Slave To The Rhythm
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Slave To The Rhythm

2 Nov 1989

5.99 (VAT included if applicable)
  Song Title
Jones The Rhythm
The Fashion Show
The Frog & The Princess
Slave To The Rhythm (Album Version)
The Crossing (Ooh The Action)
Don't Cry - It's Only The Rhythm
Ladies And Gentleman: Miss Grace Jones

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 8 May 1995
  • Release Date: 8 May 1995
  • Label: Universal Music Group International
  • Copyright: (C) 1987 The Island Def Jam Music Group
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  • Total Length: 43:02
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  • ASIN: B001T68EE8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,291 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame at island 28 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
I completely agree with the reviewer who had the sense to point out that this is nowhere near the original vinyl version. The original L.P is fresh, exciting and an incredible soundscape of innovative musical style and production that has you on the edge of your seat, whilst Ms Jones screams, laughs, giggles, whispers and belts out variations on the "Slave" theme. It's a rollercoaster and my original vinyl version is practically worn out!
I cannot believe the mess that Island have made of the original on this CD by taking half the thing apart and sticky taping it back together with most of the highlights missing! Do they not understand that the whole point of music and art is presenting a piece of work that is complete and whole in everyway the artist made it to be. It's a bit like looking at the Mona Lisa with a moustache painted on it and a mohican hairstyle and passing it off as an original. I haven't bought another island record since this pile of halfcut rubbish was released. It's a travesty. Do island not realise that people actually LISTEN to music they buy or do they assume the record buying public are just plain stupid.
1. Island - reissue this record in it's original form, sleevenotes and all.
2. Put some extra tracks on from the same era (There must be some out-takes somewhere.)
3. Call it a special edition, or whatever, just get the original master tapes-listen to it and use your imagination!
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning, this is not the full album. 13 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
Please be aware that the above track listing is not correct. This is the 'Island Master' release, which has half of one song faded out, cuts to other tracks, the link sections removed, and the tracks in the wrong order.

The correct track listing should be (original track times in brackets)

1. "Jones the Rhythm" - 5:24 (6:26)
2. "The Fashion Show" - 4:05 (6:26)
3. "Operattack" - 2:16 (2:45)
4. "Slave to the Rhythm" - 6:12 (6:35)
5. "The Frog and the Princess" - 7:34 (7:04)
6. "The Crossing (Oohh the Action...)" - 4:51 (4:58)
7. "Don't Cry -- It's Only the Rhythm" - 2:53 (2:53)
8. "Ladies & Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones" ("Slave to the Rhythm" 7" Edit) - 4:27 (5:56)

