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Living My Life

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  • Audio CD (24 May 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001FU8
  • Other Editions: Hardcover  |  Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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By A Customer on 6 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
While probably not all will agree, this album is Grace's finest. It is also Sly and Robbie's greatest collaboration. It was the last in a string of three great albums ( Warm Leatherette, Nightclubbing and Living My Life ) which featured Jamaican rhythms and settings of rock songs from the likes of Sting, Roxy Music and Chrissie Hynde. While all three are good, this one was the most sophisticated and the most consistent with no weak tracks. I dont know if it was Chris Blackwell's idea to put together the band that featured throughout this trio of albums, but if it was, it was the best idea he ever had. In my opinion, it was and still is a peerless line-up of quality players. The unsung hero is Barry Reynolds ( Marianne Faithfull's musical director for a number of years ) whose driving guitar adds the dynamic which counterpoints the rock solid rhythm section. Grace talks her way through and doesnt do too much singing but where she does as on the album's highpoint "The Apple Stretching and Yawning", she is more than adequate. After this classic, she teamed up with Trevor horn and co for the flawed 12 inch single Slave to the Rhythm and the album of the same name which is effectively an album of remixes of the title track and then on to relative obscurity. This is a short album (compared to today's standards) but it is sheer quality throughout.
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The third and final release in the Island trilogy with Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. This time around, Grace chose less covers and actually wrote or co-wrote all of the material on the album. The arrangements on this album are top notch, and the production is equally as impressive. The album opens with the infectious "My Jamaican Guy" which has been sampled by various of rap artists over the years, and continues by recycling the bouncy-rhythm of her 1981 hit "Pull Up to the Bumper" on "Nipple to the Bottle." All of the songs on Living My Life were crafted by some of the finest musicians in Jamaica; with Walla Badarou on keyboards, to Uziah "Sticky" Thompson on percussion duty, the arrangements couldn't have been any better. Grace only chose to include a single cover (which is a wonderful cover of Melvin van Peebles "The Apple Stretching"). No matter how people may want disregard Jones for her vocal inadequacies, her imitable vocal prowess can be heard on the glorious ballad "Inspiration," which proves that Grace could belt with the best of them. There is not a single weak track on the album; from the narrative of Jamaican jail time (Cry Now, Laugh Later) to the everyday drama of "Everybody Hold Still," to the glorious free-fall of love on "Unlimited Capacity for Love." Living My Life would have been complete if the title track had been included, but it wasn't, and was instead released a single in 1983. Excellent record.

Highlights: "Unlimited Capacity for Love", "My Jamaican Guy", "Cry Now, Laugh Later" and "Nipple to the Bottle".
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Firstly, I have to admit that as much as I love and enjoy Living My Life, this is my least favourite in the trilogy that Grace Jones recorded with Sly & Robbie etc. It just doesn't quite hit the heights of the critically-acclaimed Nightclubbing (1981) and the still-superb Warm Leatherette (1980) though Living My Life certainly has its moments with the outstanding tracks Nipple To The Bottle, The Apple Stretching, Everybody Hold Still and Inspiration. Regardless of it being the weakest in the trilogy (which, of course, is just my own humble opinion), Living My Life stands as a solid piece of work and is totally essential to any Grace Jones fan. So theres plenty to recommend here and it must be noted that the whole sound of this album was groundbreaking for its time.
Produced by Alex Sadkin and Chris Blackwell, these sessions were all, again, recorded at the Compass Point Sessions in Nassau Bahamas. What does set Living My Life apart from its two predecessors is that theres only one cover version here (The Apple Stretching) and the rest showcase the songwriting talents of Grace Jones, a skill at which she proves herself most adept as riviting songs like Nipple To The Bottle and Everybody Hold Still prove. Just as on Warm Leatherette and Nightclubbing, those two renowned reggae wizards Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespere play on each session, with Sly credited for playing the drums and syndrums (Sly also co-wrote the classic Nipple To The Bottle with Grace) and Robbie on that ever-effective, cracking bass guirtar. Other top-notch muscians jamming away include Barry Reynolds (who co-wrote many of the songs with Grace) and Mikey Chungy on guirtars, Wally Badarou on keyboards and Uzziah Thompson on the pounding, heavy percussion.
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Rediscovered Grace Jones again after listening to her a lot in the '80's. She has a fantasttic personality, clear even on record, with a really fine band - they still have a totally original, fresh, style, 30 years on
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 July 2000
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The spacious Living My Life completed the Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare trilogy which represents of Grace Jones' distinctive reggae/dub phase. Grace wrote My Jamaican Guy, co-wrote Nipple To The Bottle with Dunbar and four of the tracks with Barry Reynolds, an associate of Marianne Faithfull's who also contributes his distinctive guitar. The Apple Stretching by Melvin van Peebles is the only cover.

The style extends her avant garde direction of this era by utilizing a variety of innovative rhythms to stunning effect. My Jamaican Guy with its yelping chorus, echoed vocals & swaying beat contains snippets of charming Jamaican patois whilst Nipple To The Bottle is an affirmation of pride displaying profound psychological insight; a mid-tempo ballad, it has prominent male vocals and atmospheric instrumental textures.

The lilting sonic poem about New York titled The Apple Stretching ["... just the apple stretching and yawning, just morning/New York putting its feet on the floor"] is a masterpiece and one of the best songs ever written about the big apple. The edgy Everybody Hold Still with its striking choral vocals is about a hold-up whilst the funky sound of Cry Now Laugh Later recalls Pull Up to the Bumper from Nightclubbing, although it is also about crime.

The gentle, introspective Inspiration has beautiful keyboards and the album concludes with the thought-provoking Unlimited Capacity for Love, a graceful ballad. On Living My Life, Grace's 1980s Sly & Robbie experiment significantly extended the boundaries of her music.
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