12 Nov2010

Slabs 121 - A Tribute to Gregory Isaacs & Sugar Minott

Posted by AIC • Nov 12, 2010

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2010 has sadly been a year that has seen the passing of two reggae greats – Gregory Isaacs and Sugar Minott. In order to show our respect and appreciation of their musical talents we are posting a selection of their tracks as a tribute.

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Reggae music has a wealth of legendary singers and I say without a moments hesitation that Gregory Isaacs is my favourite. In song, the way he achieved warmth, wisdom, sexuality, vulnerability and perhaps most importantly refined humour is sublime. I can always rely on the Cool Ruler to brighten my day. This collection of tracks is by no means a best of: in honesty I have not even heard half of his releases. These are just a few that I feel strongly about, mostly from around the 80s digital era, with a few stone cold classics thrown in for good measure. Thank you for the memories Gregory. Lordy Lord Lord! – Joel Shaw

Gregory Anthony Issacs 1951 – 2010

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Tracklist

Report to Me
My Number 1
Cool Ruler Come Again
Red Rose for Gregory
Nah Leave
Cross the Line
Night Nurse
Dealing

Sugar Minott was blessed with an undeniably sweet and graceful voice. From the very first listen I was hooked on his sound – an expression so endearing and driven by inspiring conscious lyrics. His warm tones were always rooted in sincerity and affection and, in the music, this created an effortless and intimate engagement with the listener. And with a career spanning a vast range of styles of reggae such as roots, dub, danchehall and lovers rock he must surely be considered one of the most versatile and respected Jamaican singers. – Jasper Shaw

Lincoln Barrington ‘Sugar’ Minott 1956 – 2010

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Tracklist

Mankind
Herbsman Hustling
All Kinda People
Hard Time Rock
No Vacancy
Ain’t Nobody Moves Me
Lonely Days
Roof Over My Head
Vanity

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