Breezin Says: Grace Jones and Sly & Robbie at their Very Best!
Quotes from Amazon.com:
"You're music collection is not complete without this. I have Grace's 1st cd, from wich a majority of these songs hail from, but the extra tracks and mixes are such a bonus.. this 2 cd set is such a great record to have, to surprise & turn onunknowing/unsuspecting friends onto grace jones... with sly and robbie laying down the greatest reggae/dance/tango grooves like on "Ive seen that face before (Libertango)" or on "Pars" you cant go wrong...yeah alot of people dont "get" grace jones (her music, her persona, her sexuality) to them i say HAH! PULL UP TO THE BUMPER BABY - give grace a chance. five star all the way!"
"Recorded at Bahamas Island studio recording retreat, Compass Point, here is a collection of long versions, never released, and dubs of songs from Grace Jones' albums of the eighties. It's wonderful. Jones always had the benefit of fine studio session players and the musical cast here shines in a dreamy Jamaican soundscape of romantic endless Summers and street-wise smarts. Her voice is sometimes zombie-like frightening as in the ominous cover of Flash and The Pan's "Walking In The Rain", and sometimes sedate and hypnotic as in her many excursions into sleepy French language back-up vocals ("I've Seen That Face Before"), but it is always expressive and powerful, a perfect niche to the rhythm and flow of the lush, multi-layered music. Joy Division's "She's Lost Control" is turned into a comedic, violent, and deliciously psychotic urban anthem and the whole CD rings with infectious grooves and sing-along charm."
"Firstly, none of the tracks on this release are new remixes. Some have been previously unreleased, but they were all mixed at the time of recording. Those reviewers who say the remixes are poor or simply irrelevant have missed the point. "Compass Point Sessions" is a compilation of Grace Jones' trilogy of albums recorded in Nassau, Bahamas, in the early 80s. There are a few album tracks missing, but they have made way for previously unreleased tracks and mixes. Secondly, Jones' earlier disco work is not included in this collection as it was recorded for a different label. As a summary of Jones' move into the mainstream, "Compass Point" is superb, especially as it subverts its own internal logic by ending with a great mix of Jones' much later song "Slave to the Rhythm". Although some may argue there is simply too much repetition in songs, "Compass Point" at least documents an extraordinarily fertile period for Grace Jones, and more importantly, these tracks still sound great!"
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