Yellowman – Mister Yellowman

Yellowman - Mr Yellowman

In the early 1980s, Yellowman pretty much ruled the dancehall and the ‘Mister Yellowman’ album by Yellowman is one of my favourite covers ever – there is something simple and unpretentious about this album cover, and it looked great on a full size album sleeve. Dancehall would go on to have more crass and image conscious album covers as guns, girls and personal wealth would become dominant themes in the late 80’s and early 90’s (Yellowman himself was equally to blame in later years), so there is a nice simplicity and sense of reality about this Yellowman album cover – it’s like finding somone’s personal photo.

The sense that this album cover was not planned and staged also comes through by the fact that Yellowman doesn’t look like he’s enjoying being in the sun (as it probably evident, Yellowman was born with albinism), you can see him squinting behind the cover of his glasses and hat…….and what a hat! I’ve never seen anyone else pull off wearing a two piece matching tracksuit and what looks like a wool trilby….incredible.

The album itself is a classic – Mister Yellowman was Yellow’s first album with producer Junjo Lawes, and remains one of his best. Some of the dancehall albums of the early 1980’s still sound fresh today and ‘Mister Yelowman’ is one album that I can return to and still get huge amounts of enjoyment from. Natty Sat Up On A Rock is an all-time classic track.

Track Listing for Mister Yellowman:

  1. Natty Sat Upon The Rock
  2. Lost Mi Love
  3. Mr. Chin
  4. Two To Six Super Mix
  5. Morning Ride
  6. How You Keep A Dance
  7. Jamaica A Little Miami
  8. Yellowman Getting Married
  9. Duppy Or Gunman
  10. Cocky Did A Hurt Me

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Listen To It

Listen to “Natty Sat Up On The Rock”. Probably my favourite track on the album, and a flawless example of early 80s conscious reggae dancehall.

Listen to “Mr Chin”: