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Grace Jones - The Grace Jones Story (2006) Retail CD
Finally we have the "ultimate" Grace Jones collection. Previous collections suffered from edits and track omissions, but Universal has finally managed to compile all of the Divas greatest on two discs. The first disc opens with a collection of her disco days, from "Portfolio" to "Muse" all produced and envisioned by disco pioneer, Tom Moulton. Her disco years were stunning and she did some outstanding songs during 1977-1979. Her first album contained a medley of disco-fied Broadway tunes "What I Did for Love" from "A Chorus Line" and the classic "Send in the Clowns" from "A Little Night Music"more… by Sondheim. Another song was included in the original medley: "Tomorrow," from Annie, but it is not included on this compilation. Her second album saw Grace back at top of the dance charts with "Do or Die" and "Fame," the title of her second album, plus another stunning track included here: "Am I Ever Going to Fall in Love in New York City?" Her last disco-based album came in 1979, "Muse", and although it failed to re-establish Grace as a disco queen, it was the best album of the three. Perhaps even her best album, period. Stunning tracks; with a twenty minute long medley spanning from "Sinning" to "Saved." Universal have chosen to omit the hit of the album: "On Your Knees" in favor for its b-side "Don't Mess With the Messer" a small gripe, but forgivable. We all know the stunning music she created with Sly & Robbie between the period of 1980-1982 and the first disc ends with a few tracks from the "Warm Leatherette" album from 1980. Stunning "with-it" or "ahead-of-their-time" tracks such as the obscure: "Warm Leatherette" the cunning "Love Is the Drug" and the soulful "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game." Disc two opens with her stunning cover of "Private Life" a cutting rock track with strong reggae undertones. Also included on this compilation is the b-side: "She's Lost Control." Originally by Joy Division, Grace turns this song into something else to say the least. Of course the majority of disc two is dedicated to her "Nightclubbing" album as it was her most successful album. Again, led by Sly & Robbie who provided her with a strong musical base and of course all of the hits are included, from the jungle rhythms of "Pull Up to the Bumper" to the violent "Use Me" to the cha-cha rhythms of "I've Seen That Face Before" to the icy cool "Walking in the Rain." The last collaboration between Sly & Robbie and Grace came in 1982, this time a Grace co-wrote and wrote all of the songs except for Melvin Van Peebles "The Apple Stretching." The album managed to score Grace yet another hit with "Nipple to the Bottle" and the widely sampled "My Jamaican Guy". Creative artist Jean Paul-Goude had a vision of how he thought Grace should be. He painted her and mythologized her through his work but eventually realized that it wasn't Grace that he had fallen for, but her image. Ladies and Gentlemen, miss Grace Jones. Trevor Horn produced the biographical "Slave to the Rhythm" in 1985 to huge success unfortunately it is not included on this compilation. The single "Slave to the Rhythm" is quite difficult to find, the version on the album is not the original single nor is the song included on "Island Life" but it can be found on "The Compass Point Sessions" album and Horn's "Produced by Trevor Horn" compilation. She left Island Records in 1986 and got signed to Manhattan Records and released "Inside Story" short after. The album spawned off one of her biggest hit singles (in America that is) called "I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect for You)" which is included here. Her last studio album to date came in 1989 and it also managed to spawn off at least one dance classic "Love on Top of Love" and the minor hit "Amado Mio." Grace took a huge break from music to concentrate on her acting career, in 1983 she got casted alongside Arnold in the action-adventure: "Conan the Destroyer" and alongside Roger in "James Bond: A View to a Kill" in 1985. In 1992 she appeared in Eddie Murphy's wacky comedy "Boomerang" and in 1993 she scored yet another #1 dance hit with "Sex Drive." We never saw another album since then, but Grace left us with the occasional soundtrack appearance and movie participation. For once, Universal has managed to give us a rounded view of this crazy, but stunning, Divas career. It is nice to own all of her greatest hits on one album, and it's especially nice to finally own a couple of tracks from the rare album "Muse" and for some, the tracks from "Fame," but since I own the rare Australian pressing of "Fame" I'm more satisfied by owning "Sinning," "Saved," and "Don't Mess With the Messer" on compact disc.
|1||That's The Trouble - Grace Jones, Tom Moulton|
|2||I Need A Man - Grace Jones|
|3||La Vie En Rose - Grace Jones, Tom Moulton, Duke Williams, Arthur Stoppe, Jay Mark|
|4||Send In The Clowns - Grace Jones, Tom Moulton|
|5||What I Did For Love - Grace Jones, Tom Moulton|
|6||Do Or Die - Grace Jones|
|7||Fame - Grace Jones, Tom Moulton|
|8||Am I Ever Gonna Fall In Love In New York City - Grace Jones, Tom Moulton|
|9||Don't Mess With The Messer - Grace Jones|
|10||Sinning - Grace Jones|
|11||Saved - Grace Jones|
|12||Warm Leatherette - Alex Sadkin, Chris Blackwell, Grace Jones, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Barry Reynolds, Mikey Chung, Wally Badarou, Uziah Thompson|
|13||Love Is The Drug - Alex Sadkin, Chris Blackwell, Grace Jones, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Barry Reynolds, Mikey Chung, Wally Badarou, Uziah Thompson|
|14||The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game - Alex Sadkin, Chris Blackwell, Grace Jones|
|1||Private Life - Grace Jones, Chris Blackwell, Alex Sadkin, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Barry Reynolds, Mikey Chung, Wally Badarou, Uziah Thompson|
|2||She's Lost Control - Alex Sadkin, Chris Blackwell, Grace Jones|
|3||Pull Up To The Bumper - Grace Jones|
|4||Walking In The Rain - Chris Blackwell, Grace Jones, Alex Sadkin, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Barry Reynolds, Mikey Chung, Wally Badarou, Uziah Thompson|
|5||Use Me - Alex Sadkin, Chris Blackwell, Grace Jones|
|6||Nightclubbing - Alex Sadkin, Chris Blackwell, Grace Jones|
|7||I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango) - Chris Blackwell, Grace Jones, Alex Sadkin, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Barry Reynolds, Mikey Chung, Wally Badarou, Uziah Thompson|
|8||My Jamaican Guy - Chris Blackwell, Grace Jones, Alex Sadkin, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Barry Reynolds, Mikey Chung, Wally Badarou, Uziah Thompson|
|9||The Apple Stretching - Alex Sadkin, Chris Blackwell, Grace Jones|
|10||Nipple To The Bottle - Alex Sadkin, Chris Blackwell, Grace Jones|
|11||I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect For You) - Grace Jones|
|12||Love On Top Of Love - Grace Jones|
|13||Someone To Love - Grace Jones|
|14||Sex Drive - Grace Jones|
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