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Gregory Isaacs - IKON

This project came to me via Dave Robinson - my old MD at Island Records and the man behind Bob Marley's Legend campaign. We discussed many options but decided to model this compilation in the same vein as Legend cover. We got in touch with photographer Adrian Boot who had taken a perfect studio shot of Gregory and a wonderful panoramic shot of Kingston town JA lit up at night.

It seemed like a good idea to strip the two together and when doing so the overall image just naturally worked. The back cover again was compiled in photoshop from a series of shots that Adrian had taken of Gregory performing on stage. Again it was just something that worked. The album is still due for release at some stage but I couldn't wait to feature it on my site.

Island Reggae Greats

This was a compilation series of the greatest Reggae artists on Island. Originally this had been packaged in the states but the sleeves were very dull and cheap looking. So I decided to repackage and commissioned the very best illustrators and painters in the UK to create images based around each artist and their story. I also got the artists to create large canvas some of which were huge. We launched the series in an up market London gallery which was a huge success. The above image was created by Paul Wearing for the 'Strictly for Rockers' compilation. We printed it as a T shirts which became hugely popular. Celebs like Boy George were seen wearing it and we ended up selling them in top stores around the UK. A big Jamaican T shirt company also produced them and they became the best selling T shirt in the whole of the West Indies.

JIMMY CLIFF
JIMMY CLIFF

Illustrated by Cathie Felstead

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BURNING SPEAR
BURNING SPEAR

Illustrated by Brian Grimwood

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GREGORY ISSACS
GREGORY ISSACS
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LEE PERRY
LEE PERRY
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TOOTS
TOOTS

Illustrated by Christopher Brown

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Sly&Robbie
Sly&Robbie
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INNER CIRCLE
INNER CIRCLE

Illustrated by Ian Wright

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THIRD WORLD
THIRD WORLD

Illustrated by Paul Leith

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STRICTLY ROCKERS
STRICTLY ROCKERS

Illustrated by Paul Wearing

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DJ'S
DJ'S

Illustrated by Donna Muir & Sue Huntley

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LOVERS
LOVERS

Illustrated by Sue Curtis

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THIRD WORLD
THIRD WORLD

Illustrated by Paul Leith

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STEEL PULSE
STEEL PULSE
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BLACK UHURU
BLACK UHURU

Illustrated by Ian Pollock

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BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
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LKJ
LKJ

Illustrated by Ashley Cole

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Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra - Minnie The Moocher 

 

One of my favourite videos. I chose a small club in central London who allowed us to use it on condition it would all be clear when they opened that evening so the pressure was on. One huge advantage of choosing a small location is that you don't need a lot of people to fill it. The theme was to recreate the cotton club. It was a full on costume event featuring old time friends the IDJ's who worked their magic. The stunning Robin Grimes played 'Minnie' whose smile was worth a million bucks. Tracey Josephs produced. I always remember Chris Blackwell calling me from New York to say he'd just seen it and I nervously waited for his reaction...fortunately he was blown away.

 The Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra - Debut album

The problem was there's a lot of them in the orchestra. So what we needed was space. I always loved photographer Richards Haughton's work particularly his landscape images. So we got together and chose Brighton beach and it's stoney beaches. The idea was to manipulate the colour to create to create arty look.  

Dean Fraser - Redemption Song

I had a sketch of this idea pinned to the wall above my desk but my intention was to use it for the great sax player Manu Dabango. The problem was he never seemed to come into London. However one day I got a call to say Dean Fraser was going to be in town and that I should take some photographs of him that afternoon for his album cover. 

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AWARE.ZONE - Reggae T's

 

The Ska logo was in fact the first job I did for Island. I was blown away by the fact they printed up some T shirts and Bob Marley and the Island football team wore them. Unfortunately that was pre iphones so no photos were taken.

Sly & Robbie - Boops 

Shot by top photographer Brian Griffin. Using a sheet of glass suspended in front of Sly & Robbie, water was poured on the glass creating natural distortions. Brian always had a way to create in camera magic in the simplest unexpected way. 

Sly & Robbie - Boops 

The video was shot in London. We flew in Jamaican actor Carl Bradshaw (The Harder they Come, Third World Cop) to play Boops. 

Sly & Robbie - Fire 

Shot under the Westway in London. Trouble Funk stepped in and 

ASWAD
ASWAD

Beauty's only skin deep

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ASWAD
ASWAD

Distant thunder

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ASWAD
ASWAD

Set them free

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ASWAD
ASWAD

54 46 What's my number?

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PAPA LEVI
PAPA LEVI

Bonnie & Clyde

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BLACK UHURU
BLACK UHURU

What is life?

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STEEL PULSE
STEEL PULSE

Victims

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STEEL PULSE
STEEL PULSE

Living legacy

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BLACK UHURU
BLACK UHURU

Tear it up

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BLACK UHURU
BLACK UHURU

Anthem

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SLY & ROBBIE
SLY & ROBBIE

Make'em move

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STEEL PULSE
STEEL PULSE

State of emergency

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Reggae T's 

The Ska logo was in fact the first job I did for Island. I was blown away by the fact they printed up some T shirts and Bob Marley and the Island football team wore them. Unfortunately that was pre iphones so no photos were taken.

Sly & Robbie - Boops 

The video was shot in London. We flew in celebrated Jamaican actor Carl Bradshaw (The Harder they Come, Third World Cop) to play Boops. The Jamaican patios defines Boops as someone who thinks they are in an intimate/sexual relationship with another person that is based on love but in reality, he/she is used only for finical benefits.

Sly & Robbie - Boops 

 

The video was shot in London. We flew in celebrated Jamaican actor Carl Bradshaw (The Harder they Come, Third World Cop) to play Boops. The Jamaican patios defines Boops as someone who thinks they are in an intimate/sexual relationship with another person that is based on love but in reality, he/she is used only for finical benefits.

Sly & Robbie - Boops 

 

The video was shot in London. We flew in celebrated Jamaican actor Carl Bradshaw (The Harder they Come, Third World Cop) to play Boops. The Jamaican patios defines Boops as someone who thinks they are in an intimate/sexual relationship with another person that is based on love but in reality, he/she is used only for finical benefits.

Sly & Robbie - Boops 

 

The video was shot in London. We flew in celebrated Jamaican actor Carl Bradshaw (The Harder they Come, Third World Cop) to play Boops. The Jamaican patios defines Boops as someone who thinks they are in an intimate/sexual relationship with another person that is based on love but in reality, he/she is used only for finical benefits.

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