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Best of Gregory Isaacs [Golden Stars]

  • 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
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5364

  • Credits

    This 20 track collection features many of the hits Gregory Isaacs recorded for Alvin Ranglin's G.G. Records.
    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. ~ Jo-Ann Greene

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