Hot Shots of Western Inspired Cover Art

Hot Shots of Reggae CoverWith the recently re-issued Laurel Aitken’s “High Priest of Reggae” on CD it’s only fitting that someone does a story about Western inspired Reggae covers.

Nina, our friend and fellow Ram Jam Club selector has done just such a thing (funny how it all hits at the same time). She’s written up a nice little selection of blog posts on Spaghetti Western inspired Reggae covers for her blog at

There was a time when it really was a must to have a Sergio Leone inspired image on your album cover in the early days of reggae. The Spaghetti Westerns that were released at the time including classics such as A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Django (1966) and Death Rides a Horse (1967) inspired more then a few album and songs titles in their day. Hell they continue to inspire.

There are plenty of examples from the leader (the one with the most covers) Lee Perry & The Upsetters to the classic Double Barrel album and Prince Buster (who I always thought would have more), She’s compiled a nice little collection of covers, track listings and interesting tidits about the albums in question. There are more to come I’m sure as there are plenty more to discuss and I look forward to it.

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.