Horace Martin ‎– Mix Up [1988]

Horace Martin ‎– Mix Up [1988]

 Horace Martin ‎– Mix Up [1988]

 Horace Martin ‎– Mix Up [1988]

‘Mix Up’ by Horace Martin was released in 1988 on Redman International Records and was produced by Hugh ‘Redman’ James.

The album art was designed by Wilfred Limonious, and it is one of the more subdued Limonious covers. There are no kinetic sketches and cartoons here, instead it features a simple photo of Horace Martin with a Limonious drawn title, and the rear features a grey geometric design with a few panels of colour – it’s all very 80s in style.

The album is a decent collection of dancehall crooning (anyone with a white glove is going to be a crooner) by a singer who is overlooked way more than he should be.

Tracklist
A1 Mix Up
A2 Gimme The Real Thing
A3 Ame Rule Dance Hall
A4 Things I Did
B1 Full Time Man
B2 Inna The Arcade
B3 Paulette
B4 New Style Now

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Reggae Rambo ‎– No Drugs Please [1990]

Reggae Rambo ‎– No Drugs Please [1990]

Reggae Rambo ‎– No Drugs Please [1990]

Reggae Rambo ‎– No Drugs Please [1990]

This is probably the most unexpected Wilfred Limonious cover ever.

Reggae Rambo was a Canadian reggae artist, and ‘No Drugs Please’ was released in 1990 on Rolata Records. Reggae Rambo only had this one release as far as we can tell.

Any long-time reggae fan is probably used to the unexpected and being surprised and thrilled about how diverse and unique the genre can be….but there is just too much going on here to process…..and it raises so many questions – who was this guy from Canada, where did he get that medallion, what’s his back-story and how did he end up calling himself Reggae Rambo whilst looking like a Canadian accountant on the cover…..and how did he get Wilfred Limonious involved to do his album cover?

There is so much to love here.

Probably the only Wilfred Limonious album sleeve where the artwork isn’t the main talking point.

Tracklist
A1 No Drugs Please
A2 Love At First Sight
B1 Reggae Rambo
B2 There Is Only One Hope

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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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Josey Wales – Undercover Lover [1985]

Josey Wales - Undercover Lover

Josey Wales - Undercover Lover
Josey Wales - Undercover Lover [back cover]

Released in 1985 on Powerhouse Records, this is the Undercover Lover album by Josey Wales (spelt Jose Wales on the cover).

It features very distinctive artwork by the legendary Wilfred Limonious – the cover features Josey Wales kissing a topless woman (the woman also has ‘Handle with love’ stamped on the rear of her jeans – Limonious would often write text across his album art).

As usual for an 80s Limonious album cover, it features bright colours, hand-drawn cartoons, and comic style speech bubbles – the rear of this particular cover articulates a stark warning to Josey ‘The Colonel’ Wales with a cartoon woman stating: “Jose Wales, if you ever leave me for another girl, I’ll cut off your you know what!”

Josey Wales was one of Jamaica’s biggest DJs in the 1980s and his gruff, but melodic flow, coupled with snappy and witty lyrics created many classic hits – “Undercover Lover” was a huge hit single.

This is classic 1980s dancehall through and through – from the album cover to the music and the riddims. Greensleeves have just re-issued this album so make sure you check it out.

Track List:

  • Undercover Lover
  • Throw Me Corn
  • Pon Street Again
  • Jose Ready
  • Nuffy Nuffy
  • Love I Can Feel
  • Don’t Come Distress Me
  • Freeze Who Goes There
  • Come Watch The Sound
  • Rocking Time

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Try not singing along to this – it’s basically impossible….

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Buy It
The Undercover Lover album has just been re-released, so you’ve got no excuse really….