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Nightclubbing [CD]

Grace Jones Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 May 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000001FT2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Walking In The Rain
2. Pull Up To The Bumper
3. Use Me
4. Nightclubbing
5. Art Groupie
6. I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)
7. Feel Up
8. Demolition Man
9. I've Done It Again

Product Description

BBC Review

Nobody was expecting Grace Jones to re-launch her career successfully with 2008's Hurricane, arriving 19 years after her previous studio album. Even fewer were expecting this larger-than-life artist to return with a vital piece of work that engaged with the post-trip hop end of dubstep and a hitherto unexplored familial connection with evangelical gospel song. But while this was a forward-looking album in some respects, it also provided a concrete link back to the most fruitful period of her tenure at Island Records in the early 80s, when she produced her best work. Warm Leatherette (1980) and Nightclubbing (1981) were two masterful works of post-punk pop that delved into the worlds of disco, reggae and funk much more successfully than most of her 'alternative' contemporaries, while still retaining a blank-eyed alienation that was more reminiscent of David Bowie or Ian Curtis than most of her peers.

Nightclubbing was perhaps the 'lighter' of the pair but no less convincing for it. Her recipe for success was a fearless, almost intimidating, choice of significantly reworked cover versions, combined with the use of peerlessly drill-practised session musicians. The album is, of course, named after the Iggy Pop track from his Bowie collaboration The Idiot. Jones' skill as a facilitator as well as pop cultural icon is exposed in the way the original song is converted from Krautrock-damaged, Suicide-aping sleaze fest into sophisticated, lightly-dub inflected, disco reggae. The conceptual joke of the song is clear: Grace doesn't hang around in the same horrible dives as Mr James Osterberg, but you can be sure that the experience is just as existential and soul-draining. She has just applied Pop's lyrics to the cocaine-and-champagne instead of amphetamine-and-vodka lifestyle.

All of her covers are astutely chosen; Bill Withers' Use Me and Flash and the Pan's Walking in the Rain are canny reworkings and, as with all good covers, the style in which they are reworked becomes a statement in itself. (Contrary to popular belief there isn't a Police cover on this album. Demolition Man was written for her by Sting, who, in typical graceless style, then decided he liked the song and got The Police to record a lacklustre version later on.) But the album's undoubted centrepiece is an original composition and a work of cocksure funk disco genius. Pull Up to the Bumper remains a bona-fide dancefloor filler and one powered by a delicious irony at that. Jones' fanbase at the time was mainly comprised of white gay men, who idolised this chiselled, masculine woman who sang unashamedly and quite obviously about the joys of an, ahem, alternative sexual practice for her, that wasn't so alternative for them.

For this recording, La Jones' pair of aces in the hole came in the shape of Sly Dunbar on dub echo-treated metronomic drums and Robbie Shakespeare dealing out tar-thick bass wobble. Ensconced in Island's Compass Point studios in the Bahamas the statuesque beauty, aided by her two lieutenants, laid down a world-class album.

--John Doran

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 8 May 2014
By Jack
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Universal have done right by Ms Grace Jones' magnum opus, "Nightclubbing": the remaster by esteemed Kevin Reeves is truly superlative. The album's wide stereo sound field is beautifully crisp, clear and transparent, with plenty of bottom end from Sly & Robbie - and so many delicate, iridescent touches from Wally Badarou's keyboards and Sticky Thompson's percussion! Ms Jones' Island trilogy was always aural nirvana, but now "Nightclubbing", at least, is absolutely compulsive listening. All the mixes on the second disc sound flawless, also.
The packaging is indeed fairly flimsy with no outer sleeve, but the booklet is well-produced and Darryl Easlea's liner notes detail the album's context, along with some great pix of La Jones.
Now Universal need to get cracking on "Warm Leatherette", "Living My Life" and "Slave To The Rhythm"!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered and deluxe 28 April 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Nightclubbing is my favourite Grace Jones album and arrived this morning and comes beautifully packaged,with a great little booklet containing photos and info.Now the good news,i owned the previous release of this which i bought around 1990,which sounded terrible even then.so putting this deluxe version on today was pure bliss,sounds absolutely amazing.had it on my ipod and there were sounds that i have never heard before,such as the thunder on "walking in the rain".Includes lots of 12" mixes.pull up to the bumper being the most famous.some b-sides but the real star of the show are 2 previously un-released tracks one being a superb jones-esque cover of gary numan/tubeway army,me,i disconnect from you,which is worth the price of the album itself!The whole album is superb and should take pride in any serious music aficionado collection.superb release 5 stars
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Vilson
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Good album made great by extended mixes. Take a lot of funk and add reggae, blues, soul and jazz plus spice up with some pizzaz and you have a unique combination. This album was made in 1981, but it hasn't aged and will it still sounds fresh in 2021.

