As noted above (see BB 18), Linval Thompson tried without success to get recorded at Studio One in the early 1970s, and also failed to get Rupie Edwards to produce him. He then migrated to New York, where he cut a handful of singles in 1974, but made more of an impact when he returned to Jamaica. The breakthrough hit, ‘Don’t You Cut Off Your Dreadlocks,’ was produced by Bunny Lee in 1975, but soon Thompson began producing himself, initially through a bartering process that saw him voicing work for other producers in order to get cuts of their rhythm tracks. By the time he recorded ‘I Love Marijuana’ in 1978, he was one of the hottest producers on the island, as well as a top-ranking vocalist. This song of thanksgiving to the wisdom weed, recorded at Channel One, has never really lost its popularity, being one of the all-time anthems saluting the herb; version side ‘Jamaican Calley’ strips things right down to its drum and bass core.
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