Without question, one of last year's best live shows was Sade's Lovers Rock tour. For those who missed it, along comes Lovers Live, which delivers the goods in signature Sade style. Recorded during Se

Without question, one of last year's best live shows was Sade's Lovers Rock tour. For those who missed it, along comes Lovers Live, which delivers the goods in signature Sade style. Recorded during September stops in Anaheim and Englewood, Calif., Lovers Live features all the classics that fans have come to know and love. Sequenced like a tumultuous love story, starting with "Cherish the Day" and ending with "Is It a Crime," the set takes listeners there and back—sometimes in the course of one song ("The Sweetest Taboo"). Stuart Matthewman's saxophone solos on "Jezebel" and "Kiss of Life" could easily move some to tears (and did so in concert), while Sade's performance of "Slave Song" and "No Ordinary Love" should move more. And 17 years after its original release, "Smooth Operator" has lost none of its inner beauty. A nice complement to this disc is the Sophie Muller-directed DVD/VHS of the same title.—RH

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