Flip and Twist

Flip and Twist

by Toots & the Maytals
     
 

Toots Hibbert is one of reggae music's pioneers, a man who was on the scene during the ska years and participated in that music's transformation into rocksteady and the eventual midwifery of the slower, smokier reggae rhythms that emerged around the turn of the 1970s. So it should come as no surprise that his sound has always drawn as deeply on American soul, R&B, and… See more details below

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Toots Hibbert is one of reggae music's pioneers, a man who was on the scene during the ska years and participated in that music's transformation into rocksteady and the eventual midwifery of the slower, smokier reggae rhythms that emerged around the turn of the 1970s. So it should come as no surprise that his sound has always drawn as deeply on American soul, R&B, and disco as on the mento and Caribbean sounds that were blended with R&B in Jamaica to create what would eventually come to be called reggae. And while those who consider themselves reggae purists might be discomfited by Hibbert's exploration of gospel, hip-hop, and modern R&B on his latest album, they should bear in mind that this kind of fusion is strictly in keeping with reggae's truest roots. Of course, none of that matters if the songs aren't catchy, but Hibbert's greatest talent has always been for the hook, and that talent doesn't seem to have diminished over the four-plus decades of his career, nor has his gravelly, soulful voice weakened noticeably. Flip and Twist features brilliantly gospel-inflected soul tunes ("Perfect Lover"), swinging rockers reggae with a Gamble & Huff feel ("Hope That We Can Be Together Soon"), greasy funk ("What Kind of Woman"), and slinky blues ("Good Woman"). Its weakest moments (such as the silly skiffle-reggae workout "Bye Bye" and the drearily thumpy disco track "Jungle") tend to be the ones that stick too closely to a single music genre. Hibbert seems happiest and most in his element when blending sounds promiscuously. That's when his listeners will be happiest too.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2010
Label:
D&F Records
UPC:
0634457527225
catalogNumber:
368
Rank:
192084

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toots & the Maytals   Primary Artist
Vincent Henry   Guitar,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Purse   Bass,Trumpet,Keyboards,Saxophone,Background Vocals
Dennis Bovell   Bass,Guitar,Conga,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Wayne Armond   Guitar
Hux Brown   Guitar
Donald Dennis   Bass
Paul Douglas   Drums
Damon Duewhite   Drums
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Charles Farquharson   Keyboards
David Gardner   Guitar
Carl Harvey   Guitar
Toots Hibbert   Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Strings,Trumpet,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jackie Johnson   Bass
Stephen Stewart   Keyboards
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Winston Wright   Keyboards
Mikey Wallace   Bass
Paul Crossdale   Keyboards
Stephanie McKay   Background Vocals
Nigel Burrell   Background Vocals
Mitchum Chin   Guitar
Alan Evans   Drums
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
Norman Chambers   Drums
Hopeton Hibbert   Bass
Steve Douglas   Drums
Leba Hibbert Thomas   Background Vocals
Jenieve Hibbert Bailey   Background Vocals
Becca De Beauport   Bass,Keyboards
Latoya Hall-Downer   Background Vocals
Ervin "Alla" Lloyd   Keyboards
'Prince' Charles Alexander   Flute,Drums,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Radcliffe "Dougie" Bryan   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Chantelle Ernandez   Background Vocals
Melanie Hibbert   Background Vocals
Vince McLean   Drums
Cliff Branch   Organ,Keyboards
Conrod Nicholas Pinnock   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Timar Sonix the Mad Scientist   Keyboards
Sharlon Downer   Drums
Mel Wilson   Bass
Kim Davis   Bass
Junior "Big Bird" Bailie   Drums
Jackie Jackson   Bass

Technical Credits

Bruce Purse   Arranger,Producer
Toots Hibbert   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Duet
Jonathan Wyner   Mastering
Mike Cacia   Management
Nigel Burrell   Engineer
Brian Edelman   Booking
Latoya Hall-Downer   Duet
'Prince' Charles Alexander   Producer,drum programming
Chantelle Ernandez   Composer
Frederick Hibbert   Composer
Vince McLean   drum programming
PC Alexander   Composer
Patrick Kitson   Illustrations

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