Lively Body – Various Artists [1986]

Lively Body - Various Artists [1986]

Lively Body - Various Artists [1986]

This is another one rhythm excursion album. ‘Lively Body’ was released in 1986 on Music Master Records and was produce by Whitfield ‘Witty’ Henry.

The album artwork was created and design by Orville ‘Bagga’ Case. Got to admit, it isn’t as good as some of his other works and lacks his usual flair and kinetic style – still, nice touch on the ‘red, gold, and green’ leggings and legwarmers combination.

The album is a showcase for the “Lively Body” riddim, which was basically Whitfield ‘Witty’ Henry’s updated version of the Heavenless / Greetings riddim.

Tracklist
A1 Tony Tuff – Catch A Fire
A2 Nickademus – Ugly Gal
A3 Squidly Ranks – Donkey Rider
A4 T. Asher Brissett – Lively Melody
B1 Shelly Thunder – Funky Smelling Man
B2 King Everald – Hot Country Gal
B3 Peter Metro – Come A Daddy
B4 Teddy Brown – That Girl

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Mission Impossible – Various Artists [1984]

Mission Impossible - Various Artists [1984]

Mission Impossible - Various Artists [1984]

Mission Impossible - Various Artists [1984]

Dancehall is rarely subtle, and I think that is pretty much encapsulated by this album cover – a cartoon ‘rasta-rambo’.

Mission Impossible‘ is a compilation of tracks that were all released on the ‘Two Year Old’ riddim that was produced by George Phang.

Sly & Robbie as the Taxi Gang ore the musicians, and the compilation features tracks from Johnny Osbourne, Freddie McGregor, Frankie Paul, Peter Metro, and many more.

Artwork and sleeve design credited to L. Hinde

Tracklist
A1 Jakie Statement – Care Yu Body
A2 Johnny Osbourne – Mission
A3 Winston Hussey – Special Attention
A4 Frankie Paul – F P Love
A5 Peter Metro – Hackle The Mike
B1 Freddie McGregor – Don’t Hurt My Feelings
B2 Lynval Thompson – Labba Mouth
B3 Weedie Dread – Sweet Sixteen
B4 Al Campbell – Boarderline
B5 Sly & Robbie – Mission Impossible

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Tempo Explosion [1985]

Tempo Explosion [1985]

Tempo Explosion [1985]

Released in 1985 on Black Victory Records, ‘Tempo Explosion’ is a compilation that collected together 8 cuts of Sugar Minott and the Black Roots version of classic King Tubby dancehall riddim ‘Tempo’.

Tracklist
A1 Sugar Minott – Devil Is At Large
A2 Chris Wayne – Don’t Worry Yourself
A3 Willie Williams* – Solid Rock I Stand
A4 Ras Menelik Dacosta* – Free South Africa
B1 Jerry Johnson – Tribute To Prince Knight
B2 Black Roots Players – Temp Dub
B3 Black Roots Players – Slow Tempo
B4 Black Roots Players – Up Tempo

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Duck Dance Competition – Various Artists [1988]

Duck Dance Competition - Various Artists [1988]

Duck Dance Competition - Various Artists [1988]

Duck Dance Competition - Various Artists [1988]

Duck Dance Competition is a dancehall compilation that was released on Jammy’s Records, and pulls together 10 cuts on the Duck Dance riddim.

Dance styles have been a mainstay of the Dancehall since its inception, and this album cover, designed by Orville ‘Bagga’ Case shows dancehall fans engaged in the latest dance craze.

This was a big riddim, and the album is a great snapshot of late 80s dancehall with some of the biggest names of the time all taking their turn on the riddim – including Ninja Man, Admiral Bailey, Flourgon, Josey Wales and more.

SIDE A:
1. Admiral Bailey – Them Have Fe Wait
2. Flourgon – Bounce
3. Daddy Lizard – Dibi Dibi Girl
4. Clement Irie – Hungry No Laugh
5. Ninja Man – More Reality
SIDE B:
1. Shaka Demus – Bad Bad Shaka
2. Josey Wales – Stamp Out
3. Horse Man – D.J. Of The Year
4. Red Dragon – Duck
5. King Jammys & Bobby Digital – 16 Duck

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Club Reggae – Trojan Records Compilation [1977]

Club Reggae - Trojan Records Compilation [1977]

Club Reggae - Trojan Records Compilation [1977]

One of the many, many compilations that was released by Trojan records.

An odd cover that one can only assume was created to pull in casual fans that wanted an nice entry point to vocal tracks from Jamaica.

Track List:

  • When Will I See You Again – Marcia Griffiths
  • Homely Girl – Jackie Robinson
  • Sweet Harmony – Lloyd Charmers
  • Darling You Send Me – Ken Boothe
  • Kung Fu Fighting – The Maroons
  • Solitary Man – Skin Flesh & Bones
  • Play De Music – Tinga Stewart
  • Best Time Of My Life – Pat Kelly
  • Rock Your Baby – The Maroons
  • Let’s Get It On – Lloyd Charmers
  • Irie Festival – Turnell McCormack
  • Bammie Fe Fish – Skin Flesh & Bones
  • Come Lay Some Loving On Me – Jenny Taylor
  • Do It – Soul Messengers
  • Some Guys Have All The Luck – D. Harriott
  • This Monday Morning Feeling – Tito Simon
  • Enter In His Gate With Praise – Johnny Clark
  • I’m Gone – Derek & Hortense
  • Changing Partners – Barbra Jones
  • Reggae Woman – Pat Rhoden