Album review
I Found Love
Gregory Isaacs
18 - 11 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. I Found Love
  2. A Bit Too Shy
  3. Why Did You Leave
  4. Time Get Crucial
  5. So Long
  6. Teacher Inna Dis
  7. Heartache Avenue
  8. Miss Cutie
  9. Make Flex
  10. Lordy Miss Claudie
  11. Notebook Pages
  12. Continent Woman
  13. Private Lessons
  14. Don't Go
  15. Botha Gone To Belgium
  16. Slappa Dappa
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

With over 25 years of experience in the reggae industry the one and only, veteran sound of Gregory Isaac"s has become world renown. A whole generation of Jamaicans and reggae fans literally grew up with his music. Nicknamed The Cool Ruler, Gregory Isaacs, born 1951, Kingston, Jamaica, has produced during a three decade career a trailer load of reggae classics. His effective combination of cultural songs and soul-wailing love songs was irresistable. He easily adapted the new digital style of the mid 80s, and his popularity further increased with consistent albums for King Jammy, King Tubby and Gussie Clarke. With dozens of excellent album releases like 'Extra Classic', 'More Gregory', 'Mr. Isaacs', 'The Lonely Lover', 'Night Nurse' and 'Red Rose For Gregory' Gregory Isaacs' catalog is immense. Gregory's voice and style are unique and are highly respected in the reggae arena.
Some of his best work has been for producer Alvin Ranglin. The pair teamed up in 1974 to record Gregory's first major hit, "Love is Overdue," and went on to record a series of classic albums. Now, 28 years later, they reunite to bring the reggae audience a taste of vintage Gregory. Many of the tracks on "I Found Love" showcase the producer's full-bodied arrangements from the 1970s, with Gregory lending new vocals and revisiting his own favorites from the past. Here we see Gregory in (vocal) topform, performing over some "live" played riddims from the legendary riddim twins Sly & Robbie. The result is an album which reminds us of his late seventies/early eighties output. Topnotch tunes are I Found Love, A Bit Too Shy and Why Did You leave which tackles the popular "Shame and Scandal (Just Friends)" riddim. Time Get Crucial comes across the "Love I Can Feel" riddim, and sounds as if it was recorded some 25 years ago, and the same goes for Teacher Inna Dis.
Well, to be honest..we did not expect Gregory would be able to deliver a stand-out album like this one. Trust us....it's excellent!

Teacher & Mr. T.