|E.T. WEBSTER :
1 - I Want To Tell You, 2 - Nyanbingi, 3 - Your Bond, 4 - Wine Of Violence, 5 - Praise Him, 6 - Same Old Me, 7 - In The Ghetto, 8 - Why Lord, 9 - Battering Down, 10 - You I love, 11 - Rastaman Weep Not, 12 - Songs Of Love, 13 - Your Bond (Remix), 14 - To Love A Stranger, 15 - Freedom Fighter, 16 - Give Praise, 17 - Hail The King
|Release info :
E.T. Webster gets off a good one with his solid debut album for RUNN Records, containing 17 tracks, recorded over the last two years for producer Barry O'Hare and tracks produced by Norman Grant ("Songs of Love") and Philip Rhone ("Why Lord" and "Hail The King").
It's a pleasant sounding album with mostly cultural themes, although as often happens, a couple of the exceptions, "You I Love" and "To Love A Stranger" are a couple of the best. The production and arrangements of Barry O'Hare encourage E.T. Webster to give his best vocal performance. The result shows him in fine form, taking the changes in reggae music in stride. Multi-talented producer Barry O'Hare provides the backing on most tracks, sometimes helped by the likes of Dean Fraser, Nambo Robinson, Ian 'Beezy' Coleman, Dello Collins and The Firehouse Crew.
Featured on "Freedom Fighter" are cuts on the popular "Undying Love" riddim ("Wine Of Violence"), Bob Marley's 'Heathen' riddim ("Battering Down"), Jackie Mittoo's "Drum Song" riddim ("Give Praise"), the "Satta" riddim ("Your Bond"), and the "General" riddim in "To Love A Stranger".
E.T. Webster has delivered a solid album, with thoughtful lyrics, sweet melodies, and plain old good singing.
Album review by Teacher & Mr. T | © Reggae Vibes Productions NL
Review by Chuck Foster, published in The Beat :
E.T. Webster is a Rasta singer and his work has always been underscored by his faith. His latest release "Freedom Fighter" is not only not an exception but perhaps the best demonstration of it yet. Roots ("Wine Of Violence"), Nyabinghi ("Praise Him"), and songs of Rastafari ("Rastaman Weep Not" and "Hail The King") dominate this striking 17-track release. Produced in the main by Barry O'Hare, E.T. Webster and Phillip Rhone contribute one and Norman Grant of the Twinkle Brothers, with whom Webster has recorded extensively, is represented with one of the disc's "sweet spots", "Songs Of Love". The sound of the entire disc is superior, achieving that hard-to-find balance between today's crisp recording style and yesterday's "authenticity". It's like a modern translation of a timeless style of music. Webster's voice has grown richer and his writing stronger over the years and he seems capable of anything from the smooth stylings of "You I Love" and "Same Old Me" to the spirited social outcry of "Battering Down". Nice one.