Toots & the Maytals

Very Best of Toots & the Maytals [Polygram]

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AllMusic Review by Jo-Ann Greene

For those who don't want or can't afford to plonk out for the Toots & the Maytals' Time Tough: The Anthology, The Very Best Of provides the perfect solution, distilling down that two-CD, 41-track set to a single 19-song disc. There are a few subtle differences, however; for starters this set boasts two different versions of the band's reggae smash "54-46, That's My Number," as well as the original ska version of their Jamaican Song Festival winner "Bam Bam," unlike the anthology, which included only a later remodel. However, the "Never You Change" found on this set is not the trio's original ska hit, but a reggae-fied remake. The rest of the album pulls directly from the anthology, with the disc divided almost evenly between the trio and a solo Hibbert's pre- and post-Island career. Thus, for those who prefer the Maytals' ska and/or reggae hits, this is not the collection for you, as there are much better compilations of those periods. But for fans looking for a larger overview of both the band and Hibbert himself, this is an excellent place to start.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Toots & the Maytals 02:51
2 Toots & the Maytals 03:11 Amazon
3 Toots & the Maytals 03:11
4 Toots & the Maytals 03:16 Amazon
5 Toots & the Maytals 03:44 Amazon
6 Toots & the Maytals 02:55 Amazon
7 Toots & the Maytals 03:12 Amazon
8 Toots & the Maytals 02:55 Amazon
9 Toots & the Maytals 04:31 Amazon
10 Toots & the Maytals 02:45 Amazon
11 Toots & the Maytals 04:51 Amazon
12 Toots & the Maytals 04:24 Amazon
13 Toots & the Maytals 03:06 Amazon
14 Toots & the Maytals 03:11 Amazon
15 Toots & the Maytals 03:38 Amazon
16 Toots & the Maytals 04:16 Amazon
17 Toots & the Maytals 03:54 Amazon
18 Toots & the Maytals 04:08
19 Toots & the Maytals 04:48 Amazon
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