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Funky Kingston

Toots & The MaytalsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 26, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B000003QGS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Time Tough
2. In The Dark
3. Funky Kingston
4. Love Is Gonna Let Me Down
5. Pomps & Pride
6. Got To Be There
7. Country Road
8. Pressure Drop
9. Sailin' On

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By 1975, rock audiences were finally getting heavily into reggae, thanks to the success of Bob Marley's first two albums and Jimmy Cliff's soundtrack for The Harder They Come. Funky Kingston, a collection of early '70s Maytals singles, was released to capitalize on the newfound demand for Jamaican sounds, and it did not disappoint--nor will it disappoint anyone who comes across it today. With Toots Hibbert's gritty vocals at the fore, this is the closest reggae ever got to American soul music. If sublimely funky tracks such as "Time Tough," "Got to Be There," and "Pressure Drop" don't make you smile, then their ganja-laced cover of John Denver's "Country Roads" (complete with a shout-out to "West Jamaica") should definitely do the trick. --Dan Epstein

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Funky Kingston by Toots & The Maytals

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those rare, PERFECT albums April 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toots can "do the reggae" August 13, 1999
Format:Audio CD
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! March 14, 2013
By marshie
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Like a ray of sunshine to your ears, this album is so happy. Wonderful upbeat melodies. My 13 month old son loves to "dance" to this album. Believe me, you will find yourself singing every word and shaking your hips to this music!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better February 28, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I know this album by heart. It is certainly the best reggae recording that I've ever heard. The spirit of Toots shines through, and the combination of funk and West Indian understated rhythm is irresistible. My favourite dancing record.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Sound February 5, 2011
By Halee
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely LOVE this album. Every song is full of such great beats, it really makes me want to dance every single time I hear it. If you're looking for some good party tunes, this is definitely it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toots deserves a place in your CD collection April 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This singles collection, though more than 25 years old, still sounds fresh today - thanks to the earthy, organic arrangements and Toots' soulful voice. Songs like "Time Tough" and "Pomp and Pride" will give you a sample of Toots' very peculiar approach to reggae, and the raspy character of his voice, together with a a tight though unobstructive backing band makes this CD a very enjoyable experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music March 21, 2014
By chris
Format:Vinyl
I bought this album from Toots and The Maytals at the Elbow Beach Hotel in Bermuda in the '70's when they were playing in Hotel nightclubs and have been playing it since then. This was one of the best nights of my life. So much fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jamaican flavored Otis Redding November 13, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Indespensible compilation....great brass from Sons of the Jungle....one of Bruce Springsteen's favorites....tons of punch but with a sweet, Carribean flavor
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Own a piece of history - Reggae before Reggae was mainstream
Funky Kingston by Toots & The Maytals is Reggae before Reggae was mainstream let alone popular. Along with Bob Marley and the Wailers, Toots & The Maytals are gifted singers,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stephen P. Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album start to finish!
Totally awesome album! Great tracks all the way through, especially Pomps and Pride and Country Roads. This has become a go-to road trip album for me. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Biskabo Renalto
4.0 out of 5 stars summer vacation
I was 4 weeks from vacationing in Fort Meyers...and the days were dragging..I purchased Funky Kingston..
always loved Foots & Maytals...and they didn't let me down.... Read more
Published 13 months ago by mimi
5.0 out of 5 stars five stars
highly recommend this and toots in memphis, and funky kingston.
you will want to get up and dance all the time
Published 15 months ago by Joseph P. Hamm
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Record! Awesome from start to finish
As far as classic reggae goes, no one can top Toots. Every song is great through the whole thing. This album is especially great for those slow sunday mornings or a little wake-up... Read more
Published on February 4, 2011 by BamJam7
5.0 out of 5 stars God
Toots is the best, if you can see him live, do so. He may not be young but the man can dance. Toots should be given more credit for what he has done in reggea and ska.
Published on April 12, 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, but this release is a rip-off
Contrary to the Amazon editor's write-up, there WAS a proper album called "Funky Kingston." This ain't it, however. Read more
Published on March 12, 2002 by Randall E. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars toots is god
this album is really special to me. i like to collect reggae and world CDs. but this is one of my favorites. i really like it a lot. Read more
Published on August 4, 2001 by joe borlik
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