Linval Thompson is a voice inextricably linked to the great studio bands of late-'70s and early-'80s Jamaica. He sang only with the heaviest of the heavy: first The Aggrovators, then The Revolutionaries, and finally The Roots Radics. While other singers, even the great ones, often sounded like interchangeable props in front of the band, Thompson always sang as an integrated member of the unit. Don’t Cut Off Your Dreadlocks covers 1975 to 1981, when Thompson recorded such a bounty of amazing music that 47 songs only start to cover it all. The songs here are linked not only to the bands but also the producers and engineers. King Tubby and Prince Jammy gave these songs incredible dimension, while producer Bunny Lee oversaw all of Thompson’s great early songs before the singer started producing himself. Even among the greatest reggae artists of the '70s, it's hard to come by a body of work as focused or unified as this. It's futile to try to separate single songs from the pack, but suffice to say that “Cool Down Your Temper,” “Money, Money," and “Jah Jah Dreader Than Dreader” contain mysteries that have yet to unravel.