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Comin' In Tough

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Other albums by Freddie McGregor

Freddie McGregor 7/12/2005

Review

Comin' in Tough, from reggae legend Freddie McGregor, doesn't break any new ground for the much-loved singer, but does clearly demonstrate why he's been such a consistent seller for almost four decades. The album's two lead tracks are also its two hit singles so far: the first, "Lock It Down," is an irresistibly catchy call to consciousness and "positivity"; the second is an equally hooky rewrite of Coxsone Dodd's classic "Bangarang" rhythm. The rest of the album is uneven, but generally quite good: for every disappointment (a completely unnecessary rewrite of the Wailers' rocksteady classic "Love and Affection," a meandering and lackluster original titled "Set the Program") there are at least two or three gems (like the brilliant "Pick Yourself Up," featuring Morgan Heritage). The album is produced by Bobby "Digital" Dixon, who provides a nice sonic mixture of modern smoothness and rootsy texture, thanks in part to the presence of such stellar sidemen as drummer William "Squidley" Cole, guitarist Dalton Browne, and bassist Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis. This may not be the most essential title in McGregor's catalog, but it's a solid entry. ~ Rick Anderson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Lock It Down Freddie McGregor 3:50
  3. 2 Bangarang Freddie McGregor 4:2
  4. 3 Can You Feel It Freddie McGregor 3:27
  5. 4 Comin' in Tough Freddie McGregor 3:34
  6. 5 Set the Program Freddie McGregor 4:16
  7. 6 Choices Freddie McGregor 4:35
  8. 7 Red Rose Freddie McGregor 3:2
  9. 8 Love and Affection Freddie McGregor 3:7
  10. 9 Ooh Child Freddie McGregor 3:33
  11. 10 You Don't Know Freddie McGregor 4:5
  12. 11 United We Stand Freddie McGregor 3:54
  13. 12 Little Girl Freddie McGregor 3:30
  14. 13 Pick Yourself Up Freddie McGregor 5:12
  15. 14 A Better Way Freddie McGregor 4:0
  16. 15 Save a Little Love Freddie McGregor 3:49
  17. 16 In Your Dreams Freddie McGregor 4:11
  18. 17 Love on Our Side Freddie McGregor 3:41

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