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World - Released January 1, 2003 | Island Records (The Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music)

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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. ~ Sean Westergaard
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Reggae - Released August 19, 2016 | Trojan Records

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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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Reggae - Released January 1, 2004 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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World - Released January 1, 1996 | Island Records (The Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music)

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Pop/Rock - Released October 30, 2012 | Metropolis Group

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Reggae - Released March 1, 2017 | Trojan Records

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Reggae - Released March 1, 1973 | Island Records (The Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music)

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
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Ska & Rocksteady - Released March 28, 2006 | Charly Records

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Reggae - Released January 1, 1990 | Island Records (The Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music)

Toots & the Maytals' first LP for Chris Blackwell was originally released in the early '70s, and it includes solid sides like "Pomp and Pride," a whacked-out restructuring of Richard Berry's "Louie, Louie," and the wonderful title track, "Funky Kingston." Blackwell reissued a bulked-up version of Funky Kingston in the mid-'70s on his Mango subsidiary, adding in the immortal "Pressure Drop," the brilliant "Time Tough," and a reimagining of John Denver's "Country Roads" (simply called "Country Road"), to make a much better and stronger set. ~ Steve Leggett
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Pop - Released January 1, 1976 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

3 stars out of 5 - "...bears a Memphis-styled rasp in the horn parts and falsetto outbursts from the band leader....a breezy sunlit affair that reaches its twin peaks with the funky 'Premature' and the sublime gospel of 'I Shall Sing'."
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World - Released January 1, 1973 | Island Records (The Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music)

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Pop - Released January 1, 1984 | Island Records (The Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music)

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Ska & Rocksteady - Released March 28, 2006 | Charly Records

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World - Released January 1, 1981 | Island Records (The Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music)

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World - Released April 25, 2000 | Island Records (The Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music)

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Reggae - Released October 1, 2010 | Cleopatra Records

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Reggae - Released January 1, 2011 | Cleopatra Records

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Reggae - Released September 13, 2016 | DM Digital

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Reggae - Released January 1, 2002 | Universal Music

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Reggae - Released June 20, 2018 | Trojan Records