Although not particularly well known outside reggae circles, singer, producer, and songwriter Linval Thompson doesn’t need to be. He has done much to shape its direction since the mid-’70s and his music has broken down many boundaries to constantly confound the music’s subgenre categorizations. Thompson has collaborated with many Jamaican music greats, initially as a singer for ace producers such as Augustus Pablo (“Natty Dread a Pressure Them”) and Lee Perry (“Kung Fu Man”). With the release of Blood and Fire’s Ride on Dreadlocks compilation and the reissues of his catalog material, his reputation as one of the finest reggae singers from the roots renaissance was cemented.

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