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Be True To Yourself: The Godfather Of Lover's Rock (Anthology 1965-1973) Box set

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  • Audio CD (27 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0002QPTRG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Something You've Got
2. Dance Crasher
3. Don't Trouble People
4. The Preacher
5. Blessings of Love
6. Shake It
7. (Girl) I've Got A Date
8. How Can I
9. Cry Tough
10. Rocksteady
See all 30 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)
2. You Made Me So Very Happy
3. Black Man's World (Aka Black Man, White Man)
4. I'll Be Waiting
5. It's Your Thing
6. (Lord) Deliver Us
7. Back to Africa
8. Wide World
9. You Said It Again (Aka I'll Make It Up To You)
10. Working On A Groovy Thing
See all 26 tracks on this disc

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 5 April 2012
Alton Ellis was one of the true originals and innovators of the Jamaican ska and reggae sound. Right up there with Bob Marley, Prince Buster and Desmond Dekker. He originated the rocksteady beat that would become the staple of the British two tone movement. He was a fine recording artist who knocked out a whole range of classic tracks in his own unique style.

This collection anthologises his classic output from the Trojan label between 65 and 73. These were great years for the label and the style of music. Ellis provides us with a mixture of reinterpretations of older songs (I particularly love his take on Duke Of Earl) and a whole host of classic originals. Jamaican reggae singers can sometimes be a little difficult for the English ear to hear the words, but Ellis had a very clear singing style and excellent diction that make these tracks an easy listening joy. Best of all is the backing music, utilising that famous rocksteady beat and played by a bunch of musicians who are clearly enjoying themselves. And that's what this is all about, it's laid back, grooving and just a whole load of fun to listen to. It's music designed to help you have a good time, and listening to it is really uplifting.

A classic set, 5 stars.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blah de Blah de Blah on 25 Feb. 2011
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If you like Rock Steady (or any reggae format), this is a must-have CD - I play it all the time. Alton Ellis was a great songwriter in his day and underrated, you will not be disappointed.
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