Light Your Light

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
There are, of course, no Maytals in Toots & the Maytals the actual group broke up in 1981, and it's all just Toots Hibbert these days, which is fine, really, since his gospel and Memphis soul-inflected vocals have made Toots one of the most explosive and exciting performers ever to come out of Jamaica. Light Your Light was produced by Toots in conjunction with with Zadig, but unlike 2004's duets album True Love produced by Richard Feldman, who mixed this one, which diffused Toots' powerful presence with a succession of rock star partners, this time out Toots is completely center stage which is always a good thing. True, slide guitarist Derek Trucks is featured on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
There are, of course, no Maytals in Toots & the Maytals the actual group broke up in 1981, and it's all just Toots Hibbert these days, which is fine, really, since his gospel and Memphis soul-inflected vocals have made Toots one of the most explosive and exciting performers ever to come out of Jamaica. Light Your Light was produced by Toots in conjunction with with Zadig, but unlike 2004's duets album True Love produced by Richard Feldman, who mixed this one, which diffused Toots' powerful presence with a succession of rock star partners, this time out Toots is completely center stage which is always a good thing. True, slide guitarist Derek Trucks is featured on the lead track, a reworking of Toots' 1970s-era "Johnny Coolman," but he wisely works the tune instead of trying to steal it. Bonnie Raitt turns up on the second track, again a re-record, this time of the poignant "Premature," Toots' cautionary tale about early pregnancy, and again Raitt lets the song lead things. Everything else is all Toots Hibbert, including a fine cover of Otis Redding's "Pain in My Heart," a bouncing "Celia" featuring Toots' son Hopeton on bass and legendary island drummer Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, a version of Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman" as "I Gotta Woman", and the track that will probably get the most attention here, a tribute to the immortal Skatalites and to Studio One producer Coxsone Dodd called "Tribute to Coxson/Guns of Navarone" that features sax from Dean Fraser. In all, Light Your Light is a much better affair than the ill-advised True Love, with a clean, clear, and bright sound -- and then, of course, the vocal work of the remarkable Toots Hibbert, who just might be the most powerful singer Jamaica has ever produced. Light Your Light doesn't take things back to the glory days, but it doesn't embarrass, either, and shows that this remarkable performer still has plenty of gas in his tank and hopefully many more miles and albums to go.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072303362
  • Catalog Number: 30336
  • Sales rank: 220,846

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Johnny Coolman - Derek Trucks (3:16)
  2. 2 Premature - Bonnie Raitt (4:01)
  3. 3 Pain in My Heart (3:47)
  4. 4 Love So Strong (3:52)
  5. 5 Don't Bother Me (2:28)
  6. 6 Celia (2:51)
  7. 7 Image Get a Lick (2:49)
  8. 8 I Gotta Woman (3:28)
  9. 9 See the Light (3:21)
  10. 10 Medley: Tribute to Coxson/Guns of Navarone [Medley] (3:19)
  11. 11 Do You Remember (3:33)
  12. 12 Light U Light (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Toots & the Maytals Primary Artist
Bonnie Raitt Vocals, Slide Guitar
Jackie Jackson Bass, Bass Guitar
Radcliffe Bryan Guitar
Paul Douglas Drums
Charles Farquharson Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Richard Feldman Acoustic Guitar
Carl Harvey Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Toots Hibbert Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Keyboards, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Roman Johnson Keyboards
Ian Lewis Bass, Bass Guitar
Stephen Stewart Piano, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Derek Trucks Slide Guitar
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace Drums
Tom Weir Percussion
Danny Thompson Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Carol "Bowie" McLauglin Piano, Keyboards
Jason Sinay Guitar
Jason Robinson Saxophone
Kirk Bennett Drums
Toma King Background Vocals
Norris Webb Keyboards
Andy Geib Trombone, Soloist
Dean Frazer Saxophone
Alpha Boys School Horns Brass
Chantal Ernandez Background Vocals
Ray Huttchins Guitar
Greg Karagianis Acoustic Guitar
Blair Shots Drums
Leba Hibbert Thomas Background Vocals
Marie 'Twiggy' Gittens Background Vocals
Andy Brassford Guitar
Jason Sinsay Guitar
Toma King Background Vocals
Hopton Hibbert Bass Guitar
Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Chamber Chorus Guitar
Toots Acoustic Guitar
Carroll "Bowie" McLaughlin Piano
Technical Credits
Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
Tom Corwin overdub engineer
Richard Feldman Composer, Programming, Engineer
Toots Hibbert Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Paul Q. Kolderie Engineer
Stephen Stewart Engineer
Tom Weir Engineer
Roger Steffens Liner Notes
Dave Collins Mastering
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Naomi Neville Composer
Renald Richard Composer
Mike Cacia Executive Producer, Tray Photo
Nigel Burrell Engineer
Donald Dixon Engineer
Bennett B. Garner Engineer
Steve Kovacs Engineer
Zadig Producer
Mike Gassel Art Direction
Luke Tozour Engineer
Jason Wisner Engineer
Zadig Hibbert Audio Production
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