Hi-Yo, Silver, Away
Lone Ranger
September 01, 2007

Lone Ranger - Hi-Yo, Silver, Away! Track list
  1. Tom Drunk
  2. Rub 'N' Scrub
  3. Legalize The National Herb
  4. Gunshot Mek Daughter Drop
  5. Living As A Poor
  6. Johnny Make You Bad So
  7. The Clock
  8. Lone Ranger + Tonto
  9. Solomon
  10. Love Affair Problem
  11. Johnny Make You Bad So (12 inch mix)
  12. Outside Right
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4
Greensleeves Records opened their treasure chest this year. A lot of albums see the light again and hopefully a lot more will follow. One of them is the Lone Ranger album from 1982, named HI-YO, Silver, Away!

Lone Ranger, born as Anthony Waldron in Kingston - Jamaica, took his name from an American long-running early radio (starting 1933) and television show. There was also a comic book series with the same name. Heroes of this comics where the Lone Ranger, Tonto and Silver. Silver became a hero on his own, the name of the comics where Hi Yo Silver (this information is taken from Wikipedia website). So no wonder that the cover for this release was done in a comic fashion and stylee.

Lone Ranger - as so many reggae artists before him - started his recording career at Studio One, where his debut album "On the Other Side Of Dub" was released 1979. Around 1980 he became top deejay for Virgo Sound System. The year 1982 was undoubtedly his year, releasing 3 albums - "Badder than Them" for Studio one, the more than essential "M16" for Channel One and "Hi-Yo, Silver, Away!" for Greensleeves Records.

The tunes for this album are recorded at Channel One Studio and reading this you should know that you get some heavy riddims, although not from the Roots Radics but from the Riddim twins themselves - Sly on the drums and Robbie on the bass. Production work was done by Lone Ranger himself alongside Mikey Jarrett. All tunes on this release are good and solid work and the quality is above average. Outstanding tune is the massive U.K. hit Johnny Make You Bad So and maybe that's the reason why the additional tracks on this re-release are the 12" mix and the version named Outside Right. Other highlights are Rub 'N' Scrub as well as the brilliant Solomon.

To the Point: This is NOT Lone Ranger's best album, but if you want more than the "M16" and "On The Other Side of Dub" albums, this should be on your list. On the radio and TV-series, the usual opening announcement was: A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty 'Hi-yo Silver!' The Lone Ranger! Recommended - Ribbit!