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For those who don't want or can't afford to plonk out for the Toots & the Maytals' Time Tough: The Anthology, The Very Best Of provides the perfect solution, distilling down that two-CD, 41-track set to a single 19-song disc. There are a few subtle differences, however; for starters this set boasts two different versions of the band's reggae smash "54-46, That's My Number," as well as the original ska version of their Jamaican Song Festival winner "Bam Bam," unlike the anthology, which included only a later remodel. However, the "Never You Change" found on this set is not the trio's original ska hit, but a reggae-fied remake. The rest of the album pulls directly from the anthology, with the disc divided almost evenly between the trio and a solo Hibbert's pre- and post-Island career. Thus, for those who prefer the Maytals' ska and/or reggae hits, this is not the collection for you, as there are much better compilations of those periods. But for fans looking for a larger overview of both the band and Hibbert himself, this is an excellent place to start.

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Toots is THE MAN !

The King of Funky Reggae with an edited collection of his very best. Novices, go directly to "Funky Kingston" and download it immediately. Then play it real loud about 100 times. This version may be the BEST reggae tune ever recorded. Then do the same with the longer version of "54-46" (contained here). One of the great reggae dance songs! (it's ok for you to get up and dance while you're buying from the iTunes store).This CD also includes all-time reggae classic songs "Pressure Drop" and "Sweet & Dandy", which are a necessity for all collections. Add "Broadway Jungle" and "Do the Reggay (sp)" and you be irie, Mon.


Kick back and relax to some of the best and chill Toots and the Maytals.... Pressure drop and bam bam rock!!! 54-46 tops sublime's re-recorded track...


Tip your brim rudie, a must have!!


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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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, Ska
  • Released: Jan 01, 2000

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