Friday, March 24, 2006

Album Draft | Round Nine

I'm not a reggae guy but I love this album. So, with my ninth pick in the album draft, I took the Studio One compilation album of Alton & Hortense Ellis.

The sound is rocksteady which lies somewhere between soul and reggae. The voices on these siblings sell the album. His is deeper and vibrates a bit while his sister's is smooth as smooth can be.

The album came out in 1990 but the recordings are from the 60's and 70's. So, some of the production quality is a bit muffled and rough. However, it doesn't distract from the album.

A bunch of reggae albums had been taken in the draft and someone had snagged a ska album. However, nobody had touched rocksteady. It's not a large genre of music but since it was untouched and this is such a good album, I thought it would be a decent pick at this point.

There's one final round to this album draft but things drag really slowly over the weekend. So, I probably won't pick again until next week.

So, here's where my list now stands:

1. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
2. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
3. Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club
4. Otis Redding - Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
5. Koop - Waltz for Koop
6. The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
7. The Who - Live at Leeds
8. The Swan Silvertones - The Swan Silvertones/Saviour Pass Me Not
9. Alton & Hortense Ellis - Studio One: Alton & Hortense Ellis

Alton Ellis | Lord Deliver Us
Hortense Ellis | Cry Together
Alton & Hortense Ellis | Breaking Up Is Hard To Do


Matt Blalock said...

That is a great album!!!

Jim said...

Thanks, Murf. Now I know that I'm definitely going to have to get this album.

Flatlander said...

jim, for someone that appreaciates a lot of international artists, I think you'll enjoy it. The tracks I posted are very representative of the sound and quality throughout the album. Solid the whole way through.

K. said...

Will somebody draft NWA Straight Outta Compton for godsake!

You are killing me.

Flatlander said...


You know I was considering taking it for a long time. However, a lot of hip hop albums were taken and there were some other genres that were wide open. So, I decided to go for electronica, gospel and rocksteady instead.

By the way, there is a separate hip hop draft going on right now and Straight Outta Compton was the 18th disc picked.