TUNE OF THE WEEK #24
GREGORY ISAACS – A FRIEND OF MINE – XTERMINATOR
On Gregory Isaacs 1998 single A Friend Of Mine the Cool Ruler comes with a set of lovers lyrics – concerning his trespasses against his friend’s girl friend – that he used before. Gregory Isaacs turns in a great performance and producer ‘Fatis’ Burrell has expertly captured every groan and vocal idiosyncrasy of the crooner. Underpinning A Friend Of Mine is a murderous riddim reminiscent of those riddims Jah Shaka cut with the Firehouse Crew in Jamaica for Max Romeo’s Tafari, Captain Of My Ship. Like those tracks, A Friend Of Mine is not across an original riddim. Also Sizzla’s 1997 tune Till It Some More is on the same riddim, although with a different mix.