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  • Audio CD (12 July 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Manhattan
  • ASIN: B00000718N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,501 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Pettitt on 18 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic 80's pop/dance CD/LP - Produced by Chic maestro Nile Rodgers the album opens with the belter "I'm not not perfect", side 1 goes along at a blistering pace with the quality upbeat "Hollywood Liar", the fantastic mid-temp "Chan hitchikes to shanghai", the jazzy "Victor......" and side 1 stops with the pop/dance monster "Party girl".
Side 2 is also good stuff but not as good as side 1 - However, you still get the uptempo "Crush", and the interesting "scary but fun" & "Inside Story" - Side 2's standout track as to be "White Collar Crime" - a great tune!
This LP should appeal to all lovers of great pop/dance and not just Grace fans (they should also lap it up aswell though) - its has a very fresh and "alive" feel do it - Apparently Jones and Rodgers did not get on whilst making this album but it certainly does not show and the only mystery is why it never became a monster hit - BUY IT YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ScottPaul ScottPaul on 25 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Often when an artist goes commercial in an attemt to widen their fan base, they end up with the least satisfactory piece and often alienate their short-term and long-termers, depending on the strength of the bond. But here is a case where it fires into the air with freshness to spare. Yes, for the die-hards, maybe the stark but rewarding soul-funk-reggae hybrids of the early 1980s has gone forever, but so has the dreaded disco doss of the late 70s and that can only be a good thing. This album also carries two new features for Grace fans-for the first time, we're treated to no less than 10 songs, and all of them are concisely timed, unlike the early (and later stuff) that tended to drag on a bit-not a good thing, if the song wasn't pulling you in.

Her collaboration with Nile Rodgers on this CD (for me her finest 40 minutes) is a triumph. His style dominates throughout, but actually linked to Grace's own individual brand of music, this makes for a compelling twosome. Opener 'I'm Not Perfect' carries on the brassy, ballsy and evocative sensuality that she made her own. It's very similar in instrumentation to Duran Duran's excellent single 'Notorious' of the same month (October 1986) from their masterpiece album of the same name, but then Nile Rodgers was working with them then too. He also scraped the barrel's bottom with the loathsome Madonna, but then she always did know how to steal what was in that month and work it to her own blatant sex-sell as opposed to actual musicianship. If in truth, Grace and Nile had a working relationship of some difficulty, God knows what it was like with her.

Though this is Grace's most apparent pop album, that shouldn't detract from its quality. Not so much slow-builders, these tracks reach out and grip your throat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
On the relative obscure 1986 album Inside Story, Grace turned away from Sly & Robbie's reggae/dub to an elegant style of melodious and soulful pop in a delightful variety of ballads and uptempo songs. The 1970s legend of intelligent disco Nile Rodgers, producer of amongst others Chic, Sister Sledge and Norma Jean was the co-producer. These songs & sounds have passed the test of time with flying colors.

Almost everything here could have been a hit, like I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect for You), a mid-tempo number with clever lyrics & memorable hooks and Hollywood Liar with its poetic put-downs and witty turns of phrase. This is also the track with Grace's trademark French lyrics that recalls La Vie en Rose on the debut Portfolio, Autumn Leaves on Fame, Amado Mio on Bulletproof Heart and Pars on Warm Leatherette. Chang Hitchhikes to Shanghai with its sublime synth lines is a lovely story song as is Victor Should Have Been A Jazz Musician, a slow atmospheric ballad with plaintive sax and tender, sometimes whispered vocals.

The catchy Party Girl has a lilting beat and expansive feel, whilst Crush is a funky track with an edge beat. One of the highlights is Barefoot In Beverly Hills, an impressively arranged composition with sublime vocals in various styles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jun. 2005
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On the relatively obscure and defintely underrated 1986 album Inside Story, Grace left Sly & Robbie's reggae/dub behind for melodic and soulful pop in a delightful variety of ballads and uptempo songs. The 1970s legend of intelligent disco Nile Rodgers, producer of amongst others Chic, Sister Sledge and Norma Jean was the co-producer. These songs & sounds have passed the test of time with flying colors.

Almost every track could have been a hit, like I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect for You), a mid-tempo number with clever lyrics & memorable hooks and Hollywood Liar with its poetic put-downs and witty turns of phrase. This is also the trademark French track that recalls La Vie en Rose on the debut Portfolio, Autumn Leaves on Fame, Amado Mio on Bulletproof Heart and Pars on Warm Leatherette. Chang Hitchhikes to Shanghai with its sublime synth lines is a lovely story song as is Victor Should Have Been A Jazz Musician, a slow atmospheric ballad with plaintive sax and tender, sometimes whispered vocals.

The catchy Party Girl has a lilting beat and expansive feel, whilst Crush is funky and edgy. One of the highlights is Barefoot In Beverly Hills, an impressively arranged composition with sublime vocals in various styles. There's another arresting ballad in Scary But Fun whilst the stirring Inside Story is a spiritual masterpiece with a powerful gospel feel.
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