Remastering adds extra kick and zing (like it should) and gives sinewy, throbbing muscle to the sound. I have been playing CD2 constantly since receiving it. Like any good CD it reveals hidden layers on each listen. A lot of care went into the recording, and it shows. Credit to Kevin Reeves at 4th Floor Studios for a good remaster.

'The Compass Point All-Star band' really hit their stride here. Sly & Robbie’s drum and bass give sympathetic rhythm whilst Wally Badarou’s keyboards shimmer over the top and the guitar and, and… Check out the compilation ‘Funky Nassau’ for more.

Disc 1 (38:26) Original album, no extras even though there are more out there.

Disc 2 (76:59)
All good to fantastic - but the quiet tracks sound really great and allow the music space to 'breathe':
• I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango) 12” version (5:40)
• I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango) Spanish version (Esta Cara Me Es Conocida) (4:33)
• Walking in the Rain 12” version

Pull Up to the Bumper was the lead single – great track with multiple mixes that are all essential variations on the original:
• Long Version UK 12” (5:45) definitive
• Remixed Version (7:17) – mostly instrumental – often found on 80s compilations.
• US Party Version (5:00) – good – straight into vocal intro(?)
• Instrumental ‘Peanut Butter ’ (5:11) – extra funk factor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nightclubbing Blue Ray Audio Review. 28 May 2014
Format:Blu-ray Audio|Verified Purchase
This is for the Blue Ray audio version. Due to the high resolution of 24 bit at a sampling rate of 96khz this 2014 re-release sounds as good if not better than my original vinyl version purchased circa 1981. It has all the bonus remix tracks of the double CD version on the single Blue Ray Disc. Very smooth sounds from Blue Ray none of the harshness sometimes on CD. Lets hope this format is marketed better than DVD Audio was in the early millennium. Only criticism is its not a new 5.1 remix from the multi track tapes, only in 2.0. But still a worthwhile purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You really should... 21 Jun 2014
By Viper
Format:Audio CD
If you have ever been slightly curious about Grace's musical career then you could do a lot worse than start here. She had (and still has) the ability to turn a song into her own regardless of whether it was originally a male or female orientated vocal. Most people think she's bonkers. Well, she may be on camera, but on disc she rules...period. This album WAS cool anyway but this version really does do it justice.

The band that played behind her when she recorded her Nassau trilogy (this one, Warm Leatherette and Living My Life) were REALLY at the top of their game. Grace only adds to it by being completely cool at what she does. She is more a narrator rather than a vocalist but that only adds to the mix. She ALWAYS pulls it off. I much prefer when she does a male vocal a la Demolition Man (Sting song). She injects it with a personality a thousand times more than he ever could.

Do yourself a favour and invest. Grace is HUGELY underrated.

You're welcome. :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 24 May 2014
By Ian2504
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Excellent album - bonus tracks superb. Gary Numan would love her version of Me I Disconnect From You.
Don't be fooled by the picture of the supposed book. It's just like any other CD insert. But the music is what counts and that's great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album
Excellent disc, delivered to my IPad in minutes before we left for holiday, I haven't had a ' new' Grace Jones CD for years, very happy
Published 7 days ago by J. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Grace
Very underrated album from the 80's.The remastering has been done with plenty of TLC . Download it while you can.
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Great album ! Good to have it remastered !
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No great singer but her voice and the superb songs and production just work brilliantly.
Published 23 days ago by John Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Reissue of the year
my reissue of the year - bonus CD is a revelation....the Gary Numan cover is addictive in the extreme
Published 26 days ago by Eleanor Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Grace Jones album
Brilliant Grace Jones album ,with all various mixes on the second disc. A great artist who always delivers something different with each album.
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Rogers
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brilliant remastering job
Published 1 month ago by downunderman
4.0 out of 5 stars Nightclubbing remix
Additional cd has a good selection of re- mix tracks that i had not heard before and the original album still sounds good
Published 2 months ago by Raymond Lowe
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