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THE BEST OF ALTON ELLIS1
Alton Ellis (1969)

Coxsone CSL 8019
matrix: FCD 7139 / FCD 7140

THE BEST OF ALTON ELLIS1
Alton Ellis

Coxsone CSL 8019
matrix: FCD 7139 / FCD 7140

Can I Change My Mind; Breaking Up Is Hard; This Feeling Of Love; Land Of Loving; Pearls; Knock On Wood // Sitting In The Park; La La La; Set A Better Example; Still Trying; Willow Tree; Jamaica

An original Jamaican issue in a screenprint sleeve. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

THE BEST OF ALTON ELLIS1
Alton Ellis

Coxsone CSL 8019
matrix: FCD 7139 / FCD 7140

Can I Change My Mind; Breaking Up Is Hard; This Feeling Of Love; Land Of Loving; Pearls; Knock On Wood // Sitting In The Park; La La La; Set A Better Example; Still Trying; Willow Tree; Jamaica

Later represses of the original issue in a slightly different sleeve (with blue lettering instead of black, and the Alton Ellis script in sepia rather than red). Printed by Speed-O-Graphic Printers Ltd. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

THE BEST OF ALTON ELLIS1
Alton Ellis

Coxsone CSL 8019
matrix: FCD 7588

Can I Change My Mind; Breaking Up Is Hard; This Feeling Of Love; Land Of Loving; Pearls; Knock On Wood // Jamaica; Sitting In The Park; La La La; Set A Better Example; Still Trying; Willow Tree

Second Jamaican edition, also in split stereo but with a slightly different mix. It was was also pressed at Federal Recording Studio and came in the same sleeve as above.

THE BEST OF ALTON ELLIS1
Alton Ellis

Coxsone CSL 8019
matrix: FCD 7588

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Can I Change My Mind; Breaking Up Is Hard; This Feeling Of Love; Land Of Loving; Pearls; Knock On Wood // Jamaica; Sitting In The Park; La La La; Set A Better Example; Still Trying; Willow Tree

Second Jamaican edition in a screenprint sleeve by "Art Craft" and with a different coloured label on each side. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

THE BEST OF ALTON ELLIS1
Alton Ellis

Coxsone CSL 8019
matrix: CSL 8010

Can I Change My Mind; Breaking Up Is Hard; This Feeling Of Love; Land Of Loving; Pearls; Knock On Wood // Jamaica; Sitting In The Park; La La La; Set A Better Example; Still Trying; Willow Tree

Third Jamaican edition (now on a Studio 1 label), in conventional stereo. The sleeve design, also printed by Speed-O-Graphics Printers Ltd., is almost the same as the original with black lettering and red script.

THE BEST OF ALTON ELLIS1
Alton Ellis

Coxsone CSL 8019
matrix: CSL 8010

Can I Change My Mind; Breaking Up Is Hard; This Feeling Of Love; Land Of Loving; Pearls; Knock On Wood // Jamaica; Sitting In The Park; La La La; Set A Better Example; Still Trying; Willow Tree

An alternative issue of the third edition in a mock screenprint sleeve. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

THE BEST OF ALTON ELLIS1
Alton Ellis

Coxsone CSL 8019
matrix: CSL 8010

Can I Change My Mind; Breaking Up Is Hard; This Feeling Of Love; Land Of Loving; Pearls; Knock On Wood // Jamaica; Sitting In The Park; La La La; Set A Better Example; Still Trying; Willow Tree

Yet another version of the third edition. The sleeve still carries a credit to Speed-O-Graphics Printers Ltd., but the portrait on the front is now tinted pink.

THE BEST OF ALTON ELLIS1
Alton Ellis

Coxsone CSL 8019
matrix: CSL- 8010-A- ALTON ELLIS

Can I Change My Mind; Breaking Up Is Hard; This Feeling Of Love; Land Of Loving; Pearls; Knock On Wood // Jamaica; Sitting In The Park; La La La; Set A Better Example; Still Trying; Willow Tree

The fourth edition, now in mono. The matrix in the run-off groove credits KK Mastering, indicating that it was mastered by KK Mastering Labs, Inc., in Miami, Florida. However, the label states that it was made (pressed) in Jamaica.

THE BEST OF ALTON ELLIS2
Alton Ellis (1995)

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Can I Change My Mind; Breaking Up Is Hard; This Feeling Of Love; Land Of Loving; Pearls; Knock On Wood // Sitting In The Park; La La La; Set A Better Example; Still Trying; Willow Tree; Jamaica

Original Jamaican issue, in split stereo. It was pressed at Federal Recording Studio, and the sleeve was printed by United Printers Ltd. Note that the track list on the sleeve and label are incorrect - side 2 begins with Sitting In The Park and ends with Jamaica. ((Click sleeve to enlarge.))

The catalogue number would suggest that The Best Of Alton Ellis was intended to be released as part of the UK series of albums on the blue Coxsone label - following Reggae Time (CSL 8017) issued in 1968, and Swing Easy (CSL 8018) issued in 1969 - but was only released in Jamaica. There are at least 4 different Jamaican editions of the album.

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Studio One CSCD 8019 / Studio One SOCD 9017

Can I Change My Mind; Breaking Up Is Hard (extended); This Feeling Of Love; Land Of Loving; Pearls; Knock On Wood; Can’t Stop Now*; Remember That Sunday; Baby I Love You*; Jamaica; Sitting In The Park; Set A Better Example; Chatty Chatty*; Cry Tough*; Still Trying; Willow Tree (extended)

Released on Studio One CD in 1995 in mono with extra Treasure Isle* tracks, Can't Stop Now, Remember That Sunday, Baby I Love You, Chatty Chatty and Cry Tough, but omitting La La La. Also includes extended versions of Breaking Up Is Hard and Willow Tree.

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