Gregory Isaacs

Soon Forward

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1983 Virgin
Sly & Robbie Present Gregory Isaacs 1988 Ras 6:27
Cool Ruler/Soon Forward -- Selection 1990 Frontline 6:30
20 Classic Hits 1991 Sonic 5:08
Classic Reggae, Vol. 1 1992
Various Artists
Profile Records / Profile 4:09
Mr. Love 1995 Caroline Distribution 6:30
The Best of Gregory Isaacs: One Man Against the World 1996 VP Records 4:57
Greatest & Latest 1998 Cult Music / Cleopatra 2:32
Mr. Brown 1999 Disky 6:32
Ultimate Collection: In Good Company 2001 Hip-O 3:59
Love Songs [Box Set] 2006 Charm 5:00
Night Nurse: The Best of Gregory Isaacs 2011 Spectrum Music / Universal 6:32
The Ruler 1972-1990: Reggae Anthology 2011 VP Records 4:54
Sly & Robbie Ultimate Collection: In Good Company
Various Artists
Universal 6:30