Get It On
Keith Porter
Ital Music
Digital Release
December 29, 2015

Track list
  1. These Arms Of Mine
  2. I've Been Loving You
  3. Strangers In The Night
  4. For The Good Times
  5. Memories
  6. Forever Together
  7. Just One Look
  8. Let's Get It On
  9. Walk Away From Love
  10. How Can You Mend
  11. Love Me Twice
  12. What About Me
  13. Knock On Wood
  14. Imagine
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 3/4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Almost a decade before the vocal group The Itals was formed by Keith Porter, Ronnie Davis and Lloyd Ricketts, Keith Porter recorded his first hit single, "Miss Hiti-Titi", with the Westmorelites (a duo formed with Roy 'Spar' Smith) for Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's Studio One label in January 1967. It was followed by "I Must Get A Girl", "Found True Love", "Too Jumpy" and some more. The duo became a trio when they were joined by Lloyd Ricketts and did some recordings for Clancy Eccles including "Zion We Want To Go" and "I Walk Through Rain". Around 1969, Keith Porter became lead singer for a band named Soul Hermit that played around Jamaica's tourist circuit. In 1971, Keith Porter moved on to a new tourist-circuit band called the Future Generation, and played all over Jamaica for the next several years. He returned to Kingston in 1975 and met up with Ronnie Davis, who had just scored a major hit with "Won't You Come Home" for producer Lloyd Campbell's SpiderMan label. Ronnie Davis gave him a tape of the song's instrumental riddim, and Keith Porter wrote a new song on the riddim entitled "In A Dis Ya Time", the first tune done by The Itals.

Almost four decades after he formed The Itals, Keith Porter has recorded a solo album called "Get it On", that features covers of mostly classic R&B, Soul and Pop tunes done in a reggae stylee. As he has been singing all styles of music including American R&B and love songs when he did the tourist circuit in the early '70s, it's obvious that he's at ease when doing cover versions. Most of the 14 tracks featured on this album are love songs, of which many are well known to the mature music fan. Keith Porter starts off with well done versions of "These Arms Of Mine" and "I've Been Loving You", two songs of one of his favourite soul singers, Otis Redding. From there he treats the listener to real nice interpretations of Al Green's "For The Good Times", The Hollies' "Just One Look", Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On", David Ruffin's "Walk Away From Love" and First Class' "What About Me". However our personal favourite track is "Love Me Twice", a scorcher across the original riddim of The Melodians' Treasure Isle hit "You've Caught Me".

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