Night Nurse [Bonus Tracks]

Night Nurse [Bonus Tracks]

by Gregory Isaacs
     
 

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Although his 1981 album, More Gregory, was picked up for international distribution, Gregory Isaacs' 1982 release, Night Nurse, was his first to be designed for an audience outside Jamaica. Accordingly, Island Records head Chris Blackwell upgraded the overall sound quality, making this Isaacs' most professional-sounding record

Overview

Although his 1981 album, More Gregory, was picked up for international distribution, Gregory Isaacs' 1982 release, Night Nurse, was his first to be designed for an audience outside Jamaica. Accordingly, Island Records head Chris Blackwell upgraded the overall sound quality, making this Isaacs' most professional-sounding record yet, and he brought in synthesizer player Wally Badarou to overdub keyboard parts on the tracks, making them less spare and distinguishing the arrangements more. Isaacs and his backup band, the Roots Radics, had a tendency to set up a groove and play, with only minor differences from one track to the next, but Badarou brought a different flavor to each song. Isaacs responded to his greater opportunity with a strong collection of compositions, starting with the title song, which pleaded for erotic medication with as much urgency as Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing." For the most part, romantic concerns occupied him, but "Hot Stepper," in which he sang of being wanted by the authorities, unfortunately anticipated the incarceration that would derail his career shortly, and "Material Man" was a savage denunciation of the wealthy, even if it was rendered in Isaacs' characteristically even-toned voice over the medium-tempo track. Night Nurse had just enough variety to make it a cohesive album and not just a collection of singles, and with Island's promotional muscle it brought Isaacs deserved recognition, rising into the U.K. Top 40 and attracting accolades in the U.S. The 2002 reissue adds more than 22 minutes' worth of bonus material, all of it dub versions of Isaacs' songs, including an eight-minute instrumental extension of "Cool Down the Pace," a song in which the unhurried Isaacs asks his companion not to dance so fast. The result is to make one of the 1980s' best reggae albums that much better.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2002
Label:
Island
UPC:
0731458676829
catalogNumber:
586768
Rank:
25807

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gregory Isaacs   Primary Artist
Wally Badarou   Synthesizer,Prophet Synthesizer
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson   Keyboards
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar
Style Scott   Drums
Lincoln Style Scott   Drums
Errol "Flabba" Holt   Bass
Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Errol Brown   Engineer
David Katz   Liner Notes
Gregory Isaacs   Producer
Godwin Logie   Engineer
Sylvester Weise   Composer
Stylorouge   Cover Art
Mathieu Bitton   Reissue Design
Jane Hitchin   Tape Research
David Lascelles   Tape Research
Monique McGuffin   Reissue Production Coordination
Zoe Roberts   Tape Research
Lily Salinas   Tape Research
Paul "Groucho" Smykle   Engineer

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