TOOTS & THE MAYTALS - SANTA CRUZ 1978 [R.I.P. 1942 - 2020]

February 11, 2016 – 1:20 pm

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TOOTS HIBBERT R.I.P. 1942 - 2020

Toots Hibbert, one of the fathers of reggae music and of Toots and the Maytals fame,  died on Friday (September 11) night in Kingston, Jamaica. He was 77. His death, in a hospital, was announced on the social media accounts of his band, Toots and the Maytals. No cause was specified, but he was recently reported to have been hospitalized with Covid-like symptoms.

Chris Blackwell signed The Maytals to Island Records and changed their name to Toots and the Maytals, with Maytals now referring to the backing singers and the band members. They released several influential albums for the label, including Funky Kingston [1975], Reggae Got Soul [1976] and, following the departure of Matthias and Gordon, Hibbert’s solo album Toots in Memphis [1988]. Later in life, Hibbert won the 2005 Grammy for best reggae album for True Love. Each song on the record was a collaboration with some of his biggest fans, among them Eric Clapton, Bootsy Collins and The Roots, Willie Nelson, Keith Richards and Jamaican greats Shaggy, Marcia Griffiths and Ken Boothe. Bonnie Raitt, who’s featured on the title track, “True Love is Hard to Find,” said performing with Toots and his band is “one of the highlights of my life.”

On August 28, 2020, Hibbert released the final album of his career and his first new studio album in a decade, the aptly titled Got To Be Tough. Two days after the release of Got To Be Tough, Hibbert was admitted to Kingston’s University Hospital of the West Indies. -

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Santa Cruz 1978 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA; February 7, 1978. Very good pre-FM remaster.

Toots and the Maytals, originally called The Maytals, are a Jamaican musical group and one of the best known ska and rock steady vocal groups. According to Allmusic, “The Maytals were key figures in reggae music. Formed in the early 1960s when ska was hot, the Maytals had a reputation for having strong, well-blended voices. Frontman Hibbert’s soulful style led him to be compared to Otis Redding. - wikipedia

Thanks to original uploader weezerdude; and to nobody for the remaster and sharing it at Dime.

nobody noted (February 7, 2016):

I needed a break from a formative, master musician of our times passing away every few hours, so I set about fixing up this incendiarily irie Toots-fest from exactly 38 years ago this evening. It suffered from some of the nastiest digital clipping issues I have ever witnessed in this realm - 18 db above the red zone! Is that even possible? And there were issues with the bass and how for all but the second song it was less prominent and fat. Additionally there was a passage in the second tune where the bass totally overwhelmed the sonic profile of the music, so I used a subtle roll-off to lessen the avalanche effect some. Then I aligned it all with some EQ and some Graphics Dynamics enhancement in Sound Forge 9.

Aside from moving a few track markers around and the usual titling and tagging - oh yeah, I made one of my embarrassingly primitive front covers too [Ed: Modified slightly here] - that’s about the extent of my activities. This is much less overloaded and far more streamlined now, and plays a bit more like one continuous-sounding thing IMO. Maybe it’s a generous assessment - I could only do so much with the bass in Funky Kingston with the roll-off without disturbing the ambience too much, and it might still be too bassy/drummy to some ears given the fattening I did to the rest of the low end of it to make it somewhat match that track - but I’d say it’s nearly indistinguishable from what an official release of this master blaster 100 minutes of reggae mayhem might someday resemble, give or take a few micro-decibels. Many thanks to the original seeders, Happy Anniversary to this wonderful set… and hopefully Toots Hibbert will not die before I post this, or anytime soon for that matter.

grner1, Dime:

Thanks for the remaster but I should point out that the KUSP station reel is in fact the master. The parts that are missing were intentionally cut with a razor blade from the tape to “tighten it up” for subsequent rebroadcasts. This process is typical for radio stations that re-broadcast masters, and was definitely done in this case. Unfortunate but true. Thanks for restoring the missing sections though - this show certainly deserves another run through and your attempt to improve it is welcome!

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Original Lineage:
KUSP-FM prebroadcast Revox B77 7.5 ips production reel > Tandberg 9241XD Dolby B encoded 3.75 ips reel.
KUSP announcer splices: off-air Revox 3.75 ips reel master (no Dolby).

