Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Grace Jones



Grace Jones was born on May 19, 1948 in Spanish Town, Jamaica. The daughter of politician and Apostolic clergyman Robert W. Jones and Marjorie. During her childhood due to the strong presence of religious figures in her family (her uncle is a bishop, her brother is a minister, her dad is a clergyman) Grace wasn't allowed to dress up, to use make up, nail polish, play games, or even listen to the radio. By the time her family decided to relocate the Jones household to Syracuse, New York in 1965. There she studied Theater at the Onondaga Community College. Later, she moved to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a successful catwalk model, after being rejected in the U.S. because her masculine look wasn't a representation of classic beauty. This was the same quality that the French embraced about Grace. In the mid 70's Grace was becoming famous in Paris not only because of her catwalk moves but because of her extravagant shows at Parisian gay clubs. This was noticed and by 1977 she signed a record deal with Island Records. Her first 3 studio albums were examples of disco music recordings. These got considerable in the market success. Among her best known hits of this era were I Need a Man, Do or Die and especially her take on Édith Piaf's signature song, La Vie En Rose. Then she became a muse for Pop Art avant garde artist, Andy Warhol. She accompanied him several times to the famous Studio 54. Toward the end of the 70's, Grace decided to approach a New Wave sound for her records, as she desired to change of style. Still with Island Records, she now worked with producers Chris Blackwell, Alex Sadkin and the Compass All Point Stars, she released the critically acclaimed Warm Leatherette (1980) and Nightclubbing (1981) albums. These albums included many revamped songs such as The Police's Demolition Man, Astor Piazzolla's Libertango, The Pretenders' Private Life, among others. However, both albums included songs written by Jones herself, such as A Rolling Stone, and Feel Up, among others. Hits during this era are Pull Up to the Bumper, which made it into the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 and Nightclubbing was named as NME Magazine's Album of the Year. Parallel to her musical shift was an equally dramatic visual makeover, created in partnership with stylist Jean-Paul Goude, with whom she had a son. Jones adopted a severe, androgynous look, with square-cut hair (which she popularized among Afroamerican men) and angular, padded clothes. The cover photographs of Nightclubbing and, subsequently, Slave to the Rhythm (1985) exemplified this new identity. This new look would inspire upcoming female artists, such as Annie Lennox, who at point was referred to as the White Grace Jones. To this day, Jones is known for her unique look at least as much as she is for her music. Her collaboration with Blackwell, Sadkin and the Compass Point All Stars continued with the dub reggae–influenced album Living My Life, which featured the self-penned "My Jamaican Guy", sung in patois. Also in 1981, Grace was surrounded by controversy when she appeared in a talk show hosted by the late British journalist Russell Harty and when he was turning his back to Grace Jones while speaking to another panelist, Grace got really angry, threatened to leave the show and eventually hit Harty. This was just the first example of Grace's sometime volatile temper. This topped a 2006 BBC poll of the most-shocking British TV chat show moments In 1981 and 1982 Jones toured the UK, Continental Europe, Scandinavia and the US with her One Man Show, a performance art/pop theatre presentation devised by Jean-Paul Goude and Jones herself, in which she performed tracks from the albums Portfolio, Warm Leatherette and Nightclubbing dressed in elaborate costumes and masks - in the opening sequence as a gorilla - and alongside a series of Grace Jones
