“Stir It Up” is a song composed by Bob Marley in 1967 and first recorded by his group The Wailers that year and issued as a single. The song was later covered by American singer Johnny Nash on his 1972 album I Can See Clearly Now. The following year, Marley and the Wailers re-recorded the song for their album Catch a Fire.
The song is also included on Babylon By Bus, a live album from 1978. This sleeve is for a single released by Ariola Benelux in 1979. The B-side “Rat Race” first appeared on the 1976 album Rastaman Vibration and is included on Babylon By Bus, too.
The typeface is a black weight from Churchward 69. Designed by Joseph Churchward in 1969, the squarish grotesk was a less commonly seen competitor to Ludwig & Mayer’s Permanent Headline & Massiv or Letraset’s Compacta. The eponymous family by the New Zealand-based type designer is listed in an early-1970s specimen by Churchward International Typefaces in 6 weights, in upright and italic styles. By 1974, Berthold Fototypes in Germany had issued four of the weights, plus italics. It’s not clear to me whether the record cover shows Berthold’s version, or whether there were other adaptations, too. The deep cuts in B and R and the (alternate?) W don’t match a showing in Berthold’s E1 catalog. Churchward 1969 was digitized by BluHead Studio in 2015 in five weights plus italics.