Toots & The Maytals Liquid [...]; reviews live.Byline: BARRY GORDON
[Perhaps short for tootsie.] & The Maytals Liquid Room, Edinburgh, August 9 ?????oined the term reggae, helped establish ska as a genre and, in Frederick "Toots" Hibbert, were led by a man in receipt of the Order of Jamaica The Order of Jamaica is the fourth of the five ranks in the Jamaican honours system. The Order was established in 1969, and is considered the equivalent of knighthood in the British honours system. medal.
A Maytals gig, however, is as much about the audience as it is about the actual music.
Here, we had people simulating sex, OAPs dancing on chairs and even a heated argument going on about racism. There were middle-aged men bathed in Adidas pretending to be Rastas, and the smell of cannabis was enough to get you high, whether you wanted to or not.
As for the music, Hibbert's band are a highly disciplined bunch with a firm understanding of dynamics.
One second they're locked into a lazy, rock-steady dance groove, next they're skanking away on some James Brown
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Hibbert, 66, resembles a smaller version of Mr Motivator.
With his pink-black tracksuit track·suit
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a warm loose-fitting suit worn by athletes etc., esp. on and bopping away to his heart's content, he was in full-on church preacher mode for the most part.
A Maytals gig, though, is all about having fun. The call-and-response chanting makes hardcore football terracing songs sound dull and quiet by comparison. And of course, everyone was in the mood to "drop the pressure".
A living music history lesson, then. Everyone should make an effort to see Toots & The Maytals play at least once in their lifetime.