lookalikes. A video version, filmed live in London and New York City and completed with some studio footage, was released in conjunction with the Living My Life album in 1982 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Long-Form Music Video in 1983.A One Man Show was re-issued as a home video in the VHS and Laserdisc formats by Island Records, PolyGram and Spectrum Music all through the 1980s and 1990s but remained unreleased on DVD until 2010. In the mid 80's, besides recording, Jones decided to focus in her acting career. In 1984, she appeared in Conan the Destroyer, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger (whom he said that Grace was "too tough."), in her role of Zula, as one of Conan's sidekicks. In 1985, she co-starred in James Bond's A View to a Kill as the villain-turned-good-girl, May Day. She got positive reviews for her acting roles in both movies. In this same year, she guested her vocals in Arcadia's (Duran Duran spin-off) Election Day hit song. The song made it into the Top 10 in both U.S. and U.K. Also, in 1985, she worked with Trevor Horn for the conceptual musical collage Slave to the Rhythm and with producer Nile Rodgers for Inside Story (1986)—her first album after leaving the Island Records label. The well-received Slave to the Rhythm consisted of several re-workings of the title track (the single of which hit Number 12 in the UK), while Inside Story produced her last Billboard Hot 100 hit to date, "I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect For You)," one of several songs she co-wrote with Bruce Woolley. Also in 1986, Grace Jones starred in the horror/comedy/sexual thriller Vamp, as a particular no-dialogue role of a stripper who was a leader of a band of zombies. The movie got positive reviews as well as her striking performance. Bulletproof Heart (1989) spawned the Number 1 U.S. Hot Dance Club Play hit "Love on Top of Love (Killer Kiss)", produced by C+C Music Factory's David Cole and Robert Clivilles. Although she has yet to become a truly mainstream recording artist in the United States (with the exception of "Pull Up To The Bumper" and her featured work on the Arcadia hit single "Election Day"), much of Jones's musical output is very popular in American clubs as many of the singles were hits on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Dance Airplay charts; and many of her songs are regarded as classics to this day. Jones was able to find mainstream success in Europe, particularly the United Kingdom, scoring a number of Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart. To date, she has officially released 49 commercial and/or promotional singles (not including re-releases), including several non-album tracks.
Jones continued her acting career with her role of Helen Strangé in Eddie Murphy's Boomerang, in 1992. Jones also recorded two albums during the 1990s, but they remain unreleased thus far—in 1994, she was due to release an electro album titled Black Marilyn with artwork featuring the singer as Marilyn Monroe; in 1998, she was scheduled to release an album entitled Force of Nature. A white label 12" single featuring two dance mixes of "Hurricane (Cradle to the Grave)" was released; a slowed-down remix of this song became the title track of her album released in 2008. Also in 1998, she sang the title track for the film remake of the cult TV series The Avengers. The song "Storm" was written and produced by Bruce Woolley, Chris Elliott, and Marius DeVries and was performed with
The Radio Science Orchestra.
In 2000, Jones cut "The Perfect Crime," an up-tempo song for Danish TV written by the composer duo Floppy M. On May 28, 2002, Jones performed onstage with Italian opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti during Pavarotti's annual "Pavarotti and Friends" concert to support the United Nations refugee agency's programs for Angolan
refugees in Zambia. Together they performed the aria "Pourquoi me réveiller?" from Jules Massenet's opera Werther. The concert was held in Modena, Italy, and Jones and Pavarotti were accompanied by the 70-strong Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana, conducted by Jose Molina.In November 2004, Jones sang her hit "Slave to the Rhythm" at a tribute concert for record producer Trevor Horn at London's Wembley Arena. She received rave reviews, despite having been absent in the music scene for some time. In April 2005, Jones was accused of verbally abusing a Eurostar train manager in a quarrel over a ticket upgrade, and she either was escorted off the train or left of her own accord, later saying that she had been mistreatedIn February 2006, Jones was the celebrity runway model for Diesel's show in New York.On October 20, 2006, the 3 CD compilation The Ultimate Collection was released in Europe by Universal Music's Dutch subsidiary CCM.On November 3, 2006, Jones took part in a gathering of people sharing the surname, performing "Slave to the Rhythm" and "Pull up to the Bumper" to a large crowd of Joneses. 