Mr. Isaacs (Vinyl)

LP £12.99
  • SKU: 0054645420112
  • UPC: 0054645420112
  • Release Date: 12 July 2019


Label Review. 

1977 album. Also available on CD with bonus tracks.

Our Overview. 

The moment the name Gregory Isaacs is mentioned, it invokes a fond nostalgia and transports the listener back to the era when the late Jamaican reggae star himself -responsible to be the founding father of Lover’s Rock and the artist - regaled us with his tunes and those vocals which ensured he was immortalised as an icon of sensuality and emotional liberation. And this classic re-issue ‘Mr Isaacs’ celebrates the birthday of the late singer. The album marks a pivotal time in the early relationship between Isaacs, producer Ossie Hibbert and VP Records.

So we are delighted to have this title in our mitts! First released in 1977 the ‘Mr Isaacs’ album established the template for Gregory Isaacs’ subsequent superstar status. Conceived by Gregory and Ossie Hibbert as an album project it contained three of the Cool Ruler’s greatest hits ‘Smile’, ‘Slave Master’ and ‘Set The Captives Free’.

The largely political content of ‘Mr Isaacs’ while not unprecedented, was still something of a departure from the norm of Gregory’s particular brand of seductive lover's rock when it was originally released in the '70s on the Jamaican Cash & Carry label. It succeeds for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is the rock-solid playing of the Revolutionaries. But Gregory deserves credit for understanding that trenchant political statements are sometimes most effective when delivered with the least amount of drama.

‘Mr Isaacs’ status as one of reggae’s cornerstone albums was cemented when it was reissue in 2001 on the Blood & Fire label. Re-mastered by Kevin Metcalfe.