The Maytones

Funny Man

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The Maytones (Vern Buckley and Gladstone "Son" Grant) were a delightful Jamaican harmony duo whose perfect two-part harmonies spun over simple, unassuming rural rhythms gave their songs an uncommonly wise and comfortable feel, helped, no doubt, by Alvin Ranglin's sparse and complimentary production style. Funny Man is essentially the duo's Madness album from 1976 with select Ranglin-produced singles added in, and the result is remarkably consistent. The huge hit, "Madness," is here, along with key cuts like the duo's first success, "Loving Reggae," the title track, "Funny Man," and the marvelous Justin Hinds-influenced "Boat to Zion." Fans of vintage Jamaican roots reggae will treasure this collection.

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