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Funky Kingston
Toots & Maytals
Funky Kingston
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop
 
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Vinyl LP reissue of this 1973 album by Toots & The Maytals. It was their first album produced by Chris Blackwell (head of Island Records). The better known US version is a compilation of the original Funky Kingston and the...  more »

      
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All Artists: Toots & Maytals
Title: Funky Kingston
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mango
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop
Styles: Ska, Caribbean & Cuba, Jamaica, Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 016253933026, 016253933019, 016253933040, 670917056812

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Album Description
Vinyl LP reissue of this 1973 album by Toots & The Maytals. It was their first album produced by Chris Blackwell (head of Island Records). The better known US version is a compilation of the original Funky Kingston and their second album, In the Dark. It is notable for the Maytals' biggest hit, "Pressure Drop", as well as unlikely cover songs, such as a Reggae version of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads", which replaces the lyrical reference to West Virginia with West Jamaica. 10 tracks. Universal. 2009.

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CD Reviews

Great Music, but this release is a rip-off
Randall E. Adams | Los Angeles, CA United States | 03/13/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Contrary to the Amazon editor's write-up, there WAS a proper album called "Funky Kingston." This ain't it, however. This stingy little collection brings together some of the tracks from the "Funky Kingston" album and some tracks from "In the Dark." For good measure, "Pressure Drop" is added in from "Monkey Man."The original "Funky Kingston" and "In the Dark" are probably Toots & the Maytals' best albums. They date loosely from around 1973 and 1974. I strongly recommend that you buy these albums in their original form and skip this release which will end up redundant in your collection. If you want a decent Toots & the Maytals sampler, spring for "Time Tough.""
One of those rare, PERFECT albums
Michael C. Fox | Colorado | 04/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Only a handful of times in my life have I listened to an album for the first time and felt I already knew it by heart. I am in awe of this album. Knowing no way to give a just description of it, I will plug Toots himself.In Nederland, CO, a small town in the mountains above Boulder, after the monstrous "Reggae on the Rocks" Festival, Toots, a 50+ year old man, played a gig to 200 people at 9,000ft for 4 hours without a break. He danced in the crowd. We danced on the stage. The management insisted on only one final song, so Toots broke into a rousing 20 minute version of 54-46. I went home an slept for 18 hours. The single (1) greatest musical experience of my life. And it all began because I bought this album."
Toots can "do the reggae"
vabundis@hotmail.com | San Antonio, Texas | 08/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One night while I was an undergraduate at Middlebury College in Vermont, a few buddies and I were hangin out and my friend, Matt a.k.a. Society, puts on the live version of "54-46, that's my number" and in minutes the room erupted to the great sound of Toots Hibert himself. Since then, Midd has never been the same. Toots Hibert, the man who founded the word "reggae" back in the late 1960s on his track "Do The Reggae" brings his musical genius to a pinnacle on "Funky Kingston." Hits, such as Pomp and Pride, Pressure Drop, Sweet and Dandy, Country Roads, Monkey Man, and Reggae Got Soul certainly portray the coolness of the Maytals. For anyone interested in Reggae and Ska, Toots should be the first artist in your CD collection. Having seen Toots live in NYC and Burlington, I can honestly say that his concerts are the best shows I've ever seen. Over 50 years old, Toots still knows how to jam like a youngster. All reggae fans, for the complete Toots recordings pick up Time Tough-the Anthology--one word-Awesome."