Peter Tosh – Legalize It (1976/2013) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Peter Tosh – Legalize It (1976/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:15 minutes | 746 MB | Genre: Reggae
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: | Booklet, Front covers | © Columbia Records
Recorded: 1975 at Treasure Isle and Randy’s, Kingston, Jamaica

Legalize It is the stunning solo debut by Peter Tosh, following his departure from the Wailers. Released in 1976, this seminal album showcases Tosh’s creative talents as he explores issues of spirituality. Legalize It remains a pivotal work in the history of reggae. It features the hits “Legalize It,” “No Sympathy,” “Why Must I Cry” and “Ketchy Shuby.” It features acclaimed musicians including Al Anderson, Rita Marley, Bunny Wailer and Judy Mowatt.

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. –AllMusic Review by Vik Iyengar

1. Legalize It 04:40
2. Burial 03:53
3. Whatcha Gonna Do 02:25
4. No Sympathy 04:35
5. Why Must I Cry 03:05
6. Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised) 04:36
7. Ketchy Shuby 04:57
8. Till Your Well Runs Dry 06:08
9. Brand New Second Hand 04:03

Peter Tosh, guitar, keyboards, vocals
Al Anderson, guitar
Robbie Shakespeare, bass
Sly Dunbar, drums
Tyrone ‘Organ D’ Downie, keyboards
Donald Kinsey, guitar
Robbie ‘Ras’ Lee, harmonica
Rita Marley, background vocals
Judy Mowatt, background vocals
Bunny Wailer, background vocals