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Grace Jones’ Warm Leatherette gets hotter with extensive deluxe sets

Grace Jones fans have been well served by Universal Music in recent years with an excellent Nightclubbing reissue in 2014 and last year’s Disco box set which brought together Portfolio, Fame, and Muse in one smart package. This trend continues in 2016 with deluxe editions of Jones’ 1980 album Warm Leatherette due in June…

The first album in her critically-lauded ‘Compass Point Trilogy’ saw Jones working with an all-star session group (rhythm section Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, plus percussionist Uziah Thompson, along with keyboardist Wally Badarou, and guitarists Mikey Chung and Barry Reynolds) and leave ’70s disco well behind.

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2CD deluxe edition

The eight-track album included covers of The PretendersPrivate Life, Roxy Music‘s Love Is The Drug and Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersBreakdown.

The newly-remastered deluxe editions, bringing together the entire Warm Leatherette album, b-sides and rare in-era mixes and instrumental versions. The physical formats available are as follows

  • • two-CD deluxe edition (27 tracks)
  • • 4LP box set (27 tracks)
  • • Blu-ray audio (32 tracks)
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4LP edition of Warm Leatherette deluxe

All editions have 19 bonus tracks, except the hi-res blu-ray audio which has five additional bonus remixes including the Francois Kevorkian Remix of the title track. Full track listings (and timings for all the bonus tracks) can be found below.

The packaging looks good with these deluxe editions appropriately encased in Leatherette packaging!

Warm Leatherette deluxe editions will be issued on 17 June 2016.

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CD 1

WARM LEATHERETTE: ORIGINAL

  • 1. WARM LEATHERETTE
  • 2. PRIVATE LIFE
  • 3. A ROLLING STONE
  • 4. LOVE IS THE DRUG
  • 5. THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME
  • 6. BULLSHIT
  • 7. BREAKDOWN
  • 8. PARS

Bonus Tracks : LONG VERSIONS:

  • 9. WARM LEATHERETTE (LONG VERSION) 5.35
  • From WARM LEATHERETTE cassette ICT 9592 and b-side of 12” single
    12WIP 6645, released September 1980.
  • 10. PRIVATE LIFE (LONG VERSION) 6.17
    From WARM LEATHERETTE cassette ICT 9592 and a-side of 12” single
    12WIP 6629, released June 1980.
  • 11. A ROLLING STONE (LONG VERSION) 5.43
    Issued as a-side of 12” single 12WIP 6591, released April 1980.
  • 12. LOVE IS THE DRUG (LONG VERSION) 8.38
    From WARM LEATHERETTE cassette ICT 9592 and a-side of 12” single 600
    198 (Germany/Netherlands), released May 1980.
  • 13. THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME (LONG VERSION) 6.44
    From WARM LEATHERETTE cassette ICT 9592 and a-side of 12” single
    12WIP 6645, released September 1980.
  • 14. PARS (LONG VERSION) 5.41
    From PRIVATE LIFE: THE COMPASS POINT SESSIONS, released June 1998.

CD 2: LONG VERSIONS, SINGLE VERSIONS AND REMIXES:

