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Peter Tosh 7/6/1999

Review

After years of being overshadowed by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh left the Wailers to pursue a solo career. Released in 1976, Legalize It is a bold statement that Peter Tosh had arrived and was a creative force in his own right. Although he explores some issues of spirituality, this is Tosh's most lightweight album in the sense that it is his least political. This is not meant as a criticism -- in fact, Tosh's playfulness and joy ("Ketchy Shuby") only add to the album's charm. He does make political statements (the title track celebrates and promotes the use of marijuana), but they are done with a sense of humor and a melodic infectiousness that belie his sincere concern for the issues. Tosh incorporates many instruments and mixes slower ballads with upbeat grooving tunes. The album's highlight is "Why Must I Cry," a multi-layered song (co-written with Bob Marley) that conveys a sense of personal failure when fighting an uphill battle, whether it be against injustices of the world or within the confines of a relationship. Legalize It cemented Tosh's position as a giant in reggae, and the album is one of the best albums of the genre. [A 1999 Sony reissue featured refurbished cover art and a bonus track.] ~ Vik Iyengar
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Legalize It Peter Tosh 4:38
  3. 2 Burial Peter Tosh 3:51
  4. 3 What'cha Gonna Do? Peter Tosh 2:23
  5. 4 No Sympathy Peter Tosh 4:32
  6. 5 Why Must I Cry Peter Tosh 3:2
  7. 6 Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised) Peter Tosh 4:33
  8. 7 Ketchy Shuby Peter Tosh 4:54
  9. 8 Till Your Well Runs Dry Peter Tosh 6:4
  10. 9 Brand New Second Hand Peter Tosh 4:1
  11. 10 Ketchy Shuby [Instrumental] Peter Tosh 3:13

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