Sammy Dread came in strong with some striking album artwork for his 1982 rootsy dancehall release titled ‘Roadblock’.
The art and sleeve design was created by Jamaal Pete, another prolific album arrtist whose work was often signified by his dense and colourful paintings, as can be seen here.
This has got all the signs of rasta rebellion rendered in an awesome hand-drawn cartoon showing Sammy Dread smashing through an army roadblock barrier on a motorbike with Selassie drawn on the petrol tank, spliff in hand, with dreads flying in the wind. Brilliant.
The album is worth picking up too, full of bass-heavy and laid back early rootsy dancehall vocals – The title track was a massive dancehall hit.
- Road Block
- Dreadlocks Queen
- So Long
- In A Mans Heart
- Jah Guide
- Time To Spread
- Bad Company
- Come Back Darling
- Rude Boy A Fire M 16
Listen to “Roadblock” by Sammy Dread:
Listen to “In a Man’s Heart” by Sammy Dread:
The good news is that you can still get the full ‘Roadblock’ album by Sammy Dread as a download: