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Best of Gregory Isaacs [Golden Stars]
     

Best of Gregory Isaacs [Golden Stars]

by Gregory Isaacs
 

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Originally released as two separate albums, the Heartbeat label now brings the pair together on one fabulous disc. And taken alongside My Number One and Love Is Overdue, this brings together virtually the entire lexicon of recordings Isaacs cut with producer Alvin Ranglin

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Originally released as two separate albums, the Heartbeat label now brings the pair together on one fabulous disc. And taken alongside My Number One and Love Is Overdue, this brings together virtually the entire lexicon of recordings Isaacs cut with producer Alvin Ranglin during the mid- to late '70s. Best Of is a bit of a misnomer, even in its day, suggesting both volumes compiled hit singles. In reality, the records mostly featured new material, with only a few recent chart busters thrown in for good measure, but events conspired to prove the accuracy of the titles. Volume One boasts the mighty "My Number One," which had already torn up the Jamaican chart, the seductive "Special Guest," the rootsy perfection of "No Speech," the exquisite pain of "Tear Drops," a sublime cover of "Willow Tree," the haunting "Cool You" -- in fact, there's not a song on the record that didn't deserve single status. Out of the aforementioned six, four were massive hits and swiftly gained classic status. Volume Two is fired by a quartet of tough cultural songs -- the fierce "A Riot," the simmering "Jailer," a heartfelt "Village of the Under Privileged," and the powerful return-to-Africa-themed "Border" -- intercut with lovers offerings, notably the evocative "Once Again" and the gorgeous "Tumbling Tears," another classic. Both albums were recorded with the Revolutionaries, whose percolating beats (Sly & Robbie, of course) power the album, with the rest of the band laying down a musical accompaniment that shifts between lovers rock and rockers style, that perfectly backs Isaacs own emotive, yet gentle, vocals. Ranglin keeps it all simmering, creating a pair of albums that indeed featured some of the singer's best.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2007
Label:
Golden Stars Holland
UPC:
8712177045839
catalogNumber:
5364
Rank:
115571

Tracks

  1. Willow Tree
  2. Breaking Up
  3. No Speech, No Language
  4. Lonely Teardrops
  5. Everything Is Going Alright
  6. My Number One
  7. Let Me Be Your Special Guest
  8. Look Before You Leap
  9. If You Feeling Hot, I Will Cool You
  10. Happiness
  11. Philistines
  12. Want to Go
  13. I Am Struggling
  14. Jailer
  15. Border
  16. Tumbling Years
  17. Can I Change My Mind
  18. Lonely Days
  19. Lonely Days
  20. Sweeter the Victory
  21. Lover Overdue
  22. Financial Endorsement
  23. Be Careful
  24. Another Heartache
  25. If You're in Love
  26. Dreams Come True
  27. Way She Walks
  28. Far Beyond the Valley
  29. Happiness Come
  30. No Forgiveness
  31. Love Disguise
  32. I Need Your Love
  33. Don't Go
  34. Reasoning with the Almighty
  35. Double Attack
  36. No Footstool
  37. Riot
  38. Each Day
  39. Something Nice
  40. Payroll
  41. Village of the Underprivilleged

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