1,224 people were gathered that day at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, breaking the previous record for the largest surname-based gathering.Producer Ivor Guest confirmed that Jones had completed recording of her new album in 2007. Jones revealed in an interview regarding her collaboration with Guest, "...we had a creative chemistry and the music flowed. We remain great friends and have created 23 tracks, of which the rest will form the next album." Nick Hooker has directed the first video from the upcoming album.Other participants on the new album include the original Compass Point All Stars lineup, i.e. Sly and Robbie, Barry Reynolds, Mikey Chung, Sticky Thompson and Wally Badarou, joined by Brian Eno, Bruce Woolley, Tricky, and Tony Allen.In April 2007, Version2 listed "Corporate Cannibal" as the new video directed by Nick Hooker for Grace Jones.On June 22, 2007, Jones performed in Copenhagen at Tivoli Gardens theme park. Tivoli's Web site mentioned the title of her new album as Corporate Cannibal, without confirming a release date. Jones was part of the lineup for Massive Attack's Meltdown at the Southbank Centre in London, taking place from June 14–22, 2008. Jones received positive reviews across many UK newspapers for her comeback show as part of the Meltdown festival on June 19, and she previewed many new songs from her first album of new material in almost 20 years. She also performed at the relaunch of Elandra Resort in Mission Beach in Cairns, Queensland on June 28, 2008, her first performance in Australia in many years. Jones headlined the Belgian Lokerse Feesten on August 8, 2008, with a full 2-hour show similar to the one at Meltdown. Her new album was scheduled for release on October 27, 2008, on Wall of Sound/PIAS Records and is called Hurricane, with Jones touring the UK and headlining the Secret Garden Party and Latitude Festival in 2008, to promote the album's release. She also made a guest appearance and performance in 2008 at the Bestival (Isle of Wight) as well as Electric Picnic (Ireland). She played the Sydney Festival in January 2009, headlining the Festival First Night free concert in Hyde Park with an audience of over 80,000 people. Jones may release the "lost" album "Black Marilyn" independently in 2009, along with a compilation of tracks recorded between "Bulletproof Heart" and "Hurricane". New remastered editions of "Portfolio", "Muse", and "Fame" are set to be released in 2010. This will mark the first time "Muse" has been commercially available on CD. Also on the way is a 2 CD Deluxe Edition of "Nightclubbing" from Island Records to coincide with the record labels 50th Anniversary. Originally scheduled for release in 2009, Universal Music Group, the company that currently holds the rights to the Island Records back catalogue, have now delayed the release indefinitely. Grace Jones collaborated with the avant-garde poet Brigitte Fontaine in a duet named " Soufi" from Fontaine's latest work released in the fall of 2009. "A One Man Show" was finally released on DVD and CD, as Grace Jones - Live In Concert, in March 2010 with 3 bonus videoclips ("Slave To The Rhythm", "Love Is The Drug" and "Crush"). "Love You To Life", the third single off "Hurricane", was released on May 2, 2010. Digital version contains 5 mixes of the song including Radio Edit and Dub. Ivor Guest recently posted on his myspace that he has completed producing "Hurricane In Dub" which features a dub version of every track from the Hurricane album. This will be released sometime in 2010.
The queen of androgyny, one of the most unique and individual and original artists ever, a strange yet quite intriguing musician, a talented actress, an extravagant lady who knows the meaning of joie de vivre better than anyone else, a distinctive voice, an avant garde artist, a living legend. In a few phrases, that's what Grace Jones mean for a lot of people and for everyone in the music industry. Was she the woman who made us all slaves to her rhythm.
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Portfolio (1977)



