Friday, July 15, 2016

Day 258 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Gregory Isaacs - Easy

It has been a while since we've had some Cool Ruler so let's give a listen to a 1994 revamp of a tune he originally recorded nine years earlier.  "Easy," riding Bobby "Digital" Dixon's take on the Hot Milk riddim and originally released as a 7" on the Digital B label, is in my opinion one of the smoothest of all tunes from the early 90s.  I have Gregory's 1985 album Easy on the Tad's Records label and was never overly impressed with the original version but this is one of those rare circumstances where the remake blows the first take out of the water... and speaking of water, the smooth riddim and Gregory's laid-back delivery especially the line "like a ship sailing on the ocean, do it inna slow motion" just brings to mind a calm sail on the Caribbean sea on a sunny day; it feels super mellow!  Perfect tune for a summer weekend - happy Friday!  And as an added bonus, today marks what would have been Gregory's 65th birthday.  RIP Gregory, you are missed!

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