Grace Jones – The Disco Years (4 stars)

A trio of era-defining albums from Grace Jones in one set

Grace Jones – The Disco Years

Island/Universal Music

Grace Jones’ first three albums Portfolio, Fame and Muse have been collected in this boxset and packaged as her Disco Years. Those albums, released just a few years before 1980’s Warm Leatherette, were every bit as bonkers and theatrical. Jones shimmied off the pages of Vogue and into the chaotic glitz of late-1970s New York. Portfolio opens with three show tunes – ‘Send In the Clowns’, ‘What I Did For Love’ and ‘Tomorrow’ – and includes a version of Edith Piaf’s ‘La Vie En Rose’. It seems faintly ridiculous to talk of Jones having a camp period given what’s come since, but this is a wonderfully fun way to explore her early work.

Out Mon 4 May.

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