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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Grace Jones - Muse

posted by on April 10 at 8:53 AM

For some reason this album, of her three traditional disco albums, did the least well, and seems unpopular to this day.

But this album is fantastic! The medley on the first side, of all original tunes, that goes from sin to redemption has become one of my favorite listens in the last couple of weeks.

By 1979 the public had become tired of the disco “sound”, and this album by Grace was no exception, but this albums’ credentials are stellar and its sound is singular, even for the time. In fact right now I’d say its one of my favorite albums from the setting of the disco era.

Thor Baldursson, co-hort of Moroder and member of Munich Machine did production duties on this one, and even duets with Grace on my favorite song, “Suffer”. Tom Moulton does the mix so it’s all got that wonderful propulsive drive. But the album goes even further with its concept first side. “Sinning” has Grace singing about being a devil-may-care “bitch”, “Suffer” has her under the thumb of a punisher whose audible whippings make her moan and groan, “Repentence (Save Me)” has her asking for forgiveness, and the last song “Saved” has - I kid you not - Grace Jones singing hi-nrg gospel/disco.

The flip has the popular gay anthem “On Your Knees” (which incidentally went nowhere upon its release), and “Don’t Mess With The Messer”.

If you’re a Grace Jones fan, but don’t know of her amazing work pre-Compass Point work, you need to hear those albums to understand what a force she was in the ‘70’s, before being totally re-created in the ‘80’s by Sly and Robbie.

If you want to hear what I’m talking about try this link.

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