Portfolio is the debut album by Grace Jones. It was released in 1977 and the first of three albums made with the legendary disco record producer Tom Moulton. It also includes three singles previously issued on label Orfeus in France and Beam Junction in the U.S. in 1975 and 1976, "I Need A Man", "Sorry" and "That's the Trouble". Side one of the original vinyl album is a continuous disco medley covering three songs from Broadway musicals, "Send In The Clowns" by Stephen Sondheim from 1973's A Little Night Music, "What I Did For Love" from A Chorus Line and "Tomorrow" from Annie. Side two opens with Jones' very personal re-interpretation of Edith Piaf's "La Vie en rose" which remains one of her best known recordings, it was the only song from her disco trilogy Portfolio/Fame/Muse to be performed in her Grammy nominated A One Man Show in 1981/1982. An edited version of the track was released as a single in both 1977, 1983 and 1985 and the album version was also included on the 1985 career retrospective Island Life. The album charted to #52 on the Black Album Chart in the U.S. while climbing to #109 on Billboard's Albums Chart, considerably more successful in the Dance chart entering the Top 10. Singles released from this album were: I Need a Man (#83 U.S.) , Sorry (#71 U.S.), That's the Trouble, and La Vie En Rose (#12 U.K.).

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Tracklist:

1-) Send in the Clowns.

2-) What I Did for Love.

3-) Tomorrow.

4-) La Vie En Rose.

5-) Sorry.

6-) That's the Trouble.

7-) I Need a Man.

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Fame (1978)

Fame is the second studio album by Grace Jones. It was released in 1978. Just like on her debut album, Portfolio, side A is a continuous Tom Moulton-disco medley, with a total running time of 18:47. As Portfolio opened with "La Vie en rose", side B on "Fame" also opens with a French language cover, Jacques Prévert's "Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes)". The Canadian edition of the original vinyl album included another French language track, "Comme Un Oiseau Qui S'envole", which, in most other territories, was issued as the B-side of the single "Do or Die". In Italy, the song "Anema E Core" was included on the album. The album was a hit on the American dance scene, rocketing into the top 10 on the dance charts. The "Do or Die"/"Pride"/"Fame" side reached #3 on the U.S. Billboard dance club play chart. The album charted at #22 in Sweden and the singles spawned from this album were: Autumn Leaves, Do or Die, Fame, and Am I Ever Gonna Fall in Love in NYC.

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Tracklist:

1-) Do or Die.

2-) Pride.

3-) Fame.

4-) Autumn Leaves.

5-) All on a Summers Night.

6-) Am I Ever Gonna Fall in Love in NYC.

7-) Below the Belt.

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Muse (1979)

Muse is the third album by Grace Jones, and was released in 1979. It was the last album of her disco trilogy with Tom Moulton, which began in 1977 with debut Portfolio. The first side of the album is a continuous medley of four songs, joined by a narrative about someone who has sinned. The second side, however, consists of disco songs with no relation to one another. All album art, including the cover image, is by Richard Bernstein. The track "I'll Find My Way To You" was originally featured in 1976 Italian movie Quelli della calibro 38 (international title Colt 38 Special Squad) in which Jones plays a club singer, the original version along with a song called "I Still Get The Blues" were included on the soundtrack album produced by composer Stelvio Cipriani. Jones re-recorded "I'll Find My Way To You" three years later with Tom Moulton for album Muse. Icelandic keyboardist Thor Baldursson who arranged most of the album and also sings duet with Grace on the track "Suffer" had previously worked in Munich Germany with disco stars such as Silver Convention, Boney M., Donna Summer, Amanda Lear and Giorgio Moroder. Muse was released in the year of the "anti-disco backlash" and both the album and its double A-side single "On Your Knees"/"Don't Mess With The Messer" were largely overlooked by the record buying public at the time and is generally believed to be Grace Jones' "lost album". Muse remains the only Grace Jones studio album not to have been re-released on CD by Island Records/Universal Music. The album charted at #38 in Sweden and the following singles were released from this album: I'll Find My Way to You, On Your Knees, and Don't Mess with the Messer.

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Tracklist:

1-) Sinning.
2-) Suffer.
3-) Repentance (Forgive Me).
4-) Saved.
5-) Atlantic City Gambler.
6-) I'll Find My Way to You.
7-) Don't Mess with the Messer.
8-) On Your Knees.

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Warm Leatherette (1980)

Warm Leatherette is the fourth studio album by Grace Jones. Released in 1980, Warm Leatherette was the first of three albums produced by Chris Blackwell at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas. The album included covers of songs by the Normal, the Pretenders, Roxy Music, Smokey Robinson, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Jacques Higelin. After the commercial success of Nightclubbing Island Records re-released the Warm Leatherette album with new artwork, replacing Jean-Paul Goude's original black-and-white studio portrait with pictures of Jones in performance taken from her 1981/82 tour A One Man Show. The original LP release was also launched in a "Scandinavian Special" edition with a different mix, only in the Nordics. Most current Compact Disc editions include the longer or extended 12" mixes of selected tracks that originally appeared on the so-called "1+1" chrome audio cassette; side one consisting of the regular album and side two of five alternate versions. The singles taken from this album were: A Rolling Stone, Love Is the Drug (#35 U.K., 1986 rerelease), Warm Leatherette, The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game, Private Life (#17 U.K.) , Breakdown, and Pars.

