A photographer has meticulously hunted down the locations on these 7 classic reggae record sleeves

Can you name these classic reggae records? Thanks to a British photographer, you can now find out exactly where the covers were shot.

In what would have taken a mammoth amount of research, Alex Bartsch has sought out the obscure London locations behind a series of cover shoots for classic reggae records. The photos portray Bartsch’s fine eye for detail and patience while also creating a pseudo history book for London’s early reggae scene.

The portraits were selected by Bartsch himself, from his own record collection, and they were all released in the 20 year period between 1967 and 1987.

classic reggae records
John Holt – 2000 Volts of Holt, Trojan Records (1976)

The full book of shots, seeing a release through One Love Books, contains an extra 35 photos on top of the seven you can see here. In most cases, the pictures actually show how little London has changed, given that the old covers blend so seamlessly into the modern shots.

See some more of the photos below:

classic reggae records
Moodie – Early Years, Moodie Music (1974)
classic reggae records
Pat Kelley – Pat Kelley Sings, Pama (1969)
classic reggae records
Smiley Culture – Cockney Translation, Fashion Records (1984)
classic reggae records
Carroll Thompson – Hopelessly In Love, Carib Gems (1981)
classic reggae records
Various artists – Harder Shade of Black, Santic (1974)
classic reggae records
Al Campbell – Rainy Days, Hawkeye (1978)

Via It’s Nice That.

**First published in Happy Mag Nov 2, 2016, and recently updated for resharing purposes.