THE SENSATIONAL MAYTALS! Sensational they certainly
are as this group of singers made a meteoric rise to fame with the development
of SKA approximately a year ago. Since then they have come out with no
less than six number 1 hits. In fact every tune that they have recorded
to date has been on the Jamaican hit parade and among them, the most popular
have been, 'Pain In My Belly', 'Dog War', It's You', 'Never You Change'
and 'My New Name'. This album includes the last four.
They created Jamaican musical history when both sides of one of their
records became number 1 on both hit parades. These tunes were 'Daddy'
and 'It's You'. The only other record to have done this was a foreign
record by the popular American Singing Group, 'The Drifters'. Although
released in November of 1964, 'It's You' and 'Daddy' have been on the
top-ten sales for the past six months and is now rising to the top of
the charts in England.
The MAYTALS, definately the most exciting group of singers ever to come
out of Jamaica, spent most of their lives in Western Kingston, the birthplace
of the now world-famous SKA beat. These Boys, Frederick "Toots"
Hibbert, Nathaniel "Gerry" McCarthy and Henry "Raleigh"
Gordon, with a style and language almost of their own, have so much 'Soul'
and 'Spirit' in their singing, that they held the top American recordings
ezperts completely spellbound during certain performances last year on
the innovation of SKA. Immediately, they were signed up to Atlantic records
on a five year contract.
All the tunes in this album are originals composed by this group of talented
performers. These compositions are actually taken from genuine incidents
out of their lives, and in view of this, they are able to apply true 'Soul'
to each one. It is no wonder that this group is idolised and worshipped
by many entertainers today -
THE SENSATIONAL MAYTALS!