Slave to the Rhythm (4:24)

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“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.

On the Slave to the Rhythm album the hit single version of the track is confusingly re-titled “Ladies & Gentlemen: Miss Grace Jones”. The track called “Slave to the Rhythm” on the album is in turn an entirely different interpretation of the song - a well-known fact that somehow managed to elude the producers of a recent hits compilation - which lead to record company Universal Music issuing the wrong version of one of Jones’ greatest hits on one of their many best of packages.

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