Album review
Reasoning With The Almighty
Gregory Isaacs
Trojan Records
11 - 05 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Slave Master
  2. Mr. Cop
  3. Hand Cuff
  4. Dreadlocks Love Affair
  5. Sacrifice
  6. Something Nice
  7. My Religion
  8. Set The Captives Free
  9. Jailer Jailer
  10. The Winner
  11. Rasta Business
  12. Extra Classic
  13. Storm
  14. Once Ago
  15. Smile
  16. Black Against Black
  17. Warrior
  18. Story Book Children
  19. Promise
  20. Reasoning With The Almighty
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

In a relatively short period of time the reggae massive has been treated to some retrospective albums of one of Jamaica's most popular and prolific singing stars, Gregory "Cool Ruler" Isaacs. With a recording career spanning more than three decades by now, leading to producing over 50 albums and countless singles, it is obvious that compilers can draw from a trailer load of good music. In case of Trojan Records' brandnew compilation set "Reasoning With The Almighty" you'll find recordings from 1974 up to 1977, actually comprising the tracks from the albums "Mr. Isaacs" and "Extra Classic", except two... "Get Ready" and "Loving Pauper". Instead the compilers have added the title track, which Gregory Isaacs recorded for producer Alvin Ranglin in 1974.
Actually the companion volume to the 1998 released "Loving Pauper" collection (also on the "Trojan" label), "Reasoning With The Almighty" emphasizes on the singer's rootsier material and features Gregory Isaacs at the height of his considerable powers. The tracks taken from "Extra Classic" were produced by Lee Perry, Pete Weston and Gregory Isaacs himself and include such excellent and much anticipated tunes as "Mr. Cop", "Black Against Black", "Warrior" and "Rasta Business". Combining these classic tunes with the outstanding efforts from the "Mr. Isaacs" album - which is widely regarded to be a landmark in the career of Gregory Isaacs - one gets a set packed with great music from the seventies, delivered by a versatile singer whose style of delivery is unique, unlike any other established singer.

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