Maximum Rhythm & Reggae
Peeping Toms
Digipack CD + booklet
May 9, 2005

Track list
  1. Guilty
  2. Rough Today
  3. The Whistle
  4. Children Da Rua
  5. Orfeo Negro
  6. Some Times The Best Ones Don't Win
  7. Carolina
  8. No Mercy
  9. False & Grind
  10. Peeping Tom's Theme
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
From Spain comes the band The Peeping Toms. They spring from Malarians’ ashes, although we find people from other bands in its line-up, such as Skarlatines or Discípulos de Otilia. In addition, they accompanied Laurel Aitken in his Spanish tour. Nowadays, they are undoubtedly considered as the most promising band in Spain, being critically acclaimed in specialised media. They have just released their first album in Spain and licensed it to Grover Records in Germany. The band's name is taken from a British B-movie in which a photographer kills women through the lens of his camera.
Their proposal tries to restore the sounds and aesthetics of Jamaican classic orchestras in the pre-reggae explosion period, assimilating the musical styles played in the sixties, dance music in the old clubs, pure ska, rock steady or Jamaican rhythm’n’blues, surrounding all this with an amazing vocal work. Their music is clearly influenced by the American masters of Speciality label, Maytals/Ethiopians-like gospel, classic ska in the King Edwards way, and small doses of Heptones soul. A big band-like staging, along with an impeccable image and a clear sound are their credits.
The album 'Maximum Rhythm & Reggae' is an extraordinary mix of traditional ska, rocksteady and reggae flavors. The music and the atmosphere takes you back to the early dancehall days of the sixties. Simple and smooth tunes inviting you to dance the night away. Stuff you needed to listen to.
'Don't judge a book by its cover' is a well know proverb. In this case we would say to judge the album by the cover. The sleeve is a typical sixties cover and to us a serious contender for "Album cover of the year"! Click here for a look.