  • 15. PRIVATE LIFE (LONG VERSION 2) 7.55
    Previously Unreleased Mix.
  • 16. PRIVATE LIFE (DUB VERSION) 8.04
    From PRIVATE LIFE: THE COMPASS POINT SESSIONS, released June 1998.
  • 17. SHE’S LOST CONTROL (LONG VERSION) 8.23
    Issued as the b-side of 12” single 12WIP 6629, released June 1980.
  • 18. SHE’S LOST CONTROL (DUB VERSION) 8.38
    From PRIVATE LIFE: THE COMPASS POINT SESSIONS, released June 1998.
  • 19. LOVE IS THE DRUG (SINGLE VERSION) 4.41
    Issued as the a-side of 7” single 101.819 (Germany/Netherlands), released May 1980.
  • 20. PRIVATE LIFE (SINGLE VERSION) 4.37
    Issued as the a-side of WIP 6629, released June 1980.
  • 21. SHE’S LOST CONTROL (SINGLE VERSION) 3.46
    Issued as the b-side of WIP 6629, released June 1980.
  • 22. THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME (SPECIAL SINGLE VERSION) 3.21
    Issued as the b-side of WIP 6645, released September 1980.
  • 23. BREAKDOWN (U.S. SINGLE EDIT) 3.00
    Issued as the a-side of IS 49603 (US), released October 1980.
  • 24. PARS (SINGLE VERSION) 4.24
    Previously Unreleased Mix.
  • 25. PARS (DUB VERSION) 4.41
    Previously Unreleased Mix.
  • 26. LOVE IS THE DRUG (12” SINGLE REMIX) 7.23
    Remixed by Paul “Groucho” Smykle at the Fallout Shelter.
    Issued as the a-side of 12” single 12 IS 266, released February 1986
  • 27. PRIVATE LIFE (12” SINGLE REMIX) 7.04
    Remixed by Paul “Groucho” Smykle at the Fallout Shelter.
    Issued as the a-side of 12” single 12 IS 273, released May 1986

Bonus Tracks – Blu-ray Audio only

  • 1. SHE’S LOST CONTROL (LONG VERSION 2) 6.45
    Issued as the b-side of 12” single 12WIP 6629, released June 1980.
  • 2. SHE’S LOST CONTROL (LONG VERSION 3) 5.45
    Issued as a b-side of 12” single 12 IS 273, released May 1986.
  • 3. LOVE IS THE DRUG (SINGLE REMIX) 3.21
    Remixed by Eric “ET” Thorngren.
    Issued as the a-side of 7” single IS 266, released February 1986.
  • 4. PRIVATE LIFE (SINGLE REMIX) 4.04
    Remixed by Paul “Groucho” Smykle at the Fallout Shelter.
    Issued as the a-side of 7” single IS 273, released May 1986.
  • 5. WARM LEATHERETTE (FRANCOIS KEVORKIAN REMIX) 6.32
    Remixed by Francois Kevorkian at Right Track Recording, NYC, May 1985.
    Previously Unreleased Mix.

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Matthew Jessee

I finally got the CD box set last week and was gutted by the glitches on the single version of ‘Private Life’. Besides the error at the start, there is a second drop out at 1:48 and the word ‘regret’ is completely lost. Why can’t they catch these mistakes?!!

Ray

I am considering buying the Blu-Ray audio for the extra tracks. Is there a date when the download audio download expires and have the download issues been sorted, I have the CD version but chasing the extra tracks on Blu-Ray
Thanks
Ray

spaceboy

I am also having difficulty with the d/l. Just received this yesterday. Brand new copy (Blu-ray). Went to d/l the tracks and got a “This code has already been used by someone else.” Any suggestions? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Jason

Griffin

I can confirm CD2-6 Private Life Single Version had a dropout on the right channel @0:03~0:04! It’s also on the download I’ve got (unknown source)! But that’s a bit less obvious than the CD.

Mark

Any updates on the blu-ray download? Has anybody done it successfully?

Steven Morgan

Not completely. I’ve been able to download the 5 bonus tracks, and a few tracks at end of side 2. All other tracks keep failing with unsupported compression errors no matter how many times I’ve deleted the original files and downloaded new ones.

Auntie Sabrina

Both Disco and Nightclubbing blu-ray audio discs had the codes and the picture on the uDiscover webpage still does have this sticker.

EDW99

UDiscover are claiming that “We have checked on the online store and can see that the item should not receive a download code from our store. If this is not the case please provide photo evidence and we will look into this further for you.”

I have replied with the photo from their online store which clearly shows the sticker on the front that states that it comes with a download code. I hope that will have some effect….

Auntie Sabrina

Philippe, you could email

contact@umusic.com

Philippe

The code inside my blu ray audio does not work either. To whom may I complain ?

Paul

The single version of Private Life has some sort of drop out at the start in the right speaker, it completely vanishes

Randy Metro

I’ve seen this comment in a couple places. I checked all of my versions (5 by my count) with Audacity, and I can only guess that it is at the 3 to 4 second mark???? All versions have a little fluctuation or “drop” in sound in either the left or right channel for a millisecond. The sound doesn’t drop out completely, just the volume gets low for a millisecond on all 5 mixes, some the right channel and some the left channel. I don’t hear it as a glitch, mistake, or loss of sound.

