GRACE JONES pres. THE DISCO YEARS box sets + ltd RECORD STORE DAY 12"

GRACE JONES pres. THE DISCO YEARS box sets + ltd RECORD STORE DAY 12"

Grace Jones: The Disco Years

Island / Universal Music Catalogue

4th May 2015

4LP vinyl box set / 3CD box set / MFiT / digital / blu ray audio

· The Disco Years: remastered deluxe reissues of the iconic Ms. Jones’ first three albums – Portfolio, Fame and Muse – across multiple formats and featuring previously unreleased music.

· I Need A Man / La Vie En Rose:  limited edition 12” vinyl for Record Store Day (18th April 2015)

 

“In a relatively short time, Grace Jones has carved a niche for herself in the disco world and has reached the point today whereby she is being seriously considered as the new Queen of the Dancefloors.” Blues And Soul, September 1978

 

One tends to think that Grace Jones arrived fully formed on her 1980 album Warm Leatherette and that her three albums of high-octane disco between 1977 and 1979 were no more than a little light candy. Be prepared to be surprised. These are the records that first made her name, stepping out from the pages of Vogue and straight into the studio, bringing the glamour and pizzazz of a New York fresh from celebrating the American bicentennial; records of joy, hope and freedom; gay, straight, black, white, working class and rich gathering on the sacred space of the metropolitan dance floor.

Watch a short trailer here

 

Grace Jones was a pivotal figure on the New York disco scene; regularly singing at Carmen D’Alessio’s Thousand And One Nights at the Enchanted Garden, out in Queens, very much the precursor to Studio 54. To further stress her importance, it was her party at Studio 54 on New Year’s Eve 1977 to which Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers from CHIC were denied entry, leaving them to go into the night and write ‘Le Freak’. “Grace Jones came in naked,”Chris Sullivan, a doorman at the club recalled. “Quite a few times. Probably more than she should have.”

 

Signed to Chris Blackwell’s Island Records, Jones’ three albums Portfolio, Fame and Muse were produced by none other than Tom Moulton, ‘the father of the disco mix,’ who earned his title by assembling the first continuous mix side of an album in 1974 with Gloria Gaynor’s Never Can Say Goodbye. After working with the Three Degrees, MFSB and Trammps, he was hot property, and Jones seemed a natural choice for him to work with.

 

Recorded at Sigma Sound, Philadelphia – the home of Philadelphia International Records and where David Bowie had cut Young Americans – these are three of the most disco sounding disco records of all time. The choice of material, and Jones’ unmistakable persona ensure that they are anything but mere confection. It’s also a celebration of the studio teams that were so prevalent in New York and Philadelphia in that era.

 

Portfolio is a perfect example of the album a top model from the Ford and Wilhelmina agencies at the zenith of 70s glamour could make. It opens with three show tunes (‘Send In the Clowns’, ‘What I Did For Love’ and ‘Tomorrow’) and then takes it further with one of Jones’ best known covers, Edith Piaf’s ‘La Vie En Rose.’

 

“You see, the whole disco thing is very visual and, as you know, theatrics and that whole visual thing is extremely important to me,” she said in 1978. This was clear from the striking sleeve designs by Interview Magazine designer Richard Bernstein on her early albums: stunning visuals would symbolize the rest of her career.

 

By the time of 1978’s Fame, her sound was becoming even more expansive, including her fabled club hit, ‘Do Or Die’. The final album included here, Muse, is a fascinating record and shows a possible direction that Jones’ could have pursued had she not taken the flight to Compass Point. It’s a more pared-down disco; arranged by Thor Baldursson, who had played on ‘I Feel Love’ while working with Giorgio Moroder. The album contained a suite of songs ‘Sinning’ – ‘Suffer – ‘Repentance’ – ‘Saved’ that pointed to something deeper and more mature. It was released in September 1979, two months after the fabled Disco Demolition Derby at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. As disco now sucked, it was time to move on

 

The Disco Years is a beguiling time capsule. Exciting, vibrant, camp, showy, it is the intro-to-coda of this early flowering of Grace Jones. It’s a look back to another time, one that seems much further removed than the constantly evolving modernism of her Compass Point trilogy. This is the music that established Jones; glossily theatrical, toughly camp party pieces with portentous overtones. This is a beautiful newly-remastered collection, bringing together the three albums and in-era mixes and instrumental versions.

 

Tracklist:

CD

Disc One: Portfolio, Island ILPS 9470, released December 9, 1977

 

1    Send In The Clowns  7:33

2    What I Did For Love  5:15

3    Tomorrow 5:48

4    La Vie En Rose  7:28

5    Sorry  4:00

6    That’s The Trouble  3:38

7    I Need A Man  3:25

 

bonus tracks:

8    Sorry (Long Version) 6:45 Released as the a-side of Beam Junction 12” single 12-BJ 1001 (US).    

9    That’s The Trouble (Long Version) 7:01 Released as the b-side of Beam Junction 12” single 12-BJ 1001  (US).                         

10  I Need A Man (Long Version) 7:37  Released as the a-side of Beam Junction 12” single 12-BJ 1004 (US).    

11  I Need a Man (Instrumental Version) 4:57 Released as the b-side of Beam Junction 12” single 12-BJ 1004 (US).

12  Sorry (Instrumental Version) 4:47 Previously unreleased instrumental version.

13  That’s the Trouble (Instrumental Version) 3:53 Previously unreleased instrumental version.

14  La Vie En Rose (Instrumental Version) 7:26 Previously unreleased instrumental version.

 

Disc Two: Fame, Island ILPS 9525, released August 4, 1978.

