Babies Go Bob Marley – Sweet Little Band (Maraino Yanani)

babies go bob marley

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Babies Go Bob Marley - Sweet Little Band back

Some albums do not need to be made.

Firstly let’s start on the album art – it’s a festival of bad clip art that probably came from a bargain-bin CD ROM.

The album itself is probably trading in on the past success of the Baby Mozart series (maybe?), and the entire record basically sounds like a 12 year old playing Bob Marley covers on a bontempi organ in a lift, whilst their mother plays the xylophone in the background.

If you are going to put this sort of stuff out you may as well go the whole distance: Note to the manufacturers – I want to see ‘Babies Go Peter Tosh’ featuring versions of “Oh Bumbo Klaat” and “Downpressor Man”, better still, how about ‘Babies Go Ninjaman” featuring “Murder Dem”, “My Weapon” and “Original Front Tooth Gold Tooth Gun Pon Tooth Don Gorgon”. I’d buy that….probably.

Track Listing:

  • Is This Love
  • Buffalo Soldier
  • Get Up Stand Up
  • I Shot The Sheriff
  • No Woman No Cry
  • Roots, Rock, Reggae
  • Jamming
  • Waiting In Vain
  • Three Little Birds
  • Turn Your Lights Down Low
  • One Love
  • Could You Be Love
  • I Know A Place
  • Stir It Up

Listen To It
Listen to ‘No Woman No Cry’ from Babies Go Bob Marley:

Listen to ‘is This Love’ from Babies Go Bob Marley

Buy It
Should you feel the urge…..

Hot Numbers – Volume 2

Hot Numbers - Volume 2

Argh! Close them please. Everything is wrong about this sleeve. WARNING: This album art is extremely dangerous to your eyes and you should only look at this record sleeve through a pin-prick hole in a piece of paper, otherwise you run the risk of either being blinded, or sucked in.

Shame really, as this compilation has some storming tunes on it. It was released in 1971 on Pama Records.

Track Listing:

  • Stickers – One Night Of Sin
  • 3rd & 4th Generation – Rudies Medley
  • The Gaylads – Royal Cord
  • Peter Tosh – Maga Dog
  • Owen Gray – Sincerely
  • Max Romeo – Rasta Band Wagon
  • Pat Kelly – Soulful Love
  • Winston Scotland – Buttercup
  • David Isaacs – You’ll Be Sorry
  • Rip’n’Lam – In The Ghetto
  • Max Romeo – The Coming Of Jah
  • The Impact All Stars – Dandy Shandy Version 4
  • Carl Dawkins – Walk A Little Prouder
  • Owen Gray – You Gonna Miss Me

U. U. Maddo – Teenager in Love [1989]

U. U. Madoo - Teenager in Love

Woah there Mr. Maddo, true she may well be a teenager, but you certainly don’t look like one. We hope you have checked her id and verified her actual age……..and isn’t there an age and height limit to get on those sort of fairground rides? Even that plastic horse seems to be howling in pain having to support the weight of a grown man.

Released in 1989 this is U.U. Maddo’s ‘Teenager in Love’ album. Released on the
Jamaazima record label, the artwork was done by the legendary Orville “Bagga” Case, whose distinctive album covers could be seen on a tonne of 1980s reggae releases (especially the newer digital productions).

This cover hasn’t really stood the test of time here though – it all looks a little ‘sinister’.

Track Listing:
A1 Teenager In Love
A2 Save The Last Dance
A3 Any Dasy Now
A4 Baby Dont Go
A5 Sad Music
B1 Venus
B2 Put Your Head On My Shoulder
B3 Let True Love Begin
B4 Upon The Roof

Listen To It
Listen to Up On The Roof by U U Madoo:

Listen to ‘Teenager in Love’ by U U Madoo:

Al Campbell – Rainy Days [1978]

Al Campbell - Rainy Days

This is living the dream right here – leave sunny Jamaica, move to England as part of the post-war West Indian immigration………and spend your time in a grim, grey, wet, concrete hell-hole. Rainy days indeed. A very bad and depressing album cover – why not go the whole hog and just put a photo of a girl weeping on the floor of a car park, in a provincial town in the UK, in the middle of winter instead?

Released in 1978 on Hawkeye records, and produced by Crucial Bunny (best producer’s name ever?)

Track Listing :

  • Give The People
  • Words Of Wisdom
  • You’ve Got Soul
  • Don’t Cry
  • Rainy Days
  • I Want You Around
  • Never Let You Down
  • When Spring Is Around
  • My Whole World

By the way – the album is way better than the artwork, and is full of great vocals over solid roots tracks. We are reluctantly throwing this one in the the ‘Bad Album Covers‘ bin, even though the music doesn’t deserve it.

Listen To It
Listen to ‘Rainy Days’ by Al Campbell:

Listen to ‘Words of Wisdom’ by Al Campbell:

Buy It

Militant Barry – Green Valley [1979]

Militant Barry - Green Valley

This is Barry…..he’s militant…….he is MILITANT BARRY. Don’t make him angry, or he will point at you with his militant finger of justice. What a great DJ name.

Produced by the great Keith Hudson with Tappa Zukie as Mixing Engineer, this album was released in 1979 on Vista records and sees ‘Barry’ DJ-ing over some classic Keith Hudson rhythms.

The album was also released on Manic Records with an alternative cover, see it below:
Militant Barry - Green Valley 1979 Manic Records

It’s a real shame that this is near impossible to find as it’s an interesting album with some unusual subject material, for example, the track ‘Pistol Boy’ examines the killing of Nancy Spungen by Sid Vicious.

Track Listing :

  • Pistol Boy
  • Mojo Working
  • Dutch Rockers
  • No Blame
  • Land Of Dread
  • Screw Natty Dread Locks
  • Fist Of Fire
  • I See The Light
  • Green Valley
  • When You See I

Listen To It
Listen to ‘Mojo Working’ by Militant Barry

Listen to ‘Pistol Boy’ by Militant Barry: