Toots & the Maytals – Pass the Pipe (MLPS 9534) (1979)

SAM_0262Produced by the relatively unheralded Karl Pitterson, this is easy vibes, commercial (but not too commercial) reggae courtesy Island subsidiary, Mango. SAM_0263One gets the overall feeling that the un-militant roots stylings of Pass the Pipe could have been created by any of a number of top reggae artists; nonetheless Toots’ Otis Redding-like timbre and delivery remains a distinctive and soulful instrument. 8/10 shall we say?SAM_0261

Published in: on January 9, 2014 at 2:33 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. reminds me of an rather amusing u-roy (or was it i-roy?) album that was hanging around in the sixth form common room way back when – the back cover had 3 pictures of the artist in various stages of spliff-toking: the first had nary a whisper of smoke emanating from his pipe/bong, the second had a fair bit of it, and in the third the guy was almost completely obscured by it!

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