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Time Tough: The Anthology

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/1996
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731452421920
  • Catalog Number: 524219
  • Sales rank: 24,231

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Six and Seven Books of Moses (2:26)
  2. 2 Broadway Jungle (2:50)
  3. 3 It's You (2:06)
  4. 4 Never You Change (2:33)
  5. 5 John & James (2:00)
  6. 6 54-46, That's My Number (3:12)
  7. 7 Do the Reggay (3:15)
  8. 8 Desmond Dekker Came First (3:46)
  9. 9 Sweet & Dandy (2:59)
  10. 10 Monkey Man (3:30)
  11. 11 Peeping Tom (2:54)
  12. 12 One Eyed Enos (3:00)
  13. 13 She's My Scorcher (2:46)
  14. 14 Pressure Drop (2:41)
  15. 15 Pomps & Pride (4:30)
  16. 16 Funky Kingston (4:53)
  17. 17 Take Me Home, Country Roads (3:22)
  18. 18 Time Tough (4:23)
  19. 19 In the Dark (2:46)
  20. 20 Reggae Got Soul (3:08)
  21. 21 Rastaman (5:53)
  22. 22 Living in the Ghetto (3:37)
  23. 23 Hallelujah (4:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Get up, Stand Up (6:16)
  2. 2 My Love Is So Strong (4:35)
  3. 3 Chatty, Chatty (4:10)
  4. 4 Gee Whiz (3:40)
  5. 5 Just Like That (4:51)
  6. 6 Careless Ethiopians (4:21)
  7. 7 Never Get Weary (4:16)
  8. 8 Spend the Weekend (4:28)
  9. 9 Beautiful Woman (3:56)
  10. 10 Bam Bam (2:52)
  11. 11 Spiritual Healing (4:39)
  12. 12 B for Butter (3:50)
  13. 13 Peace, Perfect Peace (4:39)
  14. 14 You Know (4:31)
  15. 15 (I've Got) Dreams to Remember (3:56)
  16. 16 Precious, Precious (3:59)
  17. 17 Hard to Handle (2:59)
  18. 18 Freedom Train (4:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Toots & the Maytals Primary Artist, 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
Jackie Jackson Bass
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
ZabĂș 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
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
Suha Gur Mastering
Jerry Rappaport Executive Producer
Ronnie Nasralla Producer
Fredrick Hibbert Composer
Frederick Hibbert Composer
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