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Time Tough: Anthology Original recording remastered

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This group, whose career spans 30+ years, is one of the giants of Jamaican music; compared to Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett, Toots remains one of the most charismatic singers around. This digitally re-mastered set spans Toots' entire career with more than 40 classics from their early singles and 8 Island albums. Hits include "54-46 (That's My Number)," "Pressure Drop," "Funky Kingston" and more, plus rarities including Jamaica-only singles a 3 previously unreleased tracks. 24-page booklet with essay, rare photos and compete track annotation.

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The 30-year career of Frederick "Toots" Hibbert and his Maytals is in many ways the story of Jamaican pop music. A ska originator who adapted early '60s soul into an original and irresistible island groove, Toots slowed ska's staccato chops and shuffle beats to create a midtempo rock-steady. As the '70s approached, Toots's music eased even more and evolved into reggae (with his 1968 single "Do the Reggay," he even named the genre). Through the '70s and '80s, as other styles appropriated reggae, Toots pulled in the opposite direction to bring funk, R&B, rock, and pop into his music. The two-disc, 41-track Time Tough: The Anthology, which extends from Toots's earliest single, 1963's "Six and Seven Books of Moses", to his 1988 album Toots in Memphis, covers all of the reggae survivor's transformations. More than Toots's lack of rastaman dreadlocks, what distinguishes him from countrymen Bob Marley and Peter Tosh is his continual embrace of American music. Throughout his career, his comfort with mainland forms worked both for and against him. On Disc One's early singles ("54-46 That's My Number," "Sweet & Dandy"), Toots's crooning and the Maytals' classic soul hooks make for first-rate ska and rock-steady. Disc Two, though, documents how, while Marley turned reggae into protest music, Toots remained largely apolitical and recorded pale versions of American hits like "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (yes, John Denver) and "Spiritual Healing" (reworking Marvin Gaye). By the '80s, his embrace of slick R&B ("Just Like That") and use of Memphis musicians made his sound at times barely recognizable as reggae. Disc One's glory, though, easily compensates for Disc Two's late-career shortcomings; Toots's rightful place in reggae royalty was secured long ago. --Roni Sarig
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 18, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001E9D
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,209 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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OK, the track "Sit Right Down" is missing..nothings perfect but this collection comes close...you got way over 2 hours of prime stuff here from the early sides to his later R and B infusion..Toots was called many things..but for your newbies..he is a reggae style Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett with the groove of Calypso and the sound of funky Kingston..Marley may have been king but Toots was the performer at the palace..high energy,soulful grooves and that famous keyboard came from him,that keyboard riff which Paul Simon duplicated on his opening of "Mother Child Reunion"..his tribute to reggae...

These performances so influenced the UK punkers ie:the clash,The 2 tone Specials that they covered them themselves...
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In the beginning, there was Sam Cooke. Following in that groove were Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye. Toots' reggae is rooted in the soul/R&B vein, and no one did it better. This first CD features his older material with more of a traditional soul sound: highlights include the seminal "Do the Reggay", the underdog themes of "Pressure Drop" and "Time Tough", and the Memphis horns sounding anthem "Reggae Got Soul". CD#2 features love songs, positive: "My Love is so Strong", sad: "Just Like That" and anger: "Chatty Chatty". Then the songs start to take on a more spiritual bend: "Careless Ethiopians", "Spiritual Healing" and the drop dead gorgeous "Peace, Perfect Peace". Not a clinker in the collection. And the sound quality of the remastering reveals The Voice better than any other Toots recordings I've heard. The excellent bands he worked with are revealed in detail; you can hear each player, whereas the original recordings tended to slur the instruments together. The variety and quality of the selected tracks make this highly listenable front to back.
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By oraw on September 4, 2013
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A great anthology, I have a single disc collection and it doesn't do them justice. The are awesome. The cover of country roads is worth the price of admission alone. An awesome collection, don't miss out buy it now.
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Toots? What can I say? I first was touched by his voice and music on "The Harder They Come" soundtrack and was so hooked, I had to buy SOMETHING else...but I was scared, because, as you might know, sometimes anticipation ruins things. Little did I know I would be amazed beyond belief. "54-46", "It's You", "Take Me Home, Country Roads", although I don't dig all of the material, the stuff that's good SCORCHES!!!
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Toots is simply an incredible performer and his music needs to be heard. This 2CD set is probably the best way to hear it. It covers 25 years and has a fantastic song selection. Listen to the way he reworks Joh Denver's "Take Me Home Country Roads" and makes it totally his own. "Pressure Drop" and "Funky Kingston" are just two of my favorite songs from him.
Just a side note; "Get Up, Stand Up" is NOT the Bob Marley/Peter Tosh classic but Toot's composition. Still, it's a great song.
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