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Album Review

Universal Masters Collection, released in Europe, is much like the 20th Century Masters set released in the U.S. It's dominated by the Compass Point sessions assisted by Sly & Robbie (also featuring the keyboard wizardry of the great Wally Badarou) and cuts off before 1985's Slave to the Rhythm. So most of the essential singles are here, including "Pull Up to the Bumper," "Warm Leatherette," "Love Is the Drug," "Nipple to the Bottle," and "I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)." Though the Compass Point material makes for the bulk of her most creative and best-known material, her first three albums released during the tail end of the '70s (with production work from disco pioneer Tom Moulton) could use a little more attention.


Born: 19 May 1948 in Spanish Town, Jamaica

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Grace Jones was one of the more unforgettable characters to emerge from New York City's hedonistic Studio 54 disco scene during the late '70s. Born May 19, 1952, in Kingston, Jamaica, Jones studied theater at Syracuse University before launching a career as a model. Jones' statuesque and flamboyant look proved to be a hit in the New York City nightclub scene, which led to a recording contract with Island Records in 1977. While such disco-based albums as 1977's Portfolio, 1978's Fame, and 1979's Muse...
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