Occasionally, a reissue comes along that re-instills faith in the record industry. Monkey Man/From the Roots was released by Trojan in 1999 and has everything a CD reissue should have: improved sound, original artwork, informative liner notes, and 70-plus minutes of great music. The Maytals' third album, Monkey Man originally released in 1970, and their fourth, 1973's From the Roots, are included in this package. All 26 tracks were recorded by legendary producer Leslie Kong in 1969-1970. Along with the Maytals' better-known songs ("Pressure Drop," "Sweet and Dandy," and "Monkey Man") are the catchy "African Doctor," a revamped cover of John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance," and the gospel preaching of "I Shall Be Free." While there are a number of excellent Maytals anthologies available, this reissue is desirable in that many of the songs on this set are not included in those collections. In addition, Monkey Man/From the Roots chronicles the period in which both Kong and Toots Hibbert were at the height of their creative powers. A great document.
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AllMusic Review by J.P. Ollio