Toots & the Maytals

Funky Kingston

Composed by Toots Hibbert

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As with all his stable, The Maytals were initially shaken by the unexpected death of their producer Leslie Kong, but recovered quickly, recording the Slaytam Stoot album the following year with Kong's assistant Warwick Lyn. A year later, in 1973, the group returned to Dynamic Studio, with Lyn still in tow, but this time accompanied by Chris Blackwell and Dave Bloxham.

The result was the Funky Kingston album, and its title track was as funky as you would expect, an exhilarating blend of bright, bouncy reggae, with funky lead guitar. As usual, though, Blackwell couldn't leave well enough alone, adding overdubs back in Britain. However, in this case, the addition of the Sons of Jamaica's brass worked a treat, giving the song an even funkier feel.

As did Toots Hibbert himself, whose declarations of love for reggae and Kingston brook no argument, as he storms from his usual gospel inflected style to James Brown-ish infected vocals. Also released on single, funk was definitely flooding the island with this number.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Funky Kingston 1973 Get On Down
Live 1980 Mango 5:37
Reggae Greats 1984 Polystar / Spectrum Music 3:30
Island Story 1962-1987 1987
Various Artists
Island 3:31
Reggae Dynamite 1992
Various Artists
Pair 4:56
No Image 1995
Various Artists
100% Reggae Originals, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Records Verlagsges
Time Tough: The Anthology 1996 Island 4:56
The Very Best of Toots & the Maytals [Music Club] 1997 Music Club Records
The Pressure Drop: The Best of Toots & the Maytals 1997 Trojan 4:54
Jamaican Monkey Man 1998 4:56
Live in London 1999 Fontana / Sanctuary / Sanctuary Fontana / Sanctuary Records 11:48
200% Dynamite! 1999
Various Artists
Soul Jazz 4:52
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Very Best of Toots & the Maytals [Polygram] 2000 Island / Island/Def Jam / Universal 4:52
Broadway Jungle: The Best of Toots & the Maytals 2001 Trojan 4:54
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Toots & The Maytals 2001 Island / Universal Distribution 4:50
54-46 Was My Number: Anthology, 1964-2000 2002 Sanctuary Records 4:55
Massive Reggae [Time Music] 2002
Various Artists
Time Music 4:56
Essential Reggae [BMG] 2002
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:54
Sweet and Dandy: The Best of Toots & the Maytals 2002 Sanctuary / Sanctuary Records 4:54
Funky Kingston: Reggae Dancefloor Grooves 1968-74 2002
Various Artists
BMG / Trojan 4:55
Funky Kingston/In the Dark 2003 Def Jam / Island 4:54
Club Dread 2004
Various Artists
Trojan / Fontana / Sanctuary / Sanctuary Records 4:54
True Love 2004 V2 4:05
This Is Crucial Reggae 2004 Sanctuary / Sanctuary Records 4:55
The Very Best of Reggae [Nascente] 2004
Various Artists
Nascente 4:54
This Is Reggae Music: The Golden Era 1960-1975 2004
Various Artists
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [Box Set] 2004
Original Game Soundtrack
Geffen 4:53
Pressure Drop: The Definitive Collection 2005 Sanctuary / Trojan 4:55
20th Century Masters: Best of Ska, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:49
Hoot 2006
Original Soundtrack
Mailboat Records 4:53
Super Reggae Hits Box 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
The Essential Collection 2006 Metro Doubles
True Reggae 2007
Various Artists
Universal Music 3:28
Reggae Legends 2008 Sanctuary 4:55
Massive Reggae 2008
Various Artists
Universal Music TV
Essential Reggae 2008
Various Artists
Polystar / Universal 4:56
Ska Mania [Universal] 2009
Various Artists
Universal 4:54
Stinga 1: Mix Tape 2009 2:15
No Image 2010 Universal 4:53
100 Reggae & Ska Hits 2011
Various Artists
Goldenlane 5:13
Pressure Drop: The Golden Tracks 2011 Cleopatra 5:13
No Image 2012 Universal
Sound System: The Story of Jamaican Music 2012
Various Artists
Universal Island Records 4:56
Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged on Strawberry Hill 2012 Voyage 4:12
Live! 2012 Island / Universal 3:25
Mt. Zion: Music From & Inspired By The Motion Picture 2013
Original Soundtrack
Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 3:27
300 Hits: Beach Party 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 5:14
Latest & Greatest Reggae Dancehall Hits 2016
Various Artists
BMG / Union Square / Universal / USM Media 4:52
Beach Party: Reggae Beach Hits
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 5:14
No Image
Various Artists
Island 4:54
I Am Bolt [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Various Artists
Universal 4:57
Mojo Presents: Sun Is Shining
Various Artists
Mojo Music (Independent) 4:52
Reggae Sunshine Explosion
Various Artists
Motif Records 5:13
Ska Explosion [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 4:52
Trap Music Box
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Hypnotic Records 4:57
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