Monday, October 26

Don't Cut Off Your Dreadlocks - Linval Thompson (2004)

"Linval Thompson gets a massive retrospective courtesy of Trojan with Don't Cut Off Your Dreadlocks, collecting 47 tracks from his strongest years as a writer and vocalist, 1975 to 1981. It also gives a window into Linval's early production work that started in 1978 and would eclipse his singing in the '80s, making him one of the most successful producers of the dawning dancehall era. In fact, all but 11 of the tracks here bear Thompson's mark as both producer and singer, with the cuts prior to 1978 being helmed by his mentor, Bunny Lee. ... Thankfully, landmark King Tubby dubs like 'Jamaican Colley Version' retain all of their power. Don't Cut Off Your Dreadlocks isn't the place to start with Linval Thompson -- that honor falls to Blood & Fire's immaculate Ride On Dreadlocks, which helped bring attention to his overlooked roots material in the first place -- but its thoroughness makes it nearly an equal."
YouTube: Don't Cut Off Your Dreadlocks, Danger In Your Eyes, Channel One Dub, Can't Stop Natty Dread Again, Roots Lady, If I Follow My Heart, Police and soldier, Train To Zion feat. U Brown, Long long dreadlocks - Album