Classical Gregory Isaacs Sly & Robbie selection first issued in Jamaica in 1980 and including such killers as Soon Forward, Motherless Children, Slave Driver and Going Down Town, all replete with dubs, discomix stylee. The CD contains the bonus track I'm Coming Home.
1. Soon Forward
2. You'll Never Know
3. Motherless Children
4. Slave Driver
6. Going Down Town
7. I'm Coming Home (CD Bonus track)
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Prime Time Greg'ry!
Greg'ry! Where do you start? (answer later) - He has somewhere in the region of 500 albums to his name, a mere 75 of them original studio recordings, he lost his teeth partly due to cocaine addiction, he done time for owning unlicensed weapons and dealing, he 'starred' in the film Rockers, and still had time to be one of the big 3 of the Jamaican roots era, along with Bob Marley and Dennis Brown, and is my personal favourite of the three. but so many records!
Break it down from around 1975 to the latest dated brilliant album (that I've heard) 1985s sublime 'Judge Not', shared showcase style with Dennis Brown, being his golden era, the nadir being the awful reading of Under The Sea on The Disney Reggae Club album (yikes!)
However, this is bang in the middle of the glory years, fitting sweetly between the brilliant Virgin Front Line albums and the superb 'Night Nurse', both he and Sly 'n' Robbie in world-beating form, inna showcase style! Six extended pieces showing the breadth of Isaacs' talent - laid back/conscious/lovers'/protest, all directions he can take that distinctive voice. Subject to re-mastering, this is a bit of a masterclass for all concerned, the album flows like velvet thunder would, through some of his best known songs, like 'Soon Forward', 'Motherless Children' and a crucial take on Marley's 'Slave Driver', each with extended dub workouts following. There is a clever bit of 'grafting' on 'Going Down Town', where due possibly to tape deterioration or loss or whatever?, it appears that the extended passage has been needle-dropped on. it's actually seamless, the only evidence being the light crackle that comes along with the practice - no biggie at all! There's also a bonus track 'I'm Coming Home', in short form. nice touch, as is the free 'C' on the cover, which i think's always been there!
To my earlier question, although this is an essential release, i would, if I had an interest, commence with Trojan's 'The Best Of Gregory Isaacs' (40 track 2xCD) as a starter, there's even a couple of tracks from here on it, albeit in unre-mastered form, plus his one song recorded by Scratch, the ultra-sublime 'Mr. Cop', and many other belters! As he might have said, and did.......Extra Classic!