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Gregory Isaacs

One of Jamaica's most beloved vocalists who was as pertinent in dancehalls as he was in bedrooms, Gregory Isaacs' career stretched over 30 years. From the heady days of reggae through lovers rock, a genre he virtually invented, his talent reached into the modern age. Born in the Fletcher's Land area of Kingston, Jamaica, on July 15, 1951, Isaacs arrived in the music business via the talent show circuit, a tried and true formula for many of the island's budding singing stars. Byron Lee was the first in the industry to spot his talent and brought him and Winston Sinclair into the studio to record the duet "Another Heartbreak" in 1968. Sadly, it went nowhere, and Isaacs decided to try his fortunes with a new vocal trio, the Concords. They set up home at Rupie Edwards' Success label, and over the next couple of years released a number of singles, including one with Prince Buster, but none caught the attention of the Jamaican public.

In 1970, the Concords folded and Isaacs struggled on alone. His initial self-productions were similarly unsuccessful, while further cuts with Edwards did no better. Regardless of this poor track record, in 1973 Isaacs set up his own record store and label, African Museum, in partnership with Errol Dunkley, a young singer with a string of hits to his own name. Apparently some of Dunkley's own magic wore off and one of the label's first releases, Isaacs' own self-produced "My Only Lover," was an immediate hit and the floodgates opened wide. Besides African Museum's offerings, Isaacs helped keep the label solvent by recording with virtually every producer on the island for a stream of hits that showed no sign of abating.

Between 1973 and 1976 alone, the singer released more material than most artists do in a lifetime, virtually all of it timeless classics. Isaacs' early albums inevitably gathered up strings of these hits, while usually also including a few new songs. Released in 1975, In Person, for example, features a heavy-hitting collection of successes for producer Alvin Ranglin and was followed up in 1977 by Best Of, Vol. 1 and Best Of, Vol. 2 in 1981. (The Heartbeat label would bundle up this material across three CDs for the U.S. market: My Number One, Love Is Overdue, and The Best Of, Vols. 1-2). Similarly, 1976's All I Have Is Love includes a hit-filled package of Sydney Crooks productions. Extra Classic, co-produced by Isaacs, Pete Weston, and Lee Perry, is also stuffed with chartbusters and showcases the singer's deepest roots material. The latter album appeared on African Museum, cut with a diverse range of producers, across three volumes titled Over the Years.

In 1977, the U.K. was treated to an equally dread experience via Mr. Isaacs, released on Dennis Brown's DEB label. (Turnabout is fair play and Brown had released several classic albums of his own on African Museum.) By this time, the two polar sides of Isaacs were apparent: the roots singer, whose emotive sufferer's songs and cultural numbers were filled with fire, and the crooning lover, whose passionate declarations of devotion quivered with emotion. Eventually, the vocalist's ties to the lovers rock scene saw his reputation as the Cool Ruler overshadow the equally impassioned roots performer, but his work in the latter half of the '70s shows his heart was true to both. Isaacs was quick to take advantage of the rise of the DJs; producer Ranglin paired him with a string of cutting-edge toasters for another flood of hits, beginning in 1978. It was at this time that he first hooked up with DJ Trinity, a partnership maintained into the next decade across a stream of seminal singles.

By now, Isaacs was too big a talent to ignore, and in 1978 he signed with Virgin's Frontline label. That same year, the singer had a featured role in the classic Rockers movie. Inexplicably, however, as Isaacs was poised on the brink of international success, he failed to set the rest of the world alight. His debut Frontline album, the excellent Cool Ruler, barely ruffled a feather outside Jamaica. It did, however, provide most of the material for Slum: Gregory Isaacs in Dub, which boasted fat rhythms by the Revolutionaries, keyboardist Ansel Collins with Prince Jammy, and Isaacs himself behind the mixing board. Cool Ruler's follow-up, 1979's Soon Forward, was filled with hits that would soon become classics, but also did not make the slightest dent on the world beyond Jamaica. The latter's title track was produced by Sly & Robbie and gave the pair's new Taxi label its first hit. Isaacs cut several more great singles with the team, which were brought together for 1980's Showcase album. Even with Frontline out of the picture, Isaacs continued going from strength to strength. Inking a U.K. deal with the Pre label and with his fortunes secure in Jamaica, the artist continued turning out hit after hit. His Pre debut, The Lonely Lover, and its follow-up, 1981's More Gregory, both boast the Roots Radics and a host of Jamaican hits that range from lovers rock to deep roots and on to the emerging dancehall sound. No wonder the singer was a hands-down success at the first Reggae Sunsplash. It was at this point that Island stepped up to the plate and signed the singer to their Mango imprint.

