Album review
Gregory Isaacs
Jet Star
05 - 04 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Out Deh
  2. Border
  3. Mr. Cop
  4. Thief A Man
  5. Substitute
  6. Top Ten
  7. Rock Away
  8. Sunday Morning
  9. Love Is Overdue
  10. Black A Kill Black
  11. Uncle Joe
  12. Loving Pauper
  13. Number One
  14. What A Feeling
  15. Lonely Soldier
  16. Ba-Da
  17. Can't Give My Love Alone
  18. Mr. Know It All
  19. G.P. (General Penitentiary)
  20. Have You Seen My Mary?
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3

Although most Gregory Isaacs and reggae fans will have collected the bulk of the material featured on this solid twenty-track collection, this Jet Star released "Gold" - subtitled "The Very Best Of Gregory Isaacs" - is a useful compilation set for those who have only just started to collect great vintage music. The compilers of this "Gold" album have delved into Gregory "Cool Ruler" Isaacs' extensive back catalogue and besides some obligatorily Gregory Isaacs tunes that usually appear on his compilation sets, they have put together a set that mainly collects the more hard-to-find pieces. These include the original version of "Out Deh", the superb "Lonely Soldier", the Lee Perry produced cut "Mr. Cop" and the self-produced tunes "Sunday Morning", "Black A Kill Black", "What A Feeling", and one of our all-time favourites "G.P." (aka General Penitentiary), which earlier appeared on the LP "Double Dose" (featuring Sugar Minott on one side), released on Blue Trac Records in 1987. The majority of the material was recorded throughout the mid to late seventies. In that era Gregory Isaacs achieved his breakthrough and truly was in the form of his life. So it's obvious that "Gold" contains a whole heap of wonderous delights - ballads as well as cultural tunes - which makes this a very enjoyable and entertaining compilation set.

Teacher & Mr. T.