‘Leyroy Smart with Roots Radix And Friends’ was released in 1983 on Vista Sounds Records. Vista Sounds, in my opinion at least, had an inconsistent approach in the album art they put out and veered between using some great photography and artwork….and stuff like this. Maybe this this looked cutting edge in the 80s? Probably unlikely.
Some great idiosyncratic spelling and inconsistencies between how the artist’s name is spelled on the sleeves vs how they are spelled on the track list on the rear.
The album art and sleeve design is credited to Jacqueline Rathbone-Jones, who was also responsible for a number of other reggae album sleeves in Vista Sounds catalogue.
The album itself is a compilation featuring artists like Leroy Smart, Jah Mike, George Brown, Earl Cunningham, and more.
A1 Leroy Smart – I Am The One
A2 Earl Cunningham – Is There A Place
A3 Twin Sisters – Big Brothers
A4 Roots Radix – Roots Radix Patrolling
A5 George Brown – Lets Make Love
B1 Leroy Smart Let Me Love You
B2 Roots Radix – Pussy Rat
B3 Sasafras – She Need Me
B4 Jah Mike – Crucial
B5 Leroy Smart – Too Much Pressure
Listen to ‘I Am The One’ by Leroy Smart:
Listen to ‘Is There A Place ‘ by Earl Cunningham: