Grace Jones ‎– Slave To The Rhythm

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"Slave To The Rhythm", subtitled 'a biography' in the liner notes, is the seventh studio album by Grace Jones, produced by Trevor Horn and released in 1985.

"Slave To The Rhythm" is a concept album featuring several, radical interpretations of one title track. The track was originally intended for Frankie Goes To Hollywood as a follow-up to "Relax". (The FGHTH version of "Slave To The Rhythm" was initially announced as part of the tracklist of "Inside The Pleasuredome" when the Pledge campaign was launched but eventually wasn't included.)

The original LP edition includes excerpts from conversations with Jones about her life, conducted by journalists Paul Morley and Paul Cooke and voice-overs from actor Ian McShane.

Most CD editions contain an abridged version of the original album: "Jones The Rhythm", "The Fashion Show" and "Ladies And Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones" are all edited in length and the interview portions between Morley and Jones are omitted, "The Crossing" becoming a fully instrumental track. "The Frog And The Princess" appears in an extended version and is moved further down the running order, after "Slave To The Rhythm".

Only North American CD editions (eg. "Slave To The Rhythm" US 1987), some European pressings (albeit with the abridged tracklist printed on artwork, eg. "Slave To The Rhythm", "Slave To The Rhythm") and the 2015 remastered edition retain the same track listing and running times as the original vinyl version.

Singles from the album:
Slave To The Rhythm - appears on the album as "Ladies And Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones"
Jones The Rhythm

Tracklist

...In Certain Pieces
Jones The Rhythm
The Fashion Show
The Frog And The Princess
Operattack
...In Further Certain Pieces
Slave To The Rhythm
The Crossing (Ohh The Action...)
Don't Cry - It's Only The Rhythm
Ladies And Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones

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GRACE 1 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album) ZTT, Island Records GRACE 1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
81 2404474, 108362 Grace Jones Esclava Del Ritmo = Slave To The Rhythm(Cass, Album) EMI, EMI 81 2404474, 108362 Argentina 1985 Sell This Version
81 2404471, 108362 Grace Jones Esclava Del Ritmo = Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album, Promo) EMI, EMI 81 2404471, 108362 Argentina 1985 Sell This Version
MMTCD1849 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(CD, Album) Island Records Ltd. MMTCD1849 South Africa 1985 Sell This Version
(90) 2404474 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(Cass, Album) Manhattan Records (90) 2404474 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
GRACE C1 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(Cass, Album) Island Records, ZTT GRACE C1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
TC-MAN 27295 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(Cass, Album) EMI-Manhattan Records TC-MAN 27295 Turkey 1985 Sell This Version
4XT-53021 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(Cass, Album) Manhattan Records 4XT-53021 US 1985 Sell This Version
TC-ST 53021 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(Cass, Album) Manhattan Records TC-ST 53021 New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version
TC-MAN-24047 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(Cass, Album) Manhattan Records, EMI TC-MAN-24047 Australia & New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version
115897-129780 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(Cass, Album) Aquarius (3) 115897-129780 Indonesia 1985 Sell This Version
64 2404474 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(Cass, Album) Manhattan Records 64 2404474 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
1A 262 24 0447 4 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(Cass, Album) Manhattan Island Records 1A 262 24 0447 4 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
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SLEM-1348 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album) Manhattan Records, Island Records SLEM-1348 Mexico 1985 Sell This Version
MHS-91150 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album) Manhattan Records MHS-91150 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
MAN.240447 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album) Manhattan Records, EMI MAN.240447 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
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ST(L) 2404471 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album) ZTT, Island Records, Manhattan Records ST(L) 2404471 South Africa 1985 Sell This Version
062-24 0447 1 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album) Manhattan Island Records 062-24 0447 1 France 1985 Sell This Version
ST 53021 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album) Manhattan Island Records ST 53021 Australia & New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version
(90) 2404471 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album) Manhattan Island Records (90) 2404471 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
ST-53021 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album) Manhattan Records ST-53021 Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1985 Sell This Version
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64 2404471 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album) Manhattan Island Records 64 2404471 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
ST 53021 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album) Manhattan Island Records ST 53021 Israel 1985 Sell This Version
31C 064 240447 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album) Manhattan Records 31C 064 240447 Brazil 1985 Sell This Version
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26.204 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album) Manhattan Island Records 26.204 Venezuela 1985 Sell This Version
062 240447 1, 062-2404471 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album) Manhattan Island Records, Manhattan Island Records 062 240447 1, 062-2404471 Greece 1985 Sell This Version
2404471 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album) Manhattan Records 2404471 Portugal 1985 Sell This Version
64 2404471 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album, Alt) Manhattan Island Records 64 2404471 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
ST-53021, ST 53021 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album, Jac) Manhattan Island Records, Manhattan Island Records ST-53021, ST 53021 US 1985 Sell This Version
1A 062-24 0447 1, 062-24 0447 1 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album, M/Print) Manhattan Records, Manhattan Records 1A 062-24 0447 1, 062-24 0447 1 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
MAN.240447 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album, Promo) Manhattan Records, EMI MAN.240447 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
MHS-91150 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album, Promo) Manhattan Records MHS-91150 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
0-96849 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album, TP) Island Records 0-96849 US 1985 Sell This Version
2404471 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album, TP) EMI 2404471 France 1985 Sell This Version
062 240447 1, 062-2404471 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album, TP) Manhattan Island Records, Manhattan Island Records 062 240447 1, 062-2404471 Greece 1985 Sell This Version
0-96849 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album, TP, Unb) Island Records 0-96849 US 1985 Sell This Version
P32D-25028 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(CD, Album) Polystar, Island Records P32D-25028 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
CIDM 4011 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(CD, Album) Island Records CIDM 4011 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
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ICT 4011 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(Cass, Album, RE) ZTT, Island Records ICT 4011 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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208 505 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(LP, Album, RE) Island Records 208 505 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
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IMCD 65, 5014474006524 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(CD, Album, RE) ZTT, Island Records IMCD 65, 5014474006524 UK 1989 Sell This Version
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782 160 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Bla) Lmlr 782 160 France 2015 Sell This Version
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ORK 719881 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(Cass, Album, RE) Island Records ORK 719881 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
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oww

