Album review
Live In London
Toots And The Maytals

Tracking list

    "Disc 1"

  1. Get Up Stand Up
  2. Time Tough
  3. Spend The Weekend
  4. Hard Road
  5. Pressure Drop
  6. Sweet And Dandy
  7. Monkey Man
  8. Never Get Weary
  9. Reggae Got Soul

    "Disc 2"

  10. Take Me Home Country Roads
  11. Louie Louie
  12. Funky Kingston
  13. 54 46 That's My Number
  14. Give It Up
  15. Dog War
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

In the early sixties Toots & The Maytals started recording for Coxsonne Dodd, moved on to Prince Buster and finally teamed up with Byron Lee. They enjoyed massive succes on the island, and released the popular "The Sensational Maytals" album. Their succes came to an abrupt halt when Toots ran foul of the island's ganja laws and served two years in prison.
As soon he was released from prison Toots and The Maytals started recording for Leslie Kong, scoring with hits like "54-46 Was my number", "Monkey Man", and "Pressure Drop". In 1971 Leslie Kong tragically passed away following a heart attack and The Maytals moved on to work with the producer's former sound engineer, Warrick Lyn. Although his output was far ffrom prolific in during the 80's and 90's, he remained a popular artist, best known for his thrilling stage shows.
The power and dynamism of his music is best illustrated at one his live performances. On June 8th 1998, Toota And The Maytals performed at London's Mean Fiddler. The best parts of this show are collected on this double cd set, filled with material from his early ska days to some of his most up to date work.
Dog War (aka 'Broadway Jungle), represents the ska era. The song -produced by the legendary Prince Buster- was a enormous hit in 1964. In fact Dog War is regarded as a classic of the ska genre and is still reckoned to be able to pack any dance floor. You'll also find three hits from 1969 : Pressure Drop, Sweet and Dandy, and Monkey man, all produced by Leslie Kong.
In 1976 Toots took his group on American and European tours and by the time they reached London the title track from their Reggae Got Soul album was in the pop charts. From 1979 comes Get Up Stand Up and both Spend A Weekend and Never Get Weary first appeared on thier highly acclaimed 'Knock Out' album of 1981. The year before (1980) Toots And The Maytals made history when they played London's Hammersmith Palais. A live album of that show was mixed and pressed and put into the shops within 24 hours, which is just the speed Toots like to operate at : double quick and always twice as soulful. Eightteen years later Toots is still alive and kicking !

Teacher & Mr. T.