Rosemarie Meets DJ Daddy
Lone Ranger
October 21, 2006

Track list
  1. Rosemarie
  2. The Storm
  3. Fussing And Fighting
  4. Reggae Dance
  5. Natty Dread
  6. Jennifer Lee
  7. Dj Daddy
  8. Susan A Gordon
  9. Big Everytime
  10. Style And Fashion
  11. Look How She Fat
  12. Me And Yvette
  13. Noahs Ark
  14. Jamaica Nice
  15. Walking Connection
  16. Dancehall Style
  17. Collie Dub
  18. Escape Convict
  19. Fi Me A Woman A The Best
  20. Judge Not
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4/5
The Lone Ranger was born Anthony Waldron and spent a good portion of his childhood in the U.K., later moving to Kingston. He first recorded in tandem with Welton Irie at Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's famed Studio One, but soon went solo, toasting over the rhythm tracks of past Studio One hits from the rocksteady and roots reggae eras. He also became the top DJ for the Virgo Hi Fi Sound System, resulting in its being voted the top sound system in Jamaica in 1980. The Lone Ranger's breakout hit was "Love Bump", a Coxsone Dodd produced version of the rhythm from Slim Smith's "Rougher Yet". His signature song, however, was "Barnabas Collins", an ode to the vampiric main character of the TV series 'Dark Shadows'.

Borrowing his stage name from the popular TV Western hero of the same name, the Lone Ranger was one of Jamaica's most influential early dancehall DJs. He helped pioneer a newly rhythmic, on-the-beat rhyming style that led DJ toasting into the modern age, and punctuated his lyrics with bizarre exclamations and sound effects ("bim" and "ribbit" were his favorites) that made him perhaps the most imaginative stylist of his time.

This fine set comprises 2 classic albums from Lone Ranger: tracks 01 to 05 & 16 to 20 are the complete "Rosemarie" album from 1981 and tracks 06 to 15 are the complete "D.J. Daddy" album from 1984. Both albums were produced by ace producer Winston Riley on his Techniques label. Lone Ranger quote: "The Channel One riddims were the riddims of the time. But not all singers and deejays sang on those riddims. It was my style. "Rosemarie" and "Collie Dub" were chartbusters."

There are a lot of sweet tunes on this album. Check out all-time favourites like Natty Dread over the "Boops" riddim, Jennifer Lee on the roots riddim "Darker Shade Of Black". Lone Ranger uses a riddim from the great Studio One, Noahs Ark on the "Why Oh Why" riddim. Further Studio One riddims include "Hot Milk" on Susan A Gordon, the tune Escape Convict that rides the 'Love Me Forever" riddim and not to forget the sweet sweet classic tune Collie Dub over Burning Spear's "He Prayed" riddim. It's obvious the producer made Lone Ranger voice Winston's best riddim 'Stalag', here called Fi Me A Woman A The Best. Producer Winston Riley recorded - as a member of the rocksteady group The Techniques - the tune "Love Is Not A gamble". Here the riddim returns as Dancehall Style.

If you're a fan of Lone Ranger this is a must have!