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Grace Jones – Slave To The Rhythm (UK Ltd. Edition 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on July 19th, 2011




“Don’t Cry It’s Only The Rhytm”…

“Slave to the Rhythm” was the first single from Grace Jones’ album of the same name, which was released in 1985. The song and the album was written by Bruce Woolley, Simon Darlow, Stephen Lipson and Trevor Horn and was produced by Horn. This was Jones first album in three years, and it contained eight variations of the same song (the single’s B-side is another variation, yet to be released on CD). The single became one of her greatest commercial successes and counts as one of Jones’ signature tunes.

The song peaked at #12 on the UK singles chart in 1985, and became a new #28 hit in 1994 (in remix form). The original version of the single, and its remixes, also topped the American dance chart in February 1986. It also became her biggest Hit in Germany where it peaked at #4 and remained in the Top 10 for eight weeks. In The Netherlands, ‘Slave to the rhythm’ reached number 3 in November 1985, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.

Slave To The Rhythm (Blooded) 8:26

Junk Yard 5:19
Annihilated Rhythm 3:37

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint
Poster: Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1986 Slave To The Rhythm U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs #20
1986 Slave To The Rhythm U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #1


Limited Edition Poster

Label: Island Records, ZTT
Catalog#: 12 IS 206, 12 IS 206
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Limited Edition
Country: UK
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Accompanied By – Strictly Unreasonable Zang Tuum Tumb Big Beat Colossus, The
Artwork By [Front Cover] – Jean Paul Goude
Producer – Trevor Horn
Producer [Assistant] – S. J. Lipson*
Written-By – Bruce Woolley, Simon Darlow, Stephen Lipson, Trevor Horn

“The members of the Z.T.T. art AND ACT SERVICE and the strictly unreasonable ZANG TUUM TUMB BIG BEAT COLOSSUS, who accompany Miss Grace Jones are acknowledged on the cover of the biography.”

Includes a poster – sleeve sealed with a green and silver sticker featuring the wording “Strictly Limited Edition Includes Special Poster”.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 20
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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17 Responses to “Grace Jones – Slave To The Rhythm (UK Ltd. Edition 12″)”

  1. Chris Says:

    Grace… at her finest! (Crush, Party Girl, I’m Not Perfect, and the LOVELY theme from VAMP that is NO WHERE TO BE FOUND are excluded. Thank you for this!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hey Chris “Love Bites” and “Crush” are both on the blog already. For some reason I always thought that “Love Bites” was from “Vamp” but it’s not.

    “Love Bites”


    The column on the left side of the blog shows all of the artists that are currently on the blog with the number of posts. Just click the artists name and voila!


    Chris Reply:

    Oh trust me, I grabbed those within minutes of you posting them. It’s the original, straight from the film “Vamp” that was never released…even on the soundtrack…which is blasphemy to us Grace fans.


  2. Steve Says:

    I was literally going to rip my copy of this last night and then changed my mind and ripped a different record. And now I don’t have to! YAY! THANK YOU!!!


  3. ric Says:

    Grace has produced gems galore in her career, and one may find it hard pressed to pick her finest hour.
    However, Slave To The Rhythm definitely stands loud and proud as her triumphant 12″. Not to mention THAT video!
    Credit of course also goes to Mr Anal Production himself who produced a masterpiece.

    Paul, I understand that there are two different Blooded Versions, is it true?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Ric I think so. From what I hear the version on this 12″ is the more rare one but am not 100% on that.


    Stefano Reply:

    Hi Ric, you’re right. See my comment (no. 7).


  4. Johan Says:

    Thank you!


  5. ARR Says:

    Thank you very much!! I regret that Universal has not released these 12-inch versions on cd yet but because of you we can enjoy these Grace gems over and over again.


    Stefano Reply:

    Hi ARR, see my comment (no. 7).


  6. feanor Says:

    another one i don’t have – thanks for yet another superlative post!


  7. Stefano Says:

    Paul, thanks for the B-side! Unavailable on CD, it’s really about time for a decent remaster of this album…

    There are a few versions of the 12″ mix.

    1. First of all you have the ‘Blooded’ 8:28 minute version. This is the mix which was released in 1985 on vinyl, and which Paul has ripped here. This mix contains the spoken intro. First it’s Grace (‘This is what Edith Piaf used to say, use your faults, use you defects, then you’re gonna be a star’). Next comes in introducer no. 1 (‘Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Grace Jones, Jones, slave to the rhythm’). At 0:30 introducer no. 2 comes in and explains the origin of Grace Jones (‘She’s born in Jamaica, raised in America, and she was really an American girl with Jamaican habits’).
    In 1994 this version gets its first release on CD. The track was remixed in 1994 and the ‘Blooded’ version was added to the CD-single (ZTT ZANG 50 – CD 1).

    2. In 1998 Island Records/Universal released the 2-disc anthology ‘Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions’. Although being the only track not recorded in the Compass Point Studios during 1980-1982, the compilation contains a slightly different mix of the track, here renamed to ‘Hot Blooded Version’ (8:19). It starts off directly with introducer no. 1 (‘Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Grace Jones, slave to the rhythm’). At 0:21 instead of the second introducer coming in, we hear Grace starting to sing her first line (‘Slave to the rhythm…. aah, baby’). The rest of the mix is the same as the ‘Blooded’ version. This version is actually my favourite.

    3. The third version is of course the full length album version, the original LP version that is to say – oddly titled ‘Ladies And Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones’ (5:56). This version, only released on CD in the US, has a ‘clean’ intro without any additional comments. It also contains slightly alternate vocals and, compared to the single edit, an unedited outtro. At 5:03 the song formally ends; the last 53 seconds contains interview parts.


    ARR Reply:

    Hi, Stefano. Thank you for your annotations. Very complete at all.


    ric Reply:

    Thanks from me too, Stefano.
    I have both 1 and 2, but never really placed them side by side and made my comparison.


  8. Matt Says:

    Another one that went missing all those years ago. Nice to find it again.


  9. Dave Says:

    I am currently listening to a very special version which is 30 minutes long and is tagged as extra special long version.


  10. Randy M Says:

    Can someone verify if GI Blues from the 7 inch release is the same song as Annihilating Rhythm on the 12 inch? I never purchased the 7 inch; my 12 inch had Junkyard and GI Blues as the B-side. When I listen to Annihilating Rhythm, it is the song I know as GI Blues.


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