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Roots Master: The Vintage Roots Reggae Singles Volume 1
SUN KING RECORDS
"With a toot of the horn, Bob Marley pulled his BMW off the rutted Jamaican road and hopped out to warmly greet a Rasta sitting on the grass. Onlookers gaped as the singer who made reggae a global sensation sat down on the dusty roadside to talk and share a laugh. Who was this man who could readily command an audience from the island's favorite son? It was Marley's old Trenchtown friend Claudius 'Kingman' Linton, the roots reggae singer known around Kingston for his soulful voice and knack for a killer melody. As young teens, Claudius, Bob, Peter Tosh, and other future reggae stars had all learned to sing together from the 'father of reggae,' Joe Higgs. Years later, they had all participated on The Rolling Stones'
Goat's Head Soup
recording sessions. Claudius Linton is considered the originator of the roots reggae style of singing popularized by Culture, Burning Spear & other reggae artists for the last 3 decades. Along with singing partner Cecil Hemmings, Claudius fronted groups like The Angelic Brothers & The Hofner Brothers, rising with Tosh, Marley, Derrick Morgan, Toots & the Maytals and other reggae greats from early '60s ska singles to the crest of reggae's '70s heyday. Having walked with the giants from the invention of roots reggae in Jamaica's Trenchtown ghetto through reggae's worldwide popularity, Claudius Linton is a living history of reggae whose fans still claim him as 'one of the greatest reggae singers of all time.' This collection compiles the first volume of his essential classic material."
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