Jonathan Mannion Tells All: The Stories Behind His 25 Favorite Album Covers

#12. Capleton, More Fire (2000)

Jonathan Mannion:“This goes back to my love for reggae music and dancehall. One of the first cassette tapes that I owned was Musical Youth. One of my cousins bought it for me, because I loved the cover. I’m moved by the beauty, and the passion, and the pride of the culture. I’ve been back and forth to the Caribbean throughout my life, and this came at a time when I was really ready for it.

 

I’m moved by the beauty, and the passion, and the pride of the culture. I’ve been back and forth to the Caribbean throughout my life, and this came at a time when I was really ready for it.

 

“There’s a designer named Rebecca Meek, who had been working in Jamaica for quite a bit. She’s an amazing friend, and she told me she was going down there to do this and asked me if I wanted to come. We landed, and it was like we were on vacation.

“I shot him out by this place they call David House, which was his recording studio. It’s in Papine, which is at the bottom of a hill in Kingston. I really felt so humbled by the access that I was given. I got to experience the spirit.

“I saw performance after performance and got to go to Tony Rebel’s Rebel Salute, where I was backstage and Buju performed. I really saw how Capleton moved and was able to document that in a very connected way.

More Fire was definitely a peak for Capleton. Not to say that he hasn’t had others, but this was a moment when he was untouchable. He was the pulse of the island. The experience, and the fact that I love that album, is what I think made the connection so strong.”

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