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

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


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

Dangerous Dub – King Tubby Meets Roots Radics [1981]

Dangerous Dub - King Tubby Meets Roots Radics [1981]

Dangerous Dub - King Tubby Meets Roots Radics [1981]

Dangerous Dub - King Tubby Meets Roots Radics [1981]

Now this is a wicked cover.

A simple design – the military style stamp, jet black cover with blood red text – there is no mistaking this for a pop record, this is a record that wants you to know it is heavy and dark.

Dangerous Dub – King Tubby Meets Roots Radics was released in 1981 on Copasetic, a London based label that specialized in Dub music.

The rear of the sleeve was also pretty cool and came designed with a ‘government health warning’ stamp that read: “Government Health Warning: This record could permanently affect your future musical appreciation.

This is a sparse and dark dub album, that featured rhythm tracks from the Roots Radics band, who at the time included Flabba Holt, Bingy Bunny, Scully and more.

Even though the album is credited on the rear as being mixed by King Tubby, it was actually mixed by Scientist, and the erroneous credit to King Tubby was probably done on purpose to boost interest in the release.

Tracklist
A1 Country Gal Dub
A2 Loud Mouth Rock
A3 Up Town Special
A4 Hungry Belly Dub
A5 Shepherd Bush In Dub
B1 London Bridge Special
B2 Earthquake Shake
B3 Rice Grain Rock
B4 Banana And Yam Skank
B5 Knife And Fork Dubwise

The album was later re-released in 1996 on Greensleeves Records with a few extra tracks.

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Listen to ‘Hungry Belly Dub':

Listen to ‘Earthquake Shake':



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