SLEEPY MEETS MR.SOUL IN LADBROKE GROVE
2. ALTON WHIPS THE PRINCE!
3. AGGRESSION, THE GUN, AN' ALL THEM T'INGS
4. ALTON RECALLS
10 ALTON ELLIS SINGLES YOU SHOULD NOT BE WITHOUT
1. Blackman's Pride (Studio One)
Originally intended to be a love song ("I was born to lose her..."). Alton sounds pained as he recalls his people's suffering. Alton cut two other versions of this song, one for Treasure Isle and his personal favourite for Sidney Crooks cut in the UK and the most popular cut on its release in Jamaica in 1971.
2. Breaking Up (Treasure Isle)
One of his biggest hits. A self composed rock steady classic.
3. Can I Change My Mind (Coxsone)
Brilliant adaption of Tyrone Davis' Soul hit. A perfect example of JA beating the USA at its own game.
4. Oh Lord Deliver Us (Matador)
Rasta inspired sentiments, rarely sung so sweetly.
5. Alton's Official Daughter (Aquarius)
Beautiful song, Alton's almost throwaway delivery adds immensely to its charm.
6. Too Late To Turn Back Now (Impact)
Another supreme adaption of a US Soul hit, this time by the Cornelius Brothers. Later versioned by Augusto Pablo.
7. African Descendants (Studio One)
Precurser of the kind of heavy reggae that would dominate in the late seventies. Again a reflection of Alton's interest in Rastafarian themes.
8. I'm Just A Guy (Studio One)
Original song, beautifully sung.
9. Cry Tough (Treasure Isle)
Alton reminds the rude bwoys that no matter how tough they think they are, they can't be tougher than the world.
10. Dance Crashers (Doctor Bird)
More rude bwoy admonishment, recorded as the antidote to what Alton saw as the pro-hooligan stance of the Wailers.
10 HORACE ANDY SINGLES YOU SHOULD NOT BE WITHOUT
1. Skylarking (Studio One)
Horace echoes Alton's anti-hooligan theme.
2. Mr Bassie (Studio One)
First cut of the famous rhythm. Horace's ode to Leroy, Bagga, Clinton, Family man, Fully, Flabba, Lloyd Brevelle and others of that ilk.
3. Zion Gate (Jackpot)
Horace prays not to be overlooked outside the Zion Gate over a thundering Aggrovators rhythm.
4. New Broom (Studio One)
Horace dwells in his own misery over some absent damsel. Features a brilliant guitar solo, according to sources (the Lavender Hill Mob!), by Carlton '& His Shoes' Manning.
5. See A Man's Face (Sight And Sound)
An observation on how a man's face can mask his real thoughts.
6. Rock To Sleep (Yard)
Slow, brooding rhythm over which Horace croons a soothing lullaby.
7. Fight Fight (Hit Bound)
Horace had something of a renaissance in the mid-eighties, hitting with a number of superb tunes, of which this may have been the best.
8. Oh Lord Why Lord (Studio One)
Heartbreaking beseech for self understanding and justice.
9. Money Money (Jackpot)
'Money is the root of all evil, it is said. Perhaps only in the hands of evil men. But then it seems easier for evil men to lay their hands on it. I'd rather be poor and clean...
10. Never Tell I (Observer)
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