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
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!