Freddie McGregor Big Ship on LP
The '80s marked a dramatic change for the reggae genre as dancehall music begin to emerge. It was at this time, the reggae fraternity and the world at large, experienced the loss of music icon, Bob Marley in 1981. The fraternity sought to recognize a reggae superstar to take the mantle of reggae ambassadorship. Although Freddie McGregor had been wallowing behind such gargantuan luminaries like Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs in the '70s, his 1981 big hit "Big Ship" and 1982 album of the same name took him right into contention. Produced by Linval Thompson and featuring the Roots Radics, Big Ship became one of reggae's 'classics' and the hallmark of his recording career as well as the name for his studio operations.