BBC Review: Peter Tosh 1978-1987

June 1, 2012

In 2011 Sony reissued barritoned Wailers bad-boy Peter Tosh‘s initial solo albums Legalize It and Equal Rights – including demos, outtakes and dub-specials. A year later EMI has assembled this remastered six-disc set comprising his subsequent five studio LPs, one previously-released and one unreleased live recording, plus some bonus mixes.

This was a less-consistent period for Tosh, whose cutting voice and lyrics weren’t always suited to the heavily-produced fare his Rolling Stones/EMI tenure yielded. But for every misstep there are gems – most powered by the drum-and-bass of Sly & Robbie, fearlessly pushing reggae’s sound barriers.

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