Jah Batta ‎– Argument [1983]

Jah Batta ‎– Argument [1983]

Jah Batta ‎– Argument [1983]

Jah Batta ‎– Argument [1983]

Another Wackies release – this is ‘Argument’ by Jah Batta that was released in 1983 on the legendary New York based reggae label.

Despite the stern looking cover art, this is actually quite a fun-filled and playful record. Jah Batta’s style is firmly early 80s toasting, not unlike the vocal patterns of Michigan & Smiley, Yellowman, Fathead etc….

This is a bold looking album cover with a great colour scheme – simple and effective. Artwork and design was created by Yahsushi Kimura.

The rhythms all come from the Youthman Promotions stable of players, various Jamaican musical legends like Jackie Mitoo, as well as members of the US Wackies label. The rhythms were then mixed and edited in the Wackies studio in New York. Sugar Minott takes a co-production credit on the album.

The rear of the album also has various photos of Jah Batta with the Wackies crew, including a photo of Sugar Minott, who, as well as being a regular collaborator with the Wackies label, is also used as subject material track where Jah Batta DJs a story that includes a mention of his girlfriend running off with Sugar Minott.

Great rhythms, great production, and an infectious style means that this is an album that you don’t want to pass you by, especially if you are an old-school dancehall fan.

Tracklist
1 No Meat
2 Ten To Seven
3 Argument
4 I Don’t Want To Wait
5 Mi Black
6 Youthman School
7 Hold On Pon The Woman
8 Informa (Watch It)
9 Youthman Time
10 Out A Reach

hearit1

Listen to ‘Argument’ by Jah Batta:

Listen to ‘Youthman Time’ by Jah Batta:



buyit

Get it at iTunes
Get it at Amazon

Prince Jammy Presents Osbourne In Dub [1983]

Prince Jammy Presents Osbourne In Dub [1983]

Prince Jammy Presents Osbourne In Dub [1983]

Prince Jammy Presents Osbourne In Dub [1983]

The sleeve design here is credited to C More Tone, and it is a garish assault on the eyes, albeit it pretty effective in grabbing your attention. The rear of the sleeve features the following message “This is the sequel to the earlier Prince Jammy Dub LP Uhuru in Dub (CSLP 2) and features hard rhythms from some of the best titles produced by Jammy for the great Johnny Osbourne.

Released on UK reggae label CSA Records, this early 80s dub album sees Prince Jammy mixing some dubs from well-known Johnny Osbourne tracks like Water Pumping.

This is a decent dub album, and the early 80s dancehall rhythms lend themselves well to be remixed and layered in echo and effects.

SIDE A:
1. Loving Tonight
2. Reggae Stylee
3. Dance Dub
4. Jah Is With You
5. Chopping Dub

SIDE B:
1. Pumping
2. Double Trouble
3. See No Evil
4. Pure Is The Soul
5. Rise Up

hearit1

Listen to ‘Loving Tonight’ by Johnny Osbourne/Prince Jammy:



buyit

Get it at iTunes
Get it at Amazon

Leyroy Smart With Roots Radix And Friends [1983]

Leyroy Smart With Roots Radix And Friends [1983]

Leyroy Smart With Roots Radix And Friends [1983]

Leyroy Smart With Roots Radix And Friends [1983]

‘Leyroy Smart with Roots Radix And Friends’ was released in 1983 on Vista Sounds Records. Vista Sounds, in my opinion at least, had an inconsistent approach in the album art they put out and veered between using some great photography and artwork….and stuff like this. Maybe this this looked cutting edge in the 80s? Probably unlikely.

Some great idiosyncratic spelling and inconsistencies between how the artist’s name is spelled on the sleeves vs how they are spelled on the track list on the rear.

The album art and sleeve design is credited to Jacqueline Rathbone-Jones, who was also responsible for a number of other reggae album sleeves in Vista Sounds catalogue.

The album itself is a compilation featuring artists like Leroy Smart, Jah Mike, George Brown, Earl Cunningham, and more.

Tracklist
A1 Leroy Smart – I Am The One
A2 Earl Cunningham – Is There A Place
A3 Twin Sisters – Big Brothers
A4 Roots Radix – Roots Radix Patrolling
A5 George Brown – Lets Make Love
B1 Leroy Smart Let Me Love You
B2 Roots Radix – Pussy Rat
B3 Sasafras – She Need Me
B4 Jah Mike – Crucial
B5 Leroy Smart – Too Much Pressure

hearit1

Listen to ‘I Am The One’ by Leroy Smart:


Listen to ‘Is There A Place ‘ by Earl Cunningham: