Light Your Light

Light Your Light

by Toots & the Maytals


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Light Your Light

There are, of course, no Maytals in Toots & the Maytals (the actual group broke up in 1981), and it's all just Toots Hibbert these days, which is fine, really, since his gospel and Memphis soul-inflected vocals have made Toots one of the most explosive and exciting performers ever to come out of Jamaica. Light Your Light was produced by Toots in conjunction with with Zadig, but unlike 2004's duets album True Love (produced by Richard Feldman, who mixed this one), which diffused Toots' powerful presence with a succession of rock star partners, this time out Toots is completely center stage (which is always a good thing). True, slide guitarist Derek Trucks is featured on the lead track, a reworking of Toots' 1970s-era "Johnny Coolman," but he wisely works the tune instead of trying to steal it. Bonnie Raitt turns up on the second track, again a re-record, this time of the poignant "Premature," Toots' cautionary tale about early pregnancy, and again Raitt lets the song lead things. Everything else is all Toots Hibbert, including a fine cover of Otis Redding's "Pain in My Heart," a bouncing "Celia" (featuring Toots' son Hopeton on bass and legendary island drummer Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace), a version of Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman" (as "I Gotta Woman"), and the track that will probably get the most attention here, a tribute to the immortal Skatalites and to Studio One producer Coxsone Dodd called "Tribute to Coxson/Guns of Navarone" that features sax from Dean Fraser. In all, Light Your Light is a much better affair than the ill-advised True Love, with a clean, clear, and bright sound -- and then, of course, the vocal work of the remarkable Toots Hibbert, who just might be the most powerful singer Jamaica has ever produced. Light Your Light doesn't take things back to the glory days, but it doesn't embarrass, either, and shows that this remarkable performer still has plenty of gas in his tank and hopefully many more miles (and albums) to go.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2007
Label: Fantasy
UPC: 0888072303362
catalogNumber: 30336
Rank: 138333

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toots & the Maytals   Primary Artist
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Radcliffe Bryan   Guitar
Paul Douglas   Drums
Charles Farquharson   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Richard Feldman   Acoustic Guitar
Carl Harvey   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Toots Hibbert   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Roman Johnson   Keyboards
Ian Lewis   Bass,Bass Guitar
Stephen Stewart   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Derek Trucks   Slide Guitar
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace   Drums
Tom Weir   Percussion
Danny Thompson   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Carol "Bowie" McLauglin   Piano,Keyboards
Jason Sinay   Guitar
Jason Robinson   Saxophone
Kirk Bennett   Drums
Toma King   Background Vocals
Norris Webb   Keyboards
Andy Geib   Trombone,Soloist
Dean Frazer   Saxophone
Alpha Boys School Horns   Brass
Chantal Ernandez   Background Vocals
Ray Huttchins   Guitar
Greg Karagianis   Acoustic Guitar
Blair Shots   Drums
Leba Hibbert Thomas   Background Vocals
Marie 'Twiggy' Gittens   Background Vocals
Andy Brassford   Guitar
Jason Sinsay   Guitar
Toma King   Background Vocals
Hopton Hibbert   Bass Guitar
Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Chamber Chorus   Guitar
Toots   Acoustic Guitar
Carroll "Bowie" McLaughlin   Piano
Jackie Jackson   Bass,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Dimitri Tiomkin   Composer
Tom Corwin   overdub engineer
Richard Feldman   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Toots Hibbert   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Paul Q. Kolderie   Engineer
Stephen Stewart   Engineer
Tom Weir   Engineer
Roger Steffens   Liner Notes
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Naomi Neville   Composer
Renald Richard   Composer
Mike Cacia   Executive Producer,Tray Photo
Nigel Burrell   Engineer
Donald Dixon   Engineer
Bennett B. Garner   Engineer
Steve Kovacs   Engineer
Zadig   Producer
Mike Gassel   Art Direction
Luke Tozour   Engineer
Jason Wisner   Engineer
Zadig Hibbert   Audio Production

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