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Grace Jones classic 'Warm Leatherette' to be re-released

The 1980 long-player gets the deluxe reissue treattment

2016 Mar 25     
2 Bit Thugs

Out on 17 June, there are 4x LP, 2x CD and Blu-Ray versions to choose from

Island Records are to reissue Grace Jones' seminal 1980 album Warm Leatherette on 17 June, complete with seemingly every associated remix and alternate version ever recorded.

Warm Leatherette was the fourth album from Jones, and the first of three to be recorded at the famous Compass Point studios in The Bahamas. The 'Compass Point trilogy' saw her moving on from her status as a 70s disco diva and becoming pretty much an artform in her own right, and Warm Leatherette was the album that marked the start of that transition, featuring as it did covers of then-current new wave hits (the title track by The Normal and Joy Division's She's Lost Control), glam favourites (Roxy Music's Love Is The Drug) and even rock songs (Tom Petty's Breakdown). And she had some heavy hitters to assist her with it – legendary reggae rhythm section Sly & Robbie grace Warm Leatherette, as does equally legendary keyboardist Wally Badarou.

The reissue package certainly doesn't skimp in the 'extras' department. CD1 features the original album plus 'long versions' of Warm Leatherette, Private Life, A Rolling Stone, The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game and Pars, while CD2 is home to no fewer than 13 single versions, dubs, and unreleased mixes. Buy it on Blu-Ray, and you'll also get two more long versions of She's Lost Control, single remixes of Love Is The Drug and Private Life and, perhaps most temptingly of all, a Francois Kevorkian remix of Warm Leatherette from 1985.






Tags: Grace Jones, Sly & Robbie, Wally Badarou, Compass Point