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January 19, 2017

Peter Tosh – Bush Doctor (1978) – Lp

by Record Facts

Peter Tosh, OM (born Winston Hubert McIntosh; 19 October 1944 – 11 September 1987) was a Jamaican reggae musician. Along with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer, he was one of the core members of the band The Wailers (1963–1974), after which he established himself as a successful solo artist and a promoter of Rastafari. He was baptized by Ethiopian Orthodox Church. He was murdered in 1987 during a home invasion.

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Artist:  Peter Tosh
Title:  Bush Doctor
Year:  1978
Format:  LP
Label:  EMI Records
Catalog#  5C 062-61708

As the debut album on the Rolling Stone label in 1978, Bush Doctor benefited immensely from the involvement of Jagger and Richards, as well as the publicity inherent in the high-profile nature of the release. Thankfully, Tosh was up to the challenge, and although there are moments that are less roots than anything he had previously recorded, Bush Doctor is no slick sellout. It’s bolstered by his incredible Word Sound & Power band featuring the legendary Sly & Robbie rhythm section along with lead guitarists Mikey “Mao” Chung and Donald Kinsey (fresh from his stint with Marley). Although the cover of the Temptations‘ “(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back” single featuring Jagger’s duet with Tosh seemed like an obvious ploy at crossover radio play, the rest is more roots conscious, and only slightly less compelling than some of ex-bandmate Bob Marley‘s work. The horns on “Moses — The Prophet” seem like sweetening, but the title track, “I’m the Toughest,” “Stand Firm,” and a remake of an old Wailers‘ track “Dem Ha Fe Get a Beatin,” complete with I-Threes-style backing vocals, are some of Tosh‘s best songs. Only the original album’s closing track, an ambitious but overwrought retelling of Genesis with Handel‘s “Messiah,” is a major misstep. Yet even here, Tosh is pushing boundaries, adding bird and thunder sound effects to his soft guitar strumming accompaniment. It’s interesting but few will want to hear it more than once.

 

Side one
1.  (You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back  (duet with Mick Jagger)  (3:43)
2.  Pick Myself Up  (3:55)
3.  I’m the Toughest  (3:48)
4.  Soon Come  (3:54)
5.  Moses – The Prophet  (3:37)

Side two
1.  Bush Doctor  (4:04)
2.  Stand Firm  (6:10)
3.  Dem Ha Fe Get a Beatin’  (4:11)
4.  Creation  (6:29)

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