Soul Train Is Coming

Soul Train Is Coming

by Alton Ellis
     
 

Compiled by the trustworthy Japanese reggae label Rock-A-Shocka, Soul Train Is Coming collects some of the late Alton Ellis' lesser-known and even lost recordings, giving fans of the "Godfather of Rocksteady" a wealth of hard-to-find material in one desirable package. The set is bookended by the smooth-strolling highlight "My Time Is the Right Time" and "Bam…  See more details below

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Compiled by the trustworthy Japanese reggae label Rock-A-Shocka, Soul Train Is Coming collects some of the late Alton Ellis' lesser-known and even lost recordings, giving fans of the "Godfather of Rocksteady" a wealth of hard-to-find material in one desirable package. The set is bookended by the smooth-strolling highlight "My Time Is the Right Time" and "Bam Bye," the latter being a DJ take on the first tune with the singer "versioning" his own song. That rare cut alone is enough to make Ellis fans flip, but the set goes further by unearthing "Dedication" a straight-up R&B tune which finds the singer in lustful, Otis Redding mode. Also of interest is "I Don't Know Why" featuring a backing track King Tubby would later use for Dennis Brown's massive hit "Things In Life," plus two cuts from Hortense Ellis, Alton's younger sister who would often record "female"-adapted lyrics of her brother's songs. Even if there's no example of that here, great sound quality, informative liner notes, plus plenty of those 45 label photographs Jamaican music collectors cherish more than make up for it. Not an overview or introduction, but the material this set brings to light is worth any rocksteady music fans' attention.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/16/2010
Label:
Rock A Shacka
UPC:
4571280940035
catalogNumber:
17

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