Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse (1982)

Gregory Anthony Isaacs (15 July 1951 – 25 October 2010) was a Jamaican reggae musician. Milo Miles, writing in The New York Times, described Isaacs as “the most exquisite vocalist in reggae”. His nickname was the Cool Ruler.

In 1982 Greogory Isaccs signed to Island Records and released the record that finally saw him break through to a wider audience, “Night Nurse”, the title track from his first album for the label (Night Nurse (1982).

Although “Night Nurse” was not a chart hit in either the UK or US, it was hugely popular in clubs and received heavy radio play, and the album reached #32 in the UK. This success for Isaacs coincided with drug problems with cocaine which saw him serve a six-month prison sentence in Kingston in 1982 for possession of unlicensed firearms. Isaacs claimed that he had the weapons only for protection, but it emerged that this was his 27th arrest and that Isaacs had become involved in drug dealing and had become addicted to crack cocaine.

Wally Badarou played Prophet synthesizer on the “Night Nurse” album and the single was remixed by Paul “Groucho” Smykle for this UK 10″ single. The single also included a remixed version of album track “Material Man”.

Night Nurse (Discomix)                                     7:03

Material Man                                                    6:32


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