Toots And The Maytals – Monkey Man (For fans of Desmond Dekker, Bob Marley, The Ethopians)

So as I have previously mentioned in another post, I recently got back from Costa Rica (and am actually going to the doctor in like 15 minutes to get tested for malaria… that would be hilarious.  First time to Central America, gets malaria).  To keep costs low, I stayed in a hostel every night, but being an extremely light sleeper caused me to have a difficult time.  Unfortunately 99% of my music just makes me want to start mosh pits as opposed to sleep, so I had to reach into my old school ska/reggae collection to find something relaxing.  I often found myself listening to Toots & The Maytals Monkey Man album.

Jamaican Toots & The Maytals Monkey Man is one of the greatest reggae compilation albums ever released, period.  While the compilation itself was released in 1996, all of the songs are classic Toots and The Maytals recorded from 1968-1970, and serves as a perfect entry point for anyone who is trying to get a taste of what this band was all about.

Catchy songs that have been covered again and again (shit, Sublime alone references the band in like 3 different songs), people who never even heard of Toots & The Maytals are probably familiar with at least one of their classics, whether it be Pressure Drop, Monkey Man, or 54-46 That’s My Number.

Containing 10 tracks of (mostly) reggae, I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of ska or reggae and isn’t familiar with The Maytals.  At least your reggae mixes can consist of something other than Bob Marley.

Toots And The Maytals – Just Tell Me

More Sweet Tunes:
The Slackers – The Great Rocksteady Swindle
Yardbeat – Straight From Yard
King Django – Roots Tonic
The Ethopians


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