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Soon Forward [Original recording reissued, Import]

Gregory IsaacsAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Gregory Isaacs sings a love song like no other Jamaican artist. Effortless, smooth, seductive and sensual, his "Lonely Lover" persona has made him one of the most popular singers in Jamaica since the '70s. Reggae's version of Marvin Gaye, Isaacs' songs remain as popular in dancehalls as they are in bedrooms, having virtually invented the reggae genre known as ... Read more in Amazon's Gregory Isaacs Store

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  • Audio CD (July 16, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B00005KB4N
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Universal Tribulation
2. Mr. Brown
3. Down the Line
4. Lonely Girl
5. Bumping and Boring
6. My Relationship
7. Slave Market
8. Black Liberation Struggle
9. Jah Music
10. Soon Forward

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Soon Forward" Is a Stone Cold Reggae Classic February 9, 2006
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"Soon Forward" is song for song, the most crucial and conscious reggae album I've ever heard. Gregory's breakthrough album in the UK was 1981's "Extra Classic" and here in the USA it was "Night Nurse" in 1982 which far away is Gregory's best international selling album. "Soon Forward" was released earlier (1979)and failed to develop a significant audience outside of Jamaica. It's a shame because "Soon Forward" is Mr. Isaac's best album and a stone cold reggae classic

"Soon Forward" is a revelation because the album is just about the only Gregory Isaacs album that provides a perfect balance between Gregory's plantive and bitersweet lover's rock, and his steadfast, roots conscious, Rastafarian militate musical persona. Songs like "Universal Tribulation", "Black Liberation Struggle" and the transcendent "Slave Market" are songs of freedom that resonate as much as any song in Marley's sublime catalogue of music.

When the money is laid down on the table, nobody can sing lover's rock like Gregory, the cool ruler. "Soon Forward" the album's title song weaves a seductive trance-like spell and will mezmerize the listener. The song is muscular display of Sylvan Morris' dubwise mastery of the soundboard. Morris crashes out wave, after rippling wave of echoes, and he deftly pulls the vocals and the various instrumental passages in and out of the mix. It's some high stylin' dub, mon.

This is a percolating ganja soaked production with many of the usual musical suspects, like members of the Roots Radics, the original Burning Spear band, the Heptones, and Sly and Robbie. Sly Dunbar had the producer's credit for "Soon Forward" but engineer Sylvan Morris should share equal credit for the crystal clear mix and the shock and awe of his dub factor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Ruler delivers with aplomb September 28, 2001
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Gregory Isaacs has oft been referred to as the Frank Sinatra of regge and this is not just hyperbole. The man's phrasing is as subtle as it is ultimately powerfully moving. Before the drugs took their toll on his pipes Isaacs was peerless in reggae for his ability to put a song across. Even the mighty Dennis Brown acknowledged his good friend's talents. All that said Soon Forward is perhaps the Cool Ruler's finest LP. Covering reality themes on Universal Tribulation (an absolutely devestating track) and Black Liberation Struggle et al while also delivering classic Isaacs romanticism on Lonely Girl and the title track. Produced by Isaacs and featuring a band that includes Horsemouth, Bingy Bunny, Sly and Robbie, Ansel Collins, Deadly Headly, Bobby Ellis and Wire Lindo plus backing vocals from Leroy Sibbles (Heptones) Dennis Brown and Junior Delgado, what more do you need to know? If you don't already own it, I feel for you,friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one is just about perfect. October 7, 2009
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Amen to the reviews. I'm a fan of roots-era reggae. Since backing band personnel of the time seem to be pretty consistent among various artists, I count on the music of the late '70s to be solid. So I lean to artists with great vocals. And to be honest, for me, Cool Ruler's vocals are decent, but maybe an acquired taste. Still, he's not hugely popular for nothing, and here we hear why. As a massive Dennis Brown fan, I was psyched to hear his full-throated, impassioned backing vocals. (Not sure I get what "Mr. Brown" is about, but no matter.) Funny thing happens though: on this album, Dennis disappears pretty quickly, but the show goes on, in spectacular fashion. Mr. Cool Ruler does his thing on good songs, and the music just ... delivers. Whoever's on keyboards deserves special praise. Musically, this is one reggae record that cannot be beat. If you're a roots fan, get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You know that! January 29, 2008
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I wholeheartedly agree with everything the other erudite reviewers have said: this is essential listening, a must-have album, right up there with the greatest roots reggae releases. HIGHLY recommended.
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