Virgin label head Richard Branson must have cursed his own stupidity, as Isaacs immediately repaid his new label's faith with his biggest hit of all, "Night Nurse." The song titled his Mango debut, another masterpiece, and again featured the steaming Roots Radics. Amazingly, as the song spread around the world, the singer sat whiling his time away in a Jamaican jail as the result of a drug arrest. He was released later in 1982 and immediately entered the studio to record Out Deh with producers Errol Brown and Flabba Holt. Once again able to take the stage, Isaacs played a series of awe-inspiring shows over the next year, captured on both 1983's Live at Reggae Sunsplash and the following year's Live at the Academy Brixton albums. Behind the scenes, Isaacs joined the shadowy conspiracy of vocalists determined to return vocalists to their rightful place in the market by flooding the shops with music. An all-star cast of veteran singers joined the plot, including Dennis Brown, John Holt, Delroy Wilson, and many more, but none would reach the prolificacy of the determined Isaacs.

It's been estimated that the singer released up to 500 albums (including compilations) in Jamaica, the U.K., and the U.S. combined. The singer recorded with anyone and everyone and was just as quick to revise his old songs as create fresh ones. Although none of these are entirely disposable, inevitably the quality of Isaacs full-length work began to decline in the mid-'80s. The Ted Dawson-produced Easy and All I Have Is Love, Love, Love, for example, certainly have their charms, but are hardly crucial. But that didn't mean the hits had dried up. Those 500 records are albums only, not singles, and the shops (and charts) continued to overflow with Isaacs' 45s. And the rise of ragga just added hot new producers to the singer's packed recording diary.

In 1984, producer Prince Jammy, equally intrigued with the changing sounds of dancehall, brought Isaacs into the studio for the superb Let's Go Dancing, while also pairing the singer with Dennis Brown for Two Bad Superstars Meet. The latter proved so popular that a second set, Judge Not, appeared the next year. The two singers dueted again on a track on Isaacs' 1995 solo album, Private Beach Party, which also boasted an exquisite "Feeling Irie," which paired him with Carlene Davis. The album was produced by Gussie Clarke, a man with the determined goal of creating an international crossover sound via his own one-stop operation à la Motown. He hadn't quite succeeded yet, but Private Beach Party helped lay the groundwork.

In 1987 Isaacs collaborated with the equally sweet-singing DJ Sugar Minott for the Double Dose album. Isaacs swiftly found himself a dancehall hero. It was during this period that Isaacs also recorded an album for King Tubby. Warning boasts the magnificent rhythms of the Firehouse Crew, and a dark atmosphere of foreboding slinks through the entire set. It was not released at the time and only came to light after the great man's murder in 1989. By then, Isaacs had already stormed the world, digital or otherwise, with the 1988 Gussie Clarke-produced "Rumours" (whose rhythm would launch scores of further version hits, including J.C. Lodge's "Telephone Love," an even bigger smash). The masterful Red Rose for Gregory boasts a clutch of hits beside equally sublime non-45 tracks, all cut for Clarke. The pair's follow-up, 1989's I.O.U., is arguably an even stronger album. That same year, Clarke reunited Isaacs and Brown for the No Contest album. Isaacs continued to cut seminal singles with Clarke, while also recording with a host of other producers. In 1990, the singer joined forces with Niney Holness for the excellent On the Dance Floor album. The next year saw Fatis at the controls for Call Me Collect, which boasts Sly & Robbie and Clevie, while Bobby Digital adds his unique production sound to 1991's Set Me Free. And having inked a deal with RAS in the U.S., that label's head, Doctor Dread, oversaw 1992's memorable Pardon Me. Philip Burrell was in the producer's chair for 1994's Midnight Confidential album.

But there was a slew of lesser titles as well; while Isaacs seemed able to always hit the mark with singles, albums required more effort than he was often willing, or able, to give. No Intention and Boom Shot, both from 1991, are workaday records, with the singer on autopilot. Past & Future sounds promising and features such illustrious guests as Sly & Robbie, J.C. Lodge, Winston Riley, and Boris Gardiner on material both new and old, but it's obvious that no one's heart is really in it, Isaacs' least of all. The patchy Rudie Boo (released by Heartbeat in the U.S. as My Poor Heart) suffers from a similar lack of interest on the singer's part. At least 1993's Unlocked featured a stronger set of songs, but much of Isaacs' releases throughout the '90s were hit-and-miss affairs. Midnight Confidential, for example, is totally disposable, except for the magnificent "Not Because I Smile." Most of the albums frequently revisit older hits, which even at their worst tend to stand out from the newer fare.

Younger or less experienced producers were in particular danger, and as the years progressed it was only the toughest and most innovative producers who could coax the best from the singer. Alvin Ranglin, for example, wrung an exquisite set of emotionally riven songs from Isaacs for 1995's Dreaming. Mafia & Fluxy's fat, dubby rhythms inspired one of the singer's best performances in ages for Hold Tight two years later. The wisest course in negotiating one's way through the minefield of latter-day Isaacs is to look at the production credits. If you like the slick production that's the trademark of Bunny Gemini, chances are you'll appreciate 1996's Mr. Cool. Junior Reid likes diversity, and thus, Not a One Man Thing has that in spades, from the slacker-themed "Big Up Chest" to a remodeled "Don't Dis the Dance Hall." Steely & Clevie laid down the rhythms for 1998's Hard Core Hits; if you're not a fan of their digitized dancehall mayhem, choose another album. King Jammy is let loose on 1999's Turn Down the Lights, and while not up to the standards of Let's Go Dancing, it's still an enjoyable ride. Joe Gibbs, Errol Thompson, and Sydney Crooks lent their expertise to So Much Love, another one of Isaacs better later offerings.

