ARTIST: Toots & The Maytals
TITLE: Sweet & Dandy
YEAR RELEASED: 1969
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Most of these songs were Jamaican singles.
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Pressure Drop, Monkey Man, 54-46 (That Was My Number)
LINEUP: Toots Hibbert, Raleigh Gordon, Jerry Mattias
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A collection of the early songs from the legendary ska/reggae band.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: This is one of the earliest true reggae albums featuring recordings done with Leslie Kong in the 60’s. As such, the fidelity isn’t that great.
Many of these songs were re-done by the group as they moved to international record companies. The originals have their own charm, though. Hibbert and company are political, emotional and love struck. Reggae fans will eat this up, fidelity and all.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They were a ska band until the mid-to-late 60’s, and the three listed above were the vocal group that were more popular than the Wailers in Jamaica at the time.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B : I’m not a reggae zealot. I’m keeping a select few songs and exiling the rest.