Zak Starkey & Trojan Jamaica present Toots & The Maytals

For The Who’s Who By Numbers Tour of North America in November and December of 1975 their support band were none other than the amazing Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert and his band, The Maytals.

Now, with the launch this year of the Trojan Jamaica record label by The Who’s drummer Zak Starkey and his partner SSHH, the wheel has come full circle and this week sees the release of a new album from Toots & The Maytals entitled Got To Be Tough.

With Got To Be Tough, Toots brings a return to the people with his first album of brand new songs in a decade. The energising provocation of Got To Be Tough renews the near six-decade career of the man who launched a new sound and genre with his 1968 single ‘Do The Reggay’.

The album includes ten new tracks featuring ‘Toots’ Hibbert (Producer, Guitar, Bass),  Nigel Burrell (Drum Programmer, Recording Engineer, Co-Producer) ,  Sly Dunbar (Drums), Cyril Neville (Percussion), Zak Starkey (Guitar, Post Producer), Delroy Fatta Pottinger (Recording Engineer),  David Sardy (Mixing Engineer),  Gavin Lurssen (Mastering Engineer),  SSHH (Editor, Post Producer),  ZAK (Editor, Post Producer),  Max Noise (Engineer),  Tomas Crow (Engineer),  Michael Rendall (Engineer) and Delroy Pottinger (Engineer).

Plus there are several guest appearances on the album – including one from Ringo!

TOOTS & THE MAYTALS : Got To Be Tough is out on Friday 28 August 2020.

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1 thought on “Zak Starkey & Trojan Jamaica present Toots & The Maytals”

  1. Paduka says:

    Any out there remember that one song set by Toots in Springfield, Mass before he was beer bottled off the stage. The last thing I remember was the sound of the mike drop!
    …..oh those lasers.

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