Linval Thompson Baby Father on LP
From the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, the name Linval Thompson and the Thompson Sounds moniker had serious currency in the world of Jamaican reggae. In addition to his reputation as a vocalist on over a dozen albums, Thompson was the producer of over 40 albums and hundreds of singles by artists including Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, Barrington Levy, Eek-A-Mouse, Gregory Isaacs, The Wailing Souls, Triston Palma, Cornell Campbell, Johnny Osbourne, The Viceroys, and Sugar Minott.
Though Thompson clearly found greater success producing other artists in the early 80s, he returned to the vocal booth as time allowed and recorded Love Is the Question (Burning Sounds), Rocking Vibration (Burning Sounds), If I Follow My Heart (Burning Sounds), Look How Me Sexy (Greensleeves) and Baby Father (Greensleeves).
Thompson's music after 1980 was reflective of a general trend towards carnal themes, eschewing the radicalism of the 70s. Self-produced at Channel One studio, with Anthony Hamilton and the Roots Radics, Baby Father also features saxophonist Dean Fraser and trombonist Ronald "Nambo" Robinson, which brings the proceedings to magnificent new heights on standouts like "Love Me Forever," "Yes I'm Coming," "Shouldn't Lift Your Hand," and the title cut.