Reggie Thompson's career started at CBS's "Black Rock" building in New York. He started with CBS Studios and then worked his way into desk assistant for radio station WCBS. Thompson left the radio in order to pursue the record side of the business, and eventually working as independent 12-inch producer/mixer with a major part of work from CBS productions. His Thompson Group company (formerly known as Black Rock) mixed both singles and 12-inch versions for releases such as Mtume's "Juicy Fruit," Philip Bailey's "Photogenic Memory," Stanley Clarke's "Heaven Sent," and "Pumpin' It Up" from the P-Funk All Stars⎯all CBS releases. Thompson helped introduce the dance sound favored by bands with his mix of Mtume's "Juicy Fruit," and the SOS Band's "Just Be Good To Me." The slow, dramatic build characteristic of both of these records has since become Thompson's trademark. Another project was mixing a series of songs originally recorded by Bob Marley between 1968 and 1972 (Bob Marley & The Wailers - Bob, Peter, Bunny & Rita
). Thompson entered the picture of the Bob Marley Project through his connection with Mtume, although Jamaica Records was distributed by Becket, the label which handled Indeep, an earlier Thompson project.