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Sade – Never As Good As The First Time (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 24th, 2014

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985
A. Front

“Never As Good As The First Time” was the third single taken from “Promise” the second album by English band Sade. The single peaked at #89 in May 1986 in the UK and #20 in March 1986 in the US. The song also reached the top ten on the US R&B (#8) and Adul Contemporary chart (#6) respectively.

The song was remixed for the 7″ and 12″ releases.

SIDE A:
Never As Good As The First Time (Extended Remix) 5:12

SIDE B:
Keep Hanging On (Live Instrumental) 2:59

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1986 Never As Good As The First Time U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #20
1986 Never As Good As The First Time U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #6
1986 Never As Good As The First Time U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles #8

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Portrait ‎– 4R9 05375
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic, Jazz
Style: Soul-Jazz, Downtempo

CREDITS:
Engineer, Remix – Ben Rogan, Mike Pela
Producer – Ben RoganMike Pela
Remix – Sade

NOTES:
Special Version from the LP: “PROMISE”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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Password: burningtheground

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30 Responses to “Sade – Never As Good As The First Time (US 12″)”

  1. Omar Says:

    Wow. Thanks Paul. This is my favorite Sade single. Paradise and Sweetest Taboo next please ?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I’ll have to order those Omar this is the last of Sade for now 🙂

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    Omar Reply:

    Ok Thanks

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  2. Jeff Says:

    Thoroughly excited Paul. I had no idea we’d be getting a trifecta of Sade!!! So worth it. Love playing Sade in the Summer when it’s late at night sitting around a fire. Very romantic. Again, you really surprised me with this third single. Gorgeous!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff 🙂

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  3. Spring Says:

    Paul! Thank you very much for Sade’s week.
    Never As Good As The First Time is one of my fav. songs!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring!

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  4. carlos Says:

    Muchas gracias Pault, por este post super, te pido el favor de postear el 12″ de Paradise

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    de nada Carlos 🙂

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  5. Stefano Says:

    Thanks for these Sade 12 inches Paul. Verrrry nice!
    Hope you re-do ‘Promises’ soon 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Having trouble getting the b-side to sound good so it may be a while.

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    Stefano Reply:

    Ah Paul, don’t bother too much on that terrible B-side. Don’t know what CBS was thinking to put this lousy fade out on the flip side. If they wanted to edit the 7:33 album version kinda right, then they should have cut it off at 4:26. But still, ‘Make It like A Memory’ is not appropriate to edit down: the best part starts off at 5:39 when the closing ceremony begins. What a great finale, my God, I probably heard it a thousand times. Never get enough of it, such a complicated and fantastic score in a top notch production. Barry Gibb and Albhy Galuten really made a masterpiece here and Streisand sings the hell out of that song, pfew.
    Maybe you’d better post the full album version instead. I think a certain part of the BTG’ers don’t know this song at all. They should be introduced to it. But that’s my opinion of course 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I might just get the US promo which has “Promises” on both sides.

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  6. Brian Says:

    excellent, thank you 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Brian 🙂

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  7. Dirk Says:

    Thanx for these Sade pearls. Love all of them.
    But, sorry not your fault, i am really pissed about putting that live version of half a song on a whole side an 12 inch.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yeah I agree Dirk a waste of space.

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  8. Ezequiel Says:

    I fell in love with this music.

    Thank you

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ezequiel 🙂

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  9. Junior Says:

    Smooth stuff from Sade, really enjoying your posts.

    Thanks again, Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very, very welcome Junior 🙂

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  10. Dejan Says:

    For the heart, sweat and effort you put into remastering. You should contact Vinyl Masterpiece. They are in desperate need to find a better remastering guy. I think it bears the name Paul…
    Ahhh your name is Paul 😉

    I am deeply impressed over the high quality of your remastering work. That is why I every now and then donate money. I think more should do it, out of respect of your pro quality work.

    Best Regards & wishes
    Dejan

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Dejan you are very sweet I appreciate that so much 🙂

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  11. dave76 Says:

    You should post a Michael Jackson 12″ today in his honor. He passed away 5 years ago today.

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  12. Vermillion Says:

    Another classic track and the only release to contain the extended version of the single remix – thanks Paul!

    Have to agree that I don’t know what the record company were doing with the ‘Keep Hanging On’ B-side. It’s clearly part of a live recording of ‘Hang On to Your Love’, but why they chose to omit the rest of the track and only release this instrumental break, nice as it is, is bizarre. It’s a shame, as Sade’s live versions were always pretty good.

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  13. freestyler Says:

    a song about my first time 😉

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  14. MMDD Says:

    A BIG thank-you and a request: Since you’re on a Sade kick (which I’m thoroughly enjoying, by the way), how about the 12″ mix of “Paradise”? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qheY8PG50s

    Thank you again so much for all these wonderful shares, Paul!

    Sincerely,
    MMDD

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  15. Gilbert Gonzales Says:

    Thanks Paul. Love, love, love Sade!

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  16. Jason Says:

    Thank you Paul. I look forward to listening to this.

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  17. woz Says:

    Great song. I love these extended mixes! 🙂

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