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Island Life

Island Life

1 Jan 1985
4.5 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1985
  • Release Date: 19 Feb. 2014
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1985 The Island Def Jam Music Group
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  • Total Length: 48:05
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  • ASIN: B001KW9XDW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,013 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Grace Jones relativley short music career never really hit the heights of success it often deserved. Her first three disco albums, PORTFOLIO (1977), FAME (1978) and MUSE (1979) were fairly forgetable although they did spawn at least one memroable track per album - all of which make there way onto this definitive compilation of Grace Jones work. LA VIE EN ROSE, I NEED A MAN and DO OR DIE had that early Grace Jones disco sound which was quickly abandoned in 1980 prior to the release of one of her very best albums, WARM LEATHERETTE, which succesfully combined the sounds of New Wave, reggae, rock and funk. From the album was PRIVATE LIFE (a top 20 success in the U.K) which also is rightly included on this album as this by far is one of her greatest recordings. This condensed compilation also features tracks such as MY JAMACIAN GUY (LIVING MY LIFE;1982), WALKING IN THE RAIN (NIGHTCLUBBING;1981), SLAVE TO THE RYTHM (SLAVE TO THE RYTHM;1985) and possibly her very best recording,PULL UP TO THE BUMPER (NIGHTCLUBBING;1981). This compilation coincided with her departure from Island Records for a deal with EMI which did not bring her any of the high success she enjoyed with her time at Island. Often strange but compelling album from an equally extraordinary though blatantly weird and off-the-wall artist.
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A lot of people think that I must either be gay or looney to be a Grace Jones fan. Wait, what? Why? I am neither. I grew up listening to Grace, and listening to her music just confirms to me that I have great taste in music. This compilation is near definitive if you ask me. But, it is only ten tracks? True, but it includes all of her most well-known tracks, and it comes together impeccably well, seamlessly flowing from track to track. It of course starts out with her legendary cover of "La Vie en Rose" and it finishes with the equally as important "Slave to the Rhythm". Grace's work was always cutting edge, and it is interesting to hear her belt out a disco fluff like "Do or Die", only two years prior to her incredible rendition of The Pretenders' "Private Life", which is completely dissimilar to said disco cut. Things went hard and fast, and within no more than just a couple of years she went from her number #1 disco song "I Need a Man" to "Pull Up to the Bumper". That being said, 1977-1985, captured the essence of Grace Jones without equivocation. The image, the pictures, the songs, the attitude, the fashion and the movies. "Walking in the Rain" is as hypnotic as it was back in 1981 and "My Jamaican Guy" drives as hard as it did back in '82. In conclusion, if you like great music, albeit in a small, but concise packaging, pick up "Island Life" and avoid all of the bloated compilations that came after it.

Highlights: "La Vie en Rose", "Walking in the Rain", "Do or Die", "Pull up to the Bumper" and "Slave to the Rhythm.
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As compilation albums go, this is a good offering. I'm not a big Grace Jones fan, and mainly bought this album for the two songs that bookend it - 'La Vie En Rose' and 'Slave To The Rhythm', two excellent songs. In between there is some vintage disco floor filler stuff, and the tongue-in-cheek 'Pull Up To The Bumper'. In summary, a worthy addition to any music collection
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Nov. 2003
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Island Life is a collection of Grace Jones' biggest hits on the Island records label. It draws from albums like Portfolio (1977), Fame (1978), Muse (1979), Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981), Living My Life (1982) and Slave To The Rhythm (1985). The tracks are arranged chronologically so it maps out her musical development from the robotic disco sounds of La Vie En Rose through her new wave experiments with Private Life, her torch song phase in Libertango up to the funky R&B of My Jamaican Guy.
She wasn't taken seriously as a musician up until the release of Warm Leatherette in 1980, but I have always enjoyed her early disco work, especially the Portfolio album with its great tracks like Tomorrow, Send In The Clowns, I Need A Man and La Vie en Rose. The following two albums, Fame and Muse, were weaker but still contained a sprinkling of memorable disco musings like Autumn Leaves, Do Or Die and others.
Warm Leatherette really put her on the musical map, especially on account of her version of the title track that was an obscure synth-pop single by Daniel Miller's The Normal. She also did interesting versions of Private Life (The Pretenders) and Love Is The Drug (Roxy Music). Tracks 6 to 8 come from Jones' very successful Nightclubbing album. Libertango and Walking In the Rain are witty, accessible pop ballads while the funky Pull Up To The Bumper is controversially sensual. My Jamaican Guy from the innovative Living My Life album is jerky, funky and tribal with stunning vocal arrangements.
Unfortunately Island Life doesn't really succeed in providing the best of Grace Jones. It ought to properly have been a double disc as there are many other classics in her oeuvre that deserve to be on a best of album.
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Just for balance, I disagree with the other reviewer. the tracks 'La vie en rose' and 'private life' are both must-have tracks. My attention was brought to these by Norman Jay and I am so glad they are both found on this one funky collection.
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