The singer began the new millennium with aplomb on Father and Son, which, true to the title, features Isaacs and his son Kevin. The duets are gorgeous, while the younger Isaacs is given plenty of room to prove that his talent is equal to his dad's. The next year, I Found Love marked the second time the two worked together. In between times, the singer continued to impress audiences live, and his recorded output continued sporadically during the remainder of the decade. However, by 2007 he had reportedly lost his teeth due to crack cocaine addiction, and he was later diagnosed with lung cancer, which spread and ultimately took his life. Gregory Isaacs died at his home in London on October 25, 2010 at the age of 59. ~ Jo-Ann Greene
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: The Best Of Gregory Isaacs

1. Extra Classic

2. Mr. Cop

3. Slave Master

4. Going Downtown (Rock This Ya Reggae Beat) (12" Mix)

5. Hand Cuff (Hey Mr. Babylon)

6. Black Kill A Black (Black Against Black) (12" Mix)

7. Ba Da

8. Storm (Jah Will Guide Us)

9. Story Book Children

10. Loving Pauper (I'm Alright)

11. Too Late (7" Mix)

12. All I Have Is Love (1st Version)

13. Looking Back

14. A Promise (Is A Comfort To A Fool)

15. Be Yourself (African Woman)

16. Set The Captives Free (Songs Of Melody)

17. Babylon Too Rough

18. My Religion

19. Never Be Ungrateful (12" Mix)

20. Motherless Children (12" Mix)

21. Rasta Business

22. Slave Driver (12" Mix)

23. Salary Is Thin (The Sun Shines For Me)

24. Rock On

25. Love Light (Burning)

26. I Can't Give You My Love Alone

27. Don't Believe In Him

28. Oh No I Can't Believe

29. Warriors

30. Dance With Me

31. The End Of The World

32. (Fly Away Little) Silver Bird

33. Beautiful Africa

34. Way Of Life

35. Thief A Man

36. Village Of The Underprivileged

37. Next To You (12" Mix)

38. Mr. Know It All

39. If You See My Mary (7" Mix)

40. You'll Never Know (12" Mix)

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Track List: African Struggle

1. Love Your Daughter

2. Food Security

3. New Dawn

4. Live Clean

5. Cargo

6. No Longer

7. Nah Give Up

8. River Jordan

9. Enemy

10. Captive

11. Reggae Love Light

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Track List: Gregory Isaacs Playlist

1. Pay The Consequence

2. A Step Away From Your Love

3. Condemn

4. Cutie Cutie

5. Dancing Partner

6. Even Though

7. Fit For Society

8. Half Way Tree

9. I Will Carry On

10. Josephine

11. Mail Box

12. Mr Officer

13. My Babys Gone

14. My Salvation

15. Over The Bridge

16. Poverty War

17. Preacher Bwoy

18. Rat Patrol

19. Reggamuffin Ball

20. Rude Bwoy Bawl

21. Runaway Slave

22. Sametime (2010)

23. Save From Loving For Me

24. Some Apology

25. Trenchtown Comprehensive

26. Twelve Tribe Dance (1994)

27. Under The Moonlight

28. We Raise Them

29. Wish Me Luck

30. Private Lesson (1990)

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Track List: Togetherness Gregory Isaacs & Sugar Minott

1. A Step Away From Your Love

2. Come Back To Me

3. Cutie Cutie

4. Dont Let Me Wait

5. Dancing Partner

6. Full Control

7. Even Though

8. Jah Jah Children

9. I Will Carry On

10. Lets Get Back

11. Josephine

12. No Hiding Place

13. My Babys Gone

14. Right On Time

15. Under The Moonlight

16. Where Must I Go

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Track List: Murderers (Single)

1. Murderers (Feat. Determine)

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Track List: Love You (Single)

