recently reissued in small quantities as always by portland's champions of sound Mississippi records, this soul-reggae classic from Alton Ellis (who sadly passed away last year) is probably some of his finest work. released in 1967 and recorded at studio one, "Alton Ellis Sings Rock & Soul" is a sweet and soulful departure from the more upbeat rocksteady sounds of the time. Ellis' voice is strong and forward, but just as much smoothed over in a sweet coolness. the horns arrangements are totally unique in my opinion and theres strong catchy melodies aplenty. i wasn't aware how much i was actually playing this record 'till i looked at my last.fm and found that "ain't that lovin' you", probably the most choice track here, was my number one played song over all!
more chilled out old-school summer vibes music to make you wish you weren't reading this but out enjoying the sun, like backyard BBQ style or something. dig in.
(big up's to oliver, paths are gonna cross soon man!)