Toots & The Maytals Flip & Twist (3.5*)

Saturday 31 December 2011

It's more than thirty-five years since I first heard Toots' joyful wail on  The Harder They Come soundtrack and it's good to know that he's still going strong. While there's nothing here to match Sweet & Dandy's goodtime celebration, the relentless groove of Funky Kingston and Pressure Drop or the sheer off-the-wall brilliance of Take Me Home Country Roads I can’t think of anything from anywhere that does. You could cherry-pick the best bits from somewhere like Pressure Drop; The Definitive Collection ($29.99 from iTunes) which covers the decade up to 1974, but it's worth shelling out the $16.99 for the current incarnation.

© Ian Hughes 2012