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Sings Jamaican Classics

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645183826
  • Catalog Number: 1838
  • Sales rank: 171,947

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Artibella (3:53)
  2. 2 Dance Crasher (2:55)
  3. 3 I've Got to Go Back Home (3:37)
  4. 4 Take It Easy (3:50)
  5. 5 Breaking Up (3:57)
  6. 6 Conquer Me (3:44)
  7. 7 How Can I Forget (3:41)
  8. 8 I Was Born a Winner (3:41)
  9. 9 Joy in the Morning (3:51)
  10. 10 Let Him Try (3:55)
  11. 11 Nice Time (3:39)
  12. 12 Red Rose (3:02)
  13. 13 You Don't Need Me (3:21)
  14. 14 You're Gonna Lose (4:04)
  15. 15 You've Caught Me Baby (3:27)
  16. 16 Come on Little Girl (3:29)
  17. 17 Every Day Is a Holiday (3:19)
  18. 18 Everything Crash (2:58)
  19. 19 Falling in Love with You (3:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Give Me the Right (3:33)
  2. 2 Let Them Say (3:52)
  3. 3 Little Nut Tree (2:56)
  4. 4 Moving Away (3:15)
  5. 5 Mr. Fix It (3:56)
  6. 6 Nanny Goat (2:23)
  7. 7 Undying Love (3:35)
  8. 8 Watch This Sound (3:43)
  9. 9 Can I Change My Mind (3:32)
  10. 10 Danger in Your Eyes (2:54)
  11. 11 Declaration of Rights (3:52)
  12. 12 Satta (3:49)
  13. 13 Sweet Talking (2:14)
  14. 14 Hooligan (3:28)
  15. 15 Stranger in Love (3:21)
  16. 16 My Jamaican Girl (3:53)
  17. 17 Beat Down Babylon (3:45)
  18. 18 Curly Locks (3:37)
  19. 19 Love Has Found Its Way (4:28)
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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
Chris Scott Mastering
Bobby "Digital" Dixon Engineer
Paul Shields Mastering
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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