Life(LP, Album, Gat) Epic, Epic EPC 26044 UK 1984 Sell This Version
EPC CD 26044, CD 26044, 01-026044-10 Sade Diamond Life(CD, Album, RE) Epic, Epic, Epic EPC CD 26044, CD 26044, 01-026044-10 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
EPC 26044, 26044 Sade Diamond Life(LP, Album) Epic, Epic EPC 26044, 26044 Turkey 1985 Sell This Version
EPC 26044 Sade Diamond Life(LP, Album) Epic EPC 26044 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
ELPS 4445 Sade Diamond Life(LP, Album, Gat) Epic ELPS 4445 Australia 1984 Sell This Version


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July 21, 2016
Dont listen to any bad reviews of this, this is a great pressing.


October 3, 2014
edited about 1 year ago

Immediately I hear the opening bars I feel something is different. Why is the bass so forward, synth so loud & vocal pushed back? I was disturbed by what I was hearing. Half way through side 1 the sound had become annoying. The mid/top end is too hot & all this jangling was overpowering what was very smooth music. Everything is as loud as everything else. Sure you can hear EVERYTHING, but is this the way the artist intended it to sound? For comparison I have a 1984 CD & 1984 Australian LP MX204695-B on Epic. Where is the 3 mins of sax jam on the end of Smooth Operator? My 1984 LP has it but this version does a quick fade before that starts. This is a quality pressing and great if you want to demo your system with razzle dazzle. But I prefer the old school sound of my 1984 LP.


February 8, 2014
Excellent pressing. Great dynamics and super quiet.


February 17, 2013
Elegance, class, and sophistication barely begins to describe the sound of Sade. Her 1984 debut album, Diamond Life, shimmers with glamour and style, a sleek, catchy hybrid of pop, soul and jazz. The album was driven by an irresistible sound, mood music that crosses over to dance with excellent musicianship and clever lyrics.

Diamond Life spawned her first Top 10 U.S. hit, the bossa nova-tinged, "Smooth Operator," with its unforgettable sax work, a true classic. Other standouts are the swinging horn-peppered "Your Love Is King," the retro-funk of "When Am I Going To Make A Living," the tender and lovely "I Will Be Your Friend," as well as an imaginative remake of Timmy Thomas' 1971 hit "Why Can't We Live Together" (with an extremely long, brilliant jazzy intro heavy with congas).

Diamond Life had international sales of over six million, becoming one of the top-selling debut recordings of the '80s and the best selling debut ever by a British female vocalist. There has never been a lead singer quite like former model Sade Adu, her cool vocals and exotic looks grabbed everyone's attention. Her ponytails, large hoop earrings and backless dresses, and the fantastic blue-tinged black and white cover art offered up a retro look to match the sound. Everything shimmers here with a sultry yet subtle beauty, pulling you into an atmosphere of a midnight lounge or the club scene from which Sade first emerged. Diamond Life is the album that started it all!