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Tracklist:

1-) Warm Leatherette.
2-) Private Life.
3-) A Rolling Stone.
4-) Love Is the Drug.
5-) The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game.
6-) Bullshit.
7-) Breakdown.
8-) Pars.

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Nightclubbing (1981)

Nightclubbing is the fifth studio album by Grace Jones, released in 1981. It is the second of three post-disco albums that Jones made at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas and became Jones' commercial breakthrough and also formed the basis of her groundbreaking concept tour A One Man Show. It claimed the number one slot on NME Album of the Year. The lead-off single for the album was "Demolition Man" written by Sting for Jones and also included on The Police's album Ghost in the Machine later in the year. The second single "Pull Up to the Bumper" was a hit and became one of Jones' best-known songs. It originally made #53 in the UK Singles Chart in June 1981, and a 1985 re-release following the success of the Island Life compilation backed with "La Vie En Rose" reached #12. The third single from Nightclubbing in 1981 was "I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)" which melded Ástor Piazzolla's Argentine tango classic with a reggae beat, and lyrics partly sung in French. The title track is a cover of an Iggy Pop song, which was co-written by David Bowie and the fourth single release, "Walking in the Rain", was originally recorded by Australian New Wave band Flash and the Pan and included on their eponymous 1979 debut album. Nightclubbing closes with the ballad "I've Done It Again" written by Barry Reynolds, with whom Jones would go on to compose most of the material for 1982's Living My Life. The album reached number #35 on the UK Album Chart in May 1981, #9 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #32 on Pop Albums, and this in combination with an entirely new androgynous image created by Jean-Paul Goude brought Jones from being a former disco diva with a loyal cult following but dropping sales figures to an international star with mainstream chart success, and resulted in Island Records re-releasing her 1980 album Warm Leatherette worldwide. The liner notes of the 2006 Universal Music compilation The Grace Jones Story state "A double deluxe CD edition of Nightclubbing is being released in May 2006 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her keynote work", the bonus disc most likely including the original 1981 7" and 12" mixes that were left off the 1998 compilation Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions, namely "Walking In The Rain" (2 different 12" mixes + one 7" edit), "Pull Up To The Bumper" (3 different 12" mixes and also a 7" dub version performed by the Compass Point Allstars called "Peanut Butter"), "Feel Up" (2 different 12" mixes), "I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)" (12" Mix) plus the Spanish language 7" version of the latter entitled "Esta Cara Me Es Conocida". For reasons unknown, this deluxe edition however remains unreleased. The double deluxe edition CD edition of "Nightclubbing" was set to be released in 2009 to coincide with Island Records 50th Anniversary, but is now delayed indefinitely; Universal Music Group instead re-released the album on vinyl. The strong rhythm section which features on many of the tracks was provided by Robbie Shakespeare on bass and Sly Dunbar on drums. The two, members of the Jamaican group Black Uhuru, were later successful as a duo in their own right.

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Tracklist:

1-) Walking in the Rain.
2-) Pull Up to the Bumper.
3-) Use Me.
4-) Nightclubbing.
5-) Art Groupie.
6-) I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango).
7-) Feel Up.
8-) Demolition Man.
9-) I've Done It Again.

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Living My Life (1982)


Living My Life is the sixth album by Grace Jones, released on November 7, 1982. It was the last of three albums she recorded at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas. This time around, Jones wrote or co-wrote every track on the album except for one, "The Apple Stretching", which was originally written by Melvin Van Peebles and used in the Broadway show "Waltz of the Stork". The album reached number #15 on the UK Album Chart in November 1982. The title track "Living My Life" was ultimately left off the album. It received a scarce 1983 release as a UK white label single and was only officially released in Portugal. Jones, however, performed the track on several TV shows and it was also included in her concert video, A One Man Show. It was later issued as the B-side of the 1986 UK re-release of "Love Is the Drug", which became a UK top 40 hit. Further outtakes included the track "Man Around the House" (written by Jones and Barry Reynolds), and a cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire". Both tracks were released on the 1998 compilation "Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions". The singles spawned from this album were Nipple to the Bottle (#7 Netherlands), The Apple Stretching, My Jamaican Guy (#56 U.K.) , Cry Now Laugh Later, and Unlimited Capacity for Love.

