Robert Ffrench ‎– The Favourite [1985]

Robert Ffrench ‎– The Favourite [1985]

Robert Ffrench ‎– The Favourite [1985]

The Favorite‘ was a dancehall vocal album by Robert Ffrench that was released in 1985 on Black Solidarity Records.

The album art was by Wilfred Limonious who is flexing very different design muscles on the album cover here.

Wilfred Limonious was a multi-talented artist who is probably best known for his hand-drawn record sleeves through the 1980s that basically set the standard for presenting and marketing dancehall records. However Limonious was equally as interested in other artistic mediums including photography and graphic design.

This album shows a different side to Limonious as he opts for a photo (from presumably Caymanas Park), with a hand-drawn title.

Tracklist
A1 Shock We A Shock
A2 Mother In Law
A3 The Favourite
A4 I Love You
B1 Cut Eye Cut Eye
B2 Your Acting Strange
B3 Radication
B4 True True Loving

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Josey Wales – Undercover Lover [1985]

Josey Wales - Undercover Lover

Josey Wales - Undercover Lover
Josey Wales - Undercover Lover [back cover]

Released in 1985 on Powerhouse Records, this is the Undercover Lover album by Josey Wales (spelt Jose Wales on the cover).

It features very distinctive artwork by the legendary Wilfred Limonious – the cover features Josey Wales kissing a topless woman (the woman also has ‘Handle with love’ stamped on the rear of her jeans – Limonious would often write text across his album art).

As usual for an 80s Limonious album cover, it features bright colours, hand-drawn cartoons, and comic style speech bubbles – the rear of this particular cover articulates a stark warning to Josey ‘The Colonel’ Wales with a cartoon woman stating: “Jose Wales, if you ever leave me for another girl, I’ll cut off your you know what!”

Josey Wales was one of Jamaica’s biggest DJs in the 1980s and his gruff, but melodic flow, coupled with snappy and witty lyrics created many classic hits – “Undercover Lover” was a huge hit single.

This is classic 1980s dancehall through and through – from the album cover to the music and the riddims. Greensleeves have just re-issued this album so make sure you check it out.

Track List:

  • Undercover Lover
  • Throw Me Corn
  • Pon Street Again
  • Jose Ready
  • Nuffy Nuffy
  • Love I Can Feel
  • Don’t Come Distress Me
  • Freeze Who Goes There
  • Come Watch The Sound
  • Rocking Time

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Stalag 17, 18 & 19 – Various Artists [1984]

Stalag 17 18 19 - Wilfred Limonius

Stalag 17 18 19 - Wilfred Limonius

Wilfred Limonious was an illustrator of many, many reggae album covers and almost all of them featured his distinctive cartoon style, often with scrawled text describing much of the action and adding more energy to his artwork.

This cover is arguably the most famous album cover credited to Wilfred Limonious – partly due to the massive riddim that the album gave a showcase to. The Stalag riddim was created by Winston Riley’s Techniques in the mid-1970s and was arguably made most famous in the 1980s by Tenor Saw with his track “Ring The Alarm”.

The Stalag riddim has gone on to be a dancehall staple and has been re-cut many times since its first release in 1985 – it’s got to be one of the most versioned riddim ever.

But anyway, back to the album art. This is a classic Wilfred Limonious cover and it shows the Technique Sound System busting the prison walls open. The text that is written on the Technique Speak Box reads “Yah Sound Tear Dung Prison Walls”

Between Wilfred Limonious and Orville Bagga Case some of the most striking and original album artwork was produced in the 80s and 90s……and well as some bad ones.

Stalag 17, 18 & 19 was released in 1985 and collects together 10 cuts of the Stalag riddim, the ‘wanted poster’ on the floor lists the names of all the artists featured on the album.

Track Listing:

  • Tenor Saw – Ring The Alarm
  • Admiral Tibet – Trouble To Man
  • Little Kirk – What’s Love Got To Do
  • Little John – Look What You Have Done
  • Lloyd Hemmings – Raggamufin Soldier
  • Sugar Minott – Jah Jah Rule
  • Yami Bolo – When A Man In Love
  • Michael Prophet – Room Full
  • Brigadier Jerry – What Kind Of World
  • Techniques All Stars – Stalag 17

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Sugar Minott – Buy Off The Bar [1984]

Sugar Minott - Buy Off The Bar

Sugar Minott was a big, big name when this 1984 album came out on Sonic Sounds and Power House Records.

Look at that stare – you know that you won’t be getting a beer from Mr Minott tonight. Maybe after he’d downed 10 of those 12 bottles he’s cradling, you’d have a better chance of grabbing one. The cover art is credited to Wilfred Limonious – Wilfred Limonious was a prolific illustrator of Jamaican albums in the 80s and 90s and was best known for his hand-drawn, cartoonish, and brightly coloured dancehall record sleeves.

We’ll be featuring loads more of his artwork as time goes on – click on the Wilfred Limonious category to see them all and watch the archive grow,

This is probably what passed for a ‘bling’ lifestyle in Jamaica in 1984, never mind Cristal champagne and Hennessy, Sugar would just march in and yell “Buy Off The Bar”. Anyone up for recreating this sleeve? Send photos in of you ‘buying off the bar’ and i’ll post them here, promise.

Playlist :

  • Buy Off The Bar – Bar Dub
  • Can’t Cross The Border – Border Dub
  • Frontline – Line Dub
  • Two Timer – Timer Dub
  • Strictly Sensi – Sensi Dub
  • Dread Upon Your Head – Dread Dub

This is a great Dancehall vocal album (and each track is accompanied by it dub mix) and is well worth adding to your collection.
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