Experience Peter Tosh
April 16, 2009
Published: Thursday | April 16, 2009
AMERICAN RECORD company Shanachie Records has released a comprehensive set featuring reggae legend Peter Tosh. The Ultimate Peter Tosh Experience contains two DVDs, a CD and a 30-page booklet that provides insight into the life and work of one of the music’s most controversial figures.
One of the DVDs contains the acclaimed Tosh documentary Red X. The other has interviews with the singer and persons from his inner circle, such as manager Herbie Miller; it also captures Tosh performing at the 1978 One Love Peace Concert in Kingston and the 1979 Reggae Sunsplash.
Fourteen songs are on the CD, including Tosh staples such as Get Up Stand Up, Downpressor Man and Legalize It. But there are also little-heard numbers like Watcha Gonna Do, which was recorded in Jamaica in 1974 with British superstar Eric Clapton.
Tosh was murdered by gunmen at his St Andrew home in September 1987. There have been several attempts to preserve his extensive legacy, mainly through the reissue market.
In 1997, Legacy Records, the reissue arm of Columbia Records, released Honorary Citizen, a three-CD set with 43 of Tosh’s songs. Two years later, the company re-released his landmark Legalize It and Equal Rights albums which were originally released in 1976 and 1977, respectively, by Columbia.
In 2000, reggae historian Roger Steffens and JAD Records revisited Tosh’s astonishing set at the One Love show with the Live at The One Love Peace Concert album.
Born Winston McIntosh, in Westmoreland in 1944, Peter Tosh was an original member of The Wailers harmony group that also included Bob Marley and Neville Livingston (later Bunny Wailer).
The group recorded several ska, rock steady and reggae hits, including Simmer Down, Duppy Conqueror and Get Up Stand Up, but Tosh and Wailer left in late 1973 for solo careers when The Wailers were on the verge of an international breakthrough.
Tosh went on to record for Columbia, Rolling Stones Records, EMI Records and Capitol Records. No Nuclear War, his final studio album, won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1988.
Sounds like this is going to be a must buy item. I just put it on my shopping list. 😉