“Whatever happened to the delicately arranged strings & brass, not to mention the odd harp? I was always told this is what makes reggae acceptable. As if you could saddle Toots & The Maytals with all that – No Sir, no restrictive music sheets on this, just funky music right down to the grass roots…”

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Funky Kingston is the name of two albums by reggae group Toots and the Maytals.  The first was issued in Jamaica and the United Kingdom in 1972 on Dragon Records, DRLS 5002, a subsidiary label of Island Records, owned by Chris Blackwell. In 2003, the American version was placed at number 378 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Funky Kingston acknowledged American rhythm and blues with covers of songs by Ike Turner and Shep and the Limelites, along with a reggae take on Richard Berry’s composition, “Louie Louie”.

New repress vinyl LP available in store and online.

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