All the Hits

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
The Ethiopians were one of the best of the many vocal groups to come up during Jamaica's rocksteady period. What set them apart from a good number of their contemporaries, though, were their percussion-heavy mixes and spiritually focused lyrical elements that presaged the expanded sonic-scape and religiousness Rastafarianism of the coming reggae sound. Trojan's All the Hits includes some of the Ethiopians trailblazing work from 1966-1972: a cross section of styles including the late-ska cut "Free Man," breakthrough rocksteady numbers like "Train to Skaville" and "Everything Crash," and the early reggae tracks "The Pirate" and "The Word Is Love." The subject matter of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
The Ethiopians were one of the best of the many vocal groups to come up during Jamaica's rocksteady period. What set them apart from a good number of their contemporaries, though, were their percussion-heavy mixes and spiritually focused lyrical elements that presaged the expanded sonic-scape and religiousness Rastafarianism of the coming reggae sound. Trojan's All the Hits includes some of the Ethiopians trailblazing work from 1966-1972: a cross section of styles including the late-ska cut "Free Man," breakthrough rocksteady numbers like "Train to Skaville" and "Everything Crash," and the early reggae tracks "The Pirate" and "The Word Is Love." The subject matter of the lyrics reflect the music's variety, taking in biblical themes, civil liberties, and in a lighter mode the island's beauty. This Ethiopians collection is one of the best and most representative available and even offers a bit of a crash-course history of Jamaican music kudos to Steve Barrow for his fine liner notes on this and many other Trojan reissues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/1995
  • Label: Trojan Records Uk
  • EAN: 5050159922826
  • Catalog Number: 228

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Free Man (2:38)
  2. 2 Train to Skaville (2:52)
  3. 3 Engine 54 (2:40)
  4. 4 Come on Now (3:07)
  5. 5 Train to Glory (2:56)
  6. 6 The Whip (3:02)
  7. 7 Everything Crash (2:35)
  8. 8 Things a Get from Bad to Worse (2:31)
  9. 9 Well Red (2:48)
  10. 10 One (3:38)
  11. 11 Hong Kong Flu (2:18)
  12. 12 Gun Man (2:04)
  13. 13 What a Fire (2:40)
  14. 14 Woman Capture Man (2:23)
  15. 15 Feel the Spirit (2:27)
  16. 16 Drop Him (2:22)
  17. 17 Good Ambition (2:49)
  18. 18 No Baptism (2:34)
  19. 19 The Selah (3:06)
  20. 20 Pirate (2:24)
  21. 21 The World Is Love (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Ethiopians Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Duke Reid Producer
Leonard Dillon Composer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd Producer
Sonia Pottinger Producer
Steve Barrow Liner Notes
Derrick Harriott Producer
J.J. Johnson Producer
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