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-'''"I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)"''' is the third single from [[Grace Jones]]' album ''[[Nightclubbing]]''. The song [[juxtaposes]] ''[[Libertango]]'', an Argentine tango classic, written by [[bandoneon|bandoneonist]] [[Ástor Piazzolla]] and first recorded by the composer himself in 1974, against a [[reggae]] arrangement and new lyrics penned by Jones herself and [[Barry Reynolds]], and the song also includes spoken parts in French; ''"Tu cherches quoi ? À rencontrer la mort ? Tu te prends pour qui ? Toi aussi tu détestes la vie..." '' (Translated: ''"What are you searching for? To meet death? Who do you think you are? You hate life, you too..."'') Jones also recorded Spanish and Italian language versions of the track. +The title is a [[portmanteau]] merging "Libertad" (Spanish for liberty) and "Tango", symbolizing Piazzolla's break from [[Classical Tango]] to [[Tango Nuevo]].
-"I've Seen That Face Before" which describes the darker side of Parisian nightlife counts as one of Jones' signature tunes. It was also featured in key moments of the 1988 thriller movie ''[[Frantic (film)|Frantic]]'', set in Paris and starring [[Harrison Ford]], the song however did not make it onto the film's accompanying soundtrack album. It also features in [[Raw Deal (1986 film)]]+[[Grace Jones]]'s song ''[[I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)]]'' uses the same music, as does [[Jazz Mandolin Project]]'s song "Jungle Tango" and [[Guy Marchand]]'s song "Moi je suis tango."
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-The single peaked at the German Single Charts #16.+
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-==12" version==+
-The single was also released as a long version (time 5:36). This version is not yet released on CD.+
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-==Music video==+
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-The song is famous for its video, with Jones performing the track and playing accordion, although the original was actually performed on [[bandoneón]]. The single cover (shown right) recreates an image from that video. +
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-The video is also the closing track of Jones' classic ''[[A One Man Show]]'' music documentary, which includes some additional footage.+
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-==Cover versions==+
-Artists who have recorded the song with Jones' reggae arrangement and sometimes also translated lyrics include [[Julien Clerc]], [[Guy Marchand]], [[Herb Alpert]], [[Gary Burton]], [[Al Di Meola]], [[Richard Galliano]], [[Camilla Henemark]], [[Yo-Yo Ma]], [[Iva Zanicchi]] and [[The Tango Saloon]].+
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The title is a portmanteau merging "Libertad" (Spanish for liberty) and "Tango", symbolizing Piazzolla's break from Classical Tango to Tango Nuevo.

Grace Jones's song I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango) uses the same music, as does Jazz Mandolin Project's song "Jungle Tango" and Guy Marchand's song "Moi je suis tango."

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