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Grace Jones Story
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop, R&B
Digitally Remastered Double CD Anthology Released in 2006 as Part of a Series that Mirrors the Similar USA Issued "Gold" Series. This Set features the Best Recordings the Jamaican-born Model/Chanteuse Recorded for the Isla... more »
Digitally Remastered Double CD Anthology Released in 2006 as Part of a Series that Mirrors the Similar USA Issued "Gold" Series. This Set features the Best Recordings the Jamaican-born Model/Chanteuse Recorded for the Island Records Label. Her First Three Albums were Produced by the Legendary Soundshaper Tom Moulton (Featuring her Dance Oriented, Show Stopping Performance of Edith Piaf's "la Vie En Rose") and Later with Fellow Countrymen Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, who Fashioned a Rich Hybrid Sound for Jones that Drew from the New Wave/Punk Movement and Fused it with Roots Jamaican Rhythms and Soul. Comes in a Hardback Cover and Includes a 24 Page Booklet.
They Missed AGAIN!!
chakasworld | Atlanta, GA United States | 05/26/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Sorry, I can't endorse this latest Grace Jones collection because Universal failed to include enough material from the SUPER RARE 'Muse' & 'Fame' albums (BTW, I have both on a single disc!), 'Seven Day Weekend' (fr.'Boomerang' SDTK), 'Slave To The Rhythm' (which is one of Grace's BIGGEST HITS without question!!), and the rare 1978 B-Side to 'Do Or Die' titled 'Comme Un Oiseau Qui S'Envole' (which I'm lucky enough to have on CD!!!) would've been a nice track to include here!!
In closing, 'The Grace Jones Story' (VERY OVERPRICED BY THE WAY!!) was supposed to be the FIRST comprehensive collection / anthology for Grace Jones fans, but alas..the record company fu**** up again!! And they wonder why fans insist on making BETTER compilations at home ? Hmmm...NEXT!
(of 'Chaka's World')"
To Make a Long Story Short...
Truth | DC | 04/09/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This UK release is by far the most comprehensive Grace Jones compilation to date (along with the 3 disc Holland import "Ultimate Grace Jones", which includes the rarely included song "Inspiration"). This collection leaves much to be desired, but it does include some rare tracks.
THE GRACE JONES STORY consists of 28 songs on two discs (14 tracks each), from 1977-1993. Discs packaged in cardboard sleeves (no disc holders); packaging resembles a children's book about the same dimensions as a standard jewel case; attached to the inside is a 12-page booklet, situated between the two cardboard sleeves (discs removed from opening on top); running time for each disc just under 75 minutes. Booklet includes a pedestrian (and nearly void of punctuation) essay by Daryl Easlea, an assortment of photographs (of album covers, magazine photos, advertisements, etc.; most too small to be easily viewed), a hard-to-read partial timeline of Ms. Jones's life, and no detailed track information (publishing dates provided for several songs clearly have no correlation to the recording or release dates; musician personnel, producer credits, albums of origin, and chart information not provided, nor is there a discography). Sound quality is good.
The first 11 songs on disc one come from Grace Jones's disco albums recorded in the late `70s. They include "Don't Mess with the Messer" (credited to Blues songwriter/producer Willie Dixon, but with different lyrics, a different melody, and a disco beat, it bears no resemblance to the song recorded by Blues legend Koko Taylor), "Fame" (not the David Bowie song or the theme from the film-turned-television-series, rather an enjoyable disco song written by Jones herself), and "Saved" (not the quasi-Gospel song recorded by Rhythm & Blues singer LaVern Baker, rather a different quasi-Gospel song). The best songs here are "Sinning", "Fame", and "Do or Die".
Beginning with track 12 on disc one thru track 10 on disc two, the songs are from Jones's three albums recorded at Compass Point studios (1980's "Warm Leatherette", 1981's "Nightclubbing", 1982's "Living My Life"). But missing from these recordings are "Pars", "Breakdown", "Cry Now, Laugh Later", "Unlimited Capacity for Love", "Living My Life", and the until recently unreleased demo of "Ring of Fire". Also missing are well known recordings like "Slave to the Rhythm" and "Demolition Man".
The last four songs of disc two begin with her big hit "I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect for You)", from 1986's "Inside Story"; this is the first Grace Jones compilation this song appears on (no other songs from that album, such as "Party Girl" or "Scary But Fun", are included in this collection). Her last album was 1989's "Bulletproof Heart"; "Love on Top of Love (Killer Kiss)" and "Someone to Love" are from this album. "Sex Drive" is a house/dance recording released as a single in 1993.
The track listing is often mis-identified. Here is the correct track listing:
01. That's the Trouble
02. I Need a Man
03. La Vie En Rose
04. Send in the Clowns
05. What I Did For Love
06. Do or Die
08. Am I Ever Gonna Fall in Love in New York City
09. Don't Mess With the Messer
12. Warm Leatherette
13. Love Is the Drug
14. The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game
01. Private Life
02. She's Lost Control
03. Pull Up to the Bumper
04. Walking in the Rain
05. Use Me
07. I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)
08. My Jamaican Guy
09. The Apple Stretching
10. Nipple to the Bottle
11. I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect for You)
12. Love on Top of Love
13. Someone to Love
14. Sex Drive
On the back cover, there is a very obvious error in the text color of the track listing for the first disc.
No compiler credit is given; it is notable that Daryl Easlea also wrote the essay for "Grace Jones: The Collection" [2004, Spectrum/Universal].
Disco Is the Last Thing I Would Call This Chick
Mista3rdLeg | NYC | 04/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love this CD. All these years all I thought she had to offer was Pull Up to the Bumper. I play this CD all the time. Pull Up is probably my least favorite now. Guess that makes me weird for "getting it". I know my neighbors hate me but who gives a fcuk.
I thought Kelis and Andre 3000 were out there some cosmic trip. They're mere schoolkids still playing in the sandbox compared to Grace.
Makes me wonder how come she never hooked up with Prince or Rick James or Bootsy Collins during the late 70's/early 80's. But them again maybe Grace wasn't trying to be down with any particular camp or boxed into one sound. Too bad her imagery overshadowed the sheer magnitude of the songs had during their original releases. But I can definitely appreciate her contribution to the music industry now.
Would love to see a serious DVD collection of her music videos and live performances. That ish would definitely win a special Grammy."