Grace Jones ‎– Island Life

Island Records ‎– 207 472, Island Records ‎– 207 472-630
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Gatefold sleeve

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A1 La Vie En Rose
Arranged By – Duke WilliamsProducer – Tom MoultonWritten-By – E. Piaf*, Louigny*
A2 I Need A Man
Producer – Tom MoultonWritten-By – P. Slade*, P. Papadiamonis*
A3 Do Or Die
Producer – Tom MoultonWritten-By – Robinson*, Bolden*
A4 Private Life
Producer – Alex Sadkin, Chris BlackwellWritten-By – C. Hynde*
A5 I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)
Producer – Alex Sadkin, Chris BlackwellWritten-By – A. Piazzolla*, B. Reynolds*, D. Wilkey*
B1 Love Is The Drug
Producer – Alex Sadkin, Chris BlackwellRemix – Eric "E.T." Thorngren*Written-By – A. Mackay*, B. Ferry*
B2 Pull Up To The Bumper
Producer – Alex Sadkin, Chris BlackwellRemix – Steven StanleyWritten-By – G. Jones*, Koo Koo Baya*
B3 Walking In The Rain
Producer – Alex Sadkin, Chris BlackwellWritten-By – H. Vanda/G. Young*
B4 My Jamaican Guy
Producer – Alex Sadkin, Chris BlackwellWritten-By – G. Jones*
B5 Slave To The Rhythm
Producer – Trevor HornProducer [Assisted By] – S. J. Lipson*Written-By – Woolley*, Darlow*, Lipson*

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This version: Unlike most European versions this one has barcode below cat# on the cover rear.

Tracks A1 to A3 produced for Beam Junction Productions
A1, A2 taken from Portfolio
A3 taken from Fame
A4 B1 taken from Warm Leatherette
A5, B2, B3 taken from Nightclubbing
B4 taken from Living My Life
B5 taken from Slave To The Rhythm

℗ + © 1985 Island Records, Inc.
Distributed by the Ariola Group of Companies
Printed in Western Germany by TOPAC

℗ 1985 Ariola Eurodisc GmbH (labels)

Some copies with triangular sticker on front: "Including hit-singles 'Slave to The Rhythm' 'La Vie En Rose' 'I've Seen That Face Before' (Libertango) 'Private Life' and many others"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4 007192 074723
  • Label Code: LC 0407
  • Rights Society (Boxed): GEMA STEMRA BIEM
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): S 207 472 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): S 207 472 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): DM 207472 A-1/85 S II II
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): DM 207472 B-1/85 S II III
  • Pressing Plant ID (Side B label): 𝄢

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
207 472 Grace Jones Island Life(LP, Comp) Island Records 207 472 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
842 453 4, ICM 2030 Grace Jones Island Life(Cass, Comp) Island Records, Island Records 842 453 4, ICM 2030 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
GJC 1 Grace Jones Island Life(Cass, Comp) Island Records GJC 1 1985 Sell This Version
IMCD 16, 842 453-2 Grace Jones Island Life(CD, Comp, RE) Island Records, Island Records IMCD 16, 842 453-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
RML 52059 Grace Jones Island Life(LP + 12", Ltd, Lig + Comp) Island Records RML 52059 Australia 1985 Sell This Version


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September 26, 2008
You might or might not feel this strange mixture of Ballads with Pop Songs and Disco arrangements by Tom Moulton you find on Side One, but as soon as the needle touches Side 2 you know this sounds good ! The music is uplifting, exciting and sports some of the very best Bass / drum and synthesizer backings the 80ies had to offer. Sly & Robbie both jamaican like Miss Jones work together just fine. They play up beat and fast Reggae Grooves and some elctronic drums, like only they knew how to deliver ( seen them and the Taxi Gang in 1984 Live in Vienna and that riddim machine was cooking). All the songs here are classics and are fun to listen to over and over again just for the fine bass lines, drum fills and other arrangement highlights. Grace holds her spot strong and proud and helps propelling these execllent riddims into Classic Songs. Alex Sadkin produced this stuff at Montserrat's AIR Studios and in Barbados with his usual high quality level and (best of all) this west-german pressing has the top dollar Hot Stamper sound that is so rare. Bass energy to cook a meal upon. Details and sound stage galore. Not a tiny Ess or Tte in her voice and no rough spots at all. As Good as It Gets.
A masterpiece that was made to last- Sure stood the test of time and sounds better today than ever before. A must gave addition to a good LP Collection.


February 23, 2003

Whatever you might think of Grace as an actress, her musical/fashion skills go for some of the strangest pop-standards ever tasting vynil exposure. Despite her disco-beginnings with 'Portfolio', 'Fame' and 'Muse' she still wiped out the cream of it and continued her own sound research. In the end what we all get with 'Island Life' is what we actually see - a flexible character, able to twist the music inside out without losing the essence of its own. 'Grace Jones is a big star', Glenn O'Brien reviewed on the back of the record sleeve - and she truly is. Through ultimate masterpieces 'Private Life', 'Libertango', 'Pull Up To the Bumber' and especially, oh especially 'Walking in the Rain', 'Island Life' is a brilliant summary of her early career (whatever that is). She is looking like a man, feeling like a woman, some might say she's far too grotesque for her androginy looks but Grace is still a hell of a woman - the appearance that so many of her contemporaries and later-ons constantly lacked with faceless and pointless copycat attempts.