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Very Best of Toots & the Mayta [Import]

Toots & The Maytals Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Aug 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Music Club
  • ASIN: B000003QFX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 579,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 54-46 Was My Number
2. Funky Wagon
3. Monkey Man
4. Time Tough
5. Pressure Drop
6. Take Me Home Country Roads
7. Got To Be There
8. Pomps And Pride
9. Sweet & Dandy
10. Fever
11. Louie Louie
12. Do The Reggay
13. Redemption Song
14. Revolution
15. Sit Right Down
16. Having A Party

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In early reggae, a music that was regularly rough-and-tumble in sound, Toots Hibbert managed a raw, Otis Redding-influenced vocal style that topped even his least smooth competitors. Redding wasn't the only American soul artist who had a profound influence on Toots & the Maytals; the aptly titled "Funky Kingston" cops a guitar lick from James Brown and a casually lurching beat from the Meters. Typical of Music Club releases, this features immaculate sound quality and a bargain price that's hard to beat. A generous helping of classics--everything from bedrock tracks like "Pressure Drop," "Monkey Man," "54-46 Was My Number," and "Sweet & Dandy" to one-of-a-kind remakes of "Take Me Home Country Roads" and "Louie Louie"--makes this a must-own for anyone who wants to understand the fusion of R&B into Jamaican culture or who just wants to push a party a little harder. --Rickey Wright

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Toots & Maytals ~ Very Best Of

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4.0 out of 5 stars The best available Toots collection 20 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
There is a plethora of Toots & the Maytals collections out there, many of which are more comprehensive than this. Having said that, this collection oozes the kind of class to which very few musicians are able to aspire.

For those who don't know, Toots & the Maytals are among the most established and respected musicians Jamaica has ever produced. This is most easily recognizable as Reggae (though the early stuff is heavily rooted in Ska and Rocksteady), but what sets these guys apart from the abundance of Reggae musicians now recognised is the soul behind this music. Toots is truly a singers' singer, a voclaist with not only chops but also a huge amount of conviction, who has influenced countless singers in the 40+ years since his music first hit the airwaves of Jamaica.

It's hard to pick highlights from such a flawless set, but the rootsy 'Monkey Man' and a joyous cover of John Denver's 'Country Roads' must be mentioned, along with the classic '54-46', the hugely uplifting 'Time Tough' and the two tracks taken from the soundtrack for The Harder They Come - in which Toots and the guys appear.

Why the 4 stars, you ask? Well, my gripe with this collection is that the sound quality is rather poor. Yes, I know these are very old recordings, but I also know that there are many better-remastered CDs of this work out there. Alas, this is bearing in mind that I am a producer and engineer myself, and my ears are now much more fussy than they used to be. By no means is the sound awful, it's just not quite as good as some of the more recent (and more costly) Toots collections.

This collection is now out-of-print so, if you see it at a good price, grab it while you can. You'll thank me later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Give it to me 1 time 29 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you don't already own this classic, buy it immediately. Toots is a true pioneer of Reggae music. This album will keep you partying long into the summer night.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 6 Sep 2000
By "molo77" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Words cannot do this album justice. Anyone and everyone will thouroughly enjoy this one. From classics like "Monkey Man" to the incredible covers of "Louie Louie" and "Take me home country roads." Even after hours of listening to this one i am still amazed and moved at the passion that toots puts into his singing. He has a fire in his belly that only James Brown can match. To sum up buy this right now, its incredible.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent crossover album for non-reggae listeners 27 Feb 2000
By Russell Christian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For anyone whose reggae knowledge is limited to only Bob Marley, this album will definitly open your ears to this wonderful, soulful music form. Toots and the Maytalls combine great beats with Otis Redding-esque vocals and bluesy melodies. There's even some guitar solos. Even my friends who dislike reggae request their cover of "Country Roads" and "Louie Louie" at parties. But past these covers is an amazing collection of songs. This is one of the few CD's I can let play in its entirety without wanting to change any songs. I love them all.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh man this is good music. 29 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
You know you can here a song and a few times and then start to like it. Well these guys change that the first time I heard them (from an old record I found at St. Vincent De Paul I knew I loved them They seriosly are the best band I have heard in a long time. Thanks Toots you rock!
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sounds from Toots! 15 Mar 2000
By Diana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I heard about this group from a friend, and I haven't looked back since. Great for Reggae fans (I agree with the comment about Bob Marley) and also SUBLIME fans (they'll know song #1). I love it, I blare it all over my house, I can't get enough! Go buy it now!
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