Dignitary Stylish ‎– Jah Send Me Come [1986]

Dignitary Stylish ‎– Jah Send Me Come [1986]

 Dignitary Stylish ‎– Jah Send Me Come [1986]

 Dignitary Stylish ‎– Jah Send Me Come [1986]

This is another Wilfred Limonious album cover. This time, Limonious lends his artistic skills to ‘Jah Send Me Come’ an album released by the wonderfully named Dignitary Stylish in 1986 on Harmodio Records.

Its a sad fact that Dignitary Stylish has become a bit forgotten over the years, as this is a great album full of classic 80s dancehall toasting.

It is pretty wonderful album art too with hand drawn border and logo by Limonious used to frame a great photo of a young looking Dignitary Stylish. This is far removed from the excess and riches that would dominate dancehall album covers in the 90s with Dignitary Stylish presented in simple clothing holding his staff.

The rear cover is equally as arresting. A full Limonious drawing showing Dignitary Stylish standing on a hill-top crushing a serpent underfoot.

Tracklist
Jah Send Me Come
No Badness
Versitility
Free Bace
War Fi Jah Land
Keep It Covered
Youth Man Struggling
Asanction

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Horace Martin ‎– Mix Up [1988]

Horace Martin ‎– Mix Up [1988]

 Horace Martin ‎– Mix Up [1988]

 Horace Martin ‎– Mix Up [1988]

‘Mix Up’ by Horace Martin was released in 1988 on Redman International Records and was produced by Hugh ‘Redman’ James.

The album art was designed by Wilfred Limonious, and it is one of the more subdued Limonious covers. There are no kinetic sketches and cartoons here, instead it features a simple photo of Horace Martin with a Limonious drawn title, and the rear features a grey geometric design with a few panels of colour – it’s all very 80s in style.

The album is a decent collection of dancehall crooning (anyone with a white glove is going to be a crooner) by a singer who is overlooked way more than he should be.

Tracklist
A1 Mix Up
A2 Gimme The Real Thing
A3 Ame Rule Dance Hall
A4 Things I Did
B1 Full Time Man
B2 Inna The Arcade
B3 Paulette
B4 New Style Now

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Pad Anthony Meets King Everald – Pad Anthony / King Everald [1985]

Pad Anthony Meets King Everald - Pad Anthony / King Everald [1985]

Pad Anthony Meets King Everald -  Pad Anthony / King Everald [1985]

Pad Anthony Meets King Everald -  Pad Anthony / King Everald [1985]

Pad Anthony Meets King Everald was released in 1985 on Sun Set Records and it was produced Errol Marshall & Errol Lewis.

DJ showcase albums were hugely popular in the 80s and the early 90s, and provided a way for a label to present two artists, usually taking a side each of the record, to show-off their talents on a collection on rhythms.

Drawing on the clash culture that has been present since pretty much the 1960s in Jamaican dancehalls, these showcase albums opened up lots of potential for having some fun and adding further drama with exciting sleeve designs and artwork.

This is another great album sleeve from Wilfred Limonious with a great photo coupled with hand-drawn lettering, and a signature Limonious cartoon that dominated the rear of the sleeve that his full of his trademark humour.

The rear of the album had Limonious drawing Pad Anthony and King Everald as wild west cowboys squaring up for a shoot-out, with microphones instead of guns, as a symbol of their clash on the album.

The competitive nature of clash should make both artists raise their game which Limonious points out with the drawing of a spectator shouting out “When dem yah man yah meet – reggae music wicked and wild

This is a good album, featuring two, often overlooked, DJs with all tracks on the album as extended cuts that run directly into the version (instrumental) as was often the stylw with these ‘Showcase’ albums.

Tracklist
A1 Respect Due
A2 Murder
A3 Won’t Let Go
B1 Walk & Skip
B2 Bad Luck
B3 Ma Poo Saw

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Reggae Rambo ‎– No Drugs Please [1990]

Reggae Rambo ‎– No Drugs Please [1990]

Reggae Rambo ‎– No Drugs Please [1990]

Reggae Rambo ‎– No Drugs Please [1990]

This is probably the most unexpected Wilfred Limonious cover ever.

Reggae Rambo was a Canadian reggae artist, and ‘No Drugs Please’ was released in 1990 on Rolata Records. Reggae Rambo only had this one release as far as we can tell.

Any long-time reggae fan is probably used to the unexpected and being surprised and thrilled about how diverse and unique the genre can be….but there is just too much going on here to process…..and it raises so many questions – who was this guy from Canada, where did he get that medallion, what’s his back-story and how did he end up calling himself Reggae Rambo whilst looking like a Canadian accountant on the cover…..and how did he get Wilfred Limonious involved to do his album cover?

There is so much to love here.

Probably the only Wilfred Limonious album sleeve where the artwork isn’t the main talking point.

Tracklist
A1 No Drugs Please
A2 Love At First Sight
B1 Reggae Rambo
B2 There Is Only One Hope

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Super Cat – Si Boops Deh [1985]

Super Cat – Si Boops Deh [1985]

 Super Cat – Si Boops Deh [1985]

 Super Cat – Si Boops Deh [1985]

Super Cat’s album ‘Si Boops Deh’ was released in 1985 on Techniques records and their tracks were a mixture of productions by Prince Jammy and Winston Riley.

The album contained Super Cat’s monster hit ‘Boops’ which spawned numerous counteractions and replies from various other artists.

The artwork for this album was by Wilfred Limonious and showed two sides to his artistic and design skills – the front cover was a departure from his usual intricate drawings and feature a simple frame with Super Cat’s photo in the middle. Simple, striking, and effective and a sleeve style that would be used by many other artists.

The rear of the album is a wonderful Limonious drawing showing Super Cat with his money, car, and girls.

Tracklist
Boops
Experience Lover
Learn Fi Ride
Jah Bible
History
Cry Fi Di Youth
Big And Ready
Tell Me What You Fighting For
Trash And Ready

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