Mr. Isaacs [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Originally released in the 1970s on the Jamaican Cash & Carry label and reissued in the U.S. on Shanachie in 1988, Mr. Isaacs is one of the best albums Gregory Isaacs ever made. On it he abandons, for the most part, the loverman crooning for which he was already famous; he instead unburdens himself of sharply observed social commentary, all of it delivered in the cool, dispassionate voice that earned him the title "Cool Ruler." The album opens with one of the most striking couplets in the Isaacs catalog -- "I was given as a sacrifice/To build a black man's hell and a white man's paradise" -- and that line, and the song that follows it, sets the tone and the context ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Originally released in the 1970s on the Jamaican Cash & Carry label and reissued in the U.S. on Shanachie in 1988, Mr. Isaacs is one of the best albums Gregory Isaacs ever made. On it he abandons, for the most part, the loverman crooning for which he was already famous; he instead unburdens himself of sharply observed social commentary, all of it delivered in the cool, dispassionate voice that earned him the title "Cool Ruler." The album opens with one of the most striking couplets in the Isaacs catalog -- "I was given as a sacrifice/To build a black man's hell and a white man's paradise" -- and that line, and the song that follows it, sets the tone and the context for the rest of the album. Accompanied by the Revolutionaries and the Soul Syndicate with backing vocals courtesy of the Heptones, Isaacs rolls out songs with titles like "Handcuff," "Slavemaster," and "Set the Captives Free," breaking the tension occasionally with such lighter fare as "Smile" originally a hit for the Silvertones and the dancehall boast "Take a Dip" in a dub mix featuring toaster Dillinger. The Blood & Fire reissue improves on Shanachie's by beefing up the sound somewhat and adding five bonus tracks, among them the excellent Dillinger showcase mentioned above and an extended disco mix of "Mr. Brown." Absolutely essential.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2001
  • Label: Blood & Fire Records
  • UPC: 783564003525
  • Catalog Number: 640035

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sacrifice (3:43)
  2. 2 Storm (4:04)
  3. 3 Story Book Children (3:23)
  4. 4 Handcuff (3:32)
  5. 5 Slave Master (2:26)
  6. 6 Take a Dip (2:51)
  7. 7 Get Ready (4:47)
  8. 8 Set the Captives Free (3:08)
  9. 9 The Winner (3:55)
  10. 10 Smile (3:40)
  11. 11 Mr. Brown (3:23)
  12. 12 Conversation (5:32)
  13. 13 Mr. Brown (5:21)
  14. 14 War of the Stars (5:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gregory Isaacs Primary Artist, Vocals
The Heptones Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Composer
DJ Premier Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Ossie Hibbert Arranger, Producer
David Porter Composer
Steve Barrow Liner Notes
K. Smith Composer
Kevin Metcalfe Mastering
Edward Lee Composer
Kirk Douglas Composer
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