‘Impressions of Leroy Smart’ was released in 1977 on UK based record label Burning Sounds.
The artwork was by Tyrone Whyte, a UK based artist who was a long time collaborator with Burning Sounds, as well as creating artwork for other reggae release on other UK labels.
It is a wonderfully surreal and interesting piece of album art. The cover features a gambling table, Leroy Smart appearing in the middle of the record sleeve, and the rear oddly jumps to Leroy Smart in a spacesuit in a 2001 Space Odyssey type scene (complete with Jamaican flag on the spacesuit).
We can only assume that the sleeve is taking inspiration from a couple of tracks on the album, notably “Gambling” and “Man Of Future”.
It’s wonderful stuff, exactly the sort of artwork that we’d personally like to see more of these days.
Music Is Sweet
Jah Is My Future Guide
Don’t Let Me Down
Man Of Future
In This Time
Back Out Weak Heart
You I Can’t Forget
Do You Remember
We have never really been the biggest Leroy Smart fan, no particular reason other than not really taking to his voice, but the work on show here is really good. This is a deep roots album with some great productions, include a great version of Yabby You & Wayne Wade’s ‘Man of the Living‘ – re-cut here as the track ‘Rasta Man‘.
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