January 21 - 2005
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Even though one easily could get the impression that Greensleeves only focuses on the release of "one riddim" sets, they occasionally also unleash solo albums. Eek-A-Mouse's disappointing "Eek-A-Speeka" and Sizzla's self-produced "Life" preceded their third solo album release of the year 2004, "Masterclass" from reggae legend Gregory Isaacs. For this brand new album the ever popular Jah Tooth has teamed up with London based producer Steve "Blacker Dread" Martin, and this association has led to probably one of Gregory's best albums for some time. Gregory sounds in good voice throughout, doing his inimitable thing in fine style on his usual mixture of love songs with a few reality songs, that show the man's roots. Very entertaining and a pleasure to hear are lovers tracks such as the awesome "So Long Baby" (across a revamped version of the "Time Is The Master" riddim), "Lonely Street", coming with a wicked bassline, the decent remake of the Louisa Marks anthem "Caught You In A Lie", the great "My Baby", the wonderful "Fifteen Minutes Ago" and the excellent "Hungry For Your Love", featuring some superb guitar flourishes from Earl "Chinna" Smith. Also worth of hearing are "Stay At Home", an adaptation of Dennis Brown's "Ghetto Girl", and the wicked "One More Chance", sung over a reworking of the riddim originally underpinning the Royal Rasses' "San Salvador", a classic Coxsone dub-plate back in the day.