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  • Audio CD (August 1, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Island/Ariola
  • ASIN: B000001FU7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,134 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is one of her BESt albums. According to me she made three good ones,next to MUZE this is the BEST. Grace,Jamaican born,has all the punch in this album. It's an old album,but like they say,oldies are goodies! I met Grace during the International Film Festival in Cannes in 1990,she left the Miramar hotel,and was more than eager to give authographs. Also in Belgium,she was taken off stage and her show cancelled because she appeared topless on top of a motorcycle on stage to perform.
Everywhere she came there's chaos,but that's Grace's trademark. Afterall,this album is a highly Collectible!
from ALTER EGO in Tulsa OK.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ryan aldridge on December 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Grace's debut works so well exactly because of her robotic delivery and her aloof vocal style. This was the sneering, cynical but glamorous disco queen irreverently covering classics like La Vie En Rose, Send In The Clowns and Tomorrow. I love it.
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful By J. Collins on July 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Unless you're a huge Grace Jones fan or you consider Disco to be your musical bible, this album should probably be avoided. Though I've been a fan since the days of "Living My Life," I still find it incredibly hard to sit through Grace's first two albums, including this one. It matters little that the music and presentation here are authentic disco....much of it is unlistenable.
The first three tracks should be avoided at all costs; though Grace later found a way to sing around the deficiencies of her range and vibrato, these songs suffer greatly from her vocal inexperience, just as listeners are likely to suffer. Without the benefit of seeing her original (over the top) stage shows from this period, these songs fall as flat as Grace's voice sounds when she sings them. "Tomorrow" (from the Broadway musical "Annie") is particularly repellent, the vocal equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard.
The original side two of the album is a measurable improvement, and includes a version of Edith Piaf's "La Vie En Rose" which is simply wonderful. Indeed, the production for this song is an engaging departure from disco norms: gentle accoustic guitar, delightful keyboard fills and an un-obtrusive rhythmic pulse propel this song more effectively than the standard big bass drum. Though Grace has to talk-sing in parts, her delight in and devotion for this song makes this one of her most affecting vocal performances.
The remainder of the "B" side has some pleasant moments. "Sorry" seems uncharacteristically sentimental (for Grace) but is still appealing. "I Need A Man" is dynamic and direct, like the best songs in Grace's catalog.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
'Portfolio' is Grace Jones's debut album.It is comprised of seven tracks-six of which are based in mid 70's broadway disco,in other words the covers of show tunes done up in a very campy,stereotypical cartoon disco style.Now the first three cuts are nothing but that-"Tomorrow" and "Send In The Clowns" are embarrassing songs done in an embarrassing way.The compisitions are well mixed by Tom Moulton.But Grace Jones is not a real singer-she has no range,a very awkward vibrato and is sometimes off key.The only thing she does have is a lot of soul and expressive power and that's about all that saves the first three songs from being pretty stupid.The next set of songs are much better-"La Vie En Rose",sung and spoken parcially in French is a pleasant loungey groove with a good arrangement and more of Grace's personality."Sorry",That's The Trouble" and "I Need A Man" are far more credible disco tunes with much better singing on Grace's part and much stronger compositions.You could enjoy "Portfolio" as a causionary example of music-as camp or kitch if you'd like.But there are some elements towards the end that are very enjoyable and even though everything here is unashamadely dated to the extreme it's still a joy to hear some of it to bring back at least some happy little guilty pleasures.Mind you-this is also Grace's debut.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By fred on August 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
...it has NEVER been out of print, and for good reason. The criticism of Grace's lack of "traditional" singing chops, described below (and endlessly by the "Rolling Stone" magazine crit-crowd), missed the point. Can you project back to 1977, and imagine this...eruption from the depths of Downtown, taking on "Tomorrow" from "Annie"? It was so New York, so chic and so Grace, no less than any of her later (justly) praised Compass Point sesions with Sly and Robbie. The ultimate point of this album is, indeed, "I Need a Man" and "La Vie en Rose" (the latter of which works so well that Michael Fierman, an "ol-skool" dj on the muscleboy circuit, still likes to mix Edith Piaf in...the result has sent chills up my spine). Even so, side one's oft-dissed "two-step" all-Broadway suite, produced by disco pioneer Tom Moulton, serves as a sly counterpoint, building up to a fine head of steam by the time the Sweethearts of Sigma trail off with their divinely campy choruses of "Tomorrow, tomorrow, there's always tomorrow..." It's almost as if every European lounge growler (think Hildegarde Knef and work back) had channeled onto the disco floor through this cheekboned force of nature, the pride of Diana Vreeland and Syracuse University... To be sure, Grace's disco period WAS her weakest - the joke got thin. But this is a fun album, and the genesis of the Grace legend. Except for 1981's "Nightclubbing" (her best), "Portfolio" has more than any other album to do with the Grace Jones we New Yorkers know. The impish, slightly cracked Grace of "Portfolio" is the Grace who, per legend, hired goons to throw a bum new TV set back into the plate-glass window of Crazy Eddie's...Read more ›
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