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Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions



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Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions by Grace Jones
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Personnel: Grace Jones (vocals); Bruce Woolley (guitar, keyboards, background vocals); S.J. Lipson (guitar, bass, keyboards, programming); Barry Reynolds, Mikey (Mao) Chung, J.J. Belle (guitar); Wally Badarou, Andrew Richards (keyboards); Sly Dunbar (synthesizer, drums); Louis Jardim (bass, percussion, background vocals); Robbie Shakespeare (bass); Uzziah "Sticky" Thompson (percussion); The Wall Of Men, Glenn Gregory, John Sinclair, Gary Maughan, The Ambrosian Singers.

Wash Them Go Go: Ju Ju (drums); Little Beats, Shorty Tim (percussion).

The Strictly Unreasonable Zang Tuum Tumb Big Beat Colossus includes: Jamie Talbert (alto saxophone); John Thirkel, Guy Barker, Stuart Brook (trumpet); Pete Beachill (trombone); Geoff Perkins (bass trombone); Frank Ricotti (percussion).

Producers: Chris Blackwell, Alex Sadkin, Trevor Horn.

Compilation producers: Bill Levenson, Jerry Rappaport, Trevor Wyatt.

Recorded at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas. Includes liner notes by Brian Chin.

Includes 2 previously unreleased tracks, 4 previously unreleased versions of her hits, and 16 songs appearing for the first time on CD.

A comprehensive collection of Jones' post-disco work, most of it recorded between 1980 and 1982 in Nassau, Bahamas, with a truly remarkable studio band, including the legendary reggae rhythm team of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, along with Marianne Faithful collaborator Barry Reynolds on guitar. The songs--which run the gamut from Smokey Robinson to Chrissie Hynde to Johnny Cash--are generally arranged in an innovative, ahead-of-their-time way (echoey yet spare, with lots of deep bass) that owes a bit to dub and in any case provides a perfect backdrop for Jones' Queen of the Undead vocals.

What the critics say...

Spin (7/98, pp.124-125) - 8 (out of 10) - "...These songs capture the vibe of the early 1980s demilitarized zone between disco and hip-hop, when black pop slowed down the tempo but remained party-friendly and percolated in a distinctly African way..."
Entertainment Weekly (6/19/98, p.75) - "...Her mannish, sing-speak delivery (imagine a Jamaican Lotte Lenya) bristles with sexual frisson, and driven by Sly & Robbie's cyber-dub rhythms on those early-'80s sessions, it made for transgressive dance-floor epics that bridged new-wave chill and `Saturday Night Fever'..." - Rating: B+

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Private Life - (Long version)
  2. Private Life - (previously unreleased, Dub version)
  3. Love Is The Drug - (Long version)
  4. Breakdown
  5. Warm Leatherette - (Long version)
  6. Hunter Gets Captured By The Game, The - (Long version)
  7. I've Done It Again
  8. Pars - (previously unreleased, Long version)
  9. Pull Up To The Bumper
  10. Use Me - (previously unreleased, Long version)
  11. She's Lost Control - (Long version)
  12. She's Lost Control - (previously unreleased, Dub version)
Disc 2:
  1. Walking In The Rain
  2. Cry Now, Laugh Later
  3. Nightclubbing
  4. Apple Stretching, The
  5. Nipple To The Bottle - (12" version)
  6. My Jamaican Guy - (12" version)
  7. Feel Up
  8. I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)
  9. Demolition Man - (Long version)
  10. Unlimited Capacity For Love
  11. Ring Of Fire - (previously unreleased, Demo version)
  12. Man Around The House - (previously unreleased)
  13. Living My Life - (7" version)
  14. Slave To The Rhythm - (Hot Blooded version)
Release date Australia
June 16th, 1998
Island Records (USA)
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