Thursday, May 28, 2009
Gregory Isaacs : Out Deh 1983
Gregory Isaacs ranks as one of the true superstars of REGGAE MUSIC , with a career that spans three decades and legions of loyal fans worldwide . His humble upbringing began in Kingston , Jamaica where he was born in 1951 . Like many before him , he started his singing career in the early 70's by working with a number of producers and entering various local talent competitions . His first records of notice were on Rupie Edwards' Success label . To gain artistic freedom and financial control of his own work , Isaacs was started his own African Museum label and shop in Kingston in 1973 with singer Errol Dunkley . In order to finance his label , he continued to work with other producers such as Winton "Niney The Observer" Holness , Gussie Clark , Lloyd Campbel l, and Alvin "GG" Ranglin for the rest of the 70's . His early recordings were responsible for the development of his singing style , love ballads with his cool relaxed nasal style , as well as his ease with songs about social protest . By 1980 , Gregory had become one of the top stars in the reggae world , touring the UK and US extensively . He signed with Virgin Records' Frontline label and gained a considerable name for himself outside the reggae world . Isaacs continued recording singles on his African Museum label in Jamaica - ultimately those singles were gathered for the Virgin releases . His preeminence during this period was confirmed by the nickname of "Cool Ruler " , given to him by critics and fans after the title of one his albums . By the mid 80's , he had a number of personal and financial problems and ended up in a Jamaican prison for a short time . After his release , he began work recording for scores for different producers , which included some of his best material for King Jammys , Bobby Digital , and Steely and Clevie . His 1988 landmark album , "Red Rose for Gregory ", and the single "Rumors" brought him to worldwide prominence again . Since then he has recorded a number of albums , scores of singles , and has continued to tour extensively worldwide . Over the years , Gregory Isaacs has worked hard to keep his legendary status and reputation in the reggae business second to none. Artists Only! released "Gregory Isaacs - Live at Maritime Hall" in conjunction with 2B1 label the fall of 1998 to a great response . This all new studio album "Turn Down The Lights ", produced by the legendary Lloyd "King Jammys" , really brings out the essence of this veteran singer , who sounds as strong as ever with the best up-to-date musical tracks.