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This just made my day, and also my life.

While the legendary Miss Grace Jones is busy toiling away at her upcoming Hurricane follow-up (and a memoir, too!), Island Records will be commemorating her iconic 1981 Nightclubbing LP with an incredibly worthy re-release for April of this year.

For the first time ever, the album has been re-mastered, and will be released as a CD, 2-CD deluxe and deluxe edition vinyl — all of which can be pre-ordered now. The deluxe edition will also contain 12″ mixes, B-sides and two unreleased tracks. (!!!)

And now, the full spiel for the true slaves to the rhythm:

The body of work that Grace Jones made her own at Island Records in the early 80s is among the most startling in popular music. Beginning with ‘Warm Leatherette’ and concluding with ‘Living My Life’, the three albums Jones recorded between 1980 and 1982 at Compass Point Studios in Nassau in the Bahamas and produced by Alex Sadkin and Island records owner Chris Blackwell became benchmarks. Nestling in the middle of these records – the best of the best, is ‘Nightclubbing’, the album on which her musical legacy rests – a sophisticated mêlée of sound, astute A&Ring and a perfect example of artist and musicians working in complete accord.

The album is re-mastered for the very first time and will be available on 1CD, 2CD Deluxe Edition, 2LP 180g Deluxe Edition vinyl (cut at Abbey Road Studios), Blu Ray audio and Digital formats. The 1CD will feature the original album, the 2CD will be original album, plus 12” mixes, b sides, and two unreleased tracks. The double LP will come in a beautiful gatefold package with the first featuring the original album and a second with a selection of key 12” mixes. The 1 and 2CD editions will also be available in digital form.

There will also be a special 12” (cut at Abbey Road Studios) for Record Store Day 2014 featuring the previously unreleased Gary Numan/Tubeway Army cover ‘Me! I Disconnect From You’ plus ’Feel Up’ (Long Version).

A must for audiophiles, each format presents ‘Nightclubbing’ with the love and respect that it deserves, and is sure to cement the already lasting legacy of this fabulous album for many years to come.

A deluxe vinyl with new packaging? Unreleased tracks and 12″ mixes? A song called “If You Wanna Be My Lover”? (I imagine that’s not an early demo of the Spice Girls‘ “Wannabe, but you never know.) A special record for Record Store Day? The music nerd in me is seriously shaking and crying. I really can’t.

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Finally, here’s the full tracklisting for each edition:

Standard
1. Walking In The Rain 4.18
2. Pull Up To The Bumper 4.41
3. Use Me 5.04
4. Nightclubbing 5.06
5. Art Groupie 2.39
6. I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango) 4.30
7. Feel Up 4.03
8. Demolition Man 4.03
9. I’ve Done It Again 3.51
Deluxe CD
Disc 1-Standard Album
Disc 2
1 Demolition Man (12” Version) 4.58 // Issued as A-side of 12” single 12 // WIP 6673, Feb 1981.
2 Pull Up To The Bumper (Long Version) 5.45 // Issued as A-side of 12” single // 12 WIP 6696, June 1981
3 Feel Up (Long Version) 6.14 // Issued as B-side of 12” single // 12 WIP 6696, June 1981
4 I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango) (12” Version) 5.32 // Issued as A-side of Dutch 12” // single 600.366, July 1981
5 Walking In The Rain (12” Version) 7.25 // Issued as A-side of 12” single // 12 WIP 6739, Oct 1981
6 Pull Up To The Bumper (Remixed Version) 7.15 // Issued as B-side of 12” single // 12 WIP 6739, Oct 1981
7 Use Me (Long Version) 6.10 // First issued on Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions
8 Pull Up To The Bumper (US Party Version) 5.00 // Issued as A-side of US promotional 12” single // PRO-A-936
9 Feel Up (Extended Version) 6.15 // Issued as A-side of US promotional 12” single // PRO-A-985
10 Pull Up To The Bumper (1985 Remix) 6.24 // Issued as A-side of cassette single // CIS 240
11 Peanut Butter (Pull Up To The Bumper Instrumental) 5.10 // Issued as B-side of cassette single // CIS 240
12 If You Wanna Be My Lover (previously unreleased) 8.00 approx
13 Me! I Disconnect From You (previously unreleased) 5.30 approx
14 Esta Cara Me Es Conocida (I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango) 4.32 // Issued as A-side of Spanish 7” single B-102.587
LP – Cut at Abbey Road Studios
Disc 1-Standard Album
Disc 2
1 Demolition Man (12” Version) 4.58 // Issued as A-side of 12” single 12 WIP 6673, Feb 1981.
2 I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango) (12” Version) 5.32 // Issued as A-side of Dutch 12” single // 600.366, July 1981
3 Walking In The Rain (12” Version) 7.25 // Issued as A-side of 12” single 12 // WIP 6739, Oct 1981
4 Use Me (Long Version) 6.10 // First issued on Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions
5 Pull Up To The Bumper (US Party Version) 5.00 // Issued as A-side of US promotional 12” single // PRO-A-936
6 Feel Up (Extended Version) 6.15 // Issued as A-side of US promotional 12” single // PRO-A-985
7 If You Wanna Be My Lover (previously unreleased) 8.00 approx
8 Me! I Disconnect From You (previously unreleased) 5.30 approx

‘Nightclubbing’ will be re-released on April 28. (iTunes)