Living My Life (album)

Living My Life (album)
Living My Life
Studio album by Grace Jones
Released 7 November 1982
Recorded 1982
Genre Reggae, Dance, Soul, New Wave
Length 37:32
Label Island
Producer Chris Blackwell, Alex Sadkin,
Grace Jones chronology
Living My Life
Slave to the Rhythm
Singles from Living My Life
  1. "Nipple to the Bottle"
    Released: October 1982
  2. "The Apple Stretching"
    Released: October 1982
  3. "My Jamaican Guy"
    Released: January 1983
  4. "Cry Now, Laugh Later"
    Released: January 1983
  5. "Unlimited Capacity For Love"
    Released: January 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B+)[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]

Living My Life is the sixth album by Grace Jones, released in 1982. It was the last of three albums she recorded at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas. This time around, Jones wrote or co-wrote every track on the album except for one, "The Apple Stretching", which was originally written by Melvin Van Peebles and used in the Broadway show "Waltz of the Stork".

The album reached number #15 on the UK Album Chart in November 1982. In 1983 one report by Leo Sacks from Billboard magazine inform that the album suprassed 400,000 mark worldwide.[4]

The title track "Living My Life" was ultimately left off the album. It received a scarce 1983 release as a UK white label single and was only officially released in Portugal. Jones, however, performed the track on several TV shows and it was also included in her concert video, A One Man Show. It was later issued as the B-side of the 1986 UK re-release of "Love Is the Drug", which became a UK top 40 hit.

Further outtakes included the track "Man Around the House" (written by Jones and Barry Reynolds), and a cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire". Both tracks were released on the 1998 compilation "Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions".


Track listing

Side A

  1. "My Jamaican Guy" (Grace Jones) – 6:00
  2. "Nipple to the Bottle" (Grace Jones, Sly Dunbar) – 5:55
  3. "The Apple Stretching" (Melvin Van Peebles) – 7:08

Side B

  1. "Everybody Hold Still" (Grace Jones, Barry Reynolds) – 3:10
  2. "Cry Now, Laugh Later" (Grace Jones, Barry Reynolds) – 5:00
  3. "Inspiration" (Grace Jones, Barry Reynolds) – 4:35
  4. "Unlimited Capacity for Love" (Grace Jones, Barry Reynolds) – 5:45


  • Benji Armbrister – Assistant Engineer
  • Wally Badarou – Keyboards
  • Chris Blackwell – Producer
  • Michael Brauer – Mixing
  • Mikey Chung – Guitar
  • Sly Dunbar – Drums, Syndrum
  • Jean-Paul Goude – Design, Photography
  • Ted Jensen – Mastering
  • Grace Jones – Vocals
  • Rob O'Connor – Design
  • Barry Reynolds – Guitar
  • Trevor Rogers – Photography
  • Alex Sadkin – Organ (Hand), Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • Robbie Shakespeare – Guitar (Bass)
  • Steven Stanley – Engineer, Mixing
  • Uziah "Sticky" Thompson – Percussion




Year Chart Position
1982 Billboard Black Albums 19
Billboard Pop Albums 86
Sweden[5] 7
Norway[6] 13
Dutch top 40 13
UK Charts 15


Year Single Chart Position
1982 "My Jamaican Guy" UK Charts 56
"Nipple to the Bottle" Billboard Black Singles 17
Billboard Club Play 2
Netherlands 7
"Cry Now, Laugh Later" Billboard Black Singles 64
Billboard Club Play 33


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