Why someone at Island decided that fans of this album would want such a travesty released on CD, I do not know. Were the original album available on CD, I would have given it four or five stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MP3 is not like the CD it is the original LP 16 Jun 2011
By Wopop
Format:MP3 Download
Like the reviewer who purchased the CD i was upset that the interludes from the LP release had been cut. BUT the MP3 is the orginal LP with the full tracks ---- at last and what a bargin price!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace or Trevor? 19 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
Grace Jones was without doubt one of the most memorable characters of the 80's. Her outrageous image, her legendary temper and of course the stunning trilogy of music she created at Island Records under the supervision of Island founder Chris Blackwell. Her appearances in blockbuster hits such as: "Conan the Destroyer" and "A View to a Kill" only further improved her already immense popularity, and even though her erratic behaviour eventually clouded her musical output, her music is still highly influential, even today. She "left" Island records after "Living My Life," and spend the next three years as a movie actress and being a TV personality. In 1985, Trever Horn approached Grace with the idea of making an autobiography, testing his new ideas about layering and juxtaposing instruments into one mass; he had already had success experimenting this new concept, producing Frankie Goes to Hollywood's first two albums. He called upon some big names such as: Steve Lipson (engineer) and Bruce Woolley (guitar, bass and keyboards), to create this new project. There's a lot of names behind this project (I actually counted around 40 musicians; producers and engineers), an awful a lot of names for one song. The album is built around one song, divided in 8 pieces; from the striking opening of "Jones the Rhythm" to the quiet hush of "The Crossing (Ooh the Action)." The album ranges from striking r'n'b grooves to soft New Age music, intertwined with interview cuts about Jones' highly fascinating life. In the end, Slave to the Rhythm isn't really that much about Jones. She provides the vocals, with her almost operatic voice, but one doesn't really notice her. The album is more a display of Trevor Horn's amazing capability as a producer.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's Grace? 30 April 2001
Format:Audio CD
As so often, the song most associated with the artist has the least to do with her...
Say Grace and people think 'Slave to the Rhythm'... But this was just before her career sadly faltered. She wanted out of Island but they insisted on another single so she thrashed out this vocal and promptly disappeared. Along came Horn and Lipson to eke out a whole album's worth, produce one of the great dance albums of the 80's - and indulge their burgeoning egos at Miss Jones' expense.
If you love 80's pop, get this; if you love Miss Jones, stick to the definitive version only - or one of those stunning 'Island Trilogy' epics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The original was amazing... 28 July 2011
By Brian
Format:Audio CD
...but this is a travesty. The way it has been broken into tiny pieces and then reassembled so shoddily is a disgrace.

Jones' released three seminal albums in the early 80s - 'Warm Leatherette', 'Nightclubbing' and 'Slave to the Rhythm' - and 'Slave' was in that sublime category of album that defined definition (such as Laurie Anderson's 'Big Science' and Brian Eno and David Byrne's 'My Life in the Bush of Ghosts'). When I first listened to 'Slave' it blew me away, it left me confused: it was SO different, so outrageous and so audacious. The current version available is none of those things.

I also wonder how many people remember the version of 'Slave' - 'Dislocated Rhythm' - that was on the B-side of the vinyl single of 'Slave' (a clear vinyl, picture disc) that was, to the best of my knowledge, never included on any album version of 'Slave'? Now that WAS a genius version!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars MP3 version still not like the original album
Once again some people think it is better to change and "mess around" with an already perfect original. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Philip Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This is the version you need if you want the full original vinyl recording. The more recent one drops a lot of the original's wonderful idiosyncrasies. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. H
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies & Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones
If you are a SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM, you will absolutely love this 8 track edition, miss Jones delivers silky, sleek, seductive lyrics, another fabulous title for my music collection.
Published 11 months ago by Michael Matysik
5.0 out of 5 stars The CD here IS the original 1980's CD mix!
The CD mix was remixed at the time and has always been different to the LP version. If you want the original LP version, then download the album instead of buying the CD. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pete Cracknell
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the full 1985 release!
This is yet another sorry state of affairs for a CD release. Why has the original been cut and tracks altered or deleted? Read more
Published 15 months ago by Christopher Stevens
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this poor STTR revised edition!
I love this masterpiece but unfortunately this is a poor revised edition with a different mixing. The tracks are completely different compared to those of the first version in lp... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Luciano
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY
This is possibly the worst mastered CD I own. I do not know the history of the release like a lot of the reviewers, all I can say is that it's been mastered for the ears of a... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Chris M. Dooks
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely Bungled Reissue
This is not a moan about missing bonus tracks or inadequate documentation - it's a legitimate complaint about an original recording that has been literally reedited into a... Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2012 by Curmudgeon
2.0 out of 5 stars This is such a poor version of a brilliant record...
I have the original, on Vinyl, and thought I'd get a CD copy... The other reviews here are right in saying that this is not the same as the original record in that they have... Read more
Published on 13 July 2010 by Rev.F
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sonics
I just bought this album, 'Slave to the Rhythm'. I used to have it on LP 20 years ago.
If you have a really good HiFi, then you will be rewarded by incredible dynamics and... Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2009 by J. A. Purches
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