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Funky Kingston / In the Dark

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Editors’ Notes

These 1973 and ’74 releases capture the sound of Jamaican music as it teetered on the cusp between rock steady and roots reggae. But perhaps more importantly, they find legendary frontman Toots Hibbert channeling American soul music as he yowls, pleads, roars, bares his soul, and testifies. “Pressure Drop” is as fervent as a Sunday sermon, the kind of song that never grows old no many how times you listen to it—but Toots imbues covers like “Louie, Louie” with just as much urgent vitality.

Customer Reviews

Probably the best way to get these classic Maytals albums...

As the review says, this two-fer combines the Maytals '73 album "Funky Kingston" and '74's "In The Dark." Plus it tags on "The Harder They Comes"'s "Pressure Drop" as it was included on the US release of "Funky Kingston," (an album compiled from the two previously mentioned albums). This may be the best place to acquire this music in one shot. (There are supposedly some recordings differences between the original albums and the '75 "Funky Kingston", but I'm not sure what is specifically included here... or even if there are drastic differences). In short, this is what I own and it is great, soulful, reggae.

One of the greatest albums of all time

No disrespect to Mr. Marley, but 'Funky Kingston' is the best reggae album of all time.

Funky kingston

Funky Kingston is def a must have reggae album.. And it def ranks in the top 5 or even top 3 of reggae albums... Bob marley catch a fire.. The condos heart of the congos.. And I'd def put funky Kingston up there..


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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