Freddie McGregor “Bobby Bobylon”

Album Reviews | Nov 30th, 2006

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Record Label: Heartbeat Records
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This Freddie McGregor Studio One debut is back in print, thanks to Heartbeat Records and Studio One! 25 years later, “Bobby Bobylon” gets the remastered treatment, plus there are quite a few bonus tracks on here as well. This release demonstrates where McGregor started out with his solo career, and with the help of the mighty Sir Coxsone Dodd. It also shows how far he has come over the years. The man must have over 100 albums now it seems. He definitely shows no signs of stopping or slowing down.

I’ve heard a lot of Freddie McGregor’s music but not as much as I should. I never heard this album before so I’m glad it has been remastered and re-printed. I love Freddie McGregor’s singing voice, it’s just so smooth. The original 10 songs are classic and the bonus tracks are just as memorable. Some of these have been on compilations and other Freddie McGregor albums before but it’s nice to have them here again. Plus some of them are unreleased extended mixes so they are a little bit different. I liked hearing “When I’m Ready,” which is the riddim track of a John Holt song “A Love I Can Feel.”

If you are a fan of Freddie McGregor’s and don’t already own this album, then this is something to not overlook. If you already own this album, it might be good to get it again because the production is remastered and sounds a lot better.

Bottom Line: A Classic McGregor album that has been thankfully remastered and reprinted!
Notable Tracks: We Need More Love, Bobby Bobylon, Wine of Violence
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