If I had to choose a one desert island reggae album to listen to the rest of my life, I would choose Freddie McGregor's Bobby Bobylon album. Recorded and released in 1979 off the famed Studio One label with Producer C.S. Dodd, Bobby Bobylon is a timeless classic from beginning to end. Rich and soulful, it is without a doubt McGregor's best album, my favorite reggae album (though there are many other contenders) and the album I always turn to when I want to really feel good.
Sorry, I've been "Gone Away" for over a month. Work has taken up a lot of my time, and with that on top of being busy with my two kids, sometimes the blog gets neglected for awhile. Speaking of "Gone Away", that Curtis Mayfield tune gets me every time. Written by Mayfield for The Impressions album This is My Country, it's such a heart-breakingly great tune. Roberta Flack's version off of the excellent Chapter Two album is an excellent version as well. Both versions of "Gone Away" are repeaters for me.