Sunspot continue to plough a very specific furrow by reissuing big LP’s from the Trojan catalogue on vinyl LP. In a way these are very safe choices, once upon a time record shop shelves would have been full of copies of this on Trojan, but those days are gone so it’s good to see that Sunspot are making the effort with vinyl.
In Person was Gregory’s first LP and will will need no introduction to many. For those who are not familiar this was produced by Alvin Ranglin, released in Jamaica on his GG label and in the UK on Trojan in 1975. Isaacs had recorded as part of the Concords and as a solo artist for a number of producers but when he teamed up with Alvin Ranglin around ’73 he experienced significant success for the first time, this LP brings together a dozen tunes from that period including Gregory’s first Jamaican number one Love Is Overdue. In short, it’s great!
The sleeve notes insert from Harry Wise give an overview of Gregory’s long career and are nicely illustrated. The original UK version of the sleeve is used, it would have been nice if they’d used the Jamaican sleeve but this is shown in the insert.
In Person is released on 180 gram vinyl by Sunspot Records on the 17 February.