oww

January 20, 2022
referencing Slave To The Rhythm, LP, Album, 1A 062-24 0447 1, 062-24 0447 1

Great DMM Production, nice effects, fantastic pressing & sound quality.
REENO

REENO

January 7, 2022
edited 19 days ago
referencing Slave To The Rhythm, LP, Album, GRACE 1
One of Trevor's shining moments as a Producer of course...and Grace is always great.
This album needs the Super Deluxe treatment that was given to "Nightclubbing" & "Warm Leatherette".

(Having said that, I think the Blackwell/Sadkin Sly & Robbie trilogy of albums better exemplify Grace as an artist--you cannot beat that band!)
latheofheaven

latheofheaven

December 10, 2021
referencing Slave To The Rhythm, LP, Album, Jac, ST-53021, ST 53021
FWIW, this is the Demo album I use on my system 😁 For some reason the sonics on this pressing are bloody amazing! I play Don't Cry it's Only the Rhythm which flows into the next song. Stunning!

If you have absolutely NOTHING better to do and are completely bored, this is my system:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/9ja3UKob7tppW4Y38
Confederate

Confederate

September 25, 2021
referencing Slave To The Rhythm, LP, Album, 1A 062-24 0447 1, 062-24 0447 1

Excellent pressing, fantastic productions, great sound. [ Playing this using an Ortofon 2M Black cartridge ]
apkmorris

apkmorris

April 12, 2021
referencing Slave To The Rhythm, LP, Album, GRACE 1
Sampled by The Orb on "A Huge Ever Growing Brain That Rules From the Centre Of the Ultraworld"
iot1

iot1

February 9, 2021
referencing Slave To The Rhythm, CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Bla, 782 160
This disc sounds absolutely incredible. By far the best rendition of this album I’ve ever heard on ANY format and it’s the proper autobiographical version. If you love this master work from the ‘80’s, BUY.
baster84le

baster84le

January 23, 2021
referencing Slave To The Rhythm, LP, Album, GRACE 1
One of my favourite records! Listening to it constantly for over 20 years. Unfortunately even my "still sealed mint" version showed many clicks despite several cleaning episodes.
Wish there would be a reissue on premium silent vinyl!!!
dj_stosh

dj_stosh

July 22, 2020
referencing Slave To The Rhythm, LP, Album, GRACE 1
I purchased an original vinyl copy at a record store in Hickory, North Carolina, for $2.00. The only track I had ever heard from this album was "Don't Cry, It's Only the Rhythm." Overall, this album is intriguing and fairly easy to listen to, although some of the dialogue snippets and production excesses are jarring at times. Sound quality is excellent. I think Colourbox did this type of cut and paste / studio wizardry thing earlier, more effectively, and using a better singer -- Lorita Grahame -- but this is an enjoyable outing nonetheless.
seaguy

seaguy

June 7, 2020
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Slave To The Rhythm, CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Bla, 782 160
To my ears, this CD is mastered too loud and sibilant. And the paper sleeve is much too dark. The U.S. CD from 1987 is the best version in my opinion.
godinreverse

godinreverse

April 24, 2020
referencing Slave To The Rhythm, LP, Album, GRACE 1

Speaking purely of its original configuration, this is an absolutely perfect album. Being essentially eight variations on a theme, I think a deluxe edition would ruin it, unless as thoughtfully tracklisted as the original album.