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These 1973 release capture the sound of Jamaican music as it teetered on the cusp between rock steady and roots reggae. But perhaps more importantly, it finds legendary frontman Toots Hibbert channelling American soul music as he yowls, pleads, roars, bares his soul and testifies. Toots is as fervent as a Sunday sermon throughout, imbuing covers like “Louie, Louie” with so much urgent vitality that they never grow old no many how times you listen to them.

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beyond miami ink

this is one of the definative reggae albums. MIami ink have made it popular, but it's true soul and importance is way beyond that. A MUST, A MUST, A MUST. AT buzo we play it daily!!!!


Formed: 1966

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

While they never achieved the commercial success or cultural impact of the Wailers, Toots & the Maytals were nearly as important in the history of Jamaican music; like the Wailers, the Maytals thrived as ska gave way to rocksteady and then evolved into reggae, they boasted one of the island's finest singers and most charismatic frontmen in the great Toots Hibbert, and they worked with many of the most important producers and sidemen on the island. The Maytals were also the band that most clearly...
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