Gregory Isaacs – Slum In Dub [1978]

Gregory Isaacs - Slum In Dub [1978]

Gregory Isaacs - Slum In Dub [1978]

Gregory Isaacs - Slum In Dub [1978]

First released in 1978 on Burning Sounds records, this is ‘Slum in Dub‘ by Gregory Isaacs.

This is a raw dub album with loads of reverb and echo throughout, and Gregory Isaacs isn’t really present on the recording at all. This is basically a set of dub tracks from his Cool Ruler (iTunes / Amazon) album interspersed with some tracks from Ranking Dread’s Kunte Kinte Roots album, that have been mixed by Prince Jammy, with The Revolutionaries on the rhythm section, and recorded at Channel One.

The release came with some lovely artwork – the covers shows a drawing of a slum setting, with a man hunched down by the drainpipe, and a naked woman in the window. The rear of the sleeve extended the artwork with an image of hope symbolized by the sun shining though a small hole in an overcast sky.

Tracklist:

Public Eyes
Slum
Reform Institution
Crofs
Tam Tam
Also
Nigger
Leaving
Leggo Beast
Embarrassment

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Gregory Isaacs – In Person (1974/1975)

A side by side comparison starring Gregory Isaacs!

Gregory Isaacs - In Person

Gregory Isaacs - In Person (Trojan Release)

Released on GGs in 1974 (top picture), I loved this album cover of Gregory chilling in his car (Gregory is no stranger to posing in a car). Trojan records released the album in the UK a year later (1975) and chose to turn the original sleeve into a drawing. We definitely prefer the original sleeve.

Track Listing:

  • Sweeter The Victory
  • Love Overdue
  • Financial Endorsement
  • Be Careful
  • Another Heart Ache
  • If You’re In Love
  • Dreams Come True
  • The Way She Walks
  • Far Beyond The Valley
  • Happiness Come
  • No Forgiveness
  • Love Disguise

This is as good a Gregory Isaacs album as you’ll ever get – he was at the peak of his powers here, before drug addiction dulled his lyrical ability and turned his voice into a nasal croak like Bob Dylan crossed with a frog. The album still stands the test of time and it remains an amazing set of tracks. But I’d advise you to forget the Gregory Isaacs output of today and turn up ‘Love Is Overdue’ on your speakers instead.

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‘In Person’ is pretty much impossible to find in the shops, however, you can still get ‘Love is Overdue’ that featured the bulk of the tracks from ‘In Person’ as well as plenty of extras. We highly recommend it.

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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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