1. Love You

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Track List: Runaway Slave

1. Runaway Slave

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Track List: Greatest Hits

Disc 1

1. All I Have Is Love Love Love

2. Cream Of The Crop (Junie)

3. Fools Fall In Love

4. Continent Woman

5. Ba-Da

6. Can’t Give You My Love Alone

7. Have You Seen My Mary

8. Hush Darling

9. Good Morning

10. Cool Ruler Come Again

11. A Minor (Am)

12. Cheer Up

13. Down The Line

14. Don’t Say No

15. Front Door

16. Hard Drugs

17. Easy Brethren Easy

18. Cool Down The Pace (In Dub)

19. Black A Kill Black

20. Confirm Reservation

Disc 2

1. My Number One

2. My Only Lover

3. Love Is Overdue

4. Oh What A Feeling

5. If I Don’t Have You

6. Night Nurse (Extended Version)

7. Mr. Know It All

8. One Man Against The World

9. Out Deh

10. Permanent Lover

11. Nobody Knows

12. Mr. Brown

13. Lonely Soldier

14. Mr. Cop

15. Loving Pauper

16. John Public

17. Jailer

18. Jah Music

19. Let's Dance

20. My Religion

Disc 3

1. The Border (Live)

2. Tune In

3. Top Ten

4. Rock Away

5. Special Guest

6. Tenement Yard

7. Poor And Clean

8. Slave Master

9. Sunday Morning

10. Soon Forward

11. Storm

12. Private Secretary

13. Protect Me

14. Sad To Know You're Leaving (In Dub)

15. Sister Love

16. When I Need A Friend

17. Www.Love.Com

18. Substitute

19. Thief A Man

20. Uncle Joe

21. Wailing Rudie

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Track List: Mafia & Fluxy Presents Reggae Heights

1. Lady On The Frontline

2. Motherless Children

3. Wah Dee

4. Hold Tight

5. Get Deport

6. Thank You Mr. Judge

7. Kill Them With Music

8. Mi No Want

9. Don't Go

10. Miss Cutie Cutie

11. Tan So Back

12. I Miss You

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Track List: Gregory Isaacs in Dub

1. Dub the Live

2. Josephine Rock

3. A Cute Dub

4. A Promising Dub

5. A Wound From A Gun

6. An Open Door

7. Motherless

8. Dub Time

9. Tan So Dub

10. Judge

11. Dub Evidence

12. Make Dub to Me

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Track List: Hold Tight (Mafia & Fluxy Reissue)

1. Open The Door

2. Margaret

3. Hold Tight

4. Down The Line

5. Wah Dee

6. Miss Cutie Cutie

7. Josephine

8. False Evidence

9. Same Time

10. Me Nah Want

11. Kill Them With Music

12. Motherless Children

13. Come Make Love To Me

14. Promise

15. If By Chance

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Track List: Rock Away

1. Night Nurse

2. Maximum Respect

3. Special Guest

4. Lonely Soldier

5. Rock Away

6. Warning

7. Hooked

8. In The Heart Of The City

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Track List: Sly & Robbie Present: Poor Man In Love (EP)

1. Poor Man In Love

2. Poor Man In Love (Instrumental)

3. Poor Man In Love (Dub)

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Track List: Love Songs: The Box Set

Disc 1

1. Night Nurse (2014)

2. Tune In (2014)

3. Top Ten (2014)

4. Once Ago (2014)

5. Love Is Overdue (2014)

6. Front Door (2014)

7. Soon Forward (2014)

8. Substitute (2014)

9. Sunday Morning

10. Don’t Go (2014)

11. Hush Darling (2014)

12. If I Don’t Have You (2014)

13. Let’s Dance (2014)

14. My Only Lover (2014)

15. Love Me With Feeling

16. Yes I Do (2014)

17. Oh What A Feeling (2014)

18. Lonely Soldier

19. Objection Overruled (2014)

20. Permanent Lover (2014)

Disc 2

1. Private Secretary (2014)

2. One Man Against The World (2014)

3. Border (2014)

4. Hard Drugs (2014)

5. Storm (2014)

6. Out Deh (2014)

7. Mr. Cop (2014)

8. Thief A Man (2014)

9. Rock Away

10. Uncle Joe (2014)

11. Loving Pauper (2014)

12. Mr. Know It All (2014)

13. Have You Seen Mary

14. Cool Down The Pace (2014)

15. Sad To Know (You’re Leaving) (2014)

16. Stranger In Town (2014)

17. Hot Stepper (2014)

18. Material Man (2014)

19. Not The Way (2014)

20. Extra Classic (2014)

Disc 3

1. Smile (2014)

2. Unforgettable

3. My Number One (2014)

4. Special Guest (2014)

5. Mistake (2014)

6. Don’t Believe In Him (2014)

7. Coming Home (2014)

8. Me You Looking For

9. Here By Appointment

10. I Will Return

11. If Tomorrow Never Comes

12. Mellow Mood

13. New Lover

14. Hold Tight (2014)

15. Lonely Days (2014)

16. Sun Shines For Me (2014)

17. Lovers Magic

18. One More Chance (2014)

19. Addicted To You

20. If You See My Mary

Disc 4

1. I'll Be On My Way

2. Mr. Brown (2014)

3. Ba-Da

4. Looking Back

5. Late At Night (2014)

6. Miss Touch And Go

7. Rose In Your Garden

8. Bouncing Ball

9. Just Because I’m Shy

10. Hey Girl

11. Goosie Gander

12. My Native Women

13. Can’t Give You My Love Alone

14. Can’t Stay Away

15. Lonely Teardrops (2014)

16. Spend The Night (2014)

17. I’m Leaving

18. Be True To Me

19. Gimme Gimme (2014)

20. Story Book Children (2014)

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Track List: Roxy Theatre 1982

