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Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions is a two disc anthology of recordings by Grace Jones released by Island Records in 1998.

Grace Jones recorded three albums with Sly & Robbie in the legendary Compass Point Studios, Bahamas during the period of 1980-1982; Warm Leatherette, Nightclubbing and Living My Life. Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions contains long and extended version of her hits, although the CD booklet claims that these haven't been issued before, most of them have in fact appeared on numerous CD re-issues around the world. Other tracks were remixed or re-edited by the PolyGram/Universal engineers in 1998 for this particular compilation - this instead of using the many existing long or extended versions by original producers Chris Blackwell and Alex Sadkin that were mixed and released on vinyl in 1980-1982. The track "Living My Life" appears as an edited remix by Paul "Groucho" Smykle - dating from 1986, which the liner notes fail to mention. Another anomaly on The Compass Point Sessions is that it concludes with "Slave To The Rhythm", a track which was recorded in 1985, in London and with British producer Trevor Horn. Also the mix used, here renamed "Hot Blooded Version", is again an alternate 1998 re-mix/re-edit of the original 12" version entitled "Blooded."

This compilation, however, collects what is generally regarded to be Jones' best work and it also offers a well-researched essay and two previously unreleased songs from the Living My Life sessions: "Man Around The House" and a demo recording of Johnny Cash's classic "Ring of Fire."

Track listing

Disc One

  1. "Private Life" (Original Long Version) - 6:17
  2. "Private Life" (1998 Dub Re-Edit/Remix) - 8:04
  3. "Love is the Drug" (Original Long Version) - 8:38
  4. "Breakdown" - 5:29
  5. "Warm Leatherette" (Original Long Version) - 5:35
  6. "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game" (Original Long Version) - 6:44
  7. "I've Done It Again" - 3:50
  8. "Pars" (1998 Re-Edit/Remix) - 5:41
  9. "Pull Up to the Bumper" - 4:33
  10. "Use Me" (1998 Re-Edit/Remix) - 6:10
  11. "She's Lost Control" (1998 Re-Edit/Remix) - 8:23
  12. "She's Lost Control" (1998 Dub Re-Edit/Remix) - 8:38

Disc Two

  1. "Walking in the Rain" (1998 Remix/Re-Edit) - 4:27
  2. "Cry Now, Laugh Later" - 5:01
  3. "Nightclubbing" - 5:03
  4. "The Apple Stretching" - 7:05
  5. "Nipple to the Bottle" (Original UK 12" Version) - 6:53
  6. "My Jamaican Guy" (Original US 12" Version) - 7:01
  7. "Feel Up" - 4:02
  8. "I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)" - 4:29
  9. "Demolition Man" (Original Long Version) - 4:56
  10. "Unlimited Capacity for Love" - 5:44
  11. "Ring of Fire" (Demo) - 3:56
  12. "Man Around the House" - 4:12
  13. "Living My Life" (1986 7" Remix Edit) - 3:31
  14. "Slave to the Rhythm" (1998 "Hot Blooded Version") - 8:18

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