LINTON KWESIE JOHNSON - DREAD, BEAT AND BLOOD
DUBROOM (DUB) REGGAE REVIEWListen to the man called Linton Kwesie Johnson, because he's got a lot to say and he is saying it in a hard dubwize style!
LKJ doesn't sing, and he doesn't rap, he is a poet from the city of London and he recites his poems over some of the hardest dub riddims ever laid down.
The Legendary Dennis "Blackbeard" Bovell and his band is responsible for this monument of black music that will thrill you to the bones, I guarantee!
This is the sound of the crying sufferer: Hard reality of today comes through your speakers as Linton introduces you to the blackman's suffering in modern day Babylon.
As heavy as the basslines are LKJ's accusations against the police, government, and the sufferers themselves. Although he is not a Rasta this is a Black Consciousness Reggae Album from the first degree.
It is the 2nd track called five night of bleeding that made me hooked on reggae and especially dub. This happened back then in 1981 and this album is still among my favorites! Dread beat and blood is Linton's debut album, I consider it his best.
You can find his music in several collections that consist of only essential albums. It is one of the first in the genre that is now know as "dub poetry".
Like U Roy is to be considered the godfather of toast, Linton Kwesie Johnson must be credited as the godfather of dub poetry. Dread Beat And Blood: consider this to be your next purchase!