by Gregory Isaacs


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Though some of his most powerful recordings have been roots-and-culture material -- Mr. Isaacs remains one of the finest roots reggae albums of all time -- Gregory Isaacs' bread and butter has always been pop-oriented love songs; his career was built on a unique ability to transcend an unattractively thin, almost whiny voice and turn it into an instrument of mass seduction. On Masterclass, a collaborative effort with the seemingly tireless producer Blacka Dread, he revisited those loverman roots, with very pleasing results. Dread's rich and varied rhythms did a good job of covering for Isaacs' somewhat diminished vocal capacity, and on highlight tracks like the plaintive "Secret Love Affair" and the dark, rootsy sufferer's anthem "False Evidence" it's the instrumental backing that shone most brightly while Isaacs intoned his trademark murmur above them. But even though he wasn't at the top of his game, Isaacs did hold his own with admirable confidence.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2004
Label: Greensleeves
UPC: 0601811128022
catalogNumber: 280

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gregory Isaacs   Primary Artist,Vocals
Noel Sowell Bailey   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Lead
Dalton Browne   Vocal Harmony
Donald Dennis   Bass
Dean Fraser   Horn
Nambo   Horn
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Lead
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace   Percussion,Bongos,Drums
Paul Crossdale   Keyboards
Dave Heywood   Drums
Leroy Heywood   Bass,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Heather Cummings   Vocal Harmony
M. Miller   Drums
Rob Davis   Guitar

Technical Credits

Dennis Brown   Composer
Paul Daley   Engineer
Noel Browne   Engineer
Gussie P.   Engineer
Pete Harrison   Engineer
S. Martin   Composer
Steve "Blacker Dread" Martin   Audio Production

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