Di Captain

Di Captain

by Freddie McGregor
     
 

On Di Captain's "Intro," Jamaican radio/television host Jenny Jenny gives a quick overview of singer Freddie McGregor's career, going back to his early-'60s rocksteady days and dropping a mention of "Big Ship," his pivotal hit. It was with that track that the rebel-saluting man who recorded "Bobby Bobylon" became a roots singer whoSee more details below

Overview

On Di Captain's "Intro," Jamaican radio/television host Jenny Jenny gives a quick overview of singer Freddie McGregor's career, going back to his early-'60s rocksteady days and dropping a mention of "Big Ship," his pivotal hit. It was with that track that the rebel-saluting man who recorded "Bobby Bobylon" became a roots singer who also passionately delivered R&B, and later nailed lovers rock (1987's "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely" is a reggae standard) and bounced through the goofy ragga years like a pro (check 1994's "This Carry Go Bring Come" for sheer joy). It's why he's more than earned every genre swerve that this 2012 "comeback" album offers, and while this is an excellent way for material-starved fans to feast (it's his first full album in seven years, since he's been mentoring his way hip dancehall kids Stephen and Chino), it's a bit too stuffed and revue-minded to recommend to newcomers. McGregor regulars, on the other hand, get a wealth of grown folk's reggae, beginning with the warm and positive "Move Up Jamaica," an anthem for celebrating 50 years of independence. Later, there's a worthy redo of "Bobby Bobylon" dubbed "Standing Strong," with dancehall star Gappy Ranks supremely mashing it up, plus a slow, skanking take on "Rainbow Country" that's pure pleasure. "There You Go," "Let It Be Me," with the elegant Etana as guest, and a beautiful take on "A House Is Not a Home" give the album a winning trifecta of ballads, and with "Bag a Hype," McGregor offers the youths a poetic metaphor for the hollow life of a street hood. Even if it could have been sorted better, this has the warmth and wisdom McGregor fans adore with plenty of highlights to place on the legend's top shelf.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2013
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645195829
catalogNumber:
1958
Rank:
126919

Tracks

  1. Intro: Jenny Jenny  - Freddie McGregor
  2. Move Up Jamaica  - Freddie McGregor
  3. You Won't See Me  - Freddie McGregor
  4. Bag A Hype  - Freddie McGregor
  5. Africa  - Freddie McGregor
  6. More Love in the Ghetto  - Freddie McGregor
  7. Love I Believe In  - Freddie McGregor
  8. Rainbow Country  - Freddie McGregor
  9. Standing Strong  - Gappy Ranks
  10. Love Ballad  - Freddie McGregor
  11. There You Go  - Freddie McGregor
  12. My Story  - Freddie McGregor
  13. Let It Be Me  -  Etana
  14. Jah Love Di Whole A Wi  - Freddie McGregor
  15. A House Is Not a Home  - Freddie McGregor
  16. Equal Rights  - Freddie McGregor

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Freddie McGregor   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Leroy Sibbles   Bass
Stanley Andrews   Guitar
Trevor Skatta Bonnick   Horn,Background Vocals
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne   Drums
Dalton Browne   Bass,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Haldane Danny Browne   Guitar
Everton Carrington   Percussion
Dean Fraser   Horn,Saxophone
Tony Greene   Horn
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson   Organ,Bass,Piano
Paul Kastick   Drums
Ronald "Nambo" Robinson   Horn
Patrick Tenyue   Horn
Paul Jazzwad Yebuah   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Paul Crossdale   Keyboards
Yeshemabeth McGregor   Background Vocals
Dave Heywood   Background Vocals
Leroy Heywood   Background Vocals
Buttons Henry Tenyve   Horn
Stephen McGregor   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Sylvia Tella   Background Vocals
Trevor Fagan   Drums
Kirk Bennett   Drums
Fiona Robinson   Background Vocals
Paul "Limey" Murray   Background Vocals
Donald "Firehouse"   Bass
Carlton "Bubblers" Ogilvie   Keyboards
Dave "Fluxy" Heywood   Drums
C. Browne   Background Vocals
Lerory "Mafia" Heywood   Bass,Keyboards
Jimmy Peart   Piano
Barry Prince   Drums
Ivan Christie   Guitar
Isaiah Palmer   Bass
Diona Robinson   Background Vocals
Vincent Espeute   Guitar

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Luther Vandross   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne   Engineer
Dalton Browne   Producer
Clevie   Producer
Hal David   Composer
Pierre Delanoé   Composer
Marcus Miller   Composer
Skip Scarborough   Composer
Noel Browne   Engineer
Steelie   Producer
D. Brown   Composer
Mark Wynter   Engineer
Stephen McGregor   Engineer
Carl "Dillie" McLeod   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor   Producer,Engineer
L. Martin   Composer
L. Sibbles   Composer
F. McGregor   Composer
S. McGregor   Composer
Mann Curtis   Composer
Gilbert François   Composer
Leopold Bécaud   Composer
Denayu Theophane   Engineer
Orville "Bagga" Case   Artwork
Nicole "Rasta" McLeod   Engineer

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