Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Di Captain
Fredie McGregor
VP Records
CD
February 3, 2013

Di Captain - Freddie McGregor Track list
  1. Intro-Jenny Jenny
  2. Move Up Jamaica
  3. You Won't See Me
  4. Bag A Hype
  5. Africa
  6. More Love In The Ghetto
  7. Love I Believe In
  8. Rainbow Country
  9. Standing Strong feat. Gappy Ranks
  10. Love Ballad
  11. There You Go
  12. My Story
  13. Let It Be Me feat. Etana
  14. Jah Love Di Whole A Wi
  15. A House Is Not A Home
  16. Equal Rights
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Freddie McGregor O.D. is an elder statesman of Reggae Musik with exactly 49 years of excellence. He has heartically put out Roots and Lovers classics all the while. His first new album in a few years "Di Captain" lives up to it's title.

Born in 1955 in Clarendon, Jamaica, Freddie started his career singing with The Clarendonians at the age of 7; staying loyal to Studio One until the early 1970's. His earliest solo sides include "Go Away Pretty Woman" and "What Difference Does It Make". In 1975, he sighted Rastafari and delivered royal anthems like "Rastaman Camp". His debut album "Mr. McGregor" cemented his ability in stone. "Big Ship" (Greensleeves,1982) put him in the international spotlight. In 1984, he created his Big Ship label (still in operation) and struck a deal with RAS Records. The results were classic, including "All In The Same Boat" (1986) that hit numerous charts. The 1990's saw the release of his hugely successful "Sings Jamaican Classics" series and a slew of top notch albums for VP and Big Ship. Since the millennium, his output has slowed a little but the singles and albums have been of the highest order. To this day, he is constant demand on the live circuit, in the studio and the production chair.

"Di Captain" is a musical vehicle that covers all terrain. Recorded at Big House (Stingray), Big Ship and Studio 2000, it boasts an all star musical cast. Leroy Sibbles, Jazzwad, Tony Greene, Dean Frazer, Firehouse Crew, Ruff Cut Band and Firehouse Crew, all contribute. Producers include Freddie's son Stephen, McLeod Brothers (Stingray) and Dalton Browne. After a dedication from radio host Jenny Jenny, Freddie's robust voice graces Move Up Jamaica, a solid ode to Jamaica's independence. Freddie has covered all genres of music during his career and he blesses the Beatles' You Won't See Me to perfection. His voice has become richer and more powerful over the years! Bag A Hype is a serious Roots anthem with solid production; proof that Freddie is still at the top of his game with original tunes. He covers The Mighty Diamonds timeless Africa very well. Backed by a horn section of Dean Fraser and Henry "Buttons" Tenyue and backing vox by Richie Davis. this version stands tall by the original. The absolute winner on this album is More Love In The Ghetto! On par with the quality of his "All In The Same Boat" release, he belts out authenticity and truth about the need for positivism in the ghetto.

Love I Believe In is a signature Stingray special. Clean production is the key and Freddie is the king here; singing his heart and soul fe true. He visits Rainbow Country and it turns out nicely with great backing vox and riddimwise. Standing Strong is a good combination with rising star Gappy Ranks that turns into serious Roots and Culture material. Freddie shows up true on George Benson's Love Ballad; an example of how well he juggles love songs. He continues in a Lovers vein with There You Go -- smooth as silk, sweet as sugar. My Story is a heartfelt track that depicts the singer's beginnings that were full of humbleness and faith. With the help of Etana, he covers the Everly Brothers' Let It Be Me and makes it special. Jah Love Di Whole A Wi is a great Dancehall anthem that proves Freddie can mash it in any style. He has covered Burt Bacharach's A House Is Not A Home before and does it regally here, riding a great Steely & Clevie riddim. It's only fitting that Leroy Sibbles play bass on The Heptones Equal Rights. The cap fits nicely and Freddie is the right singer to take on this historical song.

Freddie McGregor's "Di Captain" is his most solid slice of work in quite a few years. Yes, there are a lot of covers but the way that he approaches them and the freshness of his original compositions leaves no room for "filler". One would think that after almost fifty years of constant touring, recording and producing, most artists would take a back seat. This is not the case with Freddie McGregor, he thoroughly enjoys what he's doing. "Di Captain" is GUARANTEED to please fans, old and new. Go deh!!