Transfer: Soundboard source: Tandberg 9241XD (Dolby B decoded)
Off-air FM source: Tandberg 9241XD (Dolby B off) > Macintosh with DigiDesign AudioMedia III soundcard > Pro Tools (minor “nip & tuck” edits, normalization & tracking) > AIFF > xACT (Flac level 8 files with sector boundaries verified).

The sections that were spliced in were missing from the station reel. That reel started with the stage intro and the encore break was cut out completely.

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Disc 1
Track 101. KUSP-FM intro by Lance Linares 0:12 (345k)
Track 102. Pressure Drop 3:25 (5.7MB)
Track 103. Funky Kingston 6:10 (10.4MB)
Track 104. Take Me Home, Country Roads 6:11 (10.4MB)
Track 105. Time Tough 7:15 (12.2MB)
Track 106. Missing You 5:58 (10.0MB)
Track 107. Spirit 7:18 (12.3MB)
Track 108. Monkey Man 6:28 (10.9MB)
Track 109. Untitled Jam 5:15 (8.8MB)
49 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. 54-46, That’s My Number 13:36 (22.8MB)
Track 202. Reggae Got Soul 25:43 (43.2MB)
Track 203. KUSP-FM radio interlude 3:18 (5.5MB)
Track 204. Happy Days 8:45 (14.7MB)
52 mins

Toots Hibbert - vocals
Winston Wright - organ, vocals
Jackie Jackson - bass, vocals
Hux Brown - lead guitar
Rad Bryan - rhythm guitar, vocals
Paul Douglas - drums

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  1. 9 Responses to “TOOTS & THE MAYTALS - SANTA CRUZ 1978 [R.I.P. 1942 - 2020]”

  2. Yes! This is a rare treat. Just needed some Toots this morning here. Was a bit worried about the technical chat about improving the sound but this is a gem and really REALLY highly listenable. I defy anyone here to listen and not end up dancing around the room!
    Time Tough people! You may as well dance!

    By swappers on Feb 11, 2016

  3. “My friends they call me Toots…. but my name is Rastifari!!”
    Said it every time I saw him in the late ’70’s & ’80’s
    great show, seeing him live is best (as all shows!)

    By Bernestalker on Feb 12, 2016

  4. Thanks for this one BigO. It’s about 18 degrees where I am (Delaware btw),
    A little Reggae will go a long way towards remedying that I think. Saw Toots a couple of years back in Philly and it was a blast. Can’t wait to hear these guys do “Take Me Home Country Roads”. This is stirring up some very cool memories for me already. Thanks again BigO for he great work that you do. PS I felt just like swappers when I read the notes but it sounds very good to my ears. I think a lot of people either never had to deal with bootlegs in 70’s-80’s and don’t know how great we have it now with the sound quality of so many of these shows.

    By RastafErion on Feb 12, 2016

  5. Brilliant ! Great sound quality, excellent show. If somebody is not into Reggae, try this one, or at least Gov´t Mule with their “Dub Side of the Mule” Live CD. It seems that Warren Haynes & Company love Toots, too…

    By Michael Hess on Feb 12, 2016

  6. Whatever electronic magic you performed, it worked. Great sound and a fine performance from these Jamaican legends. Thanks!

    By Bill from Pgh on Feb 16, 2016

  7. I guess I will make my usual boring comment about the genitalia of the members of this band and then go back to my miserable closeted life.

    By U L E on Sep 17, 2020

  8. Such a terrible sad loss and it seems another music star and public figure lost to Covid-19

    Thanks for this reminder Big O
    Appreciated. Been playing little else lately than Toots. So glad he got so much more attention towards the end of his life and he leaves his wife of 39 years and 7 of his 8 children. Out heartfelt love and affection go out to them
    One love!

    By swappers on Sep 17, 2020

  9. thank you

    By Madame Phoot on Sep 17, 2020

  10. Hi black music lovers,
    forget James Brown,Otis,Marvin,Prince…
    TOOTS is the MAN - The Greatest Singer & Performer of ALL Times!!!!!!!

    By zamente on Sep 26, 2020

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