With 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 www.reggaedelic.com.
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.
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