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Tracklist:

1-) My Jamaican Guy.
2-) Nipple to the Bottle.
3-) The Apple Stretching.
4-) Everybody Hold Still.
5-) Cry Now, Laugh Later.
6-) Inspiration.
7-) Unlimited Capacity for Love.

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Slave to the Rhythm (1985)


Slave to the Rhythm is the seventh album by Grace Jones. It was produced by Trevor Horn (assisted by Stephen Lipson) and released in 1985. The album was written by Bruce Woolley, Simon Darlow, Stephen Lipson and Trevor Horn. Unlike most albums that feature a collection of different songs, Slave to the RhythmJungle Fever. In the liner notes to the forthcoming box set celebrating the 25th anniversary of ZTT Records, journalist Paul Morley says Slave to The Rhythm was originally intended for was a concept album that featured several, radical interpretations of the title track, interviews with Jones as well as actor Ian McShane reciting passages from Jean-Paul Goude's biography Frankie Goes To Hollywood as a follow-up to their single "Relax". The song was assembled and produced by Horn after "Two Tribes", but the project was given to Jones. Morley says Horn worked on the song endlessly and had hoped it would become one of his biggest and most successful creations. The album reached number #12 on the UK Album Chart in November 1985 and #10 on the German Album Charts. The famous eye-catching video was nominated for an MTV Award for Best Female Video but lost it to Madonna with Papa Don't Preach. The title track charted to #12 in the U.K. charts, turning it into her most successful release in the U.K.

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Tracklist:

1-) Jones the Rhythm.
2-) The Fashion Show.
3-) Operattack.
4-) Slave to the Rhythm.
5-) The Frog & The Princess.
6-) The Crossing (Ooh the Action…).
7-) Don't Cry -It's Only Rhythm.
8-) Ladies and Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones.

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Inside Story (1986)

Inside Story is Grace Jones's eighth studio album, and her first with the Manhattan Records label. It was also her first time working with producer Nile Rodgers. The album spawned the singles "I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect for You)" (#56 U.K., #69 U.S.), "Victor Should Have Been a Jazz Musician", "Crush", and "Party Girl" (#82 U.K.). The artwork for the album cover was designed by Richard Bernstein, who had previously worked with Jones on the albums Muse, Fame, and Portfolio. This album is notable for being Jones' first foray into production, a role she would again assume on 1989's Bulletproof Heart, which resulted in frequent, heated clashes with Rodgers. A remastered edition of the album was released in 2004 on EMI Records. All songs were cowritten by Grace Jones herself.

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Tracklist:

1-) I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect For You).
2-) Hollywood Liar.
3-) Chan Hitchhikes to Shanghai.
4-) Victor Should Have Been a Jazz Musician.
5-) Party Girl.
6-) Crush.
7-) Barefoot in Beverly Hills.
8-) Scary but Fun.
9-) White Collar Crime.
10-) Inside Story.

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Bulletproof Heart (1989)

Bulletproof Heart is the ninth studio album by Grace Jones and was released in 1989. Singles from the album were "Love on Top of Love" (a #1 Hot Dance Club Play hit) and "Amado Mio" (a top 20 dance chart hit). This was Jones' last studio album for 19 years, until she released Hurricane in 2008. All songs were cowritten by Grace Jones, minus Amado Mio. This album got Jones her least favorable reviews about any material she had recorded, even by some of her own fans.

