Album review
The Very Best Of Toots & The Maytals
Toots & The Maytals
Music Club

Tracking list

  1. 54-56 Was My Number
  2. Funky Kingston
  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
  17. Johnny Cool Man
  18. Just Tell Me
  19. Bim Today
  20. Alidina
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 5

For some three decades now the music of one Frederic "Toots" Hibbert has played an influential and inspiring role, not only in Jamaican music but also in the 2-Tone movement in the U.K. - which came to surface in the eighties - and in the current U.S. ska boom.
Many Jamaican artists who started their career in the late fifties/early sixties were strongly influenced by American rythm & blues and soul and Jamaican gospel and Toots was no exception. His records were instantly recognizable as he carried a powerful, characteristic soulful voice and a performance reminiscent of a soulman like the late Otis Redding. The music of Toots & The Maytals was always something special as it incorporated elements of ska/reggae, funk, soul and gospel. After two decades notable success in Jamaica and the U.K. they finally achieved a worldwide breakthrough at the end of the seventies after they had signed for Chris Blackwell's Island Records.
This compilation set is a great introduction to the work of Toots & The Maytals, although it mainly focusses on some of his best and well known tunes mostly recorded throughout the seventies. The presentation is faultless and the music is beyond criticism. Need we say more ?!

Teacher & Mr. T.