Wilfred Limonious was an illustrator of many, many reggae album covers and almost all of them featured his distinctive cartoon style, often with scrawled text describing much of the action and adding more energy to his artwork.
This cover is arguably the most famous album cover credited to Wilfred Limonious – partly due to the massive riddim that the album gave a showcase to. The Stalag riddim was created by Winston Riley’s Techniques in the mid-1970s and was arguably made most famous in the 1980s by Tenor Saw with his track “Ring The Alarm”.
The Stalag riddim has gone on to be a dancehall staple and has been re-cut many times since its first release in 1985 – it’s got to be one of the most versioned riddim ever.
But anyway, back to the album art. This is a classic Wilfred Limonious cover and it shows the Technique Sound System busting the prison walls open. The text that is written on the Technique Speak Box reads “Yah Sound Tear Dung Prison Walls”
Stalag 17, 18 & 19 was released in 1985 and collects together 10 cuts of the Stalag riddim, the ‘wanted poster’ on the floor lists the names of all the artists featured on the album.
- Tenor Saw – Ring The Alarm
- Admiral Tibet – Trouble To Man
- Little Kirk – What’s Love Got To Do
- Little John – Look What You Have Done
- Lloyd Hemmings – Raggamufin Soldier
- Sugar Minott – Jah Jah Rule
- Yami Bolo – When A Man In Love
- Michael Prophet – Room Full
- Brigadier Jerry – What Kind Of World
- Techniques All Stars – Stalag 17
Listen to ‘Ring The Alarm’ by Tenor Saw:
Listen to ‘Raggamuffin Soldier’ by Lloyd Hemmings: