Jul 31

Frankie Paul – Hot Number

Frankie Paul Hot Number
Frankie Paul has had some great album covers (especially in the early 1980s), but this is probably our favorite of the lot – probably because of the jacket, we’d love one like that.

This cover was created by Orville ‘Bagga’ Case – who, as well as being a Jamaican graphic designer, was also a singer and musician. Orville ‘Bagga’ Case was probably most notable for the album covers that he did for producers like Prince Jammy, and singers like Pablo Moses.

This album appeared on Volcano records and was produced by Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes, and featured the Roots Radics band. The album itself is a classic Frankie Paul Dancehall vocal album and features two of his biggest ever hits, ‘Worries In The Dance’ and ‘Kushumpeng’. Well worth checking out.

Tracklist
A1 Hot Number
A2 Curfew In The Dance
A3 Worries In The Dance
A4 The Prophet
A5 I’ll Never Forget
B1 Them A Talk Bout
B2 Kushumpeng
B3 I Wouldn’t Mind
B4 Hooligan
B5 Don’t Worry Yourself

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Jan 04

Yabby You & The Prophets – Beware [1978]

Yabby You & The Prophets - Beware [1978]

This is a really unusual album cover for a late 70s dub album, the airbrush/graffiti style wasn’t often seen on dub albums. The album design and art direction was probably a reflection that this version of the album was released on ‘Grove Music’ records, a UK based roots reggae label that was active between 1979 to 1982.

The cover depicts a dread smashing up the Statue of Liberty with one of the tablets of the 10 commandments, and the artwork has a real 70s New York hip-hop feel to it (apart from the actual subject being depicted that is).

Released in 1978, this is a great dub album from the legendary Yabby You & The Prophets and features some of the most proficient Jamaican musicians that you’ll find anywhere –
including Tommy McCook, Sly & Robbie, Ansel Collins, Albert Griffiths, and more.

The music is rich, dense, complex, and often eerie and unnerving – a consistent characteristic of Yabby You’s deeply spiritual music. Modern day dub-step artists, like Burial, would probably have been making albums like this if they were recording in the 70s. Steeped in thick atmosphere, this is a great dub album.

It was also re-released in 1981 on ‘Jah Live Records’ with a different cover and a re-jigged track listing. You can see the cover below:
Yabby You & The Prophets - Beware [1978] Jah Live Records

Track List:

  • Peace
  • Give Praises
  • Together
  • Plague
  • Freedom
  • Beware
  • Deliverance
  • Prophets
  • Feel All Right
  • Praises

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Listen to ‘Praise’ by Yabby You & The Prophets:

Listen to ‘Plague’ by Yabby You & The Prophets:

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Yabby You has been subject to countless re-issues over the years, so finding the best tracks isn’t too difficult, even though the original albums may be rare or out of circulation.

  • Download ‘Beware’ by Yabby You & The Prophets from Amazon.com
  • Download ‘Beware’ by Yabby You & The Prophets from Amazon.co.uk
  • Download ‘Beware’ by Yabby You & The Prophets from iTunes [UK]
  • Download ‘Beware’ by Yabby You & The Prophets from iTunes [US]icon

Dec 06

Prince Jazzbo – Kick Boy Face [1976]

Prince Jazzbo - Kick Boy Face [1976]
Kick Boy Face was released by Prince Jazzbo in 1976 on UK based ‘Third World’ records and features a great hand-drawn Kung-Fu cover in a ‘Blaxploitation’ cinematic style.

The ‘Blaxploitation’ film genre was hugely popular in the 1970s and the action-packed and swagger-filled films were adopted with relish amongst Jamaican audiences and reggae DJs – with many artists naming themselves after the heroes (i.e. DJ Jim Kelly) or name-checking the silver screen stars in their songs:

“Check Jim Kelly him a kick to the belly” – Dillinger, from ‘Natty Kick Like Lightning’ (CB 200 album)

If someone produced a range of classic posters of reggae album art, then this would be pretty high up on my wish-list.

The album itself was mixed At King Tubby Studio Kingston, Jamaica, and was produced by Bunny Lee, and it collects together some great DJ tracks from Prince Jazzbo. Well worth a listen. Hard to find now though, but many of the tracks are available for download on other Prince Jazzbo albums.

Track List:

  • Kick Boy Face
  • I And I
  • Hand Of Babylon
  • Nigger Is A Winner
  • Virgin
  • Rebel Boy
  • Church Is A Rome
  • Far Star
  • Hello
  • Youth In Service

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Dec 05

Sound Business (Full Documentary)

Wow – this is incredible.

This is the full documentary made in 1981 in the UK and narrated by Mikey Dread. The film looks at the role of the Sound System in reggae and in UK culture in general, during a golden area for UK based Sound Systems.

It has particular focus on Sound Systems like ‘Young Lion’ Sound System, and ‘Sir Coxsone’ Sound System, with in depth interviews with the crew of each.

It’s packed full of rarely seen interviews with Lloyd Coxsone, a young David Rodigan (with moustache), and contributions from Sugar Minott, Trinity and many more.

This is well worth 40+minutes of your life, so make some time for it and watch it below.

Dec 04

Dubbing In The Back Yard – King Tubby and The Aggrovators [1982]

Dubbing In The Back Yard - King Tubby and The Aggrovators [1982]
What’s not to love about this album cover? The ‘Bunny’ has escaped from his hutch and is chilling with his briefcase in the garden.

“Dubbing In The Back Yard” was a 1982 release on UK based “Black Music” record label – which goes someway in explaining the cover photo for this Dub album. The photo shows Bunny Lee relaxing in a garden that looks like it must have been taken in England…..the rabbit hutch and the tower block in the background is a bit of a giveaway.

Despite the title, King Tubby was not at the controls for this Dub release; the music was mixed at Tubby’s studio, but the actual production was all done by Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee with Prince Jammy on mixing duties.

This dub album includes some nice heavy roots tracks, with a few bass-heavy excursions into early 80s dancehall versions of riddims like the ‘Johnny Dollar riddim’ (‘Natural Glow’).

Tracklist

  • A1 Relaxing Mood
  • A2 Adventure
  • A3 Summers Eve
  • A4 Warm Weather
  • A5 Easy Mood
  • B1 Natural Glow
  • B2 Plantation Run
  • B3 Hot Weather
  • B4 Mountain Rains
  • B5 Hideaway

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Listen to ‘Natural Glow':

Listen to ‘Adventure':

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