Celebrating The Birthday of Reggae Icon Freddie McGregor with Mad music
27 June 2017 Blogroll
On 1982’s Big Ship, Freddie McGregor’s love of African-American soul music comes through loud and clear — even though many of the more Rastafarian-oriented lyrics are very much a product of the Jamaican experience. True to form, the singer provides a variety of political and apolitical songs. While gems like “Holy Mount Zion” and “Get United” underscore his political/spiritual beliefs as a Rastafarian, McGregor favors more of a lovers rock approach on “Let Me Be the One,” “Stop Loving You,” and “Sweet Lady.” In reggae circles, the term lovers rock refers to reggae that chooses romantic themes over social or political topics — essentially, it is the reggae equivalent of romantic R&B. And any soul lover who has spent a lot of time savoring the romantic sweet soul of the Delfonics or Brenton Wood should have no problem getting into the lovers rock on this album. For that matter, McGregor’s more sociopolitical songs have just as much classic soul appeal. Reissued on CD in 2001, Big Ship is among the best and most consistent albums that McGregor provided in the 1980s.