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The cure for what ails ya

"54-46" from Toots and the Maytals' "True Love." The fat, funky beat always gets me dancing, and Jeff Beck's 20-second guitar solo is a joy, the musical equivalent of stunt flying. Reggae for people who don't think they like it.

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skutir
Dec. 22nd, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
Toots and the Maytalls are my favorite reggae band by far.
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 22nd, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
I prefer Marley -- I started listening to him in '75, but even by then I knew that three of the biggest songs of the genre were "Funky Kingston," "Reggae Got Soul" and "Pressure Drop." But for some reason I never got around to listening to Toots -- maybe it was because he didn't get the press Marley did -- so "True Love" was a real revelation.

If you had to rebuild your music collection and could only buy two Toots CDs, which ones would you buy?
skutir
Dec. 22nd, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
I'm not that knowledgeable of their discography. I just have a couple of compilations and True Love. I'd recommend a straight up collection of their biggest songs to complement the new recordings on True Love.

If you're not that familiar with the Maytalls, you might not know they coined (or at least popularized) the term "reggae" and that it was their recording of "Louie Louie" that inspired the Kingsmen.

Edited at 2007-12-22 10:50 pm (UTC)
patrick_vecchio
Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
My favorite song on "True Love" is "Still is Still Moving to Me." The first time I heard that track I hadn't looked at the guest musicians, so when Willie started singing it almost knocked me to the floor. And I love Clapton's guitar on "Pressure Drop."

gintanni883
Dec. 24th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
had the good fortune of seeing Toots & The Maytals twice this summer. it was as if i was given brand new ears (this happens about 2 dozen times in any given year), nice warm summer nite in Rochester, Toots burned it down, that was some damn tasty music. 2nd time was opening up for Dave Mattthews Band in Saratoga....band smoked, crowd smoked...something else, i had some idiot next to me yawn...KIDS, haha
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