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Ruler 1972-1990: Reggae Anthology
     

The Ruler 1972-1990: Reggae Anthology

by Gregory Isaacs
 

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Released almost a year after his death at the age of 59, The Ruler: 1972-1990 is a fantastic 40-track collection covering the smooth reggae crooner's best years. Heartbreak, heartache, and occasional social commentary were well within Gregory Isaacs' grasp, with all of it delivered in a

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Released almost a year after his death at the age of 59, The Ruler: 1972-1990 is a fantastic 40-track collection covering the smooth reggae crooner's best years. Heartbreak, heartache, and occasional social commentary were well within Gregory Isaacs' grasp, with all of it delivered in a convincingly reserved tone, earning him the nickname "The Cool Ruler." The quintessential numbers are almost all here, with "My Only Lover," "My Number One," "Mr. Cop," "Night Nurse," "Rumours," and "Red Rose for Gregory" making this one stellar track list. The stern uprising track "Slave Master" is here, too, although in a live version. Still, it's a very good version and the compilation's excellent second-tier selections more than make up for it; plus, to get some extended mixes as well is absolute gravy. Buy the physical release and a live 1984 show from the Brixton Academy is included on DVD, and the booklet features a welcome essay from Steve "Serpiente" Stromberg along with track-by-track commentary.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2011
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645418621
catalogNumber:
4186
Rank:
74016

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gregory Isaacs   Primary Artist
Heptones   Background Vocals
Mighty Diamonds   Background Vocals
Aggrovators   Musician
Revolutionaries   Musician
Ansel Collins   Keyboards
Upsetters   Musician
Bingy Bunny   Guitar
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne   Drums,Background Vocals
Danny Browne   Bass
Dalton Browne   Guitar
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Bobby Ellis   Horn
Dean Fraser   Horn
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson   Bass
J.C. Lodge   Background Vocals
Herman Marquis   Horn
Tommy McCook   Horn
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar
Ranchie   Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Ernest Wilson   Bass
Soul Syndicate   Musician
Robbie Lyn   Keyboards
Michael Bennett   Background Vocals
Frankie Waul   Keyboards

Technical Credits

John Holt   Composer
Errol Dunkley   Producer
Sly & Robbie   Producer
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke   Producer
Ossie Hibbert   Composer,Producer
Carlton Hines   Composer
Winston "Niney" Holness   Composer
Gregory Isaacs   Composer,Producer
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson   Composer
Bert Keyes   Composer
Niney the Observer   Producer
Alvin Ranglin   Producer
Sylvester Weise   Composer
Errol "Flabba" Holt   Producer
Christopher Chin   Executive Producer
Myrna March   Composer
Hopeton Lindo   Composer
Clive Chin   Producer
Phil Pratt   Producer
Hugh "Redman" James   Producer
Bob Andy   Composer
Michael Bennett   Composer
Donald Clive Davidson   Reissue Coordinator
Steve "Serpiente" Stromberg   Liner Notes
David "Tappa Zukie" Sinclair   Producer
Tappa Zukie   Producer
Rose Gaines   Composer
James Hugh   Composer
Hattie Leeper   Composer
Ewan Barrett   Composer
Cleveland Browne   Composer
Beresford C. Estick   Composer

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