Time Tough: The Anthology

Time Tough: The Anthology

by Toots & the Maytals
     
 
With a group as prolific as the Maytals, led by a singer whose career is as long-running as Toots Hibbert's, few compilations will come away unscathed by fans and critics alike, least of all those that purport to be something more than a simple best-of collection. Time Tough: The Anthology is no exception, for even with two discs and 41 tracks the set can only

Overview

With a group as prolific as the Maytals, led by a singer whose career is as long-running as Toots Hibbert's, few compilations will come away unscathed by fans and critics alike, least of all those that purport to be something more than a simple best-of collection. Time Tough: The Anthology is no exception, for even with two discs and 41 tracks the set can only scratch the surface of Toots & the Maytals' canon. The biggest complaint comes straight off the bat, with a mere five songs dedicated to the ska years. During this era, the Maytals unleashed a flood of fabulous singles, with their last, 1966's "Bam Bam," winning Jamaica's annual Festival Song Competition. Five tracks gives awfully short shrift to this instrumental early period in the band's career. Much to fans' regret, Toots Hibbert's incarceration for drug possession saw the group sidelined during the rocksteady era, but they returned with a ferocity as the reggae era began. Under the aegis of producer Leslie Kong, the trio were unstoppable, sending a deluge of stellar singles into the chart, of which ten of the best are gathered up here. Kong's death in 1971 barely slowed the group's output, while a deal with Island Records saw international release for their crucial Funky Kingston, In the Dark, and Reggae Got Soul albums, whose tracks fill much of the rest of disc one. The first half of disc two follows the group until its demise (they took their final bow together at Reggae Sunsplash in 1982), with the rest of the tracks selectively following Hibbert's solo career down to 1988. Thus, the compilation does provide an adequate overview, but weighted as it is toward the Kong and then the Island years, not necessarily a fair one. Still, most fans will be happy with the results, especially as the compilation includes a clutch of previously unissued songs. It still remains by far the most thorough collection available.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/1996
Label:
Island
UPC:
0731452421920
catalogNumber:
524219

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Six and Seven Books of Moses
  2. Broadway Jungle
  3. It's You
  4. Never You Change
  5. John & James
  6. 54-46, That's My Number
  7. Do the Reggay
  8. Desmond Dekker Came First
  9. Sweet & Dandy
  10. Monkey Man
  11. Peeping Tom
  12. One Eyed Enos
  13. She's My Scorcher
  14. Pressure Drop
  15. Pomps & Pride
  16. Funky Kingston
  17. Take Me Home, Country Roads
  18. Time Tough
  19. In the Dark
  20. Reggae Got Soul
  21. Rastaman
  22. Living in the Ghetto
  23. Hallelujah

Disc 2

  1. Get up, Stand Up
  2. My Love Is So Strong
  3. Chatty, Chatty
  4. Gee Whiz
  5. Just Like That
  6. Careless Ethiopians
  7. Never Get Weary
  8. Spend the Weekend
  9. Beautiful Woman
  10. Bam Bam
  11. Spiritual Healing
  12. B for Butter
  13. Peace, Perfect Peace
  14. You Know
  15. (I've Got) Dreams to Remember
  16. Precious, Precious
  17. Hard to Handle
  18. Freedom Train

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toots & the Maytals   Primary Artist
Wally Badarou   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Dudu Pukwana   Alto Saxophone
Steve Winwood   Organ
Ray Allen   Alto Saxophone
Don Drummond   Trombone
Eddie Quansah   Trumpet
Barry Reynolds   Guitar,Kawai
Roland Alphonso   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ansel Collins   Piano,Keyboards
Gladstone Anderson   Piano,Keyboards
Pablove Black   Organ
Theophilus Beckford   Piano
Sonny Binns   Organ
Lloyd Brevett   Bass
Baba Brooks   Trumpet
Brother James   Percussion
Hux Brown   Guitar
Harold Butler   Piano,Keyboards
Chicago Steve   Harmonica
Mikey Chung   Guitar
Dick Cuthell   Trumpet
James Luther Dickinson   Hammond Organ,Roland D50
Paul Douglas   Drums
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Bobby Ellis   Trumpet
Gibby   Bass
Raleigh Gordon   Background Vocals
Debra Hall   Background Vocals
Carl Harvey   Guitar
Toots Hibbert   Vocals,Multi Instruments
Eddie Hinton   Guitar
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Guitar
Junior Kerr   Guitar
Lloyd Knibbs   Drums
Denzel Laing   Percussion
George Lee   Tenor Saxophone
Willie Lindo   Rhythm Guitar
Andrew Love   Alto Saxophone
Tommy McCook   Tenor Saxophone
Larry McDonald   Percussion
Jackie Mittoo   Piano
Johnny "Dizzy" Moore   Trumpet
Joe Mulherin   Trumpet
Lloyd Parkes   Bass
Ernest Ranglin   Guitar
Rebop   Percussion
Emmanuel Rentzos   Organ
Bruce Rowland   Percussion
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Jim Spake   Saxophone
Lester Sterling   Alto Saxophone
Lyn Taitt   Guitar
Gary Topper   Baritone Saxophone
Tony Uter   Percussion
Franklyn Waul   Keyboards
Winston Wright   Organ,Keyboards
Gus Yorke   Pedal Steel Guitar
Zabú   Background Vocals
Nathaniel "Jerry" Matthias   Background Vocals
Rad Bryan   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Rico Rodriguez   Trombone
Jerome Francisque   Trombone
Chinna Lindo   Rhythm Guitar
Arkland "Drumbago" Parks   Drums
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean   Bass
Jackie Jackson   Bass

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
Byron Lee   Producer
John Denver   Composer
Chris Blackwell   Producer,Executive Producer
Dave Bloxham   Producer
Joe Boyd   Producer
John Burns   Engineer
Prince Buster   Producer
Bill Danoff   Composer
James Luther Dickinson   Producer
Sly Dunbar   Producer
John Hampton   Engineer
Toots Hibbert   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Neville Hinds   Producer
Leslie Kong   Producer
Carlton Lee   Producer
Bill Levenson   Executive Producer
Ronald Logan   Engineer
Godwin Logie   Engineer
Andy Lyden   Engineer
Warrick Lyn   Producer
Peter Tosh   Composer
Norman Mighell   Engineer
Sylvan Morris   Engineer
Taffy Nivert   Composer
Karl Pitterson   Producer,Engineer
Alex Sadkin   Producer
Scully   Contributor
Steven Stanley   Engineer
Trevor Wyatt   Executive Producer
Jerry Rappaport   Executive Producer
Ronnie Nasralla   Producer
Fredrick Hibbert   Composer
Frederick Hibbert   Composer

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