Gregory Isaacs – Talk Don’t Bother Me [1987]

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Talk doesn’t bother Gregory, and neither do crappy album covers it would seem.

Gregory Isaacs has produced some stunning music, and he’s also produced a lot of crap (especially during his years when he was struggling with drug addiction) – and this unfortunately isn’t one of his better ones.

The album cover is terrible…. albeit in an endearing and dated way. This was either done without much thought, or maybe thought it would maybe make the product appeal to a younger demographic? Either way, it is on a par with my photoshop skills.

The album was released in 1987 on Skengdon records, and featured the legendary Jackie Mittoo on keyboards.

And is that an air conditioning unit, or the top of a cooker that he seems to have in the passenger seat with him?

Track Listing:
01 – Overdrive
02 – Carry My Name Abroad
03 – Talk Don’t Bother Me
04 – Here Comes Trouble
05 – Rebel With A Cause
06 – Don Of All Don
07 – Easy Lover
08 – She’s Gone For Real
09 – Duke Of Earl
10 – Love Without Intermission

To be fair, Gregory Isaacs made a fairly successful transition from roots reggae to a more digital sound when digital riddims began to dominate in the 1980s. Many other singers failed to adapt and make the change.

That said, this still remains a fairly bland offering.

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  • natiss

    I totally disagree with this review. Regarding the cover , yes, it’s true Greogry doesn’t really seams to actually drive this car.. But let me remind you that it has been done in 1987, and the special effect technology was not what it is now, also, the phone size is I think the size of the phone that you could fine at this tim, and then… did anyone care at this time how dangerous it was to drive while talking over the phone???
    Finally, regarding the music, I agree that gregory didn’t produce only great songs, but saying that this album is a crap is bullshit… Did you really listen to it ? Or maybe you’re the kind of guy who consider that reggae music has stopped as soon as we started to use digital instruments ?
    It features wicked tune such as overdrive, here comes trouble, rebel with a cause… Produced by the top dancehall label of that time, skengdon who produced many 80’s hits, and whose records are still wanted by the collectors…

  • admin

    Thanks for your opinion, that’s why blogs have comments fields.

    We are actually big fans of digital era reggae, and big fans of Skengdon too – but in our opinion this is not one of Gregory’s best, his voice lacks dpeth, the lyrics had become rather standard fare and lacked the imagination and lyrical elegance of earlier recordings – to us it feels like he was ‘phoning in’ the performance, if you’ll excuse the pun.


    Yes considering the album cover it doesn’t look amazing seem to show that he was driving the car.Look at the probable momentum(speed)of the car.The ecosystem around the area is blurred giving much evidence that the car was travelling at high speed & then look at Gregory’s appearance in the car.His visibility inside the car doesn’t correspond with the visibilty of the wider surroundings outside.The drug addiction has really affecetd his voice.He was no longer the old Gregory who had a sweet melodious & seductive voice that we have known him for.