 

1    Do Or Die  6:43

2    Pride 6:27

3    Fame  5:35

4    Autumn Leaves  7:03

5    All On A Summer’s Night  4:18

6    Am I Ever Gonna Fall In Love In New York City  5:31

7    Below The Belt  4:55

 

bonus tracks:

8    Do Or Die (12” Disco Version)  6:16  Released as the a-side of Island 12” single IS 1008 (US) and 12 WIP 6450 (UK).

9    Comme Un Oiseau Qui S’Envole (Long Version) 4:31 Released as the b-side of Island 12” single IS 1008 (US) and 12 WIP 6450 (UK). Also included on the Canadian pressing of FAME, instead of All On A Summer’s Night.

10  Anema E Core (Long Version) 5:04

Edited version was released as the b-side of Autumn Leaves, Island 7” single WIP 26471 (Italy).

      Also included on the Italian pressing of FAME, instead of Below The Belt.

11  Do Or Die (Instrumental Version)  6:24 Previously unreleased instrumental version.

12  Comme Un Oiseau Qui S’Envole (Instrumental Version) 4:32 Previously unreleased instrumental version.

13  Am I Ever Gonna Fall In Love In New York City (Instrumental Version) 5:30  Previously unreleased instrumental version

14  Anema E Core (Instrumental Version) 4:31 Previously unreleased instrumental version.

 

Disc Three: Muse, Island ILPS 9538, released September 7, 1979.

 

1    Sinning  5:07

2    Suffer  4:15

3    Repentance (Forgive Me) 3:51

4    Saved 7:09

5    Atlantic City Gambler  5:48

6    I’ll Find My Way To You  5:16

7    Don’t Mess With The Messer  4:51

8    On Your Knees  6:30

 

bonus tracks:

9    Don’t Mess With The Messer (Long Version) 6:33 Released as the b-side of Island 12” single DISD 8869 (US) and 12X WIP 6511 (UK).

 

 

Selected Rare 7” Single Versions (1977-1979):

 

10  La Vie En Rose (Short Version)  3:36 Released as the a-side of Island 7” single IS-098 (US) and WIP 6415(UK)

11  Do Or Die (Short Version)  3:24 Released as the a-side of Island 7” single Island IS-102 (US), IS-8681 (US) and WIP 6450 (UK).

12  Comme Un Oiseau Qui S’Envole (Short Version) 3:10 Released as the b-side of Island 7” single Island IS-102 (US), IS-8681 (US) and WIP 6450 (UK).

13  Am I Ever Gonna Fall In Love In New York City (Short Version) 3:33  Previously unreleased single version.

14  On Your Knees (Edit)  3:49 Released as the a-side of Island 7” single IS 49002 (US) and WIP 26511 (Italy).

15  Don’t Mess With The Messer (Edit)  4:10 Released as the b-side of Island 7” single IS 49002 (US) and WIP 26511 (Italy).

 

Vinyl LP

 

The first three LPs are the original 1977, 1978 & 1979 LPs.

 

The fourth LP is an 8 song ‘singles’ compilation drawn from the bonus tracks on the 3CD set.

 

Vinyl LP One: Portfolio, Island ILPS 9470, released December 9, 1977:

 

Side One

1              Send In The Clowns  7:33

2              What I Did For Love  5:15

3              Tomorrow 5:48

 

Side Two

1              La Vie En Rose  7:28

2              Sorry 4:00

3              That’s The Trouble  3:38

4              I Need A Man  3:25

 

Vinyl LP Two: Fame, Island ILPS 9525, released August 4, 1978:

 

Side One

1              Do Or Die  6:43

2              Pride  6:27

3              Fame  5:35

 

Side Two

1              Autumn Leaves  7:03

2              All On A Summer’s Night  4:18

3              Am I Ever Gonna Fall In Love In New York City  5:31

4              Below The Belt  4:55

 

Vinyl LP Three: Muse, Island ILPS 9538, released September 7, 1979:

 

Side One

1              Sinning 5:07

2              Suffer  4:15

3              Repentance (Forgive Me) 3:51

4              Saved  7:09

 

Side Two

1              Atlantic City Gambler  5:48

2              I’ll Find My Way To You  5:16

3              Don’t Mess With The Messer  4:51

4              On Your Knees  6:24

 

Vinyl LP Four: Singles

 

Side One

1              Sorry (Long Version) 6:45 Released as the a-side of Beam Junction 12” single 12-BJ 1001 (US).

2              That’s The Trouble (Long Version) 7:01 Released as the b-side of Beam Junction 12” single 12-BJ 1001 (US).

3              I Need A Man (Long Version) 7:37 Released as the a-side of Beam Junction 12” single 12-BJ 1004 (US).

4              La Vie En Rose (Short Version)  3:36 Released as the a-side of Island 7” single IS-098 (US) and WIP 6415 (UK).

 

Side Two

1              Do Or Die (12” Disco Version)  6:16 Released as the a-side of Island 12” single IS 1008 (US) and 12 WIP 6450 (UK).

2              Comme Un Oiseau Qui S’Envole (Long Version) 4:31 Released as the b-side of Island 12” single IS 1008 (US) and 12 WIP 6450 (UK).

3              On Your Knees (12” Disco Version)  6:32  Released as the a-side of Island 12” single DISD 8869 (US) and 12X WIP 6511 (UK).

4              Don’t Mess With The Messer (Long Version) 6:33  Released as the b-side of Island 12” single DISD 8869 (US) and 12X WIP 6511 (UK).

 

Limited edition 12” vinyl single:

 

Available in reputable UK record shops only for Record Store Day (18th April 2015)

 

Side A

1. I Need A Man

Side AA

1. Le Vie En Rose

 

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