Sugar Minott – Buy Off The Bar [1984]

Sugar Minott - Buy Off The Bar

Sugar Minott was a big, big name when this 1984 album came out on Sonic Sounds and Power House Records.

Look at that stare – you know that you won’t be getting a beer from Mr Minott tonight. Maybe after he’d downed 10 of those 12 bottles he’s cradling, you’d have a better chance of grabbing one. The cover art is credited to Wilfred Limonious – Wilfred Limonious was a prolific illustrator of Jamaican albums in the 80s and 90s and was best known for his hand-drawn, cartoonish, and brightly coloured dancehall record sleeves.

We’ll be featuring loads more of his artwork as time goes on – click on the Wilfred Limonious category to see them all and watch the archive grow,

This is probably what passed for a ‘bling’ lifestyle in Jamaica in 1984, never mind Cristal champagne and Hennessy, Sugar would just march in and yell “Buy Off The Bar”. Anyone up for recreating this sleeve? Send photos in of you ‘buying off the bar’ and i’ll post them here, promise.

Playlist :

  • Buy Off The Bar – Bar Dub
  • Can’t Cross The Border – Border Dub
  • Frontline – Line Dub
  • Two Timer – Timer Dub
  • Strictly Sensi – Sensi Dub
  • Dread Upon Your Head – Dread Dub

This is a great Dancehall vocal album (and each track is accompanied by it dub mix) and is well worth adding to your collection.
Listen To It
Listen to ‘Buy Off The Bar’ by Sugar Minott:

Listen to ‘Frontline’ by Sugar Minott:

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Sugar Minott – Dancehall Showcase Vol 2 [1983]

Sugar Minott - Dancehall Showcase Vol 2

This is Sugar Minott’s self-produced 1983 album on Black Roots records (it was also later re-issued on Wackies in 2008).

It’s a great album of classic dancehall vocal cuts with each tracked backed with the dub version. It was released in 1982 on Black Roots Records as a vinyl 10″ record. Volume 1 also had the same cover, with the only difference being it was black and white as opposed to red and white.

I love the simplicity of these types of album sleeves, the two-colour print technique adds a ‘home-made’ feeling to the artwork. Makes it feel more like a the flyers that used to be made for dancehall nights and live events in Jamaica.

Playlist :

  • Informer
  • Informout
  • Genuine Lover
  • Genuine Dub
  • So We Love It
  • So We Dub
  • Dread A Mi Idren
  • Dreadlocks Rock
  • Jah Batta – Informer *
  • Little John – Tear Down The Dance Hall *

Listen To It
Listen to ‘Genuine Lover’ by Sugar Minott:

Listen to ‘So We Dub it’ by Sugar minott:

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