Album review
Pressure Drop... The Best Of Toots and The Maytals
Toots and The Maytals
Trojan Records

Tracking list

  1. 54-46 Was my number
  2. Revival reggae
  3. African doctor
  4. Take me home country roads
  5. Funky Kingston
  6. I can't believe
  7. Revolution
  8. Pressure drop
  9. Monkey man
  10. Gold and silver
  11. Redemption song
  12. Pomps and pride
  13. Time enough
  14. In the dark
  15. Peeping Tom
  16. Love gonna walk out on me
  17. She's my scorcher
  18. One eyed enos
  19. Feel allright
  20. Thy kingdom come
  21. It must be true love
  22. It's you
  23. If you act this way
  24. Monkey girl
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Trojan Records released this album in 1979 and it became an instant classic. For this re-release the record company has added 10 bonus cuts on the cd, which concentrates on the works of Toots in the sixties and seventies. Most tracks are Leslie Kong and Warrick Lynn productions and show that Toots (real name Frederick Hibbert) has been an intrinsic part of Jamaican music on it's path from ska and rocksteady through to the development of reggae.
In the early sixties 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.
"Pressure Drop - The Best Of" is an excellent selection from the Trojan vaults, essential listening for all Maytals fans, mixing roots with soul songs and covers like John Denver's "Take me home coutry roads".

Teacher & Mr. T.