The Originals
Gregory Isaacs
Tads Records
October 02, 2006

Track list
Disc 1
  1. Counterfeit Lover
  2. Champion Bubbler
  3. Next 45 Minutes
  4. Storm
  5. No Labba Mouth
  6. Condemn
  7. Freaky Patricia
  8. Number One
  9. Never Knew Love
  10. Im Gonna Love You
  11. Daughter Bow
  12. My Heart is Bleeding
  13. Promise Land
  14. Sunshine
  15. While I Was Away
  16. Poor Not Broke
  17. Saturday Night
  18. Freedom is A Must
  19. Top Ten
  20. Save Some Love
Disc 2
  1. Counterfeit Lover (Dub Vocal Mix)
  2. Champion Bubbler (Dub Vocal Mix)
  3. Next 45 Minutes (Dub Vocal Mix)
  4. Storm (Dub Vocal Mix)
  5. No Labba Mouth (Dub Vocal Mix)
  6. Condemn (Dub Vocal Mix)
  7. Freaky Patricia (Dub Vocal Mix)
  8. Number One (Dub Vocal Mix)
  9. Never Knew Love (Dub Vocal Mix)
  10. Im Gonna Love You (Dub Vocal Mix)
  11. Daughter Bow (Dub Vocal Mix)
  12. My Heart is Bleeding (Dub Vocal Mix)
  13. Promise Land (Dub Vocal Mix)
  14. Sunshine (Dub Vocal Mix)
  15. While I Was Away (Dub Vocal Mix)
  16. Poor Not Broke (Dub Vocal Mix)
  17. Saturday Night (Dub Vocal Mix)
  18. Freedom is A Must (Dub Vocal Mix)
  19. Top Ten (Dub Vocal Mix)
  20. Save Some Love (Dub Vocal Mix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Like many before him, Gregory started his singing career in the early 70's by working with a number of producers and entering various local talent competitions. His first records of notice were on Rupie Edwards' Success label. To gain artistic freedom and financial control of his own work, Isaacs started his own African Museum label and shop in Kingston in 1973 with singer Errol Dunkley. In order to finance his label, he continued to work with other producers such as Winton "Niney The Observer" Holness, Gussie Clark, Lloyd Campbell, and Alvin "GG" Ranglin for the rest of the 70's. His early recordings were responsible for the development of his singing style, love ballads with his cool relaxed nasal style, as well as his ease with songs about social protest

Here's an album that you will recognize from the first tune on that it is from The Original Cool Ruler, you'll notice his unique style immediately. This nice double disc features tunes Gregory recorded in the 90's for producer Tad Dawkins. Disc 1 features the vocal cuts, while the second disc offers the same tunes in Dub Vocal Mix style. This is done so nicely that you don't even notice that it has the same lines as the first disc. Gregory's nasal style can be heard on tunes such as Champion Bubbler, the first tune that stands out, followed by the lovely song Storm. On the 'Revolution' riddim comes No Labba Mouth, a song about himself. The album features more nice tunes: Freaky Patricia, Daughter Bow and Top Ten to name but a few. Isaacs also shines on My Heart Is Bleeding. A lot of the tracks featured on this dbl cd are do-overs of hits Gregory scored in the 70's and 80's.

It's a fine (re-)release of tunes on the Tad's imprint!