Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Freddie McGregor releases new album

With his deep reggae catalogue spanning almost five decades, Freddie McGregor is one of the few first-generation reggae icons here today who has blazed a path through virtually every stage of the genre - from ska, rock steady to early and modern day reggae. Tomorrow on January 29, 2013, he takes the reigns once again with 'Di Captain' (VP Records/Big Ship), his brand new studio album after four years in the making. The album's title refers slyly to his continued status as captain of his Big Ship production complex.

This 16-track collection demonstrates Freddie's magnificent talents as a songwriter and his taste for cover versions, romantic ballads and strong cultural messages. Original songs include the heartfelt tribute to his island "Move Up Jamaica,” the powerfully pleading "More Love in the Ghetto" and earnestly romantic and gospel-flavored "Love I Believe In." As for cover versions, Freddie's draws from a wide and varied array of great pop anthems (Beatles’ "You Won't See Me," Luther Vandross' "A House Is Not a Home") and reggae songs of the past (“Bob Marley’s “Rainbow Country,” The Heptones’ “Equal Rights”). Each rendition is infused with Freddie's own unmistakable vibe and rich, soulful vocals.

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