Album: Toots & the Maytals, Flip and Twist (D&F)

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Toots has never shrunk from his interest in American R&B (anyone remember Funky Kingston?), so it is entirely in keeping with his past that he should deliver an umpteenth album that barely skanks at all over its (rather stretched) 15-track length.

And perhaps we shouldn't get too het up over the fact that the two best-written songs are by Gamble & Huff and Stevie Wonder ("Higher Ground"). But gospel, funk, southern soul, Jamaican R&B – they're all here, in profusion, with loud guitars and drums.

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