True Love

True Love

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by Toots & the Maytals

The unstoppable Toots Hibbert had the distinction of christening Jamaica's greatest cultural export with his 1968 single "Do the Reggay." But for the all the love that roots holdouts and spring-breaking frat boys have given him over the years, Toots is far from a household name. True Love is the kind of all-star rehabilitation project that's become easier and…  See more details below


The unstoppable Toots Hibbert had the distinction of christening Jamaica's greatest cultural export with his 1968 single "Do the Reggay." But for the all the love that roots holdouts and spring-breaking frat boys have given him over the years, Toots is far from a household name. True Love is the kind of all-star rehabilitation project that's become easier and easier in the digital era (just ask Carlos Santana): 15 chart-toppers ranging from Eric Clapton and Keith Richards to No Doubt and the Roots to Willie Nelson lend their voices to duets with Toots on favorites from the Maytals catalog. Few of them sound as if they were in the same room with the electric vocalist; some of them don't even seem to be on the same planet. But you can't deny the heart in this set. A still vital Hibbert is front and center, and the tracks are all recognizably ska and reggae. Even jaded listeners, wary of the name-dropping bonanzas these kinds of tributes often are, will have to admit that Eric Clapton's guitar sounds pretty good on "Pressure Drop," and the meeting of Bootsy Collins and Toots (and the Roots, on "Funky Kingston") has a certain unassailable logic. Chalk it up to the charismatic main man, and the durable material. The best Maytals songs are party jams, and numbers like "54-46 Was My Number" are solid enough to support all manner of intrusion, from Jeff Beck's relentless guitar ad-libs to Willie Nelson's trademarked behind-the-beat delivery of "Still Is Still Moving to Me" (which seems less a duet than a rhyming argument). For all that ornament, True Love underscores how powerful Toots is on his own -- perhaps the celebrity consensus convened here will earn the hardest-working Jamaican in show business the R-E-S-P-E-C-T he deserves.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
That Toots Hibbert's voice, drenched in Memphis soul and rooted in Jamaican gospel, is still a powerful instrument after four decades of performing is the first thing you notice while listening to this collection of duets with pop, rock and reggae artists. "Funky Kingston," featuring Bootsy Collins and the Roots is one of the best tracks here, retaining the loose, loopy groove of the original Maytals version, probably because, from Bootsy's opening invocation of "are you ready for some Toots, Roots and Boots," nobody seems to take things too seriously. Keith Richards manages not to sound too ravished on "Careless Ethiopians," while Ben Harper and Hibbert effectively ride an atmospheric, slow-burning arrangement of "Love Gonna Walk Out On Me" to emotional fulfillment. Hopefully True Love will bring the woefully overlooked Toots some well-deserved attention.
Rolling Stone - Tom Moon
The rockers sound plenty passionate, but it's Hibbert's silky phrasing and wrenching declarations that send these songs airborne.
Rock-steady veteran makes his old hits as A-list duets.
The star power on hand, and Toots' own undiminished vocal ebullience, promises a winner.

Product Details

Release Date:
V2 North America


  1. Still Is Still Moving to Me
  2. True Love Is Hard to Find  - Bonnie Raitt
  3. Pressure Drop  - Eric Clapton
  4. Time Tough  - Ryan Adams
  5. Bam Bam  -  Rahzel
  6. 54-46 Was My Number  - Jeff Beck
  7. Monkey Man  -  No Doubt
  8. Sweet and Dandy  - Trey Anastasio
  9. Funky Kingston  -  Roots
  10. Reggae Got Soul  - Maria Griffiths
  11. Never Grow Old  - Terry Hall
  12. Take a Trip  - Bunny Wailer
  13. Love Gonna Walk Out on Me@@Ben Harper  - Ben Harper
  14. Careless Ethiopians  - Keith Richards
  15. Blame on Me  - Rachael Yamagata

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toots & the Maytals   Primary Artist
Willie Nelson   Vocals
Ken Boothe   Vocals
U-Roy   Vocals
Jeff Beck   Guitar
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Ansel Collins   Organ,Piano
Pam Hall   Background Vocals
Trey Anastasio   Guitar,Vocals
Andy Bassford   Guitar
Bootsy Collins   Guitar,Vocals
Lloyd Brevett   Bass
Cedric Brooks   Tenor Saxophone
Hux Brown   Guitar
Dougie Bryan   Guitar
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Douglas   Drums,Tambourine
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Charles Farquharson   Organ,Piano
Richard Feldman   Guitar
Dean Fraser   Saxophone
Marcia Griffiths   Vocals
Terry Hall   Vocals
Carl Harvey   Guitar
Devon James   Guitar
Lloyd Knibbs   Drums
Bunny Wailer   Vocals
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
David Madden   Trumpet
Leon Mobley   Percussion
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Brad Rice   Guitar
Keith Richards   Guitar,Vocals
Ronald "Nambo" Robinson   Trombone
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Stephen Stewart   Organ,Piano
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Jason Yates   Keyboards
Monalisa Young   Background Vocals
Shaggy   Vocals
Danny Axeman   Bass
Will Clark   Trombone
Rahzel   Vocals,Beat Box
Tom Dumont   Guitar
Gabrial McNair   Organ,Trombone
Gwen Stefani   Vocals
Ken Stewart   Piano
?uestlove   Percussion,Drums
Adrian Young   Drums
Tony Kanal   Bass
Ryan Adams   Guitar,Vocals
Mighty Mo Rodgers   Background Vocals
Leba Thomas   Background Vocals
Phil Jordan   Trumpet
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals   Guitar,Vocals
Kamiah "Little Klang" Gray   Piano
Oliver Charles   Percussion,Keyboards
Rachael Yamagata   Vocals
Jackie Jackson   Bass

