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True Love

Toots & The Maytals Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Jun 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B0001LUH56
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Still Is Still Moving To Me 3:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. True Love Is Hard To Find 4:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Pressure Drop 2:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Time Tough 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Bam Bam 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. 54-46 Was My Number 4:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Monkey Man 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sweet And Dandy 3:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Funky Kingston 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Reggae Got Soul 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Never Grow Old 3:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Take A Trip 3:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Love Gonna Walk Out On Me 3:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Careless Ethiopians 3:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Blame On Me 3:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Merry Blues 3:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Reggae Got Soul 2:540.99  Buy MP3 

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The all-star guests on True love range from legends such as Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt to younger stars including No Doubt, the Roots, and Trey Anastasio. The calibre of these collaborators reveals the impact that Toots has had on several generations of rockers and rappers, while appearances from reggae icons Bunny Wailer and Marcia Griffiths show the respect granted to the man who might be the music's greatest living vocalist. At the heart of it all is that voice--drenched in soul, rooted in gospel, and still breathtakingly powerful after almost four decades in the spotlight.

BBC Review

Some regard Toots and the Maytal's 1968 single "Do The Reggay" as Reggae's year zero, a track which coined the phrase that went on to define a whole new genre. Rumour has it that Chris Blackwell only signed The Wailers because he couldn't get The Maytals. Whatever, the band are reggae royalty and are justifiably celebrated on this new 'Best Of' compilation. But it's a compilation with a twist, Toots Hibbert and the boys are joined by a diverse host of talent intent on celebrating the band's rich musicalheritage.

The album gets off to an appalling start with Willie Nelson murdering "Still Is Still Moving To Me". Over ambitious or plain inept, it's a track that should have been buried. Bonnie Raitt is at least competent on the subsequent version of "True Love Is Hard To Find", but her duet with Toots still sounds irrelevant when compared to the original.

"Pressure Drop",the Maytal's contribution to the definitive reggae movie "The Harder They Come", is the first real thing of interest - featuring an energetic performance by Eric Clapton. Better still, Shaggy and Rahzel bring toasting and human beatbox to "Bam Bam". Their enthusiasm obviously inspiring Toots who, although approaching sixty, still trumps the upstarts with his vitality.

Guitarist Jeff Beck makes an enjoyable appearance on "54-46 That's My Number",the title refers to Toots'prison ID during a two year term for possession of marijuana. Bootsy Collins and the Roots have considerable fun with "Funky Kingston". But the biggest surprise is the final track "Blame On Me", in which up-and-coming songstress Rachael Yamagata conjures genuine passion and intensity. On this performance her forthcoming debut album could well be worth a listen.

Like many similar retrospectives, True Love is most likely to remind you just how brilliant the tracks were first time around; but that, in itself, is surely not a bad thing. --Jack Smith

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I assure you that parts of it are excellent!" 10 July 2007
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Format:Audio CD
...as the Curate famously said of his egg to the Bishop. And that's the story of this album really, infuriatingly uneven.

The premise is the now familiar Santana-style omnibus where Toots invites a star-studded array of guests around to 'his place'. 'His place' being the very well from which ska, rocksteady and reggae (Toots is credited with inventing the term) all flowed. And rather like Ant and Dec at Buckingham Palace, some of the guests are unfortunately just never comfortable in their new surroundings.

Things get off to an inauspicious start with Willie Nelson sounding (as Katie Zerwas pointed out) like a drunk in a karaoke bar and completely fluffing his entrance on 'Still Moving to Me'. Toots does his best to rescue proceedings but Nelson does the perfect impression of a country hasbeen. The contrast will have you squirming in your seat and the producer who put this first deserves to be shot.

At its best however the album truly soars. My own favourite is 'Bam Bam', the track that, according to Toots, was misconstrued as a pro-PNP political statement by the paranoid JLP government of the day and led to him being framed and subsequently incarcerated on charges of possession. Who would have bet on this unlikely combination of Toots, randy rapper Shaggy and Rahzel, the human beatbox to pull this off? However, they fuse perfectly to inject this laid-back, lilting rocksteady classic with hugely infectious driving dancefloor energy. I guarantee you won't be able to sit still.

On this track as indeed on all it is Toots, however generously he tries to let his guests take the limelight, who emerges as the real star. Pushing sixty at the time of recording, his rosiny voice has never sounded better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars True Toots! 10 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
There's no denying or resisting the trademark growl and gravel-rattling tonsils that are Toots Hibbert, here assisted by a panoply of celebrity acolytes on Toots' 'pension album'. It could have been dire, an old geezer propped up by patronising young (Keith Richards young?!) whippersnappers, and every now and then it does feel like some of them are having a laugh... but some stand-out tracks are worth the ticket price alone.
'Time Tough' with Ryan Adams is effortlessly magnificent. 'Sweet and Dandy' featuring Trey Anastasio is an infectious summer uplifter. 'Careless Ethiopians' with the aforementioned Stones guitarist is surprisingly wonderful, with Keef in almost angelic voice! Throughtout, Toots holds the key and commands with the voice that inspired so many in the 70s.
Elsewhere, the classic 'Pressure Drop' includes Eric Clapton on guitar... OK, but blown away by Jeff Beck's typically angular and unpredicatble playing on '54-46 Was My Number'.
One gripe - how can you improve on the original 'Funky Kingston'? Answer: you can't, and they haven't. Bootsy Collins simply sounds daft on this cover. The original, with Toots' amazing performance, stunning ensemble playing and it's simply astounding drumming, is untouchable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Love 27 April 2011
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I saw Toots at the 02 in sheffield last year,he and the group were AWSOME!!! and i mean AWSOME!!!,he's up their with the greats of that music genre "REGGAE"
All the tracks on this are awsome you will be singing these day after day and bopping round the house it's that good.
From track 1 to the last all are worth and 100% true,the Rachael Yamagata she really puts her heart into it worthy.
The Merry Blues will really get you going it's "HOT ON FIRE",PRESSURE DROP with Eric Clampton is another track that rocks,Careless Ethiopian with Keith Richards it goes on and on and on... BAM BAM with Shaggy and Rahzel
This is the album/cd of the decade it's timeless BUY IT....10/10
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