Pad Anthony Meets King Everald – Pad Anthony / King Everald [1985]

Pad Anthony Meets King Everald - Pad Anthony / King Everald [1985]

Pad Anthony Meets King Everald -  Pad Anthony / King Everald [1985]

Pad Anthony Meets King Everald -  Pad Anthony / King Everald [1985]

Pad Anthony Meets King Everald was released in 1985 on Sun Set Records and it was produced Errol Marshall & Errol Lewis.

DJ showcase albums were hugely popular in the 80s and the early 90s, and provided a way for a label to present two artists, usually taking a side each of the record, to show-off their talents on a collection on rhythms.

Drawing on the clash culture that has been present since pretty much the 1960s in Jamaican dancehalls, these showcase albums opened up lots of potential for having some fun and adding further drama with exciting sleeve designs and artwork.

This is another great album sleeve from Wilfred Limonious with a great photo coupled with hand-drawn lettering, and a signature Limonious cartoon that dominated the rear of the sleeve that his full of his trademark humour.

The rear of the album had Limonious drawing Pad Anthony and King Everald as wild west cowboys squaring up for a shoot-out, with microphones instead of guns, as a symbol of their clash on the album.

The competitive nature of clash should make both artists raise their game which Limonious points out with the drawing of a spectator shouting out “When dem yah man yah meet – reggae music wicked and wild

This is a good album, featuring two, often overlooked, DJs with all tracks on the album as extended cuts that run directly into the version (instrumental) as was often the stylw with these ‘Showcase’ albums.

Tracklist
A1 Respect Due
A2 Murder
A3 Won’t Let Go
B1 Walk & Skip
B2 Bad Luck
B3 Ma Poo Saw

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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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Robert Ffrench ‎– The Favourite [1985]

Robert Ffrench ‎– The Favourite [1985]

Robert Ffrench ‎– The Favourite [1985]

The Favorite‘ was a dancehall vocal album by Robert Ffrench that was released in 1985 on Black Solidarity Records.

The album art was by Wilfred Limonious who is flexing very different design muscles on the album cover here.

Wilfred Limonious was a multi-talented artist who is probably best known for his hand-drawn record sleeves through the 1980s that basically set the standard for presenting and marketing dancehall records. However Limonious was equally as interested in other artistic mediums including photography and graphic design.

This album shows a different side to Limonious as he opts for a photo (from presumably Caymanas Park), with a hand-drawn title.

Tracklist
A1 Shock We A Shock
A2 Mother In Law
A3 The Favourite
A4 I Love You
B1 Cut Eye Cut Eye
B2 Your Acting Strange
B3 Radication
B4 True True Loving

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Tempo Explosion [1985]

Tempo Explosion [1985]

Tempo Explosion [1985]

Released in 1985 on Black Victory Records, ‘Tempo Explosion’ is a compilation that collected together 8 cuts of Sugar Minott and the Black Roots version of classic King Tubby dancehall riddim ‘Tempo’.

Tracklist
A1 Sugar Minott – Devil Is At Large
A2 Chris Wayne – Don’t Worry Yourself
A3 Willie Williams* – Solid Rock I Stand
A4 Ras Menelik Dacosta* – Free South Africa
B1 Jerry Johnson – Tribute To Prince Knight
B2 Black Roots Players – Temp Dub
B3 Black Roots Players – Slow Tempo
B4 Black Roots Players – Up Tempo

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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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