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This article is about the Sade album. For other albums with the same title, see Promise (disambiguation). Promise Studio album by Sade Released 16 November 1985 (UK) 21 December 1985 (U.S.) Recorded Power Plant Studios (London, England) Studio Miraval (Le Val, Var, France) Genre Soul, R&B, jazz Length 54:15 Label Epic (UK) Portrait (U.S.) Producer Sade Adu, Robin Millar, Ben Rogan, Mike Pela Professional reviews The reviews parameter has been deprecated. Please move reviews into the “Reception” section of the article. See Moving reviews into article space. Allmusic link Robert Christgau (B) link Rolling Stone (not rated) link Sade chronology Diamond Life (1984) Promise (1985) Stronger Than Pride (1988) 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 20 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 band's 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 Adu's father where he refers to the "promise of hope" to recover from cancer. Contents 1 Track listing 2 Personnel 3 Charts 3.1 Peak positions 3.2 Certifications 3.3 Chart procession and succession 4 References Track listing CD and cassette "Is It a Crime" (Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale) – 6:20 "The Sweetest Taboo" (Adu, Martin Ditcham) – 4:36 "War of the Hearts" (Adu, Matthewman) – 6:47 "You're Not the Man" (Adu, Matthewman) – 5:09 "Jezebel" (Adu, Matthewman) – 5:27 "Mr Wrong" (Adu, Matthewman, Hale, Paul S. Denman) – 2:49 "Punch Drunk" (Hale) – 5:21 "Never as Good as the First Time" (Adu, Matthewman) – 4:59 "Fear" (Adu, Matthewman) – 4:09 "Tar Baby" (Adu, Matthewman) – 3:57 "Maureen" (Adu, Hale, Denman) – 4:20 LP "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 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[1] 6 German Albums Chart[2] 2 Norwegian Albums Chart[1] 6 Swedish Albums Chart[1] 4 Swiss Albums Chart[1] 1 UK Albums Chart[3] 1 U.S. Billboard 200[4] 1 U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[4] 1 U.S. Top Jazz Albums[4] 4 Certifications Country Certification Canada 2× platinum[5] Finland Platinum[6] France Platinum[7] Germany Platinum[8] United Kingdom 2× platinum[9] United States 4× platinum[10] Chart procession and succession Preceded by The Love Songs by George Benson UK Albums Chart number-one album 16 November 1985 – 23 November 1985 Succeeded by The Greatest Hits of 1985 by various artists Preceded by Let's Talk About Love by Modern Talking Swiss Albums Chart number-one album 1 December 1985 – 15 December 1985 Succeeded by Casanova by Rondò Veneziano Preceded by The Broadway Album by Barbra Streisand U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album 15 February 1986 – 22 February 1986 Succeeded by Welcome to the Real World by Mr. Mister References ^ a b c d "Sade – Promise". Hung Medien. http://swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Sade&titel=Promise&cat=a. Retrieved 27 May 2008.  ^ "Top 100 Longplay". Media Control. charts.de. 2 December 1985. http://www.charts.de/charts.asp?cat=a&country=de&year=1985&date=19851202&x=9&y=16. Retrieved 15 March 2010.  ^ "Chart Stats – Sade – Promise". The Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. http://www.chartstats.com/albuminfo.php?id=10092. Retrieved 10 October 2008.  ^ a b c "Promise – Sade – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/album/promise-r17250/charts-awards/billboard-album. Retrieved 27 May 2008.  ^ "CRIA: Search Certification Database". Canadian Recording Industry Association. 27 June 1986. http://www.cria.ca/cert_db_search.php. Retrieved 31 May 2008.  ^ "IFPI Finland – Sade" (in Finnish). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. http://www.ifpi.fi/tilastot/artistit/sade. Retrieved 7 February 2009.  ^ "Certifications Albums Platine – année 1995" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 20 April 1995. http://www.disqueenfrance.com/fr/monopage.xml?id=259165&year=1995&type=12. Retrieved 8 February 2009.  ^ "Gold/Platin–Datenbank [Gold/Platinum Database]" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. http://www.musikindustrie.de/gold_platin_datenbank/?action=suche&strTitel=Promise&strInterpret=Sade&strTtArt=&strAwards=checked. Retrieved 31 May 2008.  ^ "BPI Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. 17 January 1986. http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/Search.aspx. Retrieved 17 September 2009.  ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. 23 July 1997. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS&title=Promise&artist=Sade&format=ALBUM&perPage=25. Retrieved 31 May 2008.  v · d · eSade Sade Adu · Stuart Matthewman · Paul Spencer Denman · Andrew Hale · Paul Anthony Cook Studio albums Diamond Life · Promise · Stronger Than Pride · Love Deluxe · Lovers Rock · Soldier of Love Other albums Remix Deluxe · The Best of Sade · Lovers Live · The Ultimate Collection Singles "Your Love Is King" · "When Am I Going to Make a Living" · "Hang on to Your Love" · "Smooth Operator" · "The Sweetest Taboo" · " Never as Good as the First Time" · "Is It a Crime" · "Love Is Stronger Than Pride" · "Paradise" · "Nothing Can Come Between Us" · "Turn My Back on You" · "No Ordinary Love" · "Feel No Pain" · "Kiss of Life" · "Cherish the Day" · "Pearls" · "By Your Side" · "King of Sorrow" · "Lovers Rock" · "Somebody Already Broke My Heart" (Live) · "Soldier of Love" · "Babyfather" · "The Moon and the Sky" · "Still in Love with You" Concert tours 1984 Tour (1984) · Promise Tour (1985-86) · Sade in Concert (1988-89) · Love Deluxe World Tour (1993-94) · Lovers Live Tour (2001) · Sade Live (2011) Related articles Discography · Awards and nominations · Sweetback