Massive Dread – Strictly Bubbling [1982]

Massive Dread - Strictly Bubbling [1982]

Massive Dread - Strictly Bubbling [1982]

We are big fans here of Massive Dread – he has been at the center of some wonderful album art (like ‘Massive Dread‘) as well as some ‘so bad it’s good‘ album covers like This is Massive.

This mini-album, released on UFO Records (Up Front Organization records) in 1982 is at the better end of the artistic spectrum as it shows a great (if somewhat surreal) cartoon piece by Orville ‘Bagga’ Case.

The cover shows a crossroads with cartoon depictions based around some of the tracks on the record – such as a vampire dancing between two soundsystem speakers for ‘Vamps on the Corner’, and numerous chickens and roosters running around for ‘Chicken Chest’ and ‘Mr. Rooster’.

This is solid early 80s dancehall toasting / DJ-ing in Massive Dread’s distinctive laid-back style.

Tracklisting:
A1 This Is Massive
A2 Strictly Bubbling
A3 Mr. Rooster
B1 Vamps On The Corner
B2 Chicken Chest
B3 Just Cool, Melba

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Lively Body – Various Artists [1986]

Lively Body - Various Artists [1986]

Lively Body - Various Artists [1986]

This is another one rhythm excursion album. ‘Lively Body’ was released in 1986 on Music Master Records and was produce by Whitfield ‘Witty’ Henry.

The album artwork was created and design by Orville ‘Bagga’ Case. Got to admit, it isn’t as good as some of his other works and lacks his usual flair and kinetic style – still, nice touch on the ‘red, gold, and green’ leggings and legwarmers combination.

The album is a showcase for the “Lively Body” riddim, which was basically Whitfield ‘Witty’ Henry’s updated version of the Heavenless / Greetings riddim.

Tracklist
A1 Tony Tuff – Catch A Fire
A2 Nickademus – Ugly Gal
A3 Squidly Ranks – Donkey Rider
A4 T. Asher Brissett – Lively Melody
B1 Shelly Thunder – Funky Smelling Man
B2 King Everald – Hot Country Gal
B3 Peter Metro – Come A Daddy
B4 Teddy Brown – That Girl

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Duck Dance Competition – Various Artists [1988]

Duck Dance Competition - Various Artists [1988]

Duck Dance Competition - Various Artists [1988]

Duck Dance Competition - Various Artists [1988]

Duck Dance Competition is a dancehall compilation that was released on Jammy’s Records, and pulls together 10 cuts on the Duck Dance riddim.

Dance styles have been a mainstay of the Dancehall since its inception, and this album cover, designed by Orville ‘Bagga’ Case shows dancehall fans engaged in the latest dance craze.

This was a big riddim, and the album is a great snapshot of late 80s dancehall with some of the biggest names of the time all taking their turn on the riddim – including Ninja Man, Admiral Bailey, Flourgon, Josey Wales and more.

SIDE A:
1. Admiral Bailey – Them Have Fe Wait
2. Flourgon – Bounce
3. Daddy Lizard – Dibi Dibi Girl
4. Clement Irie – Hungry No Laugh
5. Ninja Man – More Reality
SIDE B:
1. Shaka Demus – Bad Bad Shaka
2. Josey Wales – Stamp Out
3. Horse Man – D.J. Of The Year
4. Red Dragon – Duck
5. King Jammys & Bobby Digital – 16 Duck

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Frankie Paul ‎– Legal Reggae Music [1985]

Frankie Paul ‎– Legal Reggae Music [1985]

 Frankie Paul ‎– Legal Reggae Music [1985]

Another great record cover by Orville ‘Bagga’ Case. Really like the colour scheme used on this one.

This is Frankie Paul’s 1985 release called ‘Legal Reggae Music’ on Harry J Records.

Tracklist
A1 Dicmal
A2 Legal Reggae Music
A3 Ethiopians Here I Come
A4 One Wheely Wheely
B1 Down In The Ghetto
B2 The Closer I Get To You
B3 Hungry Belly Yardie
B4 Midnight Lover

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Frankie Paul – Hot Number [1984]

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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