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Slave To The Rhythm
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2010
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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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2008
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2012
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 format. If you want the glorious original version in cd format you have to buy the 1987 US Island edition which retains the same track order and running times and mixing as the original vinyl release (also all subsequent vinyl editions are different from the first edition). It's hard to find and not cheap but well worth the money!
Here's the original tracking list:

Contents the rhythm in 8 bits
1) Jones the rhythm (6:26)
2) The fashion show (6:26)
3) The frog and the princess (7.03)
4) Operattack (2:54)
5) Slave to the rhythm (6:35)
6) The crossing (Ooh the action...) (4:57)
7) Don't cry - It's only the rhythm (2:53)
8) Ladies and gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones (5:55)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2014
Not so much a review more of a tip for anybody who has bought this CD from Amazon and was disappointed at getting the edited version of the album and not the full length LP version.
Now Amazon have the option of downloading albums you have previously bought from them in mp3 format free of charge as you have already paid for the CD.
If you go into your Amazon music library you can download the album onto your phone, PC or tablet and you will get the full LP version of the album in high quality mp3 format.

Hopes this helps anyone like me who have been searching for the full length LP version
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2011
...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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 19 June 2005
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2013
This is yet another sorry state of affairs for a CD release. Why has the original been cut and tracks altered or deleted? Steer well clear of this if you are looking for the original release. Buythe vinyl edition instead.

I do get fed with CD releases not being advertised as edited or changed as is frequently the case with re-released albums. There should be an advertising standards issue raised with record companies. Shame on you Island!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2015
Amazing album like the original LP version with interviews. Amazon please do not couple this edition to the old CD version as this one from Factory is excellent!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2015
A pity the reviews for the Island version of this CD are attached to the Culture Factory issue as this is the orignal album and not edited. The sound quality is excellent and if you are a Grace Jones fan you should definitely buy this version.
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on 30 October 2014
The rock-reggae album trilogy recorded at the beginning of the 1980s showcased Grace Jones' full potential as a performer, and the unforgettable roles in "Conan the Destroyer" and "A View to a Kill" contributed to her image as a pop culture icon. In 1985, the Caribbean diva attempted another LP, which she would work on with the legendary producer Trevor Horn. The song "Slave to the Rhythm" was originally written for the British band Frankie Goes to Hollywood, but today it's hard to imagine Jones' repertoire without one of her biggest hits. Even though the whole album is a collection of different versions of the title song, as well as tracks inspired by and based around it, the variety of tempos and arrangements gives an impression of listening to 8 completely different compositions. One of the biggest highlights is "Jones the Rhythm", embellished with orchestral arrangement and backed by the London choir Ambrosian Singers. This very elaborate track makes a very effective, dramatic album opener. Two gentler compositions, "The Crossing (Ooh the Action...)" and "Don't Cry - It's Only the Rhythm" precede the fantastic finale of the album. Now... Not everyone knows that it was "Ladies and Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones", not the actual "Slave to the Rhythm" song, that was released as the hit single and used in the music video. This version has since stolen the title and frankly speaking, sounds way better than the slightly overwhelming original. "The Fashion Show" and "The Frog and the Princess" turn out somewhat monotonous, and several production effects, which in the mid-1980s were undoubtedly innovative, today appear rather archaic. On the original vinyl release songs were interspersed with excerpts from an interview with Grace Jones, which gave the album an autobiographical feel. For an unknown reason, on most CD re-releases the interview was removed and some songs shortened. Nonetheless, the album is still well worth a listen as one of Grace Jones' most interesting releases. The splendid, iconic cover was again designed by Jean-Paul Goude. (3.5)
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