Kings of Reggae

Gregory Isaacs

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Kings of Reggae Review

by Steve Leggett

Gregory Isaacs tracked three LPs worth of material for Alvin Ranglin's G.G. Records in the mid-'70s, tracks that are among the best Isaacs has cut in his highly prolific four-decade career. Ranglin originally released the sides on the LPs In Person (1975) and the confusingly titled Best Of, Vol. 1 (1977) and Best Of, Vol. 2 (1981), which, although hits like the hugely successful "My Number One" were included, weren't really greatest-hits packages. Heartbeat Records repackaged the cuts for three CD releases, My Number One, Love Is Overdue, and Best Of, Vols. 1-2 (which had now become a single disc). The Ranglin productions have also hit the market as Number One (from Charly Records), Willow Tree (from Jamaican Gold), and this package in Dressed to Kill's Kings of Reggae series. Recorded at Channel One and featuring backing tracks by the Revolutionaires and harmony vocals by the Tamlins, the Ranglin sides are vintage Isaacs no matter which of the various packages one chooses to investigate.

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