Veteran reggae outfit Toots and the Maytals have released a new cover of Bob Marley & The Wailers‘ 1980 feel-good song, “Three Little Birds”. The new recording of the fan-favorite reggae tune will appear on Toots and the Maytal’s forthcoming studio album (their first in 10 years), Got to Be Tough, due out later this month on August 28th via Trojan Jamaica/BMG.
For their take on “Three Little Birds”, Toots and the Maytals recruited some help from Bob Marley’s son Ziggy Marley, Ringo Starr and his own son Zak Starkey, and veteran reggae drummer Sly Dunbar.
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Toots and the Maytals’ cover released on Friday adds an abundance of energy to the more relaxed original recording, as horns and high-energy vocals lift the song to new heights. Almost 40 years after “Three Little Birds” initial release in September 1980, this collection of musicians brings the beloved reggae anthem into the new decade with the excitement and feel-good energy music fans around the world desperately need at the moment.
“This album is speaking out about injustices while pointing to a better time,” singer/bassist Frederick Toots Hibbert told Rolling Stone last month of their first new studio album in a decade. “This album is teaching a path to recovery and step to better days on the journey ahead. This album ‘Got to Be Tough’ is a bind builder of positive objectives.”
Listen to the new cover of “Three Little Birds” below.
Toots and the Maytals feat. Ziggy Marley – “Three Little Birds”
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[H/T Rolling Stone]