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Toots and The Maytals|In The Dark

In The Dark

Toots & The Maytals

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In the Dark is a ska/reggae classic that captures the Maytals in their prime, brimming with energy. In the group's music, the positive vibrations of reggae and the deep soul of singer Frederick "Toots" Hibbert are united and elevated by a pervasive spirituality. Exuding warmth and goodwill, Toots & the Maytals seek to excise their sorrows through joyful celebration and praise. "Got to Be There" sets the mood perfectly with its jubilant roll call into heaven. Hibbert's religious concerns are equally strong on "In the Dark," a song directed at those lacking belief. But he continually succeeds in reaching across lines of strict faith. The emotions in the Maytals' music always defy such boundaries. Similarly, this soulful reggae blend has the power to communicate to diverse musical tastes, reggae converts and unbelievers alike. "I'm from Jamaica/I want to do my Jamaican stuff," sings Toots, inviting everyone to watch and listen. Backing him is a formidable rhythmic force, capable of luring anyone out onto the dancefloor. At times, the grooves are so dense with reggae's characteristic syncopation that rhythms seem to spring forth from multiple directions. "Time Tough" layers organ stabs, chopping reggae rhythms, and tight, coiled guitar lines along with call and response vocals. In the Dark's classic status may be assured from three songs alone: signature numbers "54-46 Was My Number," "Time Tough," and the Maytals' rendition of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (which sounds like it was written for Hibbert to sing). But the Maytals hit the mark with every song on this collection. Like the best of the blues, gospel, and soul, they turn struggle into strength. When Hibbert sings "I'm so lonely/I'm so blue" on "In the Dark," he makes the emotions seem truly addictive; if the blues felt as good as they sound here, people would be lining up to get their dose.
© Nathan Bush /TiVo

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1
Got To Be There (Album Version)
00:03:06

Frederick Hibbert, ComposerLyricist - Neville Hinds, Producer - Toots & The Maytals, MainArtist - Warwick Lynn, Producer - Carlton Lee, Producer

℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
In The Dark
00:02:47

Frederick Hibbert, ComposerLyricist - Neville Hinds, Producer - Toots & The Maytals, MainArtist - E. Chin, ComposerLyricist - Warwick Lynn, Producer - Carlton Lee, Producer

℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Having A Party (Album Version)
00:02:47

Neville Hinds, Producer - Toots & The Maytals, MainArtist - Michael Cooper, ComposerLyricist - Richard Daley, ComposerLyricist - Warwick Lynn, Producer - William Clark, ComposerLyricist - Steven Coore, ComposerLyricist - Carlton Lee, Producer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Time Tough
00:04:22

Frederick Hibbert, ComposerLyricist - Neville Hinds, Producer - Toots & The Maytals, MainArtist - Warwick Lynn, Producer - Carlton Lee, Producer

℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
I See You
00:03:15

Neville Hinds, Producer - Toots & The Maytals, MainArtist - Warwick Lynn, Producer - Buddy Davidson, ComposerLyricist - Carlton Lee, Producer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Take A Look In The Mirror
00:03:16

Frederick Hibbert, ComposerLyricist - Neville Hinds, Producer - Toots & The Maytals, MainArtist - Warwick Lynn, Producer - Carlton Lee, Producer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Take Me Home, Country Roads
00:03:22

Bill Danoff, ComposerLyricist - Taffy Nivert, ComposerLyricist - Warrick Lyn, Producer - John Denver, ComposerLyricist - CHRIS BLACKWELL, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Toots & The Maytals, MainArtist - Dave Bloxham, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Fever
00:02:25

Frederick Hibbert, ComposerLyricist - Neville Hinds, Producer - Toots & The Maytals, MainArtist - Warwick Lynn, Producer - Carlton Lee, Producer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Love's Gonna Walk Out On Me (Album Version)
00:03:15

Frederick Hibbert, ComposerLyricist - Neville Hinds, Producer - Toots & The Maytals, MainArtist - E. Chin, ComposerLyricist - Warwick Lynn, Producer - Carlton Lee, Producer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Revolution
00:03:30

Frederick Hibbert, ComposerLyricist - Neville Hinds, Producer - Toots & The Maytals, MainArtist - Warwick Lynn, Producer - Carlton Lee, Producer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
54-46 Was My Number
00:03:23

Frederick Hibbert, ComposerLyricist - Neville Hinds, Producer - Toots & The Maytals, MainArtist - Warwick Lynn, Producer - Carlton Lee, Producer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Sailing On
00:03:34

Frederick Hibbert, ComposerLyricist - Neville Hinds, Producer - Toots & The Maytals, MainArtist - Warwick Lynn, Producer - Carlton Lee, Producer

℗ 1973 Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

In the Dark is a ska/reggae classic that captures the Maytals in their prime, brimming with energy. In the group's music, the positive vibrations of reggae and the deep soul of singer Frederick "Toots" Hibbert are united and elevated by a pervasive spirituality. Exuding warmth and goodwill, Toots & the Maytals seek to excise their sorrows through joyful celebration and praise. "Got to Be There" sets the mood perfectly with its jubilant roll call into heaven. Hibbert's religious concerns are equally strong on "In the Dark," a song directed at those lacking belief. But he continually succeeds in reaching across lines of strict faith. The emotions in the Maytals' music always defy such boundaries. Similarly, this soulful reggae blend has the power to communicate to diverse musical tastes, reggae converts and unbelievers alike. "I'm from Jamaica/I want to do my Jamaican stuff," sings Toots, inviting everyone to watch and listen. Backing him is a formidable rhythmic force, capable of luring anyone out onto the dancefloor. At times, the grooves are so dense with reggae's characteristic syncopation that rhythms seem to spring forth from multiple directions. "Time Tough" layers organ stabs, chopping reggae rhythms, and tight, coiled guitar lines along with call and response vocals. In the Dark's classic status may be assured from three songs alone: signature numbers "54-46 Was My Number," "Time Tough," and the Maytals' rendition of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (which sounds like it was written for Hibbert to sing). But the Maytals hit the mark with every song on this collection. Like the best of the blues, gospel, and soul, they turn struggle into strength. When Hibbert sings "I'm so lonely/I'm so blue" on "In the Dark," he makes the emotions seem truly addictive; if the blues felt as good as they sound here, people would be lining up to get their dose.
© Nathan Bush /TiVo

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