1. Tune In (Live)

2. Mr. Brown (Live)

3. Storm (Live)

4. Slave Master (Live)

5. My Number One (Live)

6. Sunday Morning (Live)

7. Soon Forward (Live)

8. Top Ten (Live)

9. Poor And Clean (Live)

10. Oh What A Feeling (Live)

11. If You See My Mary (Live)

12. Substitute (Live)

13. Love Is Overdue (Live)

14. Front Door (Live)

15. The Border (Live)

16. Party In The Slum (Live)

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Track List: Mr Know It All

1. Mr. Know It All

2. War Of The Stars

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Track List: Dub Versions - EP

1. Sad To Know (You're Leaving)

2. Love Me With Feelings (Dub)

3. Cool Down The Pace (Dub)

4. Night Nurse (Dub)

5. Www.Love.Com (Dub)

6. Stranger In Town

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Track List: Penthouse Flashback Series: Gregory Issacs

1. What's My Baby Doing

2. Hang On

3. 15 Minutes Ago

4. Number One

5. Countfeit Lover

6. Kingston 14

7. Mr. Brown

8. Secretary

9. Storm

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Track List: Dance Hall Don

1. Jailhouse (Feat. Bounty Hunter)

2. Heartical Don

3. Wailing Rudie (Feat. Ninja Man)

4. Downpressor (Feat. Baja Jedd)

5. Love Is Like A Plague

6. In My Nest (Feat. General TK)

7. Raindrops

8. High Society Lady (Feat. Major Damage)

9. Incomparable Lover

10. Wanted (Feat. Nardo Ranks)

11. Student Of Your Class

12. Downpressor (Re-Mix) (Feat. Baja Jedd)

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Track List: The Adrenalin

1. Twelve Tribes Dance

3. Cool And Deadly

5. Deportee In A Winter Coat

7. I Am Sorry

9. My Dancing Partner

13. Who Bust The Shot

15. Do Mr. Officer

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Track List: King Jammys Presents The Best Of

1. Come Give Me Your Love

2. Cool It Down

3. Dapper Slapper (2012)

4. Do Lord

5. Flirting Around

6. Gone Is The Love

7. Johnnys Girlfriend

8. Medley

9. Pride Won't Let Me

10. Two Time Loser

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Track List: Reggae Anthology: Gregory Isaacs - The Ruler (1972-1990)

1. My Only Lover (1972)

2. Do You Ever (1972)

3. All I Have Is Love (1973)

4. Lonely Soldier (1973)

5. Love Is Overdue (1974)

6. Never Be Ungrateful (1976)

7. Ba Da (1975)

8. The Sun Shines For Me (1976)

9. Set The Captives Free (1976)

10. My Religion (1976)

11. Philistines (1977)

12. My Number One (1977)

13. Tumblin' Tears (1977)

14. Special Guest (1977)

15. Border (1977)

16. Storm (1978)

17. Mr. Cop (Extended) (1977)

18. Sister Love (Extra Special) (1977)

19. My Time (1977)

20. Slave Master (Live) (1978)

21. Let's Dance (1978)

22. John Public (1978)

23. Soon Forward (1979)

24. Tune In (1980)

25. Top Ten (1981)

26. Permanent Lover (1981)

27. Front Door (1981)

28. If I Don't Have You (1981)

29. Night Nurse (1982)

30. Private Secretary (1983)

31. Let Off Sup'm (1984)

32. Private Beach Party (1985)

33. Victim (1987)

34. One Man Against The World (1988)

35. Rumours (1988)

36. Red Rose For Gregory (1988)

37. Big All Around (Feat. Dennis Brown) (1989)

38. Jealousy (Feat. Jimmy Cliff) (1989)

39. My Native Woman (1990)

40. Too Good To Be True (1989)

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Track List: Gregory Isaacs + Sly & Robbie Live 85

1. Red Hot (Live 85)

2. Hi Fashion (Live 85)

3. Chiang Kai-Shek (Live 85)

4. Queen Of The Minstrels (Live 85)

5. The Whip (Live 85)

6. Rent A Car (Live 85)

7. Real Rock (Live 85)

8. Unmetered Taxi (Live 85)

9. Intro (Live 85)

10. Tune In (Live 85)

11. Mr. Brown (Live 85)

12. The Storm (Live 85)

13. Soon Forward (Live 85)

14. All I Have Is Love (Live 85)

15. Love Is Overdue (Live 85)

16. Sun Shine (Live 85)

17. Oh What A Feeling (Live 85)

18. Let Off Sup'm (Live 85)

19. Front Door (Live 85)

20. Night Nurse (Live 85)

21. The Border (Live 85)

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Track List: The Ruler / Version

