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Funky Kingston/In the Dark
     

Funky Kingston/In the Dark

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by Toots & the Maytals
 
This release collects two of Toots & the Maytals' finest releases of the mid-'70s: Funky Kingston, generally viewed as their finest album, and its follow-up, In the Dark. This is some of the finest music of the rocksteady era, and with improved sound over the individual album releases, a great

Overview

This release collects two of Toots & the Maytals' finest releases of the mid-'70s: Funky Kingston, generally viewed as their finest album, and its follow-up, In the Dark. This is some of the finest music of the rocksteady era, and with improved sound over the individual album releases, a great place to start for Toots & the Maytals or the rocksteady movement in general.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2003
Label:
Island
UPC:
0044007707623
catalogNumber:
077076
Rank:
11135

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toots & the Maytals   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Byron Lee   Executive Producer
Chris Blackwell   Producer
Dave Bloxham   Producer
David Katz   Liner Notes
Toots Hibbert   Composer
Neville Hinds   Producer
Leslie Kong   Composer
Carlton Lee   Producer
Warrick Lyn   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Jane Hitchin   Master Tape Research
David Lascelles   Master Tape Research
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Zoe Roberts   Master Tape Research
Lily Salinas   Master Tape Research

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Funky Kingston/In the Dark 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Having debuted as a ska outfit in the early 60s, the Maytals eventually found success in mid-decade via a Jamaican song festival competition (at which their song "Bam Bam" took first place), and a string of successful singles recorded with legendary producer Leslie Kong. Following Kong’s untimely death in 1971, the Maytals found themselves renamed Toots & The Maytals and recording with Kong’s former arranger and sound engineer, Warwick Lyn. The resulting pair of albums, 1972’s "Funky Kingston" and 1973’s "In the Dark," are perhaps the best -- and certainly the most accessible -- albums recorded by one of reggae’s artistic pillars. ¶ "Funky Kingston" includes signature songs like "Pomp and Pride," "Redemption Song" and the title track, along with the band’s hear-it-to-believe cover of Richard Berry’s "Louie Louie" and a spellbinding take of Ike & Tina Turner’s "I Can’t Believe." Frederick "Toots" Hibbert sings with a soulfulness unmatched in reggae, equal parts Otis Redding and Ray Charles, and with bandmates who can provide both call-and-response gospel and sweet harmony singing. Instrumentally, the band pulses with deep, hypnotically grooved tracks, crackling with the kinetic energy of their early years. ¶ "In the Dark" strips the band’s sound of the overdubbed horn section, and digs deeply into their reggae roots. Hits include the title track, along with "Time Tough," and the prison-time inspired (and James Brown styled) "54-46 Was My Number." The Maytals second hear-it-to-believe-it cover, this time reworking John Denver’s "Take Me Home Country Roads," is a marvel of reggae soul. It’s nearly impossible to remember Denver’s treacly original after spinning the Maytals’ rendition. ¶ This two-fer brings together both albums’ original U.K. track listings and running orders for the first time on a U.S. release. In contrast, the 1976 U.S. issue of "Funky Kingston" distilled the ten tracks of "Funky Kingston" and twelve tracks of "In the Dark" (plus "Pressure Drop" from the soundtrack of "The Harder They Come") to a scant ten track total. With the inclusion of "Pressure Drop" as a bonus on this collection, listeners weaned on the U.S. original can restore its original track order by programming 12, 10, 7, 17, 3, 2, 9, 15, 21, 20. Not that you’re likely to want to after listening to these albums in their original glory. ¶ Bob Marley may have become the prophet’s face of reggae, but these two classic albums demonstrate plain and simple: Toots & The Maytals were as large a part of the music’s soul as anyone. Period.