Errol Scorcher & the Revolutionaries – Rastafire (Ballistic Records 1978)

Errol Scorcher & the Revolutionaries - Rastafire

I had to think twice about this one – it’s either a brilliant cover, or an awful one.

No, it’s definately an awful album cover, it also made us think of Massive Dread’s ‘It’s Massive’ album cover. Could it be possible that a graphic designer so bad actually got commissioned twice to do album design work in their career?

There is a definite disco feel about this sleeve.

Track Listing:
1 Steppin’ worldwide
2 Sister Pat
3 Cardiac arrest, instradub
4 Jolly bus ting
5 Show I the way
6 Heart failure, instradub
7 One man ranch
8 Rockers hat
9 Post mortem, instradub
10 Jump and prance
11 Baby mutha
12 Rigor mortis, instradub

Whenever you hear anyone say that smoking weed helps creativity……point them here, and show them this album cover.

Listen To It
 
 

Despite poking fun at the crappy album cover, there are some nice heavy tracks on this, and some tough DJ cuts. The effort clearly went into the music as opposed to the artwork:

Listen to Errol Scorcher – Rockers Hat:

Listen to Errol Scorcher – One Man Ranch:

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Yabby You and Trinity – Yabby You Meets Trinity At Dub Station

Yabby You Meets Trinity

Bit of an assault on the eyes in bright yellow. Yabby You made some stunning and beautiful music….which usually came in ugly album covers like this one.

Yabby You looks pensive and moody, Trinity looks like he’s having the time of his life – two characters you wouldn’t have thought would get on in the confined space of a studio, but Yabby and Trinity made some great tracks together.

This was released on Yabby You’s own ‘Prophets’ Record Label in Jamaica in the 70s and it a great bland of heavy bass, solid DJing, and the trademark haunting, yet beautiful, music that Yabby You produced.

Playlist :

  • Trinity – Di Gun Gun Fever
  • Yabby You & Trinity – My Neighbour
  • Trinity – I Know Where I’m Going
  • Yabby You & Trinity – Natty Bongo
  • Yabby You & Trinity – Warm Dem
  • Yabby You & Trinity – I Just A Dread
  • Yabby You – Stand Up And Fight
  • Yabby You – Black Starliner

Listen To It
 
 

Listen to ‘Gun Fever’ by Yabby You and Trinity:

Listen to ‘Blackstarliner’ by Yabby You and Trinity:

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Every should have some Yabby You in their collection:

Massive Dread – Massive Dread [1979]

Massive Dread - Massive Dread
Massive Dread has his name on one of the worst album covers of all time, but this is a much cooler offering.

This is the album sleeve art for Massive Dread’s first album that was released in 1979 and it reminds me of Lee Perry’s Super Ape album cover.

I’m a huge fan of the hand drawn album cover art that took place a lot during the 1970’s and this is a first rate example.

Track Listing:

  1. African Roots
  2. Squatters Connection
  3. Black Is A Natural Fact
  4. Economical System
  5. Right Time Come
  6. Natty Dread International
  7. Mutual Inspiration
  8. Humble Lion

Listen To It
 
 

Listen to Massive Dread – “Right Time Come”

Buy It
 
 

Sadly there isn’t much Massive Dread readily available for download, you can still pick up a few of his standout tracks online though (but it would be nice to see his albums re-issued as downloads):