1. The Ruler

2. The Ruler Version

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Track List: Touch Of Class

1. Oh What A Feeling

2. Front Door

3. Yes I Do

4. Stranger In Town

5. Poor Millionaire

6. Top Ten

7. Objection Over Ruled

8. Sad To Know You're Leaving

9. My Number One (1977)

10. If I Don't Have You

11. Night Nurse

12. Private Secretary

13. Love Me With Feeling

14. Cool Down The Pace (Extended Version)

15. Conversation

16. Love Is Overdue

17. Loving Pauper (1978)

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Track List: Absent

1. Thank You

2. Rude Boy Gone

3. Mr. Sweetness

4. Don't Call Me Baldhead

5. Footprints Across My Heart

6. Don Man Girl

7. Mr. Yesterday

8. Night Nurse

9. To Whom It May Concern

10. When Hungry Walks

11. Stamped And Approved

12. John Law

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Track List: Sons Of Jamaica

1. Mr. Brown

2. Top Ten

3. If Tomorrow Never Comes

4. Let's Dance

5. Set The Captive Free

6. Mellow Mood

7. Loving Pauper

8. Sunday Morning

9. Tune In

10. Storm

11. Lonely Soldier

12. Black A Kill Black

13. Lonely Days

14. Addicted To Love

15. New Lover

16. If You See Mary

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Track List: Night Nurse: The Best Of Gregory Isaacs

Disc 1

1. Too Late (7" Mix)

2. A Lonely Soldier

3. Loving Pauper (I'm Alright)

4. All I Have Is Love

5. Love Is Overdue

6. Lonely Days

7. Ba Da

8. Mr. Cop

9. Rasta Business

10. Black A Kill Black

11. Extra Classic

12. Hand Cuff

13. Set The Captives Free (Songs Of Melody)

14. Slave Master

15. Let's Dance

16. Never Be Ungrateful (12" Mix)

17. Mr. Know It All

18. Soon Forward (12" Mix)

19. Going Downtown (12" Mix)

20. Motherless Children (12" Mix)

Disc 2

1. Tune In

2. Poor And Clean

3. Happy Anniversary

4. Next To You (12" Mix)

5. Wailing Rudie

6. Sunday Morning

7. I Can't Give You My Love Alone

8. If You See My Mary (7" Mix)

9. Oh What A Feeling

10. Front Door

11. Top Ten

12. Cream Of The Crop

13. Night Nurse

14. Cool Down The Pace

15. Private Secretary

16. Love Me With Feeling (12" Mix)

17. Mi Come Again

18. Tenement Yard (12" Mix)

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Track List: The Lonely Lover

1. Happy Anniversary

2. Gi Me

3. Tribute To Wa De

4. Poor And Clean

5. Poor Natty

6. I Am Sorry

7. A Few Words

8. Protection

9. Hard Time

10. Tune In

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Track List: Substance Free

1. My Salvation

2. Runaway Slave

3. Pay The Consequnce

4. Rude Bwoy Bawl

5. Rat Patrol

6. Over The Bridge

7. Condemn

8. Reggamuffin Ball

9. Trenchtown Comprehensive

10. Poverty War

11. Mr. Officer

12. Preacher Bwoy

13. Fit For Soceity

14. We Raise Them

15. Half Way Tree

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Track List: Reggae Legend

1. Rock On

2. The More I Get It

3. Tune In, In The Morning

4. Night Nurse

5. All I Have Is Love

6. Ragamuffin

7. I Don't Want To Be Lonely Tonight

8. Prisoner Of Love

9. Nobody Knows

10. Badda

11. Warning

12. Rudi

13. Long Sentence

14. Badness

15. Greedy Girl

16. Welcome Home

17. I Do

18. Let Me Be The One

19. Once A Man

20. This Little Lady

21. Slave Masters

22. Lonely Man

23. Too Late

24. Thief A Man

25. Storybook Children

26. Don't Let Me Suffer

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Track List: Over The Years Volume 4

1. Top Ten

2. Hard Drugs

3. One Man Against The World

4. My Number One

5. Border (1977 Version)

6. Night Nurse

7. Front Door

8. Only Lover (1972 Version)

9. Wailing Rudie

10. Black A Kill Black

11. Stick By Me

12. No One But Me

13. One One Co Co

14. Are U Lonley

15. Lost Love

16. Open The Door To Your - Heart

17. Don't Go

18. Reasoning With The Almighty

19. Dancing Floor (1971 Version)

20. Sergent Brown

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Track List: Fatis Presents Gregory Issacs

1. Article Don

2. Take Her

3. Hello Stranger

4. Bounty Hunter

5. Once I Was Lonely

6. A Friend Of Mine

7. 12 Tribe Dance

8. Do Lord

9. Doesn't Really Matter

10. Can't Predict Love

11. Hungry For Your Love

12. Past Time Joke

13. Lawdie Miss Claudie

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Track List: Mr. Cool

1. Spend The Night

2. Lady Of Your Calibre

3. Just Because I'm Shy

4. Slapper Dapper

5. Deal With Her Case

6. Two To Make A Quarrell

7. Rude Boy

8. Hey Girl

9. Don't Take Your Love

10. Don't Live Here Anymore

11. Hop Of Mi Fender (Jungle Remix)

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Track List: Over The Years Volume 5

1. Lovers Magic

2. Substitute

3. Hush Darling

4. Permanent Lover

5. Objection Overruled

6. Special Guest

7. Willow Tree

8. Universal Tribulation

9. Love Me With Feeling

10. Love Is Overdue

11. Uncle Joe

12. Jah Music

13. Slave Master

14. Talk Dont Bother Me

15. Once Ago

16. If I Don't Have You

17. Yes I Do

18. Bang Belly

19. Innocent People Cry

20. Continent Woman

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Track List: Come Along

1. Take A Look

2. You're Like An Angel

3. Do Your Own Thing

4. Kinky Lady

5. Sip Of Wine

6. Curfew

7. First Class Lover

8. Give Love A Try

9. You Can Have The Bits (Aka Bits And Pieces)

10. No Good Girl

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Track List: Over The Years Vol. 3

1. Oh What A Feeling

2. I Need Your Love

3. Heartache

4. Loving Pauper

5. Sunday Morning

6. Philistines

7. Can't Give You My Love Alone

8. Who Cares

9. Promise

10. So Lonely

11. Musical Revenge

12. Mother's Day

13. Rock Away

14. Badda

15. Promise Land

16. Give A Hand

17. Mr. Know It All

18. Can I Change My Mind?

19. GP

20. Your Divine

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Track List: Live 1984

1. My Number One (Live)

2. My Only Lover (Live)

3. All I Have Is Love (Live)

4. Love Is Overdue (Live)

5. Mr. Brown (Live)

6. Storm (Live)

7. Slave Master (Live)

8. Border (Live)

9. Soon Forward (Live)

10. Oh What A Feeling (Live)

11. Sunday Morning (Live)

12. Addicted To You (Live)

13. Front Door (Live)

14. Can't Give My Love (Live)

15. Cool Down The Pace (Live)

16. Out Deh (Live)

17. Tune In (Live)

18. Top Ten (Live)

19. Private Secretary (Live)

20. Night Nurse (Live)

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Track List: Brand New Me

1. Love Turns Catastrophe

2. Fools Fall In Love

3. Over And Over Again

4. Send Me Back My Heart

5. Idren Gone A Jail

6. No Trust

7. Don't Come Running

8. Mix Up

9. Point Of View

10. Six Months

11. Protect Me

12. Betrayers Downfall

13. Penetentury

14. Loneliness

15. Diplomatic Fools

16. Memories

17. Same Old Me

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Track List: Dub Collection - 1977-1981

1. Rasta Business Dub (2010)

2. Burning Dub (2010)

3. Enemy Dub (2010)

4. Let’s Dance Dub (2010)

5. Anniversary Dub (2010)

6. Mr. Brown Dub (2010)

7. Bumping Dub (2010)

8. Poor Dub (2010)

9. Tune In Dub (2010)

10. Rudie Dub (2010)

11. Mind Dub (2010)

12. Jailer Dub

13. Cool Dub

14. Tears Dub

15. My Dub

16. Lonely Dub

17. Love Dub

18. Border Dub

19. Chunnie Dub

20. Weeping Dub

21. Rock Dub

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Track List: The Winner: The Roots Of Gregory Isaacs

1. Another Heartbreak

2. Don't Let Me Suffer

3. Buttoo

4. Too Late

5. Grow Closer Together

6. Set Back

7. While There Is Life

8. Be Careful

9. Another Heartache

10. Happiness Come

11. No Forgiveness

12. Lonely Days

13. Something Nice

14. Dance With Me

15. Don't Believe In Him

16. Village Of The Underprivileged

17. Sinner Man

18. Give A Hand

19. Help Us Get Over

20. Beautiful Africa

21. Smile

22. Storm

23. The Winner

24. Motherless Child

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Track List: Life's Lonely Road

2. Lonely Teardrops

3. Willow Tree

4. No Speech, No Language

5. Tumbling Tears

6. Philistines

8. A Riot

9. Jailer

10. Village Of The Under Privileged

11. Cool You

12. Financial Endorsement

13. If You're In Love

14. Far Beyond The Valley

15. The Way She Walks

16. Border

17. My Number One

18. Mr. Cop

19. Black A Kill Black

20. Slave Master

21. One Man Against The World

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Track List: Warning

1. Warning

2. Rudi

3. Long Sentence

4. Badness

5. Greedy Girl

6. Welcome Home

7. I Do

8. Let Me Be The One

9. Once A Man

10. This Little Lady

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Track List: Mr. Isaacs

1. Sacrifice

2. Storm

3. Story Book Children

4. Handcuff

5. Slavemaster

6. Get Ready

7. Set The Captives Free

8. The Winner

9. Smile

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Track List: The Table Is Going To Turn

1. The Table Is Going To Turn

2. Don't Bother Push Your Luck

3. Far So Long

4. We Had A Quarrel

5. She Wanna Set Me Free

6. By Chance

7. Crazy Glue

8. Who Is Going To Pay

9. Enough Is Enough

10. Speak Your Mind

11. True Love

12. Going To A Party

13. Be True To Me

14. Just Have A Talk

15. Me You Looking For

16. Through The Ball Door

17. Explanation

18. Land Of Paradise

19. Lovers Magic

20. Christmas Time

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Track List: Gregory Isaacs Sings Dennis Brown

1. No Man Is An Island

2. West Bound Train

3. Money In My Pocket

4. Wolves And Leopards

5. Love Has Found Its Way

6. Inseparable

7. How Could I Leave

8. Cassandra

9. Ghetto Girl

10. If I Had The World

11. Love And Hate

12. Hold On To What You've Got

13. The Prophet Rides Again

14. Should I

15. Tribulation

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Track List: Masterclass

1. Secret Love Affair

2. I Don't Wanna See You Cry

3. So Long Baby

4. Lonely Street

5. Caught You In A Lie

6. My Baby

7. Still Lingering On

8. Stay At Home

9. Fifteen Minutes Ago

10. Hungry For Your Love

11. Wanted List

12. False Evidence

13. One More Chance

14. Time After Time

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Track List: The Sensational Extra Classics

1. Mr. Cop

2. Lonely Man

3. Rasta Business

4. Black & White

5. Black Against Black

6. Too Late (Girl)

7. Extra Classic

8. Far Beyond The Valley

9. My Religion

10. Each Day

11. Promise

12. Don't Let Me Suffer

13. Dread Lock Love Affair

14. Mr. Know It All

15. Loving Pauper

16. The Sun Shines For Me

17. Something Nice

18. Be Yourself

19. Warriors

20. My Time

21. Jailor, Jailor

22. Love Light

23. Once Ago

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Track List: Open The Door

1. Forgive Her

2. Margaret

3. She's Gone

4. Have I Sinned

5. If By Chance

6. False Evidence

7. Neve Knew Love

8. Open The Door

9. Promise

10. Down The Line

11. Josephine

12. Sametime

13. Sametime Dub

14. Josephine In Dub

15. Dub The Line

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Track List: Best Of 20th Century

1. Night Nurse

2. Cool Down The Pace

3. Stranger In Town

4. Hot Stepper

5. Top Ten

6. Private Secretary

7. Love Me With Feeling

8. Out Deh

9. Universal Tribulation

10. Substitute (Live)

11. The Border (Live)

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Track List: Here By Appointment

1. Mellow Mood

2. Lost My Job

3. If Tomorrow Never Comes

4. Naw Go Skin Up

5. New Lover

6. Miss Touch & Go

7. Here By Appointment

8. 1000 Times

9. I Will Return

10. A Go Go Go

11. War On Poverty

12. One More Chance (2003)

13. Pay More Attention

14. Mi No Know

15. Egg Inna Di Red

16. Say Bye Bye

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Track List: Cool Ruler - Soon Forward: Selection (1990 Remaster)

1. Universal Tribulation

2. Word Of The Farmer

3. Black Liberation Struggle

4. Mr Brown

5. Raving Tonight

6. John Public

7. Let's Dance

8. Native Woman

9. One More Time

10. My Relationship

11. Slave Market

12. Uncle Joe

13. Lonely Girl

14. Soon Forward

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Track List: Greatest Love Songs

1. Night Nurse

2. Private Secretary

3. Too Good To Be True (Anchor Version)

4. Love Me With Feeling

5. Cool Down The Pace (10" Mix)

6. Conversation

7. Love Is Overdue

8. Loving Pauper

9. My Number One

10. If I Don't Have You

11. Oh What A Feeling

12. Front Door

13. Yes I Do

14. Stranger In Town

15. Poor Millionaire

16. Top Ten (Single Version)

17. Objection Overruled

18. Sad To Know (You're Leaving)

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Track List: Gregory Isaacs In Dub: Dub A De Number One

1. Changing Dub

2. You're Not My Enemy

3. Waterfall Dub

4. Stand Up For Justice

5. Circuit Court

6. Heatwave

7. Jury Must Stand

8. Equal Share

9. Teardrops Dub

10. Fugitive Dub

11. Interrogation

12. Lonely Dub

13. Overdue

14. On The Edge

15. Dub A De Number One

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Track List: I Found Love

1. I Found Love

2. A Bit Too Shy

3. Why Did You Leave

4. Time Get Crucial

5. So Long

6. Teacher Inna Dis

7. Heartache Avenue

8. Miss Cutie

9. Make Flex

10. Lordie Miss Claudie

11. Notebook Pages

12. Continent Woman

13. Private Lessons

14. Don't Go

15. Botha Gone To Belgium

16. Slappa Dappa

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Track List: Ultimate Selection

1. Top Ten

2. Tune In

3. My Number One

4. Love Is Overdue

5. Black A Kill Black

6. The Border

7. Thief A Man

8. Slavemaster

9. Mr. Cop

10. Storm

11. Oh What A Feeling

12. Night Nurse

13. Confirm Reservation

14. Front Door

15. Sad To Know (You're Leaving)

16. Good Morning

17. Out Deh

18. Private Secretary

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Track List: The Ultimate Collection

1. Top Ten

2. Tune In

3. My Number One

4. Love Is Overdue

5. Black A Kill Black

6. The Border

7. Thief A Man

8. Slavemaster

9. Mr. Cop

11. Oh What A Feeling

13. Confirm Reservation

14. Front Door

15. Sad To Know (You're Leaving)

16. Good Morning

17. Out Deh

18. Private Secretary

19. Rumours