Slave To The Rhythm Grace Jones
April 20, 2012 by staff
Slave To The Rhythm Grace Jones, Slave to the Rhythm is the seventh studio album by Grace Jones, released on 28 October 1985 by Island Records. The concept album, produced by Trevor Horn, went on to become one of Jones’ greatest album triumphs commercially and spawned her biggest hit, “Slave to the Rhythm”.
After delivering her final album from the Compass Point trilogy, Living My Life in late 1982, Grace took a break from recording music. She focused on acting and appeared in movies Conan the Destroyer and A View to a Kill. Slave to the Rhythm ended an almost three-year long hiatus.
The album was written by Bruce Woolley, Simon Darlow, Stephen Lipson and Trevor Horn. It was produced by Trevor Horn, assisted by Lipson. Unlike most albums that feature a collection of different songs, Slave to the Rhythm was a concept album that featured several, radical interpretations of one, title track. The project was originally intended for Frankie Goes to Hollywood as a follow-up to their hit “Relax”, but was finally given to Jones.
Musically, Slave to the Rhythm ranges from funk to R&B, incorporating go-go beats. All eight tracks are interspersed with excerpts from a conversation with Grace about her life, conducted by journalist Paul Morley, which gives the record an autobiographical feel. The album also contains voice-overs from actor Ian McShane reciting passages from Jean-Paul Goude’s biography Jungle Fever. However, a portion of the original LP material is absent on the CD reissue; many songs are shortened, the track order is altered, and fragments of an interview with Jones are also omitted. Only the US CD, released in 1987 (Island 422-842 612-2) retained the same track listing and running times as the vinyl version.
Slave to the Rhythm is one of the most successful of all Grace Jones’ albums in terms of commercial performance. It best performed in German speaking countries and the Netherlands, where it secured top 10 placings. It also reached number 12 on the UK Albums Chart in November 1985. The album remains the second highest-charting album of Jones’ on the US Billboard 200 (after Nightclubbing) and her only entry on Canadian Albums Chart. In 1986 Billboard magazine reported that the album sold 150.000 copies in the USA and 1 million worldwide.
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