Digital Release / 12" Vinyl Single (Limited Edition)
September 6, 2015
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It took a very very long time before this Gregory Isaacs tune finally hit the streets, but any reggae afficionado will agree that the long wait has been worthwhile. "Poor Man In Love" is a real killer and without any doubt one of Gregory Isaacs' best efforts since the 1980s, no arguing about that.
It was in February 2006 that French producer Guillaume Bougard and legendary duo Sly & Robbie were working on Horace Andy's "Livin' It Up" album at Harry J studios in Kingston, Jamaica. Guillaume Bougard, who had worked with Gregory Isaacs before, called him to come to the studio where Sly & Robbie together with musicians such as Ansel Collins, Robbie Lyn, Dougie Bryan, Sticky Thompson and Skully Simms - at the time the Cool Ruler entered the studio - were playing and recording the riddim for Horace Andy's tune "I'm Alive". After a few minutes he walked to the recording room, went to the microphone, put on his headphones, and when recording enginer Stephen Stewart had pressed "record" did the whole song in one take, with the lyrics coming to him as he sang.
"Poor Man In Love" comes across a mind-blowing hard hitting riddim, which obviously inspired Gregory Isaacs so much that he gave his very best. The legendary artist sings for about 4 minutes in his instantly recognizable crooner style and then the Taxi Gang dubs on for another 3 minutes. This is really great as the listener is offered the track in full glory. Pure niceness!! On the flipside the avid dubhead is treated to a merciless dub extravaganza from mixing engineer Godwin Logie who worked with many great artists including Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Black Uhuru, Aswad and Steel Pulse. He also worked with Gregory Isaacs as he recorded and mixed his "Night Nurse" album way back in 1982. The awesome "Poor Man In Love Dub" has to be played real loud... and then an eargasm is guaranteed!! Also turn up the volume for the instrumental version, not as wicked and wild as the dub version but full enjoyment is assured.
This 12" single was pressed in Germany at Optimal (voted in the world's top 3 pressing plants) on audiophile quality vinyl and packaged in a super heavy cardboard packaging with a photograph of Gregory Isaacs by award winning photographer Laurent Gudin.
A percentage of the proceeds for this record will go to the Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders as part of a partnership to continue helping the most distressed populations on Earth.