Album review
Ethiopian Kings 1975-80
Rod Taylor
Patate Records
23 - 12 - 1999

Tracking list

  1. King David, Solomon, Moses (aka Ethiopian Kings) (Discomix)
  2. In The Right Way
  3. Don't Give Up (Discomix)
  4. Run Run
  5. No One Can Tell I About Jah
  6. His Imperial Majesty
  7. Behold Him
  8. Bad Man Comes And Goes
  9. Nuh Chuck It (performed by Dillinger)
  10. Every Little Thing
  11. Be Sensible
  12. Look Before You Leap
  13. Independant Bam
  14. Night In September
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

It took some time, but with the release of "Ethiopian Kings 1975-80" we are finally treated to an excellent revive compilation set from tough roots singer Rod Taylor. In the second half of the seventies Rod Taylor made a series of heavyweight roots records that established the culturally conscious youthman as a name to watch. In 1975 he recorded the noteable "Bad Man Comes And Goes" for producer Oswald "Ossie" Hibbert, but it lasted until 1978 before Taylor came to prominence through his association with Bertram Brown's highly regarded "Freedom Sounds" label. Rod Taylor recorded two of his most important hits for this producer, "Ethiopian Kings" and "In The Right Way", which led to sessions with Michael Campbell aka Mikey Dread. for whom he recorded the excellent tune "His Imperial Majesty". All these aforementioned songs are featured on this solid compilation set, which furthermore collects two fine cuts recorded for the late great Michael Williams aka Prince Far I, the thunderous "Every Little Thing" for Oswald "Ossie" Hibbert and his 1980 hit song "Night In September", which he recorded for producer Floyd Anthony Perch, better known as Nigger Kojak. "Ethiopian Kings 1975-80" contains excellent roots music from way back, still sounding great today. So, don't miss it !

Teacher & Mr. T.