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Download links and information about Legend by Alton Ellis. This album was released in 2011 and it belongs to Reggae, Roots Reggae, Ska genres. It contains 30 tracks with total duration of 01:24:31 minutes.

Artist: Alton Ellis
Release date: 2011
Genre: Reggae, Roots Reggae, Ska
Tracks: 30
Duration: 01:24:31
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No. Title Length
1. Play It Cool 2:39
2. Ain't That Loving You 2:30
3. Baby I Love You 2:10
4. Can I Change My Mind 3:35
5. Remember That Sunday 2:28
6. Dance Crasher 2:39
7. Why Do Birds 2:24
8. Get Ready 2:50
9. Willow Tree 2:43
10. La La Means I Love You 3:06
11. Breaking Up 2:58
12. Can't Stop Me Now 3:21
13. Come Rolling 2:43
14. I'm Still in Love 4:28
15. What a Dillusion 2:26
16. Black Mans Word 2:51
17. Cry Tuff 2:20
18. Why Did You Leave 2:36
19. Girl I've Got a Date 2:26
20. Carry My Name 2:13
21. If I Ruled the World 2:27
22. Don't Trouble People 3:01
23. Thank the Lord 2:15
24. How Can I Find 2:51
25. Duke of Earl 3:21
26. Reggae Is My Thing 3:09
27. Room Full of Tears 3:26
28. Someday 2:25
29. I'm Just a Guy 2:21
30. Muriel 3:49



Alton Ellis remains one of the greatest of all reggae singers, going back to the late '50s up to the '80s, firmly established as a slick singing sex symbol of the roots pop, rocksteady, and lovers rock styles that all started with the ska movement. Ellis was there during the whole period, singing in Kingston via the Coxsone and Studio One facilities with a small rhythm section, horns, and backup singers. While more sweet than raspy or political, some variations and covers of rhythm & blues crop up on this 30-track, two-CD reissue collection that truly encompasses the best tracks of his career, and demonstrates why he is indeed a legend of reggae music. This compilation spans his career from the dirty, distorted production values of the reel-to-reel analog days to more modernized multi-tracked techniques short of digital. His first hit, "Muriel," with Eddie Perkins from 1959 is here, a non-reggae ballad with strings. So are the popular songs, the slow, rocksteady "Cry Tuff" (or "Cry Tough" in some discographies) and "Girl, I Got a Date," the dance tune "Remember That Sunday" strewn with organ and piano sounds from Jackie Mitoo, and the heavier and harder "Dance Crasher," which more closely resembles the Bob Marley style. Ellis will always inevitably be compared to the more famous international star Jimmy Cliff, save the edginess, but in his day Ellis was more popular. When Ellis — who had left the employ of Coxsone Dodd and production wizard Bunny Lee for arch-rival Duke Reid — returned to his original producer in 1968, the rocksteady sound was well established, and the singer's career took off. "I'm Still in Love" is perhaps his most definitive song, with a bouncy bassline reflecting the ups and down of how heartstrings still function after rejection. Songs like the frivolous "I'm Just a Guy," and the crying chorus about finding love during "Willow Tree" established Ellis as a true superstar. He covered R&B songs such as the Deltronics hit "La La Means I Love You," the Tyrone Davis chart buster "Can I Change My Mind?", or the Gene Chandler evergreen "Duke of Earl" with passable style, a deeper voice, and pure soul, respectively. Where "If I Ruled the World" has Ellis as ultimately naive, "Black Man's Word" is his most political statement in terms of a black/white schism, and "Reggae Is My Thing" comes through very personal or autobiographical. The collection is missing his hit, "Sitting in the Park," but that's about it. Legend is a satisfying collection no true fan of reggae should be without. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi