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New Treasure Isle compilation from Alton Ellis

by | Mar 8, 2019 | News

Alton Ellis - Treasure Isle 1966-1968

New Treasure Isle Compilation from Alton Ellis

The late great Alton Ellis OD was one of the finest soulful voices to come out of Jamaica. As well as writing hit singles himself, the singer could make a cover version known as a foreign tune sound like a Jamaican reggae tune with the greatest of ease. A great selection of Alton’s magical Duke Reid productions recorded at Treasure Isle Studio in Jamaica, coming from the Kingston Sounds label.

Out on Vinyl & CD  on March 8, 2019.

Tracks

1. Ain’t That Loving You
2. Get Ready (Do The Rocksteady)
3. Girl I’ve Got A Date
4. La La Means I Love You
5. Baby I Love You
6. Remember That Sunday feat. Phillis Dillon
7. Cry Tuff
8. Breaking Up
9. Why Do Birds
10. Come Rolling
11. If I Ruled The World
12. Willow Tree
13. Thank The Lord*
14. Can’t Stop Me Now*
15. How Can I Find*

*CD Bonus tracks

As the more upbeat riddims of the earlier Ska period began to slow down around the turn of 1966 some say due to the extreme heatwave that hit the island of Jamaica that year, slower riddims suited the people to groove to at the various sound systems and dances. This also allowed the singers to express themselves more and allow the song to shine through. No one did this better than Alton Ellis OD, who at that time reigned supreme.

Alton Ellis OD started off singing at an early stage as part of a duo with singer Eddie Perkins. They recorded for both Studio One and Randy’s as Alton & Eddy and had a massive hit with the song “Muriel”. The singing pair went their separate ways with Alton going solo with Studio One and being a much in demand voice also recorded with Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle Studio as Alton Ellis & The Flames. One of his tunes that are feature on this set, “Get Ready (Do the Rocksteady)”, even gave this period in reggae’s history its name, Rocksteady. It’s music from this fantastic Rocksteady period (1966-1968) that is on this release. This set carries all the big hits “Ain’t That Loving You”, “Girl I’ve Got A Date”, “Cry Tuff” alongside many more classics. All the cuts are Treasure Isle songs that really defined the era.

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