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Before Toots, Alton Ellis got the “Otis Redding of…” moniker. Well-deserved, sure, but the real reason to stop buying those Trojan samplers and get this one is the harmonies that well up out of the rough-cut rocksteady beats. Just try not to mutter, “Coool.” —Jason Cherkis