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Algoriddim 20031031: Alton Ellis

Algoriddim 20031031: Alton Ellis

Playing tracks by

Alton Ellis, Roland Alphonso, Marcia Aitken, TRINITY, Althea + Donna and more.



Alton Ellis. Man, he was one of those singers that came in the vein of soul and R&B and could croon with the best of them. In his early days, he was the Alton of Alton & Eddie, along with Eddie Perkins. He got his start with producers like Duke Reid and Coxsone Dodd, and produced a wealth of hit tunes in the rocksteady era.

For this show I start the ride with one of his top tunes, "I'm still In Love With You," done originally at Studio One and relicked for Joe Gibbs by Marcia Griffiths. (Sean Paul recently brought this riddim to prominence again.) Moving on, I focus on a lot of his Studio One tracks and remakes, like Horace Andy's remake of the "Hurting Me" riddim for Tappa Zukie called "Natty Dread a Weh She Want." There's also a massive tune for Keith Hudson, "All We Need Is Love." Alton also worked for other producers like Harry Mudie, but we don't stray too far from the core body of his work on this show.