Linval Thompson – Ride On Dreadlocks 1975-77

by May 27, 2024Mini-Review, Reviews

Linval Thompson - Ride on Dreadlocks 1975-77

Release Info

Thompson Sound
Street date
May 24, 2024
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Side A
01. Jah Jah The Conqueror (Extended)
02. Long Long Dreadlocks (Extended)
03. Ride On Dreadlocks
04. Don’t Cut Off Your Dreadlocks/Joyful Locks feat. U Roy
05. 12 Tribes Of Israel (Extended)

Side B
01. Everybody Needs Money (Extended)
02. Don’t Try To Rob I
03. Cool Down Your Temper (Extended)
04. A Big Big Girl (Extended)
05. Jah Jah Is I Guiding Star (Extended)
06. Can’t Stop Natty Dread Again

Renowned producer and singer Linval Thompson has reissued the compilation album Ride On Dreadlocks 1975-77, originally released on CD and double LP by the esteemed reissue label Blood & Fire in 2000, on his own label. The album features eleven tracks, with eight produced by Bunny Lee and three by Linval Thompson himself. The dub sections of three extended tracks (Ride On Dreadlocks, Don’t Try To Rob I, and Can’t Stop Natty Dread Again) had to be omitted due to space restrictions on a single vinyl record.

During the mid-1970s, Bunny Lee enjoyed considerable success as he consistently produced hits with both Johnny Clarke and Cornell Campbell. Linval Thompson’s debut single, a collaboration with Bunny Rugs titled There Is No Other Woman In This World, was recorded in New York. It was followed by a couple of tunes for producer E. Martin. Upon returning to Jamaica in 1974, he first recorded for “Stamma” Hobson, Phil Pratt and Lee Perry. Introduced to Bunny Lee by Johnny Clarke, he quickly found hit success with Don’t Cut Off Your Dreadlocks. Linval Thompson became one of Bunny Lee’s hitmakers when he recorded classic tunes such as Jah Jah The Conqueror, Cool Down Your Temper, Ride On Dreadlocks and A Big Big Girl, the latter being a vocal cut on Yabby You’s Death Trap riddim.

This LP features a string of timeless Linval Thompson singles, many of which are presented in a showcase style, paired with their dub versions out of King Tubby’s studio. This compilation of profound and weighty 1970s roots music begins with the track Jah Jah The Conqueror, a song that has been featured on numerous albums since its debut in 1975. Similar to the rest of Bunny Lee’s produced tracks, this opening song showcases the popular ‘flying cymbals’ or ‘flyers’ sound that was pervasive in Jamaican dance halls and on the island’s music charts at the time. Despite being recorded about 50 years ago, each track remains enjoyable to listen to even today. No lackluster attempts are offered, only valuable gems from the past. Impossible to point out standouts, so let’s just mention personal favourites which include Ride On Dreadlocks/Joyful Locks feat. deejay originator U Roy, Don Try To Rob I, and the haunting Jah Jah Is I Guiding Star, produced by Linval himself and Henry “Junjo” Lawes in 1977. The final track, Can’t Stop Natty Dread Again aka Stepping Out is performed on The Revolutionaries’ relick of Studio One’s much-versioned Real Rock riddim. The addition of the hard-hitting dub versions are the cherry on the cake.

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