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Comin' in Tough

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Comin' in Tough, from reggae legend Freddie McGregor, doesn't break any new ground for the much-loved singer, but does clearly demonstrate why he's been such a consistent seller for almost four decades. The album's two lead tracks are also its two hit singles so far: the first, "Lock It Down," is an irresistibly catchy call to consciousness and "positivity"; the second is an equally hooky rewrite of Coxsone Dodd's classic "Bangarang" rhythm. The rest of the album is uneven, but generally quite good: for every disappointment a completely unnecessary rewrite of the Wailers' rocksteady classic "Love and Affection," a meandering and lackluster original titled "Set the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Comin' in Tough, from reggae legend Freddie McGregor, doesn't break any new ground for the much-loved singer, but does clearly demonstrate why he's been such a consistent seller for almost four decades. The album's two lead tracks are also its two hit singles so far: the first, "Lock It Down," is an irresistibly catchy call to consciousness and "positivity"; the second is an equally hooky rewrite of Coxsone Dodd's classic "Bangarang" rhythm. The rest of the album is uneven, but generally quite good: for every disappointment a completely unnecessary rewrite of the Wailers' rocksteady classic "Love and Affection," a meandering and lackluster original titled "Set the Program" there are at least two or three gems like the brilliant "Pick Yourself Up," featuring Morgan Heritage. The album is produced by Bobby "Digital" Dixon, who provides a nice sonic mixture of modern smoothness and rootsy texture, thanks in part to the presence of such stellar sidemen as drummer William "Squidley" Cole, guitarist Dalton Browne, and bassist Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis. This may not be the most essential title in McGregor's catalog, but it's a solid entry.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/2005
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645170529
  • Catalog Number: 1705
  • Sales rank: 266,720

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lock It Down (3:51)
  2. 2 Bangarang (4:02)
  3. 3 Can You Feel It (3:28)
  4. 4 Comin' in Tough (3:35)
  5. 5 Set the Program (4:17)
  6. 6 Choices (4:34)
  7. 7 Red Rose (3:02)
  8. 8 Love and Affection (3:07)
  9. 9 Ooh Child (3:33)
  10. 10 You Don't Know (4:05)
  11. 11 United We Stand (3:54)
  12. 12 Little Girl (3:30)
  13. 13 Pick Yourself Up (5:13)
  14. 14 A Better Way (4:00)
  15. 15 Save a Little Love (3:49)
  16. 16 In Your Dreams (4:12)
  17. 17 Love on Our Side (3:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Freddie McGregor Primary Artist, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Johnson Keyboards
Dalton Browne Guitar, Background Vocals
Bobby Dixon Percussion
Dean Fraser Horn
Marcia Griffiths Vocals
Paul Henton Keyboards
Morgan Heritage Vocals, Background Vocals
Willie Lindo Guitar
Robert Lyn Keyboards
Melbourne Miller Drums
Nambo Robinson Horn
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Nadine Sutherland Background Vocals
Noel Browne Keyboards
Paul Crossdale Keyboards
Daniel McGregor Background Vocals
Kashief Lindo Background Vocals
Anthony B Vocals
Rolando Wilson Drums
Rochell Bradshaw Background Vocals
Stephen McGregor Bass, Musician
Michael "Mike Dee" Johnson Keyboards
Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis Bass
Willburn "Squidley" Cole Drums
Patrick Kerr Drums
Errol Hurd Saxophone
Technical Credits
D. Browne Composer
Dalton Browne Engineer
Bobby Digital Audio Production
Bobby Dixon Composer, Producer, Engineer
Willie Lindo Composer
Freddie McGregor Composer
Raymond McLeod Producer
Stan Vincent Composer
Squidley Cole Composer
Daniel McGregor Producer, Audio Production
P. Morgan Composer
Carl McCleod Composer
Raymond McCleod Composer
Kashief Lindo Programming, drum programming
Jason Sterling Engineer
Stephen McGregor Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Arthur Simms Engineer
Chris Chin Executive Producer
Carl "Dillie" McLeod Producer, Engineer
Damian Mazur Engineer
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