Gregory Isaacs

Dub a de Number One

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For someone who has enjoyed such consistent success in the Jamaican, British, and American reggae markets, Gregory Isaacs has been given the dub treatment relatively rarely. There have been some dub albums, certainly, and a few of them have been very good; several of his early albums (notably the exceptional Mr. Isaacs) have also been reissued in "showcase" style, with dub versions added seamlessly to the ends of the regular vocal mixes. Most of the dubs collected on Dub a de Number One are remixes of tracks from Isaacs' I Found Love, originally recorded at Channel One for Alvin Ranglin and issued by Heartbeat on CD in 2002. ("Lonely Dub," a cut of his classic "Lonely Days," and "Overdue," which is based on "Love Is Overdue," were recorded at Randy's and Treasure Isle, respectively.) All of these tracks were recorded during a period when Isaacs was consistently being given the finest rhythms and the best studio bands to work with, so it should come as no surprise that the musical material included here is only top quality. For the most part the dub mixes themselves offer no sonic surprises, though "On the Edge" (a cut of "The Border") is unusually adventurous. Overall, this album will please Isaacs' many fans and most dub lovers as well. Recommended.