There are just some things in the world that are totally inexplicable, and "Soon Forward"'s lack of success is certainly one of them. The song titled Gregory Isaacs's second album for the Frontline label, while the single
launched Sly & Robbie's Taxi label. That in itself should have sent the reggae fans straight to the shops, considering the Riddim Twins reputation for excellence back in 1979.
And "Soon" was everything you'd expect from the pair and more.
The rhythm is masterful, sharp beats, edgy percussion, and the bass line as sinuous as a gymnast. Eric "Bingy Bunny" Lamont gorgeous guitar flourishes fill the grooves, then showers the song with slashing riffs, while Sly & Robbie turn up the reverb. Keyboardist Gladstone "Gladdy" Anderson slathers on the charm, his riffs jaunty, his solos borrowed from the old chestnut "A Summer Place".
The duo's fabulous production plays up the rhythm's relaxed atmosphere, while keeping the edges sharp, and on the extended mix, the piece simply simmers. Meanwhile, Isaacs at his most irresistible, desire dripping from his lips as he wraps them around the infectious chorus of "turn me on." Who could resist that come on?
Well, outside of Jamaica virtually everyone. At least back in the day, but over time the song's popularity grew, and its classic status is now universally recognized. Today, it remains one of the artist's most beloved songs.