Lizzard – Satta I [1976]

Lizzard - Satta I

First reader submission from ‘Void’ who picks a classic entry and a tough, tough album. There is a lot of love for this album and it’s well overdue a re-release as it’s near impossible to find now.

Void writes:
This is about as rich and excellently designed as reggae album covers come. Released in 1976, Clive Hunt (aka Lizzard), captured that rural, shed-production type quality about this album, but the cover is simply magnificent for such an obscure album. I’d be lucky if I were to ever find a copy of this anywhere, but this is an entrancing masterpiece of a cover, and just about as good as they come.

This album was released on Trojan Records in 1976 and the artwork is credited to Norman Beckett.

Track Listing:

  1. Coloured Face
  2. Jah Jah Bless I
  3. Milk And Honey
  4. Jehosaphat
  5. No Peace
  6. I Thiopians
  7. Fight I Down
  8. Lady Of The Night
  9. Satta I

Cheers Void!
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Gregory Isaacs – In Person (1974/1975)

A side by side comparison starring Gregory Isaacs!

Gregory Isaacs - In Person

Gregory Isaacs - In Person (Trojan Release)

Released on GGs in 1974 (top picture), I loved this album cover of Gregory chilling in his car (Gregory is no stranger to posing in a car). Trojan records released the album in the UK a year later (1975) and chose to turn the original sleeve into a drawing. We definitely prefer the original sleeve.

Track Listing:

  • Sweeter The Victory
  • Love Overdue
  • Financial Endorsement
  • Be Careful
  • Another Heart Ache
  • If You’re In Love
  • Dreams Come True
  • The Way She Walks
  • Far Beyond The Valley
  • Happiness Come
  • No Forgiveness
  • Love Disguise

This is as good a Gregory Isaacs album as you’ll ever get – he was at the peak of his powers here, before drug addiction dulled his lyrical ability and turned his voice into a nasal croak like Bob Dylan crossed with a frog. The album still stands the test of time and it remains an amazing set of tracks. But I’d advise you to forget the Gregory Isaacs output of today and turn up ‘Love Is Overdue’ on your speakers instead.

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‘In Person’ is pretty much impossible to find in the shops, however, you can still get ‘Love is Overdue’ that featured the bulk of the tracks from ‘In Person’ as well as plenty of extras. We highly recommend it.

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Prince Far I – Showcase in a Suitcase [1980]

Prince Far I - Showcase in a Suitcase

In the professional world of ‘reggae album cover design’, a complete lack of design skill and the total inability to spell does not mean you cannot succeed in your chosen field. The willingness to try counts for far more than any design qualification ever will.

“Prince Far I Meet Veros Artis – In Ram Packed Showcase In A Suitcase” – What more do you want from an album cover? This has everything. A hand-drawn suitcase, what looks like a hand-drawn title, cut and paste lettering, and spelling mistakes. ‘Vero Artists’ = ‘Various Artists’ I’d assume.

Track Listing:

  • Prince Far I & Ashanti Roy – Throw Away Your Gun
  • The Roots Radics – Buds Bush
  • Prince Far I & The Wailing Souls – How Love Devine
  • The Roots Radics – Lovers Rock
  • Prince Far I & Ashanti Roy – If You Want To Know Your Friend
  • The Roots Radics – Farm Duck
  • Naggo Morris – Can’t Take Su Su Pon Dread
  • The Roots Radics – Prince Far I Dub
  • Prince Far I & Naggo Morris – Mighty Ruler
  • The Roots Radics – Jah Do That

Despite the crappy, but charming album sleeve, this album has got some killer heavy roots cuts on it. The opening track, “Throw Away Your Gun” is one of my all time DJ tracks. This album is hard to find, but many of the tracks are available on other compilations.

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The Wailing Souls – The Wailing Souls [1975]

The Wailing Souls - The Wailing Souls (1975)
This is the debut album from The Wailing Souls which was released on Studio One in 1975.

I really like this cover. They all look like they have rushed to a local shop to borrow the outfits and then rushed to the local building site to pose on some construction equipment – no professional stylist was hired for this shoot. And that’s a good thing.

Track Listing:
1. Back Out With It
2. Fire Coal Man
3. Run My People
4. Thou Shall Not Steal
5. Row Fisherman
6. Real Rock
7. Got To Be Cool
8. Pack Up
9. Can’t Catch Me
10. Hot Road
11. Things And Time
12. Without You

A classic roots vocal album from a classic group.

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Leroy Smart – Let Everyman Survive [1979]

Leroy Smart - Let Everyman Survive

Leroy Smart dishing out the dollars to the neighbourhood with a jaunty stance. But wait a minute, what’s that – tie dyed jeans, or has a pen leaked in his pocket? Nope, the jeans look way too tight to allow a pen to be squeezed into the pocket, must be tie dyed.

This album was recorded at the Channel One Studio in Kingston, Jamaica, and was released in 1979 on GGs Records. It has since been re-released via the Jamaican Gold label.

Leroy Smart basically split himself between love songs and roots songs throughout his career, and interestingly, more than any other singer, he divides some reggae fans that I know who either love or hate him.

Let Everyman Survive fluctuates between love songs and roots tracks.

Track Listing:

  • Sugar In My Coffee
  • Jah Is At Hand
  • I Still Pray
  • If You Want My Love
  • Live Up Right
  • Let Everyman Survive
  • Collie Give Me Wisdom
  • You Are Mine
  • Black And White
  • You Never Need Me

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