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Sings Jamaican Classics [Deluxe Edition]

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Freddie McGregor 21//2016

Review

Originally released in the early 1990s as three separate volumes, Freddie McGregor Sings Jamaican Classics is an expanded edition that brings all three of those volumes together in a single package. The original sets were recorded between 1990 and 1994 and featured McGregor's effortlessly elegant and relaxed vocals over backing tracks built from synthesizer riffs and drum loops as he revisits several roots rock classics from the '60s and '70s in a light dancehall style. By all rights, the end result should have been bland and relatively disposable, but that isn't the case, as McGregor's vocals are very much alive and nuanced, the arrangements are lovingly respectful and the rhythms support and enlarge these songs rather than overwhelm them. There is so much to like here, including a wonderful remake of the Clarendonians' "Breaking Up" (McGregor was a member of the group when the original version was recorded), Junior Byles' "Beat Down Babylon," Bob Marley's "Nice Time," and the Ethiopians' "Everything Crash," among others, and in each case McGregor sings from the heart, giving these remakes a nicely balanced feel between what made the originals such classics and what might actually still go over in the increasingly digital-driven dancehall market. That McGregor pulls it off is nothing short of amazing, and it's a rare thing when remakes of classics seem like classics themselves. ~ Steve Leggett
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Atribella Freddie McGregor 3:59
  3. 2 Dance Crasher Freddie McGregor 2:55
  4. 3 I've Got to Go Back Freddie McGregor 3:39
  5. 4 Take It Easy Freddie McGregor 3:50
  6. 5 Breaking Up Freddie McGregor 3:58
  7. 6 Conquer Me Freddie McGregor 3:44
  8. 7 How Can I Forget Freddie McGregor 3:42
  9. 8 I Was Born a Winner Freddie McGregor 3:34
  10. 9 Joy in the Morning Freddie McGregor 3:51
  11. 10 Let Them Try Freddie McGregor 3:54
  12. 11 Nice Time Freddie McGregor 3:40
  13. 12 Red Rose Freddie McGregor 3:2
  14. 13 You Don't Need Me Freddie McGregor 3:22
  15. 14 You're Gonna Lose Freddie McGregor 4:4
  16. 15 You've Caught Me Freddie McGregor 3:27
  17. 16 Come on Little Girl Freddie McGregor 3:30
  18. 17 Every Day Is Just a Holiday Freddie McGregor 3:20
  19. 18 Everything Crash Freddie McGregor 2:58
  20. 19 Falling in Love With You Freddie McGregor 3:37
  21. 1 Give Me the Right Freddie McGregor 3:24
  22. 2 Let Them Say Freddie McGregor 3:53
  23. 3 Little Nut Tree Freddie McGregor 2:56
  24. 4 Moving Away Freddie McGregor 3:14
  25. 5 Mr. Fix It Freddie McGregor 3:57
  26. 6 Nanny Goat Freddie McGregor 2:23
  27. 7 Undying Love Freddie McGregor 3:38
  28. 8 Watch This Sound Freddie McGregor 3:43
  29. 9 Can I Change My Mind Freddie McGregor 3:32
  30. 10 Danger in Your Eyes Freddie McGregor 2:54
  31. 11 Declaration of Rights Freddie McGregor 3:53
  32. 12 Satta Freddie McGregor 3:50
  33. 13 Sweet Talking Freddie McGregor 2:14
  34. 14 Hooligan Freddie McGregor 3:30
  35. 15 Stranger in Love Freddie McGregor 3:21
  36. 16 My Jamaican Girl Freddie McGregor 3:53
  37. 17 Beat Down Babylon Freddie McGregor 3:46
  38. 18 Curly Locks Freddie McGregor 3:37
  39. 19 Love Has Found Its Way Freddie McGregor 4:26

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