Portfolio (Grace Jones album)

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Portfolio
Gracejonesportfolio.jpg
Studio album by Grace Jones
Released September 6, 1977
Recorded 1975–1977
Genre Disco
Length 36:59
Label Island
Producer Tom Moulton
Grace Jones chronology
Portfolio
(1977)
Fame
(1978)Fame1978
Singles from Portfolio
  1. "I Need a Man"
    Released: 1975
  2. "Sorry"
    Released: September 1976
  3. "That's the Trouble"
    Released: 1976
  4. "La Vie en rose"
    Released: October 1977
  5. "What I Did for Love"
    Released: 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC+[2]

Portfolio is the debut studio album by Grace Jones, released in 1977 by Island Records. It spawned her first big hit, "La Vie en rose".

Background[edit]

Having enjoyed a successful modelling career in Paris and New York in the early 1970s, Jones released a series of singles throughout 1975–1976. None of them, however, managed to succeed in mainstream charts. Jones secured a record deal with Island Records in 1977 and found wider recognition only with her debut Island album, Portfolio.

The album was recorded and mixed in Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, and released in autumn 1977 as the first of three albums made with the legendary disco record producer Tom Moulton. Side one of the original vinyl album is a continuous disco medley covering three songs from Broadway musicals, "Send in the Clowns" by Stephen Sondheim from A Little Night Music, "What I Did for Love" from A Chorus Line and "Tomorrow" from Annie. Side two opens with Jones' very personal re-interpretation of Édith Piaf's "La Vie en rose" and continues with three new recordings, all of which were co-written by Jones herself. The Italian release would omit "Sorry" and "That's the Trouble", adding an extended, over 7-minute-long version of "I Need a Man" instead.[3] The album's artwork was designed by Richard Bernstein, an artist working for Interview, who would later contribute to Jones' two next albums' artworks and with whom the singer would re-team up for the 1986 album Inside Story.

Portfolio reached number 52 on the Black Albums Chart in the US, while climbing to number 109 on Billboard's mainstream albums chart. It garnered more attention in Europe, entering the top 10 in both Italy in early 1978 and the Netherlands in 1983.

Track listing[edit]

Note: Tracks from side A are a non-stop medley, with the total playing time 18:36.

Standard release[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Send in the Clowns"Stephen Sondheim7:33
2."What I Did for Love"Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban5:15
3."Tomorrow"Martin Charnin, Charles Strouse5:48
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
4."La Vie en rose"Édith Piaf, Louis Guglielmi7:27
5."Sorry"Grace Jones, Pierre Papadiamandis3:58
6."That's the Trouble"Jones, Papadiamandis3:36
7."I Need a Man"Jones, Papadiamandis3:23

Italian release[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Send in the Clowns"Sondheim7:33
2."What I Did for Love"Hamlisch, Kleban5:15
3."Tomorrow"Charnin, Strouse5:48
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
4."La Vie en rose"Édith Piaf, Louis Guglielmi7:27
5."I Need a Man"Jones, Papadiamandis7:30

Singles[edit]

"I Need a Man" was Jones' debut single, originally released in 1975 by the minor French label Orfeus. It failed to make any chart impact until two years later, when it was re-recorded and released via the Beam Junction label, becoming a number-one dance hit in the US and introducing Jones to club audiences, primarily gay.

The second single, "Sorry", was released a year prior to the Portfolio album, and was a modest success on the US singles chart. Its B-side track, "That's the Trouble", also received a separate A-side release. Both songs were Jones' first forays into songwriting.

"La Vie en rose" was released as a single in autumn 1977 and became the biggest hit from Portfolio, having charted in the French and Italian top 5. When re-released in 1983, it reached the top 5 in the Netherlands.

"What I Did for Love" became a top 10 dance hit in the US.

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 27
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[5] 8
Italian Albums (FIMI)[6] 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 22
US Billboard 200[8] 109
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[9] 52

Release history[edit]

Region Year Format(s) Label
Worldwide 1977 LP, Cassette Island
UK 1986 LP
Europe 1987 CD
Worldwide 1990 Island, PolyGram

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. "Portfolio – Grace Jones". AllMusic. Retrieved December 28, 2006. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: grace jones". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Grace Jones - Portfolio (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. p. 160. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Grace Jones – Portfolio" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  6. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - ALBUM 1978". www.hitparadeitalia.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  7. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Grace Jones – Portfolio". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  8. ^ "Grace Jones Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  9. ^ "Grace Jones". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 

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