147. Toots & The Maytals

Toots & the Maytals are part of the initial wave of reggae bands from Jamaica, part of the ska movement that morphed into the reggae sound of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Official Toots & The Maytals Website

Wikipedia Site with some history

The CD to acquire first is clearly Funky Kingston, which I first picked up sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Extremely strong reggae album, probably my second favorite behind Jimmy Cliff’s The Harder They Come soundtrack. One of his best songs, “54-46, That’s My Number” is not on this album. Toots is also the first to use the term “Reggay” in a song.

A personal favorite is his interpretation of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads”. “Sweet And Dandy” is an unusual and fabulous wedding song.

Here are the ten songs in the collection:

Pressure Drop, Toots & The Maytals ✭✭✭✭
Take Me Home, Country Roads, Toots & The Maytals ✭✭✭✭
Sweet And Dandy, Toots & The Maytals ✭✭✭✭

Time Tough, Toots & The Maytals ✭✭✭
Funky Kingston, Toots & The Maytals ✭✭✭
54-46 Was My Number, Toots & The Maytals ✭✭✭
Louie Louie, Toots & The Maytals ✭✭✭

Got To Be There, Toots & The Maytals ✭✭
Sailin’ On, Toots & The Maytals ✭✭
Do The Reggay, Toots & The Maytals

One thought on “147. Toots & The Maytals

  1. whoisbid June 24, 2011 / 4:54 PM

    REGGAE GOT SOUL! – YEH… GOT SO MUCH SOUL!

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