Album review
Ride On Dreadlocks 1975-77
Linval Thompson
Blood & Fire

Tracking list

  1. Jah Jah The Conqueror (extended)
  2. Long Long Dreadlocks (extended)
  3. Ride On Dreadlocks (extended)
  4. Don't Cut Off Your Dreadlocks/Joyful Locks (feat. U Roy)
  5. 12 Tribes Of Israel (extended)
  6. Everybody Needs Money (extended)
  7. Don't Try To Rob I (extended)
  8. Cool Down Your Temper (extended)
  9. A Big Big Girl (extended)
  10. Jah Jah Is I Guiding Star (extended)
  11. Can't Stop Natty Dread Again (12" version)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 5

Blood and Fire's latest release showcases the qualities of veteran Linval Thompson, both as a producer and as an artist. The album contains eleven tracks of which 8 are Bunny Lee produced sides and 3 were produced by Linval Thompson himself.
Linval Thompson cut his first side in New York, but when he returned to Jamaica in 1974 he soon started recording for ace producer Bunny Lee, scoring immediately with Don't Cut Off Your Dreadlocks. Bunny Lee was enjoying considerable success with both Johnny Clarke and Cornell Campbell scoring regularly at this time; Linval soon added his name to the trio of hitmakers when he recorded such classic seventies flying steppers tunes as Jah Jah The Conqueror, Cool Down Your Temper, Ride On Dreadlocks and A Big Big Girl, the latter being a vocal on Yabby You's "Death Trap" riddim. Linval was strongly influenced by artists such as Johnny Clarke, Horace Andy and Dennis Brown.
In 1976 Bunny Lee issued a Linval Thompson album called "Don't Cut Off Your Dreadlocks" on the Third World label. That same year Linval took up producing himself. He combined very effectively on the 12" single 'Train To Zion' with deejay U Brown. U Brown also voiced on the same Revolutionaries cut of 'Real Rock' as Linval utilised for his song Can't Stop Natty Dread Again. In 1977 he and the late Henry 'Junjo' Lawes produced the haunting Jah Jah Guiding Star. 'Junjo' Lawes became the major Jamaican producer of the early 1980s, but Linval Thompson wasn't that far behind. He cut excellent music with a host of artists right up to the mid-1980s, including Freddie McGregor, Johnny Osbourne, Barry Brown, Rod Taylor, Barrington Levy, Eek A Mouse, The Meditations and The Viceroys. Many of these productions were recently available as repressed 7" singles. He has a huge cache of unreleased product from the 1980s, and today his main focus, alongside a real estate business he runs from Stoney Hill, Jamaica, is the reissue of this extensive catalogue.
All tracks included on this album come as extended versions with hard dubs from the legendary dubmaster, King Tubby. Great Stuff !!

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