Artist / Title :
Linval Thompson - Marijuana
Linval Thompson - Dread Are The Controller
Barry Brown - Step It Up Youth Man
Barry Brown - Big Big Pollution

Label : Reggae Goldmine      Format : 12" single      Date : 23 - 12 - 2003
Rating : (1 to 5 stars)

Linval Thompson started his career in the mid-1970s and became the most prolific artist (after Johnny Clarke) to record for producer Bunny Lee. Furthermore he also did some recordings for Phil Pratt and Lee Perry. Borrowing vocal tricks from his friend Johnny Clarke - plus Horace Andy and Dennis Brown - Thompson won himself a large youth following in both Jamaican and UK dancehalls of the mid-late 1970s. Linval Thompson then took an active role in production and became one of Henry "Junjo" Lawes strongest rivals at the beginning of the 1980s, producing highly popular albums with The Wailing Souls, Freddie McGregor, The Viceroys, Barrington Levy and Johnny Osbourne. As a singer he can be heard on these two self-produced Roots classics from the late 1970s, both taken from the album "I Love Marijuana". Thompson's massive hit "Marijuana" and the awesome "Dread Are The Controller" (a tune about Mikey Dread) were recorded at Channel One and remixed at King Tubbys. Riddims are laid by the following musicians; Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Horsemouth, Earl "Chinna" Smith, Ossie, Ansel Collins, Sly & Robbie.
At about the same time Thompson started to establish his name, Barry Brown emerged on the scene. Like many of his contemporaries the singer with the rough-and-ready style recorded for then leading producer Bunny Lee. From the latter's vaults come these two classic Barry Brown tunes showing the singer in blistering form. "Step It Up Youth Man" (aka "International Step") is probably the better known piece. It's a real killer performed over a tough riddim track. But also "Big Big Pollution" - a tune with lyrics to match - is truly worth of hearing. All in all another wicked 12" release on the "Reggae Goldmine" imprint.

Teacher & Mr. T.