Sade’s third studio album Stronger Than Pride is being reissued next month on 180g virgin vinyl with an audiophile remaster courtesy of Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.
The 1988 record is being re-released by Audio Fidelity and is strictly vinyl only. If we keep our fingers crossed an SACD might appear, but in truth it’s probably unlikely. The same label released Kate Bush‘s Hounds Of Loveand The Sensual World a few years ago, both on vinyl, but neither title made the transition to CD or SACD.
Stronger Then Pride features Paradise which was a bit hit for the band in the US, although like Love Is Stronger Than Pride which preceded it, the single rather under performed in Britain, peaking at number 29 in the UK charts. Nevertheless, the album sold well, earning multi-platinum status in America and doing brisk business across Europe.
As is usually the case with Audio Fidelity releases, there are no bonus tracks. The lack of proper CD-based Sade deluxe editions with remixes, B-sides and live material continues to frustrate. Hopefully, that will happen at some point – until then, at least this vinyl reissue from Audio Fidelity should offer something new with the usual quality remaster.