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Composer
Ray Benson   Producer
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Karl Derfler   Engineer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Composer
Alan Douglas   Engineer
Richard Feldman   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Bryce Goggin   Engineer
Toots Hibbert   Composer
David Hinds   Composer
John Hudson   Engineer
Paul Q. Kolderie   Engineer
Leslie Kong   Composer
Warrick Lyn   Composer
J.P. Plunier   Producer
Bob Rosa   Engineer
Jon Smeltz   Engineer
Stephen Stewart   Engineer
Tom Weir   Engineer
Anthony DeCurtis   Liner Notes
Gordon Dukes   Engineer
Kristin Callahan   Cover Photo
Todd Burke   Engineer
Rudolph Valentino   Engineer
Ted Paduck   Engineer
Mike Cacia   Executive Producer,Management
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals   Producer
Charlie Martinez   Engineer
Fab   Engineer
Kate Hyman   Executive Producer
Criss Burnes   Engineer
Fredrick Hibbert   Composer

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True Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love this whole collection of songs and summers coming, this music sounds so good, throw in the warm weather, a few drinks and Toots and the Maytals shine, my favorites on this exceptional collection are "Funky Kingston",w/Booty Collins and The Roots, "True love is so hard to find" w/Bonnie Raitt(Exception song!), "Pressure Drop" w/Clapton, "Monkey Man" w/ No Doubt, "Blame it on me" w/Rachel Yamagata, "Take a trip" w/ Bunny Wailer, "Reggee got soul" w/Ken Boothe and Marcia Griffiths, "Love gonna walk out the Door w/Ben Harper, even the great Willie Nelson and his tune "Still is still moving" is awsome. Including Ryam Adams, Shaggy, Jeff Beck, Trey Anastasio, Keith Richards, so much class on these recordings! One of the best of the year.
sonicjunkie More than 1 year ago
Being an audiophile, I tend to be very analytical when it comes to music. Being a classically trained musician, I tend to like music which is performed by artists and not drum machines and synth programming. This selection features a very wide range of performers. TRACK 1: Willie Nelson is great as always. TRACK 2: Bonnie Rait is very well matched with Toots for a duet. TRACK 3: Eric Clapton makes you want to keep playing the tune over and over again! TRACK 4: Ryan Adams gives a very soulful performance which as a nice flavor to Toots' already soulful mix. TRACK 5: The only artist I'm not too happy about is Shaggy. Maybe, I'm getting too TRACK 6: Jeff Beck is awesome! 54-45 is a favorite for sure! TRACK 7 & 8: I'm not familiar with No Doubt or Trey Anastasio. But, the pieces are done well and listenable. TRACK 9: Bootsy Collins is a funk legend. This is not his best work. But, it is in grand Bootsy funkativity! TRACK 10: Not familiar with Ken Boothe and Marcia Griffiths. However, I do like this particular track. It is one on those songs that grows on you. TRACK 11: Terry Hall, The Skatalites and U-Roy...I have no idea who the hell they are. But, the song is very tuneful and well performed. It is a happy song which describes my personality. Even though, I am aging, I "Never Grow Old". TRACK 12: Bonnie Wailer is another well matched female duet. Listening, you can tell these artists love what they do. TRACK 13: Not familiar with Ben Harper. Don't really listen to this track very much. It just does not do anything for me one way or another. TRACK 14: Keith Richards is a rock n' roll legend. I was really surprised at this song. I really like it a lot. Listen to the lyrics and learn more about what is being said in this song. Not only is it easy on the is meaningful. TRACK 15: Rachel Yamagata has a voice that you could fall in love with. This is a very romantic piece. I would recommend listening with your better half and getting into that mode that brings two people closer. Toots has a voice that is very soulful and polished. He knows what he wants to sing. And, sings it with feeling and authority. I would recommend this album to anyone looking for a very good piece of music to listen to around the house, entertain friends or hit the road with.