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Thursday, Oct 17 2013 | 21:33
Image: 1584680 Toots & The Maytals' long and storied musical career spans all the way back to the dawn of ska. The
group are not only key figures in the development reggae, they were among the first to utilize the word
in a song title which lead to the popularization of the very term reggae. Among the numerous musical
accomplishments of Frederick "Toots" Hibbert and his group was the song "Pressure Drop", which was
released initially in 1970, but received widespread acclaim for its appearance in the soundtrack to the film
Harder They Come. It's since been covered by The Clash, The Specials, The Selecter, Robert Palmer, and
numerous others, has been rated by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and is
credited with helping introduce reggae music to the world.

Though originally released in 1970, the US wouldn't get to experience "Pressure Drop" until 1975, when
it was released on the US version of their album Funky Kingston, easily considered one of the strongest
albums in Toots & The Maytals' catalog, not to mention one of the greatest in reggae history. Upon its
release
in the States it received massive critical applause (Even warming the cold, icy heart of Robert
Christgau) for its infectious melodies and rhythms on tracks like "Sailing On", "Time Tough", and the
eponymous title track, quirky Jamaica-infused covers of tracks by John Denver and Ike Turner, and of
course the influential "Pressure Drop."

Reissued in a lovingly re-printed version of the original LP sleeve, Get On Down now presents a superb
reissue of a legendary piece of music history.

SIDE ONE
Time Tough
In The Dark
Funky Kingston
Love Is Gonna Let Me Down
Louie Louie

SIDE TWO
Pomp And Price
Got To Be There
Country Road
Pressure Drop
Sailing On Available from 27.09.2013
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