Be True to Yourself: Anthology 1965-1973

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All Music Guide
Alton Ellis created a template in the 1960s that subsequent Jamaican singers like Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs would follow to a T, combining soulful vocal phrasing, derived in part from American R&B, with hard island rhythms and a bent for romantic material into a surefire way to keep a presence on the charts. Although he is often celebrated for his subtle Jamaican interpretations of American pop hits which often improved on the originals, as is the case here with Ellis' version of Chuck Jackson's "Willow Tree", it is startling to realize how many of the best songs on this two-disc, 56-track compilation of Ellis' early years were actually written by the singer. "Dance Crasher," "Cry Tough," "The Preacher," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Alton Ellis created a template in the 1960s that subsequent Jamaican singers like Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs would follow to a T, combining soulful vocal phrasing, derived in part from American R&B, with hard island rhythms and a bent for romantic material into a surefire way to keep a presence on the charts. Although he is often celebrated for his subtle Jamaican interpretations of American pop hits which often improved on the originals, as is the case here with Ellis' version of Chuck Jackson's "Willow Tree", it is startling to realize how many of the best songs on this two-disc, 56-track compilation of Ellis' early years were actually written by the singer. "Dance Crasher," "Cry Tough," "The Preacher," "Black Man's World," "Harder and Harder," and "Better Get Your Heads Together" were all penned by Ellis, and his soaring tenor renders them both poignant and irresistible. It's also interesting how many of the tracks deal squarely with social issues, and while there are plenty of romantic ballads included here, Ellis clearly had a wider range of concerns than his public persona as a crooner would afford. Songs like "Cry Tough" with its classic "how can a man be tougher than the world" interjection by Lloyd Charmers are immortal, in part because of Ellis' emotive and nuanced vocals, but also because the writing is so smart, wise, and assured, not to mention timely and political. As an introduction to Ellis' classic early years and in particular, his work with Treasure Isle producer Duke Reid, Be True to Yourself
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • Label: Earmark
  • EAN: 8013252613043
  • Catalog Number: 304

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Something You've Got (2:34)
  2. 2 Dancer Crasher (2:39)
  3. 3 Don't Trouble People (3:01)
  4. 4 The Preacher (2:15)
  5. 5 Blessings of Love (2:26)
  6. 6 Shake It (2:47)
  7. 7 (Girl) I've Got a Date (2:29)
  8. 8 How Can I (2:55)
  9. 9 Cry Tough (2:16)
  10. 10 Rock Steady (2:40)
  11. 11 Duke of Earl (3:22)
  12. 12 All My Tears (Come Rolling) (2:43)
  13. 13 Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One) (2:49)
  14. 14 Why Birds Follow Spring (2:24)
  15. 15 If I Could Rule This World (2:27)
  16. 16 Oowee Baby (Baby I Love You) (2:17)
  17. 17 My Willow Tree (2:44)
  18. 18 I Can't Stop Now (3:22)
  19. 19 Why Did You Leave Me (2:39)
  20. 20 I Can't Stand It - Lloyd Williams (2:21)
  21. 21 My Time Is the Right Time (2:48)
  22. 22 Bye Bye Love (2:09)
  23. 23 Tonight (AKA Feeling Inside) (3:11)
  24. 24 Give Me Your Love (1:53)
  25. 25 Keep on Yearning (2:02)
  26. 26 La Means I Love You (3:05)
  27. 27 If I Had the Right (3:04)
  28. 28 Breaking Up (2:59)
  29. 29 Diana (2:08)
  30. 30 Remember That Sunday (2:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) (3:19)
  2. 2 You Made Me So Very Happy (2:53)
  3. 3 Black Man's World (AKA Black Man, White Man) (2:51)
  4. 4 I'll Be Waiting (3:19)
  5. 5 It's Your Thing (2:57)
  6. 6 Lord Deliver Us (3:04)
  7. 7 Back to Africa (2:25)
  8. 8 Wide World (3:56)
  9. 9 You Said It Again (AKA I'll Make It Up to You) (3:31)
  10. 10 Working on a Groovy Thing (4:12)
  11. 11 Hey World (2:24)
  12. 12 True Born African (3:09)
  13. 13 (If I) Don't Care (3:05)
  14. 14 Harder and Harder (2:47)
  15. 15 Play It Cool (AKA Rock on Time) (2:35)
  16. 16 Be True (To Yourself) (2:39)
  17. 17 (Baby) I'm Trying (2:44)
  18. 18 Wonderful World (3:09)
  19. 19 Big Bad Boy (2:22)
  20. 20 You Are Mine (3:38)
  21. 21 All That We Need Is Love (2:02)
  22. 22 (I Don't Know Why) Truly (3:27)
  23. 23 Alphabetically Yours (3:27)
  24. 24 I See My Future in You (2:20)
  25. 25 Alton's Official Daughter (2:55)
  26. 26 Better Get Your Heads Together (AKA I'll Take Your Hand) (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alton Ellis Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Alton Ellis Composer
Neil Sedaka Composer
Paul Anka Composer
Chris Kenner Composer
Leroy Sibbles Composer
Roger Atkins Composer
Homer Banks Composer
Thom Bell Composer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Vernon Bullock Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Harvey Fuqua Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
William "Poogie" Hart Composer
Ronald Isley Composer
Winston Jarrett Composer
Luther Dixon Composer
Frank Wilson Composer
Eugene Dixon Composer
Earl Edwards Composer
Bernie Williams Composer
Rune Holberg Composer
Allen Jones Composer
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