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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Michael Prophet – Jah Love (Live & Learn 1983)

Michael Prophet - Jah Love (Live & Learn 1983)

Produced by Henry Wright and dancehall master Junjo Lawes, this was Michael Prophet’s 1983 album called Jah Love. This would have been an unremarkable album cover if it wasn’t for the ‘electric rainbow’ background – this must have looked shit even in the 1980s surely?

Anyway, I’m pleased to say that it’s another case of shocking album art, but decent enough album.

Track Listing:
1 Instruction
2 It’s time
3 Back off
4 2000 years
5 You been talking
6 I certify
7 Tonight tonight
8 Jah love
9 World of confusion

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Linval Thompson – Stay a little bit longer (Micron 1980)

Linval Thompson - Stay a little bit longer (Micron 1980)

Linval Thompson isn’t afraid of tasking risks for his art – look at the way he’s precariously balanced himself between those trees at least 2 feet off the ground, all in the name of album artwork. He could have scuffed his knee!

This came out in 1980 on Micron records and still maintains a classic roots style with some nice tunes. It’s a nice warm album cover that is totally devoid of any rasta imagery and looks more like something from a classic 60s Motown album cover.

Pretty hard to find the actual album now, but tracks from it are available on various compilation albums.

Track Listing:
1 Danger in your eyes
2 Stay a little bit longer
3 Jumping for joy
4 Skillful man
5 Lion and tiger
6 If I follow my heart
7 My babe
8 Give me a chance
9 Big oppressor
10 Don’t try to lose me

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Most of this album can be found on the Linval Thompson compilation called ‘Don’t Cut Off Your Dreadlocks’

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A great 12″ cut of the title track was released that also featured Trinity:

Sammy Dread – Roadblock

Sammy Dread - Roadblock

Sammy Dread - Roadblock

Sammy Dread came in strong with some striking album artwork for his 1982 rootsy dancehall release titled ‘Roadblock’.

The art and sleeve design was created by Jamaal Pete, another prolific album arrtist whose work was often signified by his dense and colourful paintings, as can be seen here.

This has got all the signs of rasta rebellion rendered in an awesome hand-drawn cartoon showing Sammy Dread smashing through an army roadblock barrier on a motorbike with Selassie drawn on the petrol tank, spliff in hand, with dreads flying in the wind. Brilliant.

The album is worth picking up too, full of bass-heavy and laid back early rootsy dancehall vocals – The title track was a massive dancehall hit.

Track Listing:

  1. Road Block
  2. Dreadlocks Queen
  3. So Long
  4. Jenny
  5. In A Mans Heart
  6. Today
  7. Jah Guide
  8. Time To Spread
  9. Bad Company
  10. Come Back Darling
  11. Rude Boy A Fire M 16

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The good news is that you can still get the full ‘Roadblock’ album by Sammy Dread as a download: