Saturday, 2 August 2014

REWIND: Toots And The Maytals - 'Funky Kingston'

This is one of the tracks that you can hear played on the latest edition of The Colour Of Vinyl, a weekly radio show and music blog that specialises in all things punk rock-related. The new ska/dub/reggae special features this superb selection, and the rest of that show can be listened to HERE. The blog has also begun publishing monthly mixtapes featuring recent new musical picks, and more info on those can be found at the website HERE. The Toots And The Maytals album 'Funky Kingston' was recorded at Dynamic Sound Studios in Kingston in 1972, when reggae music was little known outside of its native Jamaica, other than in devoted music circles. Awareness of the reggae genre changed that year with the release of the seminal film 'The Harder They Come', which had a soundtrack featuring two numbers by the group. The original 'Funky Kingston' album combined the reggae sound with American rhythm and blues influences and was released in 1972.Three years later in 1975, a revised version of the album was released in the United States. It kept only three tracks from the original album, substituting six taken from the follow-up 'In the Dark', and adding the 1969 'Pressure Drop' single which had been previously issued on the soundtrack to 'The Harder They Come'...

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