January 13, 2009
Reggae, Political Reggae, Roots Reggae

Album Review

Because of the giant shadow that Bob Marley casts over Jamaican music, it's easy to forget that the Wailers, with Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Livingston were very much a group in the beginning, and that Tosh and Livingston were far from just bystanders in the equation. In truth tall, proud, and defiant, Tosh was never a bystander in much of anything in his life, and while he wasn't as prolific as Marley as a songwriter, and nowhere near as, well, cuddly, if that's the right term, he still produced some stunning work, as this succinct 14-track (there's a 15th CD-R track here as well) collection makes clear. All the key songs from his post-Wailers career are here, including "Legalize It," the vicious "Stepping Razor" ("I'm dangerous," Tosh sings, and he was, in a way that Marley wasn't), the panoramic "400 Years," and "Downpressor Man," among others, and the end result is a tight, wall to wall portrait of a proud, angry man with a huge heart and a lot of soul.
Steve Leggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Legalize It
  2. Stepping Razor
  3. Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised)
  4. 400 Years [Live]
  5. Get Up, Stand Up
  6. Ketchy Shuby
  7. (You Got To Walk And) Don't Look Back
  8. Downpressor Man
  9. Til Your Well Runs Dry
  10. African
  11. Mystery Babylon
  12. Mark of the Beast [Live]
  13. Burial
  14. Equal Rights
  15. [CD-Rom Track]
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