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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.


Celebrity guests don't always raise an album above the pack, but they do in this case. -- Boston Globe, March 26, 2004

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  • Audio CD (April 12, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2 North America
  • ASIN: B0001GNDN4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,838 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Bilby on April 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've loved Toots and the Maytals for years but finally he
may have the chance to bring his sounds and band to a wider audience.
Thanks to the bounty of talents that surround this ageless
giant of sound and groove, many of his overlooked gems and
lesser know vital cataloge now comes to life again. I've been
listening to this collection since it came out this
past tuesday and I first heard the last cut on the cd, "Blame it on me"
with one of my most anticipated vocalist Rachel Yamagata. I
can't say enough about this talented singer, just listen to
her debut ep, she's got a future! Bonnie Raitt, I can't say
enough about this singer either, she has a voice and style that
you can't pigeon hole in a top 40 record but she's so talented
she can work with anyone and make it credible. She shines with
Toots on this first Triple A single "True love is hard to find" I'm starting to hear this song
on radio stations that have some balls.(which aren't many). Eric Clapton adds
some great guitar work to "Pressure drop", instant radio play (thats if radio stations weren't so "pressured into such a tight
playlist????? Remember what they did with Carlos Santana's
collection of "friends", the "friends" current sounds sold that
Cd into the grammy stratosphere? I can't help but see good things for this great collection. Even someone like Willie Nelson, who starts this cd off come off sounding so good with
Toots and that reggee sound, so smooth and enjoyable.
I love so many of thsee songs especially "Funky Kingston" with
Bootsy Collins and the Roots, "Time tough" with Ryan Adams,
"Monkey Man" grooves with that speed of light Gwen Stefani vocal.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Weiner on April 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Toots is apparently one of the fathers of Reggae and the creator of the term. He has had a very solid, yet somewhat stealthy career. It's hard to believe that someone so highly regarded has not made it to the mainstream. This album may have changed everything (for better or for worse.)
Every song on this album could be a hit in several genres. Toots combines with stars from every type of music including country, hip-hop, rap, rock, pop, ska, etc.
Toots was able to pull such big names because of how much reverance all the musicians have for him. Not many singers can get the likes of Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Trey Anastasio, and Ben Harper to sing with in their career, let alone one album.
Many of these songs transcend ordinary labels and stereotypes (I played this album for my parents and they loved it).
The first song is a great way to start this album. Willie Nelson has one of the most identifiable voices in music, and with a song that is so likeable and melodic, every listener is immediately drawn in. Following that up with a Bonnie Raitt song may scare away country-haters, but if they actually listen to it, they will like it. Next up is Eric Clapton, who wails away with Toots on the classic 'Pressure Drop.'
The rest of the album goes on the same -- big names, big sound, and great tunes. There is the exception of 'Love Gonna Walk Out on Me' with Ben Harper, which stands out as one of the best songs on the album.
All in all, this album is one of the best I have heard in a long time. In an era where looks and marketability matter more than substance and talent, finally an album has come out to prove the studio execs wrong. Don't miss this one as you will not be disappointed!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Denny Angelle on April 13, 2004
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The greatest voice of all reggae acts (sorry, Bob Marley fans) returns to the limelight with remade versions of his greatest hits alongside an all-star cast.
The good news is that most of the big stars don't get in the way (No Doubt, Trey Anastasio, Eric Clapton). In fact, you have to listen fairly closely to dig Gwen Stefani or Anastasio out of the mix, they're treated basically as background singers.
There are some duets, notably with Bonnie Raitt (on the title tune), original Wailer Bunny Wailer ("Take A Trip") and Willie Nelson on the Nelson-penned "Still Is Still Moving To Me." Unfortunately, Toots also lets Keith Richard sing along on "Careless Ethiopians" and that song isn't quite as successful as the others. And "Funky Kingston," with guest shots from Bootsy Collins and Roots, doesn't have the sweaty intensity as the original, but it's a fun groove anyway.
Guest stars aside, the entire CD rocks with a tuneful, tropical bounce. And surfing on top of it all is the remarkable voice of Toots Hibbert, (I'll say it again) the best singer in all of reggae. This is a great companion for your springtime/summer barbecue and an indispensable soundtrack for drivin' tru da Babylon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By picnic_lunch on July 19, 2012
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Oh man, I love this CD. I cannot get enough.
They're all duets, but Toots is still always the main attraction. It's def not a tribute album. The supporting musicians are just that: supporting. In fact, the guest stars are so subtle in some of the songs, I wouldn't even know who they were if not for the liner notes.

This album is probably more "mainstream," so fans of old school Toots might be a little annoyed. But I loved it. And bonus, it can be kind of a gateway drug for those who need an introduction to classic reggae/ska.

Great production value, which is great. A lot of old reggae is authentic and great-sounding, but it's a treat for me to hear the music recorded really well. I guess some might think this overproduced compared to classic reggae, but clearly hearing all the instruments and backing vocals made me so happy.

For me, the Clapton, No Doubt, and Trey duets are the best. I've always loved Gwen Stefani's cartoony-genius voice, but hearing her back up Toots is like a dream for me. (and for her, I imagine!)
And as always, the non-"celebrity" backing musicians and singers are top notch.
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