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Tracklist:

1-) Driving Satisfaction.
2-) Kicked Around.
3-) Love on Top of Love.
4-) Paper Plan.
5-) Crack Attack.
6-) Bulletproof Heart.
7-) On My Way.
8-) Dream. (CD only)
9-) Seduction Surrender.
10-) Someone to Love.
11-) Don't Cry Freedom. (CD only)
12-) Amado Mio.

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Hurricane (2008)

Hurricane is Grace Jones's tenth studio album, and was released on November 3, 2008. This was her first new material in 19 years. Jones had decided not to do another album again before meeting music producer, Ivor Guest by mutual friend Philip Treacy. After becoming acquainted Guest played Jones a track he had been working on. Jones set her lyrics "Devil in My Life" to it and they ended up recording 23 tracks. According to Jones some of these tracks will make up her next album. In September 2008 Guest announced that Jones had completed recording the album. Other participants on the new album were Sly and Robbie, Leopold Ross, Brian Eno, Bruce Woolley, Wally Badarou, Tricky, Wendy and Lisa, Uziah "Sticky" Thompson, Mikey 'Mao' Chung, Barry Reynolds, John Justin, Martin Slattery, Philip Sheppard, Paulo Goude (Grace's son), Robert Logan, Don-E and Tony Allen, with recording engineering duties by Cameron 'Engine' Craig. About the album cover, Jones revealed on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross that the album cover features chocolate heads of herself. These including her arms and legs were molded by life-casting experts John Schoonraad, Tristan Schoonraad and artist Nick Reynolds (Alabama 3) she subsequently filled the moulds at the Thorntons Chocolate factory, where the artwork was shot. Jones performed a two hour concert at Massive Attack's Meltdown festival in London on 19 June 2008 during which she performed four new songs from the album. The video was officially uploaded onto YouTube on 4 July 2008. "Corporate Cannibal" and its The music video for "Corporate Cannibal" was premiered at the festival.remixes by Atticus Ross, Robert Logan, and The Bug (aka Kevin Martin) were made available on Itunes in late August 2008. The mixes are also streamed on her official Myspace page. The album was released on Wall of Sound, on November 3, 2008 in the United Kingdom. At her signing with the label, it was announced that album would be named Hurricane. PIAS, the parent company of Wall Of Sound, distributed Hurricane worldwide, excluding North America. "Williams' Blood" was the second single, released on 8 December 2008. "Love You To Life" was announced as a third single but the planned vinyls, containing remixes by Cagedbaby & Guy Williams, have yet to be released. To promote the album, Jones embarked on The Hurricane Tour in 2009. About the songs, the album opens with dancehall-influenced "This Is", exhibits Jones' Jamaican accent against an electro beat. The soaring "Williams' Blood" describes how Jones took after her mother's side of the family by pursuing music. "Corporate Cannibal" is an aggressive industrial personification of corporate capitalism which has been favorably compared to Massive Attack's Mezzanine. "I'm Crying" is a sentimental ode to her mother. On "Well Well Well" Jones considers home as a "refuge from her vices." On the titular track "Hurricane", first recorded as a 1997 collaboration with Tricky, Jones embodies that force of nature "ripping up trees". "Love You To Life" urges an ill friend not to die. "Sunset Sunrise" ponders mankind's relationship with nature. The final song, "Devil In My Life", was written after a party in Venice while Jones was standing in the corner observing partygoers. Hurricane got Grace some of her best reviews of her entire career and the long-awaited time for Grace to release new material was certainly worth the waiting. The album was named BBC Radio 6 Music Album of the Day on the day of its release. It received a score of 70/100 on review aggregator Metacritic.

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Tracklist:

1-) This Is.
2-) Williams' Blood.
3-) Corporate Cannibal.
4-) I'm Crying (Mother's Tears).
5-) Well Well Well.
6-) Hurricane.
7-) Love You to Life.
8-) Sunset Sunrise.
9-) Devil in My Life.

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3 comments:

  1. Muchisimas gracias por la discografía completa de Grace en tan buena calidad.

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  2. The link to download "Grace Jones - Inside Story (1986)" is wrong, it download "Slave to the Rhythm" instead.

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  3. im from Brazil, do you have a album with the Instrumentals of Hurricane CD ?

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