Muse (Grace Jones album)

Muse (Grace Jones album)
Muse
Studio album by Grace Jones
Released October 5, 1979 [1]
Recorded 1978-1979
Genre Disco, pop
Length 42.3 minutes
Label Island
Producer Tom Moulton
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Grace Jones chronology
Fame
(1978)
Muse
(1979)
Warm Leatherette
(1980)
Singles from Muse
  1. "I'll Find My Way To You"
    Released: 1976
  2. "On Your Knees"
    Released: August 1979
  3. "Don't Mess With The Messer"
    Released: August 1979

Muse is the third album by Grace Jones, and was released in 1979. It was the last album of her disco trilogy with Tom Moulton, which began in 1977 with debut Portfolio. The first side of the album is a continuous medley of four songs, joined by a narrative about someone who has sinned. The second side, however, consists of disco songs with no relation to one another. All album art, including the cover image, is by Richard Bernstein.
The track "I'll Find My Way To You" was originally featured in 1976 Italian movie Quelli della calibro 38 (international title Colt 38 Special Squad) in which Jones plays a club singer, the original version along with a song called "Again and Again" were included on the soundtrack album produced by composer Stelvio Cipriani. Jones re-recorded "I'll Find My Way To You" three years later with Tom Moulton for album Muse.
Icelandic keyboardist Thor Baldursson who arranged most of the album and also sings duet with Grace on the track "Suffer" had previously worked in Munich Germany with disco stars such as Silver Convention, Boney M., Donna Summer, Amanda Lear and Giorgio Moroder.
Muse was released in the year of the "anti-disco backlash" and both the album and its double A-side single "On Your Knees"/"Don't Mess With The Messer" were largely overlooked by the record buying public at the time and is generally believed to be Grace Jones' "lost album".

Muse remains the only Grace Jones studio album not to have been re-released on CD by Island Records/Universal Music.

Contents

Track listing

Side A

  1. "Sinning" (Grace Jones, Pierre Papadiamondis) - 5:06
  2. "Suffer" (Tom Moulton, Thor Baldursson) - 4:17
  3. "Repentance (Forgive Me)" (Grace Jones, Pierre Papadiamondis) - 3:50
  4. "Saved" (J. Robinson, J. Bolden, V.S. Robinson) - 7:13
    • Non-stop medley: total time - 20:26

Side B

  1. "Atlantic City Gambler" (Tom Moulton, D. Williams) - 5:46
  2. "I'll Find My Way To You" (S. Cipriani, H. Shaper) - 5:14
  3. "Don't Mess With The Messer" (Grace Jones, Pierre Papadiamondis) - 4:50
  4. "On Your Knees" (D.C. LaRue, Jerry Corbetta) - 6:20

Personnel

  • Grace Jones - vocals
  • Thor Baldursson - vocals (track: A2)
  • Sweethearts of Sigma - background vocals (tracks B1-B4):
  • Barbara Ingram - background vocals
  • Evette Benton - background vocals
  • Carla Benson - background vocals
  • Carl Helm - background vocals (tracks A1-A4)
  • Phil Hurtt - background vocals (tracks A1-A4)
  • Ron Tyson - background vocals (tracks A1-A4)
  • Jimmy Williams - bass guitar
  • Keith Benson - drums
  • Craig Snyder - guitar
  • Thor Baldursson - keyboards
  • James Walker - percussion
  • Larry Washington - percussion

Production

  • Tom Moulton - producer
  • "A Tom Moulton Mix"
  • Thor Baldursson - arranger (tracks: A1-A4, B1, B2, B4)
  • Carl Davis - arranger (track: B3)
  • Recorded and mixed at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Don Renaldo - strings, horns
  • Arthur Stoppe - mixing engineer
  • José Rodriguez - mastering at Sterling Sound Studios, N.Y.
  • Richard Bernstein - design, illustration
  • Francis Ing - design, illustration
  • Eve Boman - photographer
  • Neil Terk - art direction

Sleeve notes

Muse: Greek myth, the inspirational goddess of music, song, dance, poetry, and art...

Special thanks to: Jack, James, Pierre, Thor and Tom for their contributions to my concept of the medley; to Tony Moses, for always being there; to Jean Paul, for your artistic influence and inspiration; to Tom, for a super album and also for being a great friend; to Helena, for your patience and assistance in my vocal development; to Richard, for your fabulous images; and to Chris and Barbara and Island.

Dedicated to all my fans, past, present and future, with love.

Release history

LP:

  • 1979 Island 9538.

CD:

  • Gold Legion will release this album on CD November 30, 2011. Remastered with no bonus tracks.

Singles

Charts

Chart (1979) Peak
position
Sweden 38

References

Resources

AMG


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