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|Toots and the Maytals|
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop
What do Ryan Adams, Trey Anastasio, Jeff Beck, Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Eric Clapton, Bootsy Collins, The Roots, Ben Harper, Terry Hall, The Skatalites, Willie Nelson, No Doubt, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Shaggy, R... more »
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What do Ryan Adams, Trey Anastasio, Jeff Beck, Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Eric Clapton, Bootsy Collins, The Roots, Ben Harper, Terry Hall, The Skatalites, Willie Nelson, No Doubt, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Shaggy, Rahzel, U-Roy, Bunny Wailer and Rachael Yamagata have in common? The all-star guests on "true love" range from legends Like Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt to younger stars including No Doubt, The Roots, and Trey Anastasio. The caliber of these collaborators reveals the impact that Toots has had on several generations of rockers and rappers, while appearances from reggae icons Bunny Wailer and Marcia Griffiths show the respect granted to the man who might be the music?s greatest living vocalist. At the heart of it all is that voice - drenched in soul, rooted in gospel, and still breathtakingly powerful after almost four decades in the spotlight.
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Funky Kingston alone is worth the price of admission
J. Bernstein | 06/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a huge fan of Toots and the Maytals, have listened to them for more than 20 years, and have always loved their music. The original 54-46 is one of my all-time, favorite songs (not to mention Monkey Man, Pressure Drop, Bam Bam).
But. . .
But. . .
But. . . The Funky Kingston on this album, with "Toots, Roots, and Boots," is sublime. It blows the original Funky Kingston right out of the water. This song alone is worth the price of the CD. And if you don't know who the Roots or Bootsy Collins are, get thee to a record store!
Add to that Bam Bam, with Shaggy toasting (do they still call it toasting? rapping?), and you are close to the pinnacle of reggae music.
And what sends it right over the top? Never Grow Old, with Terry Hall, the Skatalites and U-Roy (!!!!!!!). You could be forgiven for not knowing that Terry Hall sang with the Specials. But if you don't know who the Skatalites or U-Roy are, there is no help for you. . .
This is the most exciting reggae album I have heard in years. That these songs are mostly new versions of older songs is of no matter. They are interpreted so beautifully that they may as well be new songs. Hooray for Toots for reinterpreting his classics in such a fresh, exciting way!
Yes, I know the album came out four years ago. I am lazy. . .