Time Tough: Anthology
 : Time Tough: Anthology


Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0731452421920
Format: Original recording remastered
Item Dimensions: 4755526492
Label: Island
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Island
MPN: 731452421920
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publication Date: June 18, 1996
Publisher: Island
Release Date: June 18, 1996
Studio: Island

Disc 1:
  1. Six And Seven Books Of Moses
  2. Broadway Jungle
  3. It's You
  4. Never You Change
  5. John And James
  6. 54-46, That's My Number
  7. Do The Reggay
  8. Desmond Dekker Came First
  9. Sweet & Dandy
  10. Monkey Man
  11. Peeping Tom
  12. One Eyed Enos
  13. She's My Scorcher
  14. Pressure Drop
  15. Pomp & Pride
  16. Funky Kingston
  17. Take Me Home, Country Roads
  18. Time Tough
  19. In The Dark
  20. Reggae Got Soul
  21. Rastaman
  22. Living In The Ghetto
  23. Hallelujah (Live)
Disc 2:
  1. Get Up, Stand Up
  2. My Love Is So Strong
  3. Chatty, Chatty
  4. Gee Whiz
  5. Just Like That
  6. Careless Ethiopians
  7. Never Get Weary
  8. Spend The Weekend
  9. Beautiful Woman
  10. Bam Bam
  11. Spiritual Healing
  12. B For Butter
  13. Peace, Perfect Peace
  14. You Know
  15. (I've Got) Dreams To Remember
  16. Precious, Precious
  17. Hard To Handle
  18. Freedom Train
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
This group, whose career spans 30+ years, is one of the giants of Jamaican music; compared to Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett, Toots remains one of the most charismatic singers around. This digitally re-mastered set spans Toots' entire career with more than 40 classics from their early singles and 8 Island albums. Hits include "54-46 (That's My Number)," "Pressure Drop," "Funky Kingston" and more, plus rarities including Jamaica-only singles a 3 previously unreleased tracks. 24-page booklet with essay, rare photos and compete track annotation.
The 30-year career of Frederick "Toots" Hibbert and his Maytals is in many ways the story of Jamaican pop music. A ska originator who adapted early '60s soul into an original and irresistible island groove, Toots slowed ska's staccato chops and shuffle beats to create a midtempo rock-steady. As the '70s approached, Toots's music eased even more and evolved into reggae (with his 1968 single "Do the Reggay," he even named the genre). Through the '70s and '80s, as other styles appropriated reggae, Toots pulled in the opposite direction to bring funk, R&B, rock, and pop into his music. The two-disc, 41-track Time Tough: The Anthology, which extends from Toots's earliest single, 1963's "Six and Seven Books of Moses", to his 1988 album Toots in Memphis, covers all of the reggae survivor's transformations. More than Toots's lack of rastaman dreadlocks, what distinguishes him from countrymen Bob Marley and Peter Tosh is his continual embrace of American music. Throughout his career, his comfort with mainland forms worked both for and against him. On Disc One's early singles ("54-46 That's My Number," "Sweet & Dandy"), Toots's crooning and the Maytals' classic soul hooks make for first-rate ska and rock-steady. Disc Two, though, documents how, while Marley turned reggae into protest music, Toots remained largely apolitical and recorded pale versions of American hits like "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (yes, John Denver) and "Spiritual Healing" (reworking Marvin Gaye). By the '80s, his embrace of slick R&B ("Just Like That") and use of Memphis musicians made his sound at times barely recognizable as reggae. Disc One's glory, though, easily compensates for Disc Two's late-career shortcomings; Toots's rightful place in reggae royalty was secured long ago. --Roni Sarig

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