Born in Jamaica in the late forties, Jones was raised in a strict environment - one that would shape her fierce trademark that we know and love today. At the age of 13, she moved to New York with her family and the rest was history for this soon to be star. Following a stint in go-go dancing and studying theatre in college, Grace Jones went from model, style icon and frequenter of the Studio 54 disco scene - to singer, songwriter, producer extraordinaire and a performer like no other.
After her three album run with Tom Moulton, in 1980 Grace Jones moved to Compass Point Studios in The Bahamas to work with Island Records. There, she joined the label’s boss Chris Blackwell and producer Alex Sadkin (Bob Marley, Robert Palmer, Third World) and a backing band including Sly & Robbie and Wally Badarou - a group that would eventually become known as The Compass Point All Stars. For the rest of her career, Grace Jones proved to always be ahead of her time, defying gender, music and fashion norms - paving the way for so many artists to come, few ever able to match her rarity.
Nightclubbing is the second of her trilogy of albums with The Compass Point All Stars and was released in 1981. It is not only considered one of the most essential vinyl albums to have in a collection, but it is often credited for launching Jones’ legendary status to the level that it is at now. The opening track ‘Walking in the Rain’ is as good as it gets when it comes to album openers. A cover, yet made totally her own - the lyrics and the vibrancy of her band on this track allows any listener who is willing, to be fully immersed in the perfect blend that is the sound of New York in the early 80s and Jones’ powerful voice. And that’s just the beginning.
This has made it to the LovesVinyl list of essential vinyl albums for many reasons. The iconic sleeve, the all-star backing band, the covers of Bill Withers, Iggy Pop and Piazzolla - there’s a lot about Grace Jones’ Nightclubbing that makes it a record collection essential. But it’s the music and Grace Jones’ performance that cements its place, no clearer than on centrepiece single ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’.Like the sound of this? If you’re already a member of our vinyl record subscription club, you can choose this for your July delivery. If you’re interested in getting records like this delivered straight to your door, you can sign up to our online vinyl club here.
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