Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
Three years after his death, there is a new Gregory Isaacs track on the streets.
The track, The Next 45 Minutes, is on a new CD titled Reggae Champions Unleashed, a 12-track album produced by Ronald 'Charlie' Abrahams, of Jah Mix Productions, on his Jah Mix Records label.
Abrahams was in Ocho Rios recently as he sought to promote the album in Jamaica.
"The Next 45 Minutes was recorded years ago, but we just decide to put it out now," Abrahams told Entertainment Avenue.
The song is typical Gregory Isaacs lover's rock, in which he is telling his girlfriend that he will be visiting her in 45 minutes.
The album, as indicated by its title, features several huge reggae stars including Michael Rose, Luciano, Yami Bolo, Anthony B, Bounty Killer, Mickey Spice, George Nooks and Frankie Paul.
Also featured are up-and-coming artistes Exco Levi, Ryan and Sizemi, and Howie Smart.
Michael Rose's Walk and Talk, on the same rhythm as the Gregory Isaacs' track, sounds destined to be a hit.
Frankie Paul's You Got My Love, on the 'Stars' rhythm (remember Cornell Campbell and The Eternals' Studio One hit?) seems destined for a lot of airplay, also.
The album was released at the end of July and is distributed by VP Records affiliate, VPal.
Reggae Champions Unleashed follows Jah Mix's release of a reggae-jazz fusion album by saxophonist I-Sax.
"I-Sax is a music teacher, he plays in my band. What we do is mix his jazz background with the reggae; some people say it's reggae, some say it's jazz, it's up to each person's interpretation," Abrahams explained.
Abrahams is a veteran in the reggae music business, a former manager of the Abyssinians and affiliated with the late Jack Ruby and also Clement 'Sir Coxson' Dodd's Studio One.
Reggae Champions Unleashed (Jah Mix Records)
1. Mickey Spice - Run Come Give Mi
2. George Nooks - Trial and Crosses
3. Frankie Paul - You Got My Love
4. Exco Levi - Bird Flu
5. Gregory Isaacs - The Next 45 Minutes
6. Michael Rose - Walk and Talk
7. Luciano - Love Will Save the Day
8. Ryan and Sizemi - I Wish
9. Yami Bolo - Yahway
10. Anthony B - Love Story
11. Bounty Killer - Unite
12. Howie Smart - Count Your Blessings