EW99

Nope, still not there. Bloody hell!

Steven Morgan

Friday being the release date yeah. I did think that. Just have to wait as I don’t how a blu-Ray player !

EW99

Glad it isn’t just me! I assumed that it not being officially released yet might be the problem so will try again tonight.

Steven Morgan

Anybody else having problem with the Blu-Ray download access code ?

Steven

Well, official relese date today and code still not recognised. Did email a few days ago and yet no reply. Not impressed with them so far.

Stefan

Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de don’t list the CD-Version anymore, what’s going on?

Randy Metro

Amazon US is quite messed up on their listing for the CD version. I’ve found the DVD & CD versions all under “CD format.” A few hours ago I “hopefully” scored the 2cd leatherette set for $27.99 plus shipping – down from $58 when I first began pricing. Fingers crossed.

Michael

Hey Paul, is that “leatherette” packaging a limited run or permanently part of this particular reissue? Can’t really buy right now….

memoryboy

(2) meaning …. a portable player like an iPod-type of mp3 player, but for High Resolution File Downloads?

memoryboy

Thank you Paul for that description, you actually have piqued my interest in high resolution downloads. I assume they don’t play as an mp3 or on an iPod of course but you did mention the software to convert to mp3. So I guess my other question is: A high resolution can be ripped to mp3? That’s what it looks like you are saying and that’s pretty awesome. Another question: Are there such things as a portable player for High Resolution download files?

memoryboy

I feel stupid for asking, but what is a “high resolution Download”? Is it the same as a 320kbps mp3? I want the Blu-Ray bonus tracks so bad, but dont see the point in buying it if I cant rip the tracks to mp3 for my iPod player. I wish they would put those bonus tracks on a 3rd CD, that would make me happy.

Randy Metro

Fre-ac free audio converter has worked great for me. Free ware with just a “tip of the day” nagware box.

[…] This can still be bought via Universal’s uDiscover store, but is also available as below. You can read more about this reissue and the other formats here. […]

JL

Is there really a bluray for this? I can’t a way to order it anywhere.

Rosslyn

Still waiting for the blu-ray to be listed on amazon – the other formats were listed on there some time ago….

[…] Warm Leatherette will be reissued on 17 June 2016. You can read more about the reissue here. […]

Philippe Perret

Thank you Griffin, I have sent an email, they have replied quickly and promised to send the CD.
Philippe.

Griffin

@Philippe Perret, you’re welcome. Glad I could help. I believe every fan will help each other here. If DaveM didn’t mentioned it here, I wouldn’t know about it, on my turn I couldn’t have helped Gordon or you.

Philippe Perret

Hi Griffin. I have received the disc only one week after the e-mail ! Thank you again. Now I have 4 versions of that track.

Griffin

@Philippe Perret, yep, Comme Un Oiseau Qui S’Envole (Short/Long/Instrumental/Backing Version) hahaha :D
This kind of mistake they should make more, giving us/fans more unreleased material :P

Griffin

@DaveM, thank you for mentioning here on SDE the incorrect version on Fame. Now I just received the corrected one ;)
@Gordon & others, who pre-ordered/bought the Disco (Years Trilogy) with the backing version instead of the vocal version of Comme Un Oiseau Qui S’Envole (Long Version) 4:31 you can send them an email request a corrected CD:

On 17/03 I sent Universal an email. I got a quick reply. She asked which product it was and the barcode. I told her the title plus barcode. Never heard from her again. I thought they were ignoring me since I hadn’t ordered directly from them. Almost a week later another email, of course no reply. Then on their site via contact a webmail. Still no reply but today they took me by surprise the corrected Fame CD with the Vocal version (clearly Grace almost from the beginning) ;) The backing version (mmm, ah ah and sung softly but no Grace) is different than the Instrumental.

