Gregory Isaacs

Reggae Legends, Vol. 2

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Reggae Legends, Vol. 2 collects four albums of smooth-voiced reggae crooner Gregory Isaacs' ouvre with a focus on a particularly fertile period in the mid- to late '80s. Though many look to the mid-'70s for evidence of some type of lasting "golden age" in roots reggae, the albums presented here offer a strong argument for continued greatness in organic songcraft as digital production spread increasingly throughout circles of mainstream reggae. The massive collection gathers together 1985's Private Beach Party, 1987's Victim, 1988's Red Rose for Gregory, and 1989's I.O.U., the production growing more digital-leaning with each subsequent album but never losing Isaacs' lovers rock swagger.

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