Ultimate Collection

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
You know the old saying about trying to be all things to all people? Well, with an artist as prolific as Gregory Isaacs, even a box set can never be an ultimate package but, that said, this 20-track collection is one of the better introductions to the artist. Bundling up songs recorded between the mid-'70s and the late '80s, the album leapfrogs about chronologically. Thankfully, the liner notes are extremely complete even identifying the backing bands and listing their members!, while also including a history taken from an interview with Isaacs himself. The earliest songs included -- "Love Is Overdue" and "My Number One," both produced by Alvin Ranglin -- are among the ...
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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
You know the old saying about trying to be all things to all people? Well, with an artist as prolific as Gregory Isaacs, even a box set can never be an ultimate package but, that said, this 20-track collection is one of the better introductions to the artist. Bundling up songs recorded between the mid-'70s and the late '80s, the album leapfrogs about chronologically. Thankfully, the liner notes are extremely complete even identifying the backing bands and listing their members!, while also including a history taken from an interview with Isaacs himself. The earliest songs included -- "Love Is Overdue" and "My Number One," both produced by Alvin Ranglin -- are among the singer's greatest, while the latest -- "Rough Neck" and "Rumours" -- are dancehall classics both overseen by Gussie Clarke. In between there are such seminal songs as the Niney Holness-produced "Slavemaster," "Oh What a Feeling" cut for Taxi, "Mr. Cop" co-produced by Lee Perry and Isaacs, a number of excellent self-productions, and such Flabba Holt-overseen classics as "Night Nurse." What's missing is too long to list, but Ultimate Collection does capture some of the highlights of several periods during the singer's lengthy career, and is an excellent starting place for new fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2001
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 731456043029
  • Catalog Number: 560430
  • Sales rank: 28,970

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Top Ten (3:24)
  2. 2 Tune In (3:39)
  3. 3 My Number One (3:45)
  4. 4 Love Is Overdue (3:07)
  5. 5 Black a Kill Black - Soul Syndicate (2:47)
  6. 6 The Border (4:06)
  7. 7 Thief a Man (2:41)
  8. 8 Slavemaster - Soul Syndicate (3:08)
  9. 9 Mr. Cop (3:19)
  10. 10 Storm - Soul Syndicate (4:04)
  11. 11 Oh What a Feeling (3:46)
  12. 12 Night Nurse (4:05)
  13. 13 Confirm Reservation (3:13)
  14. 14 Front Door (4:02)
  15. 15 Sad to Know (You're Leaving) (4:10)
  16. 16 Good Morning (4:03)
  17. 17 Out Deh (3:43)
  18. 18 Private Secretary (4:32)
  19. 19 Rumours (3:38)
  20. 20 Rough Neck (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gregory Isaacs Primary Artist
Wally Badarou Synthesizer
The Heptones Track Performer
The Mighty Diamonds Track Performer
Barry Reynolds Guitar
Ansel Collins Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Sly & Robbie Track Performer
Taxi Gang Track Performer
Roots Radics Track Performer
Gladstone Anderson Keyboards
Noel Sowell Bailey Guitar
Leslie Butler Keyboards
Chico Chin Trumpet
Tony Chin Guitar
Santa Davis Drums
Sly Dunbar Drums, Syndrum
Bobby Ellis Trumpet
Dean Fraser Saxophone
George Fullwood Bass
Ossie Hibbert Keyboards
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson Bass, Piano, Keyboards
Richard G. Johnson Keyboards
Sky Juice Percussion
Robert Lyn Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Synthesizer Horn
David Madden Trumpet
Herman Marquis Alto Saxophone
Tommy McCook Tenor Saxophone
Dwight Pinkney Guitar
Ronald "Nambo" Robinson Trombone
Lincoln Style Scott Drums
Robbie Shakespeare Bass, Piano
Noel "Scully" Simms Percussion
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar
Keith Sterling Piano, Keyboards
Ruddy Thomas Percussion
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Franklyn Waul Piano, Keyboards
Errol "Flabba" Holt Bass
Danny Brownie Bass
Soul Syndicate Track Performer
Dalton Brownie Guitar
Errol "Tarzan" Nelson Keyboards
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean Bass, Guitar
Phil Ramacon Synthesizer
Technical Credits
Augustus "Gussie" Clarke Producer
David Katz Annotation
Sly Dunbar Producer
Gregory Isaacs Arranger, Composer, Producer
Quinous Johnson Tape Research
Alvin Ranglin Producer
Robbie Shakespeare Producer
Sylvester Weise Composer
Ilene Weingard Art Direction
Erick Labson Mastering
Dana Smart Annotation
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
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