Bobby Bobylon
Freddie McGregor
June 2, 2006

Track list
  1. Bandulo
  2. We Need More Love
  3. What Difference Does It Make
  4. Go Away Pretty Girl
  5. Tomorrow Is Like Today
  6. Bobby Babylon
  7. Wine Of Violence
  8. Gonna Take Over Now
  9. Rastaman Camp
  10. I Am A Revolutionist
  11. Freddie
  12. Homeward Bound
  13. Little Girl
  14. When Im Ready / Jacklyn feat. Lone Ranger
  15. Come Now Sister
  16. I Man A Rasta
  17. Rastaman Camp(Extended Mix)
  18. Bobby Babylon / One Step Beyond feat. Jackie Mittoo
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4
Reggae veteran Freddie McGregor (born in Clarendon, Jamaica on June 27, 1956) has produced many classic hits like "Push Come To Shove", "Africa Here I Come", "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", "Bobby Bobylon", "Stop Loving You" and his signature tune "Big Ship", to name a few. Boasting a stellar career that spans over 40 years, this soulful singer began developing his craft in the mid-sixties. Though his versatility allowed for all types of music he always kept a preference for lyrics of social consciousness and uplifment. In 1989, Freddie McGregor launched his own record label, Big Ship, featuring his album "Jamaica Classics Volume One" as the first major release. Part of this compilation included popular tunes like Little Roy's "Prophecy" and Derrick Harriot's "The Loser". He has gone on to become one of reggae's most consistant recording and touring artists, and is always mentioned in any reggae fan's all-time favorites list. In 2003, Jamaica's Prime Minister, P.J. Patterson, honored Freddie with the prestigious Jamaican Order of Distinction in recognition of his contribution to Jamaica's music and culture

Freddie McGregor's 1979 Studio One debut, 'Bobby Bobylon,' is considered one of the key ingredients for a great reggae record collection, capturing the dynamic singer early in his career. Although producer Niney had already released his debut set 'Mr. McGregor', it was his Studio One debut album that brought him his greatest recognition to that point and catapulted him to star status in Jamaica. It was produced by Studio One founder Clement Dodd, who produced, tutored, and nurtured an astounding number of top reggae stars - past and present - including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Marcia Griffiths, the Skatalites, Dennis Brown, Alton Ellis, Toots & the Maytals, Horace Andy, Sugar Minott, and many more. Now, more than 25 years later, 'Bobby Bobylon' is back in print with the original ten tracks and eight additional singles.

The original album has never been out of print since its initial release, a proof for its popularity and sheer quality. The original album was a collection of singles he had recorded at Brentford Road during the 70s. The choice of classic riddims is impeccable. From the early Ska tunes - Gonna Take Over Now - to the Rasta chant style of Rastaman Camp, the album is an irresistible piece of music.

We think most reggae fans will know (and love) the original 10 piece album, and we're so pleased that Heartbeat added nothing less than 8 tunes for their 2006 release. He recorded Freddie in 1975, while Homeward Bound was a huge hit in 1979. It features a beautiful flute part, probably played by the great Tommy McCcook. Also from that same year comes Come Now Sister an updated version of the 'In The Groove' riddim. From the year 1978 comes Little Girl, a cut across the Heptones' riddim 'Love Me Girl'. One of our alltime favorite Freddie McGregor tunes is also included here -When I'm Ready-. It runs across the 'Love I Can Feel' riddim, and the extended remix features the deejay version by Lone Ranger. The title track - inna extended remix - closes the album. The remix includes elements of Jackie Mittoo's original riddim 'One Step Beyond'.

If you're unfamiliar with Studio One... buy this album... if you're unfamiliar with Freddie McGregor... buy this album! It's a sure shot 200% classic!!