Prince Lincoln Thompson began his recording career as a harmony singer along with Cedric Myton of The Congos in 1967 in a band called The Tartans who then split up in 1969.  Cedric Myton is featured on the opening track of this mix.  In 1971 he was taken on by Coxsone Dodd, and recorded three songs with him at Studio One called “Daughters of Zion”, “True Experience” and “Live Up To Your Name”. In 1974 he recorded the Humanity album with Cedric Myton, Clinton Hall and Keith Peterkin, and set up the God Sent label in order to sell it. He had two hit singles with “Kingston 11” and “Love the Way It Should Be”. As an interesting side note, in 2010, the song, “Humanity (Love The Way It Should Be)” was given new life when it was covered by American singer John Legend backed by the Philadelphia band, The Roots and is featured on Legend’s album, Wake Up!

He was only selling a tiny number of records until in 1978 he was signed up by Mo Claridge, who at the time ran Ballistics Records, a London offshoot of United Artists. A single “Unconventional People” was released as a 12 inch single in March 1979 with the Humanity album following in May. That summer of 79, the Royal Rasses recorded a second Prince Lincoln album, Experience, this time without Cedric Myton. This album contained more than just the traditional drum and bass sound of most reggae. The band renamed themselves the Rasses to avoid confusion with fellow reggae band The Royals to record a further album called Natural Wild in summer 1980. This time the music was made in London. Prince Lincoln’s decision to invite English rock musician Joe Jackson was controversial, and the album was a commercial flop.


Also included here is a feature written by our friend Vivien Goldman which appeared in the April 14, 1979 issue of Melody Maker