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21
Apr

Peter Tosh – Mama Africa (1983) – Lp

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Peter Tosh
Title:  Mama Africa
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  EMI Records
Catalog#  1A 064-07717

Peter Tosh’s most “accessible” solo album, Mama Africa would also be his best seller outside Jamaica, the only one of his albums to break into the U.K. Top 50 and even push into the bottom reaches of the U.S. chart. Toning down the rhetoric, Tosh concentrated on the music, self-producing an album that sounds fantastic from start to finish. Of course, he had help from a boatload of friends, with two separate aggregates of musicians providing backing; Carlton “Santa” Davis and Lebert “Gibby” Morrison fuel one grouping across most of the album, with Sly & Robbie firing the other. There’s a fabulous horn section, a clutch of superb backing singers (including the Tamlins, who accompany Tosh on three songs), and some superb guitar work from Donald Kinsey. The album itself revisits the past while also looking to the future. The updated songs are particularly creative, with the Wailers’ “Stop That Train” totally revitalized through an incredible mix of styles, brilliantly blending R&B, nods to Motown, a faux slide guitar, and a steady reggae beat. Even more astonishing is Tosh’s stunning take on “Johnny B. Goode,” a U.K. Top 50 hit that boasts an intricate rhythm, brass accents, sumptuous keyboards, and Kinsey’s soaring guitar on a song that builds and builds into an absolute crescendo of sound. There’s also a fine revisit of “Maga Dog,” one of Tosh’s nastier songs. But that has little on “Peace Treaty,” whose laid-back beat and chirpy melody can’t hide Tosh’s gloating. Yes, listeners remember his admonition that peace will only be found in the grave, and the cease-fire declared by the gangs would never last. But as gunfire echoes across the track, should the treaty’s collapse really be the cause for celebration? To judge by Tosh’s triumphant I told you so, apparently it is. On a more positive note is the urban meets Kingston sound of “Not Gonna Give It Up,” boasting the Tamlins at their best, and more great guitar licks. The title track is even more infectious, a rocker with a Caribbean flair and a light Afro-beat, as Tosh muses eloquently about his beloved continent. Every track on the album is just as memorable in its own way, as the artist combines styles, genres, moods, and atmospheres across songs old and new. Not Tosh at his most revolutionary, but an album filled with music that remains unforgettable.

 

Side one
1.  Mama Africa  (7:58)
2.  Glasshouse  (5:52)
3.  Not Gonna Give It Up  (5:48)
4.  Stop That Train  (3:59)

Side two
1.  Johnny B. Goode  (4:03)
2.  Where You Gonna Run  (4:07)
3.  Peace Treaty  (4:19)
4.  Feel No Way  (3:27)
5.  Maga Dog  (4:24)

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19
Jan

Peter Tosh – Bush Doctor (1978) – Lp

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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