Sings Jamaican Classics

Sings Jamaican Classics

by Freddie McGregor
     
 
Originally released in the early 1990s as three separate volumes, Freddie McGregor Sings Jamaican Classics is an expanded edition that brings all three of those volumes together in a single package. The original sets were recorded between 1990 and 1994 and featured McGregor's

Overview

Originally released in the early 1990s as three separate volumes, Freddie McGregor Sings Jamaican Classics is an expanded edition that brings all three of those volumes together in a single package. The original sets were recorded between 1990 and 1994 and featured McGregor's effortlessly elegant and relaxed vocals over backing tracks built from synthesizer riffs and drum loops as he revisits several roots rock classics from the '60s and '70s in a light dancehall style. By all rights, the end result should have been bland and relatively disposable, but that isn't the case, as McGregor's vocals are very much alive and nuanced, the arrangements are lovingly respectful and the rhythms support and enlarge these songs rather than overwhelm them. There is so much to like here, including a wonderful remake of the Clarendonians' "Breaking Up" (McGregor was a member of the group when the original version was recorded), Junior Byles' "Beat Down Babylon," Bob Marley's "Nice Time," and the Ethiopians' "Everything Crash," among others, and in each case McGregor sings from the heart, giving these remakes a nicely balanced feel between what made the originals such classics and what might actually still go over in the increasingly digital-driven dancehall market. That McGregor pulls it off is nothing short of amazing, and it's a rare thing when remakes of classics seem like classics themselves.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2008
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645183826
catalogNumber:
1838

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Artibella
  2. Dance Crasher
  3. I've Got to Go Back Home
  4. Take It Easy
  5. Breaking Up
  6. Conquer Me
  7. How Can I Forget
  8. I Was Born a Winner
  9. Joy in the Morning
  10. Let Him Try
  11. Nice Time
  12. Red Rose
  13. You Don't Need Me
  14. You're Gonna Lose
  15. You've Caught Me Baby
  16. Come on Little Girl
  17. Every Day Is a Holiday
  18. Everything Crash
  19. Falling in Love with You

Disc 2

  1. Give Me the Right
  2. Let Them Say
  3. Little Nut Tree
  4. Moving Away
  5. Mr. Fix It
  6. Nanny Goat
  7. Undying Love
  8. Watch This Sound
  9. Can I Change My Mind
  10. Danger in Your Eyes
  11. Declaration of Rights
  12. Satta
  13. Sweet Talking
  14. Hooligan
  15. Stranger in Love
  16. My Jamaican Girl
  17. Beat Down Babylon
  18. Curly Locks
  19. Love Has Found Its Way

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Freddie McGregor   Primary Artist,Bass,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Musician
Danny Browne   Bass,Strings,Drums,Keyboards,Musician
Dalton Browne   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Musician
Chico Chin   Horn,Background Vocals,Musician
Dean Fraser   Horn,Musician
Diana King   Background Vocals,Musician
Robert Lyn   Keyboards,Musician
Carrol McLaughlin   Keyboards,Musician
Nambo Robinson   Horn,Musician
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Background Vocals,Musician
Nadine Sutherland   Background Vocals,Musician
Mallory Williams   Strings,Keyboards,Musician
Noel Browne   Bass,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Musician
Chris Meredith   Background Vocals,Musician
Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis   Bass
John Alexander   Background Vocals,Musician
Willburn "Squidley" Cole   Drums
Carol McLaughlin   Keyboards
Still Cool Group   Background Vocals,Musician
John Alexander   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ken Boothe   Composer
Bob Marley   Composer
Steve Stills   Composer
Brenton Dowe   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Larry Marshall   Composer
Marc Anthony   Composer
Dalton Browne   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Bobby Dixon   Audio Production
Barry Llewellyn   Composer
Freddie McGregor   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Jackie Mittoo   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Christopher Chin   Executive Producer
Donald Manning   Composer
Lynford Manning   Composer
D. Brown   Composer
Bobby "Digital" Dixon   Engineer
K. Anderson   Composer
B. Despenza   Composer
B. Atkinson   Composer
E. Morgan   Composer
W. Riley   Composer
L. Perry   Composer
J. Byles   Composer
Y. Brown   Composer
H. Lewis   Composer
H. Barrett   Composer
C. Dawkins   Composer
A. Ellis   Composer
R. Cogle   Composer
W. Stewart   Composer
E. Wilson   Composer
G. Evans   Composer
D. Morris   Composer
L. Sibbles   Composer
L. Dillon   Composer
T. Evans   Composer
T. Cowan   Composer

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