Soul Groover
Alton Ellis
Trojan Records
July 12, 1997

Track list
  1. Dance crasher
  2. Girl I've got a date
  3. Rocksteady
  4. Duke of Earl
  5. All my tears (come rolling)
  6. Ain't that loving you
  7. Why birds follow spring
  8. Oowee baby (I love you)
  9. How can I
  10. Willow tree
  11. My time is the right time
  12. The message
  13. Trying to reach my goal
  14. If I had the right
  15. Give me your love
  16. Breaking up
  17. Personality
  18. Diana
  19. Remember that sunday
  20. What does it take to win your love
  21. You've made me so very happy
  22. I'll be waiting
  23. Soul groover
  24. Lord deliver us
  25. You are mine
  26. All that we need is love
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 3/4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 4
Alton Ellis started his career at a very early age as one of a duo with singer Eddy Perkins for Randys and Studio One as Alton and Eddy. After breaking up Alton continued with Studio One at Brentford Road as well as working with Dodd's rival at that time, Duke Reid at his Treasure Isle studios in Bond Street. His Studio One albums "Sings Rock & Soul", "Sunday Coming" and "The Best of Alton Ellis" remain immensely popular. His Treasure Isle set "Mr. Soul of Jamaica" (a collection of re-mixed and over-dubbed singles) is widely regarded as his definitive rock steady album. Since he left for the UK in 1972 Alton keeps on making records for a variety of labels.

The "Soul Groover" focuses mainly on his outlet from the late '60s into '70s. This 26 track compilation set offers a great insight in the development from rocksteady to reggae, with a mix of well-known tunes and some hard to find tracks. Next to many Duke Reid produced tunes, you can find tracks produced by Keith Hudson, C. Bough, Winston Riley, Lloyd Daley and some self produced sides. It's sad that none of his Studio One tracks are included on this album. Anyhow, this set shows once again the special talents of one of the true reggae legends, Mr. Soul of Jamaica, Alton Ellis.