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Grace JonesSlave To 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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Notes

"Slave To The Rhythm" 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 interpretations of the title track. The track was originally intended for Frankie Goes To Hollywood as a follow-up to "Relax". (The FGTH 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, Paul Cooke with voice-overs from actor Ian McShane.

Portions of the original LP material are absent on several CD reissues. "Jones the Rhythm", "The Fashion Show" and "Ladies and Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones" are all edited in length (with the latter track matching the 7" single mix); the interview portions between Morley and Jones are omitted, rendering "The Crossing" a fully instrumental track. "The Frog and the Princess" appears in extended form and is moved further down the running order, after "Slave to the Rhythm". Ian McShane's introduction from the start of the album, "Ladies and gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones", reappears as the intro to the song of the same name. Only North American CD editions, e.g., Slave To The Rhythm US 1987, some European pressings (albeit with the abridged tracklist printed on the artwork), e.g., 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
Slave To The Rhythm - appears on the original album edition as "Slave To The Rhythm" (track B1)

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    • couchlock's avatar
      couchlock
      Edited one month ago
      what a odysee to get a cd with the original album. there must some fault in the database, i got 3 times a cd with the different tracklist and shortened version, a crime.against art...it were not the fault of the sellers. i contacted different sellers, who offered the proper versions that are recommended here, but the cds were not what they seem to be, very confusing, also for the nice sellers.
      so i spend more money to buy this french version.and i am very happy about it! it is almost perfectly remastered and sounds so clear and transparent, sound is essential to this music, i prefer this to the vinyl honestly.
      i can here details i never got before...

      i have been fascinated by this album since it came out, a work of genius, not so much by grace, but my mr.horn, who delivered a awesome production, timeless and still sounds amazing.
      sure, grace is great also here, but i never was a fan really.
      trevor horn made also some marvelous productions for frankie on their 12" records, a very unique sound unheard at this time.

      some tracks are really freaky and not commercial, it is made to hear loud on a decent system or headphones, i am always blown away.

      so, if you look for the original album in a perfect sound you have to check this, even if you don't like cds.
      for me the music matters, the medium is second, although i love the vinyls.
      • maxifortyfiverecords's avatar
        It's part of this generation of CD's with very low mastering volume...
        • DJ2Late's avatar
          DJ2Late
          On my pressing "the crossing" is ruined with non stop "Jones, Mrs Grace Jones" samples.
          Can someone help me please, on which pressing the real instrumental version is?
          • TheOhGee's avatar
            TheOhGee
            Edited one year ago
            The omission of some interviews from the original release—plus the idea of remixing to accommodate their removal—had me feeling a little nervous about my purchase. That all went away as soon as I put it on the platter: it's a beautiful-sounding pressing and a shortened format makes this reissue all about the music; it's also one of the best productions I own on vinyl. Overall, it's as if the replay factor goes up and I find myself reaching for this record more often than I would've predicted. Probably my favourite Grace Jones album right now. Thankfully, it keeps Goude's monologue intact.
            • Touchstone64's avatar
              Touchstone64
              As with latheofheaven I used this (original pressing) LP as one of the demo testers for a new or reconfigured system. LOVE IT. When my collection got stolen I bought a UK CD version — one of the 'abridged' versions, it turned out — and the dynamic range and sound stage were absolutely crippled in the production process. Whatever you do, please don't waste your money on these versions, it's almost a different record. Honestly, hold out for the 2015 remaster or similar, you'll thank yourself!
              • GOODGROOVECIRCLE's avatar
                A superb album and it’s years ahead of the sound of day Soul II Soul and M People that came nearly 5 years after. Trevor Horn is one clever guy. The original vinyl sound superb and the original CD has edited tracks. Some vinyl versions are like the edited CD too! It’s a flawlessly produced album. Pure ear candy.
                • seanbradford89's avatar
                  Not sure if it's just my pressing was faulty, but new out of the package it has such horrific surface noise that it virtually renders the disc unlistenable 😔
                  • oww's avatar
                    oww
                    Great DMM Production, nice effects, fantastic pressing & sound quality.
                    • REENO's avatar
                      REENO
                      Edited 2 years ago
                      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's avatar
                        latheofheaven
                        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

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