Album review
Owner Fe De Yard
The Ethiopians

Tracking list

  1. Owner Fe De Yard
  2. I'll Never Get Burned
  3. One Heart
  4. Bad To Worse
  5. So You Look Pon It
  6. Want To Come Back
  7. Incessantly
  8. Let Me Blow My Smoke
  9. Cherry Pee
  10. Fire Fire
  11. She Is My Girl
  12. It Will Be Allright
  13. Leave My Business
  14. Walkie Talkie
  15. Joy Joy
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

The story of the vocal group The Ethiopians - wich includes frontman Leonard Dillon - actually starts in the ska era. They scored some notable hits and continued to do so in the rocksteady and early reggae phase. Most of the output of The Ethiopians in the rocksteady days can be considered as an example of the move towards "roots and culture" music. After member Steven Taylor got killed in a car accident Leonard Dillon recorded the roots set 'Slave Call' for producer Niney. Their work with producers J.J. Johnson and Coxsone Dodd represents their best and most consistent outings.
This collection features recordings from the period 1966 to 1986. The title track -Owner Fe De Yard- is an excellent Studio One production from 1979, that, strangely, was never released. More Studio One tracks on this album are Incessantly, Let Me Blow My Smoke, Cherry Pee, Fire Fire, She Is My Girl and It Will Be Allright. These tracks were recorded around 1985 to 1986 and include some of the best Studio One riddims. From the period 1973 to 1974 comes So You Look Pon It, Bad To Worse, and I'll Never Get Burn all of which were recorded at the famous Randy's Studio with Errol Thompson as the engineer. The Hippy Boys -featuring the Barret Brothers on drum and bass- did the backing.
The lovers tune Want To Come Back features Jennifer Lara and was recorded at Studio One around 1974. From that same session also comes Walkie Talkie. Around 1966 they cut at Srudio One the track Leave My Business Alone which was arranged by Bobby Ellis and was one of the first recordings they did as a group.
Owner Fe De Yard acts as a a great historical aural document of The Ethiopians as well as being a pure reggae music treat.

Teacher & Mr. T.