Important: their emailaddress, title of the box with barcode and your address. Preferably mentioning about the 5 bonus tracks/mixes on the Blu Ray audio only, to put on an additional CD making it 3CD set of the new reissue of Warm Leatherette. Thank you in advance and good luck to your all!

Emailaddress: mk.customerservices@umusic.com
Subject: Replacement disc for Fame of Grace Jones’ Disco (Years Trilogy) Box set (barcode 0600753546482)!

David McCallum

It’s rather fascinating that, in twenty years time, one of the artists that will have fared best in our era of physical media will be Grace Jones — looking at high quality unique tracks vs. redundant tracks on albums and compilations. Can you think of anyone that has fared better? Don’t get me wrong — Grace deserves it all — but it’s still fascinating.

Kevin Brown

Why can’t we have Warm Leatherette in the Standard Deluxe Digi-pack Case with disc intrays like they did with the 2CD Deluxe Nightclubbing LP. I’m sure this option would keep the price down and keep the “”Deluxe” releases ALL looking similar in their packaging, PLUS we would get a decent image of the Original Album artwork instead of that image the size of a postage stamp stuck on a piece leather and discs put into those horrible cardboard inner sleeves causing major scratching to the discs every time they get used. All the other 2CD Deluxe Editions from Universal have come packaged in Digi-pack format can’t see why they just cannot continue this format for Warm Leatherette.

[…] recently announced Graces Jones Warm Leatherette reissue has been largely well received by fans, although inevitably […]

Ali

I’ve been waiting for this since forever! I thought there would be unreleased tracks just like the did with Nightclubbing, i hope a footage of her 2 hour performance at the beacon theater in 1980 get a dvd release or the full concert of her One Man Show in Australia 1982.

editgeorge

hey do you know anything about the beacon theatre show? im looking for it for a long time

Haakon Moskvil

Why no standard 180g vinyl edition from original masters ??? I have no need for 15 remix and bonus tracks, never listen to it anyway.

probablyrustin

I was wondering the same re: no standard 1xLP edition. It seems they really are targeting just the premium buyer here, thinking that only the really committed (with large music budgets) are interested in Grace anyway. Too bad…

EW99

I wonder if the blu ray bonus tracks will be available on Spotify ;)

Derek Cornish

Damn…..just like the last one….no US release

Rob Wilcock

I have the CDs as well as the Blu-rays. I do think that at almost £30 the CD is definably a deluxe purchase. I would only buy the CD version if it was £20 to £25 with all the bonus tracks.

Ian Maudlin

Warm Leatherette is definitely in my top 10 albums ever. I am disappointed though that the extra tracks edition is only available in blu ray. What is the rationale behind this? I would be interested to know the percentage of population who listen to music on their blu ray players. £70+ for the vinyl edition & £28+ for the 2cd? I’ll save my money thanks and download the tracks ‘by other means!’

Rob Wilcock

The 2 previous blu-rays had PCM, Dolby True HD and DTS Master Audio, 2.0, minimum 24bit/96 kHz audio material.

Gary Shaw

Presumably the Blu Ray is 24 Bit, but are all the tracks in 5.1 too?

Griffin

@Paul, can you check with Universal whether it’s still possible to put those 5 Blu Ray audio bonus mixes on a CD adding to the 2CD set? Especially when the price is that high they should include bonus material with the CD and not Blu Ray audio. Are they trying to get us the phyical product (CD) buyers to buy their new media (Blu Ray audio)? I got rid of the vinyl & cassette years ago & bought many CD’s since then (even Sony’s MiniDisc, which died of course). My entire collection is on CD (or DVD’s with promotional muisc videos of the singles)! I don’t want to begin with a new media again: the Blu Ray audio. Who can predict the future? But it can be ended up like MiniDisc. Many thanks Paul.

alan hansen

i will always hold-on to my japanese vinyl of this for one reason – and it’s a good one. for those of you unfamiliar with japanese editions, whether standard issue came with printed lyrics or not, japanese editions will include them in both english (if not already there) plus a japanese translation. in this case, with absent lyrics in english, a ‘best-effort’ was made to listen and transcribe the words to “private life” and this is what resulted from that: “…your private life, drama baby, eat me out.” coming from Grace Jones, i suppose nobody involved with the japanese edition was surprised by such a turn-of-phrase.

