Super Cat – Si Boops Deh [1985]

Super Cat – Si Boops Deh [1985]

 Super Cat – Si Boops Deh [1985]

 Super Cat – Si Boops Deh [1985]

Super Cat’s album ‘Si Boops Deh’ was released in 1985 on Techniques records and their tracks were a mixture of productions by Prince Jammy and Winston Riley.

The album contained Super Cat’s monster hit ‘Boops’ which spawned numerous counteractions and replies from various other artists.

The artwork for this album was by Wilfred Limonious and showed two sides to his artistic and design skills – the front cover was a departure from his usual intricate drawings and feature a simple frame with Super Cat’s photo in the middle. Simple, striking, and effective and a sleeve style that would be used by many other artists.

The rear of the album is a wonderful Limonious drawing showing Super Cat with his money, car, and girls.

Tracklist
Boops
Experience Lover
Learn Fi Ride
Jah Bible
History
Cry Fi Di Youth
Big And Ready
Tell Me What You Fighting For
Trash And Ready

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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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Sluggy Ranks – Just Call Sluggy [1987]

Just Call Sluggy

Just Call Sluggy

Despite being born in Jamaica, Sluggy Ranks arguably made his biggest impact in the New York reggae and dancehall scene in the late 80s and early 90s.

Sluggy’s musical style was firmly entrenched in the dancehall, but he cultivated a unique sing-jay style that also saw him recording a number of socially aware and conscious tunes.

‘Just Call Sluggy’ was released in 1987 on Music Master Records and collects together 10 vocal dancehall tracks.

Sluggy Ranks sadly died in a car crash in Jamaica in 2012.

Tracklist
A1 95° Black
A2 Younger Generation
A3 Just Call Sluggy
A4 Draeming
A5 Road Block
B1 Rough Wine
B2 My Jah Jah
B3 Gimmie Mi Lover
B4 You Got It All
B5 Wages Of Sin

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Joseph Stepper / He-Man ‎– Badness And Niceness [1992]

Joseph Stepper / He-Man ‎– Badness And Niceness [1992]

Joseph Stepper / He-Man ‎– Badness And Niceness [1992]

Joseph Stepper / He-Man ‎– Badness And Niceness [1992]

Reggae has a rich history of releasing ‘head to head’ albums. And dancehall has a rich history of having styles that are replaced and out of fashion as quickly as they arise. And you have King Dragon Records from France for bringing you this amazing image of early 90s dancehall fashion and posing.

I don’t know much about ‘He-Man’, but Joseph Stepper has some notable hits in the early 90s with his biggest hit arguably being ‘Wife‘ (which isn’t on this album anyway).

So if Joseph Stepper is the ‘Badness’ side, then why is He-Man wearing the pirate hat, eh, eh?

Photo for the sleeve was by Howard levy and the sleeve design was by Monika Nicinski.

Tracklist
A1 He-man – Niceness
A2 He-man – New Slang
A3 He-man – Mi And Mi Gun
A4 He-man – Pound Wine
A5 He-man – Take Heed
B1 Joseph Stepper – Badness
B2 Joseph Stepper – Test
B3 Joseph Stepper – Ghetto Youth
B4 Joseph Stepper – Glam
B5 Joseph Stepper – Stick It Inna Body