True Love

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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; ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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.
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.
Blender
Rock-steady veteran makes his old hits as A-list duets.
Mojo
The star power on hand, and Toots' own undiminished vocal ebullience, promises a winner.

The rockers sound plenty passionate, but it's Hibbert's silky phrasing and wrenching declarations that send these songs airborne.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • Label: V2 North America
  • UPC: 638812718624
  • Catalog Number: 27186
  • Sales rank: 44,840

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Still Is Still Moving to Me (3:11)
  2. 2 True Love Is Hard to Find - Bonnie Raitt (4:27)
  3. 3 Pressure Drop - Eric Clapton (2:57)
  4. 4 Time Tough - Ryan Adams (3:22)
  5. 5 Bam Bam - Rahzel (3:46)
  6. 6 54-46 Was My Number - Jeff Beck (4:39)
  7. 7 Monkey Man - No Doubt (3:39)
  8. 8 Sweet and Dandy - Trey Anastasio (3:17)
  9. 9 Funky Kingston - The Roots (4:06)
  10. 10 Reggae Got Soul - Maria Griffiths (2:58)
  11. 11 Never Grow Old - Terry Hall (3:27)
  12. 12 Take a Trip - Bunny Wailer (3:57)
  13. 13 Love Gonna Walk Out on Me@@Ben Harper - Ben Harper (3:33)
  14. 14 Careless Ethiopians - Keith Richards (3:20)
  15. 15 Blame on Me - Rachael Yamagata (3:57)
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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
Jackie Jackson Bass
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
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very good listening...

    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 old...lol. 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 earns...it 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy this and listen!!!

    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.

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