The Maytals Monkey Man

Monkey Man

The Maytals

Released on March 1, 2017 by Trojan Records

Main artist: Toots and The Maytals

Genre: World > Reggae

Distinctions: Songlines Five-star review (October 2018)

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Album : 1 disk - 12 tracks Total length : 00:37:11

  1. 1 Peeping Tom

    The Maytals, MainArtist - Leslie Kong, Producer Copyright : 2016 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1969 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

  2. 2 Revival Reggae

    The Maytals, MainArtist - Leslie Kong, Producer Copyright : 2016 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1969 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

  3. 3 Give Peace a Chance

    The Maytals, MainArtist - Leslie Kong, Producer Copyright : 2016 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1970 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

  4. 4 Gold and Silver

    The Maytals, MainArtist - Leslie Kong, Producer Copyright : 2016 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1969 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

  5. 5 The Preacher

    The Maytals, MainArtist - Leslie Kong, Producer Copyright : 2016 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1969 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

  6. 6 Bla Bla Bla

    The Maytals, Composer, MainArtist - Leslie Kong, Producer Copyright : 2016 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1969 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

  7. 7 African Doctor (aka Doctor Lester)

    The Maytals, MainArtist - Leslie Kong, Producer Copyright : 2016 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1969 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

  8. 8 Sun Moon and Star

    The Maytals, MainArtist - Leslie Kong, Producer Copyright : 2016 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1969 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

  9. 9 She's My Scorcher

    The Maytals, Composer, MainArtist - Leslie Kong, Producer Copyright : 2016 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1969 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

  10. 10 Monkey Man

    The Maytals, MainArtist - Leslie Kong, Producer Copyright : 2016 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1969 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

  11. 11 Pressure Drop

    Frederick Hibbert, Composer - The Maytals, Composer, MainArtist - Leslie Kong, Producer - Hibbert, Writer Copyright : 2016 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company Trojan Records / Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

  12. 12 I Shall Be Free

    The Maytals, Composer, MainArtist - Leslie Kong, Producer Copyright : 2016 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company 1969 Trojan Recordings Ltd., a BMG Company

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For those reggae fans who took so quickly and proudly to Reggae Got Soul, Toots & the Maytals' 1976 debut for Island Records, these sides on Trojan may prove to be quite a shock. What is contained on this re-release of Monkey Man, the Maytals' true debut album from 1971, is just how raw and immediate the group's sound was. Having cut the first single that mentioned reggae music in 1968 with "Do the Reggay," and coming back with another winning single in "Sweet and Dandy" a year later, the Maytals before the Wailers were the first Jamaican band to distill soul and ska into something very different, something that would change music forever on the island. Among the highlights on Monkey Man are "Peeping Tom," the deep Otis Redding-inflected "Gold and Silver," a delightfully bastardized version of "Give Peace a Chance," and the classic reggae scorcher cum ska barnburner "Pressure Drop," made infamous by the Clash some seven years later. This is highly recommended, no, necessary for any fan of early, authentic, unsmoothed-over roots reggae. ~ Thom Jurek

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