Randy Metro

If you haven’t heard the single version of The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game, you are in for a treat. It is a very different mix from either the LP, cassette, or CD versions, not just an edit. It makes me wonder if a full length version of it exists. I have the 45 but have never found it on CD.

Rob Wilcock

I hope the CD price does drop to about £20, the blu-ray is about that with p&p.

This is the first time the original (vinyl) release has been out on CD. The single mix of Private Life too. The long/dub versions of, the tracks are probably not that different either.

Hope Universal haven’t shot themselves in the foot with the pricing, deluxe packaging or not…

brian

After a few minutes I am not as excited as I was at first. never mind the price, it will go down significantly. But the regular CD already has all the long versions (minus ‘A rolling stone’) – with that, I don’t need the short versions as they are edited down form the long ones anyway. So if you have that CD and the compass point sessions, you hardly need anything alse on this. OK, the ‘Pars’ dub version, the Groucho Mixes… I never said I wasn’t going to buy this!

probablyrustin

I think they definitely could have swapped out some of the duplicates or less interesting ones (two long versions of the same track?) for the rarer Blu-ray bonuses (the single remixes and FK mix) to entice CD buyers a bit more. oh well…

DaveM

Hi Scott, see comments, including mine, under Slave to the Rhythm reissue on this very site.

Rob Wilcock

Scott Harding, I have the Culture Factiry CD. The sound is excellent and I believe this is the full unedited version of the album.

Auntie Sabrina

seikotsi, A Rolling Stone was co-written by Grace, the other songs are all covers.

Scott Harding

Looks interesting will have to watch the price. Has anyone bought the CD of Slave To The Rhythm that was released in the USA last year. Culture Facory maybe? Looked like vinyl. Keen to know peoples thoughts..

Andrew

Hey—are you “the” Scott Harding (aka Scotty Hard)? Big fan of your work, over the years, from production to your RRS/Thirsty Ear album. (Can’t find “Dog E” anywhere, though!)

seikotsi

Are all tracks on this album covers?

bertielego

Very happy that the vinyl set includes as many tracks as the CD set!

I wish the same had been done with Nightclubbing…

Gregg Mitchell

Grace’s “One Man Show” was (sorta) released on DVD a few years ago back in 2010 on an import region 0 DVD called “Grace Jones Live New York 1981” – it’s basically a scrambled/re-ordered/edited version of the original VHS tape of One Man Show with a few of the interstitial/segue montages/bits missing – while the quality isn’t great (and I wish they would have issued the original completed version, not a cut-up), not a bad deal if you’re a completest who wants some Grace in your Face: http://www.amazon.com/Grace-Jones-Live-NYC-1981/dp/B003B3V14M/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1458259540&sr=1-2&keywords=grace+jones+live

FRENCHY ERIC

Use this link below to listen to the original version of Pars by Jacques Higelin (track 8)
https://youtu.be/xGRReyDyoGY?list=RDxGRReyDyoGY

Gordon

A few comments:

1) Thanks Robb and Sabrina for your responses to my earlier post.

2) Ugh…..don’t get me started on Gold Legion!

3) I’ll have to check my “Disco: Fame” disc – I ordered mine through fishpond.com.au, I don’t know where they would have sourced it from. Trouble is, I had never heard the track before (not on my ‘Karusell’ or ‘Gold Legion’ (hiss!) copies – one of the few GL purchases I actually received!) so I’m not sure what tell-tale sign(s) to look for. I guess it’s too late for a replacement but I’ll check it out anyway.

4) Interesting to see what happens with “Inside Story” – on my cassette copy A1 (“I’m Not Perfect…”) starts off at the wrong speed but quickly slows down to correct, then at the end of B5 (“Inside Story”) it speeds up again! But that error isn’t on my CD copy, so I guess it’s nothing to worry about.

DaveM

Gordon, the incorrect version on Fame Of Comme Un…. is instrumental, see Griffins comments above.