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Legalize It

Peter Tosh

1976

Legalize It

Album Summary

Legalize It is an album and song by Peter Tosh. Legalize It was Tosh's debut album as a solo artist after leaving the Wailers. It was recorded at Treasure Isle and Randy's, Kingston, Jamaica in 1976 and released in Jamaica in the same year.Legalize It is one of the two solo albums released in 1976 by Wailers members, along with Bunny Wailer's album Blackheart Man. Bob Marley and his new Wailers also released Rastaman Vibration. The song was written in response to his ongoing victimization by the Jamaican police and as a political piece pushing for the legalization of cannabis, particularly for medical use. In 1977, Tosh backed this up by saying "We are the victims of Rasclot circumstances. Victimization, colonialism, gonna lead to bloodbath". Tosh also said "Herb will become like cigarettes", in an NME interview in 1978.

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Rating

3.1

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5232

Genres

  • Reggae
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Thu May 12 2022
3

Here's Peter Tosh calling for the legalization of marijuana in 1976 (in Jamaica). Tosh also said "Herb will become like cigarettes," in an NME interview in 1978. Yet here we are, 46 years later, and cigarettes have become much less common and marijuana is still not culturally acceptable at the level Tosh was pleading for. Five years after this album was released, President Nixon called for a "War on Drugs" as part of the tough-on-crime platform of the Republican Party, and countless lives have been ruined by this war in the years since. In Jamaica, possession of up to 2 oz. of ganja was decriminalized in 2015, and in 2018 the first medical cannabis dispensary opened after medical marijuana was legalized. In the United States, marijuana is legalized in 18 states, 2 territories, and the District of Columbia – but illegal at federal level. Decriminalized in another 13 states and 1 territory. Despite these recent changes, 8.2 million Americans were arrested for marijuana between 2001 and 2010, and 80% of those were for simple possession. On top of that, blacks are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites. The numbers improved only slightly from 2010-2020, mostly offset by increases in methamphetamine arrests. Over 40,000 Americans are in prison for marijuana offenses, and millions more have criminal records that impact their quality of life. The War on Drugs is a failure. Legalize It.

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Sun Feb 07 2021
4

Legalize It cemented Tosh's position as a giant in reggae, and the album is one of the best albums of the genre.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Give me 85 degrees, a beach, and a cooler full of beer and this album is a 5.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

Amazing, lush, melancholy, relaxed

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Sun Aug 15 2021
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Legalize it, Why must I cry, Ketchy shuby, Till your well runs dry

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Sun Oct 31 2021
5

Wow. Such a great reggae album. Love the cadence and delivery on the vocals. Incredible instrumentals and backup vocals. Great lyrics and storytelling from the case for legal weed to good vs evil to loyalty and fleeting beauty. Compelling and various composition throughout. Never stale reggae sound. Burial, whatcha gonna do, why must I cry, legalize it.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

I opened the first legal aquaponic cannabis growing facility in Washington State. I ran my business for over 5 years, and then sold it. The profits from that sale bought me and my wife a farm in the county where we raise our now raise our two beautiful girls. I believe that I have lived Tosh's dream. I am so grateful to everyone who came before me and fought for our right to enjoy this plant. Thank you Peter!

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Sat Jan 21 2023
5

Great songs and sounds. Strong start with "Legalize It." "Ketchy Shuby" bumps and "Brand New Second Hand" is a great diss track. The bits of piano really enhance the musical layering. Tosh singing on "Till Your Well Runs Dry" rather than reggae styling is really interesting. Only track I didn't really like was Igziabeher.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

feels fresh & original after his work with the wailers. fav track: burial

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Peter Tosh flexes his musical gift with this solo effort with the backing Wailers. Tosh proves he can function in his own spotlight without Marley and comes away with good vibes and a message.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Ketchup Shuby was my fave

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Sun Sep 26 2021
4

I think I (or my brother) bought this album in the 70s. I remember not being in love with it, possibly I was comparing Peter to the only other reggae guy I knew, Bob. I like it better now, the rootsy feel, the keyboards (clavinet?) and the song-writing is solid - lots of memorable tunes on the side 1. Side 2 not as catchy. Between a 3 and a 4 but since I'm in a good mood...

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

An utter joy after 2 Iron Maiden albums. I knew this was his first post-Wailers album - and the important political message behind it (not just about cannabis). Not perfect, but essential listening.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

Perfect kick back on the beach album.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
3

I remember listening to Legalize It back in the day and thinking "This guy actually thinks they will legalize weed. What's he smoking?" 25 years after he died he is smiling in his grave. Tosh also wrote some tunes on The Wailers' albums before he moved on. It seems Bob had a one or two song cap on Tosh tunes per LP similar to the cap John and Paul gave George. There are some good tunes on this one including Burial and No Sympathy in addition to the title track. Till the Well Runs Dry is very clever with the verses and solo done in a blues style and the chorus in a Reggae style. He lays down a good solo in No Sympathy and his guitar work makes this song much better than the version previously released with The Wailers. Around the time this album was released Bob released Exodus. I suppose comparing these two albums validates the two song cap. 

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Gorgeous and totally without fuss, fully-formed grooves unroll as if they've always existed and are just popping out to stretch their legs. Such is the gift of the magi-musician.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
2

Was ok. Wouldn't really listen again

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Fri Nov 18 2022
1

What a silly Billy, doesn’t he realize that the devils lettuce has been legalized in most states these days

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

legalizeeeeeee it

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Thu Aug 26 2021
5

Love it! Varied song themes, great instrumentation, great vibes. Legalize!

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

5, based album

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Fri May 27 2022
5

Muito bom!

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

Trying my best not to give everything five stars . Aw well

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

I think it's the first reggae album I bought. Love the riddims.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

Don't be fooled by the simple and clear message (agreeing or not) at the beginning and in the album's title. There's a lot going on and to me this album just gets better the longer it runs. Especially Tosh's feeling for melody and the guitar play makes this a great listen.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
5

9/10 good vibes, love reggae the mixing on some of these songs were a bit weird but idc, still sounds great

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Good to hear reggae albums not featuring Bob Marley for a change, though I do like his stuff. This was consistently great throughout as well which is an extra bonus. Love how there's meaningful messages and really good music to back it..Highly recommended listen.

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Sat Dec 03 2022
5

LEGALIZE!

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Mon Dec 05 2022
5

Sorry I missed this. Fucking legendary album. Even the goats love it.

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Mon Jan 23 2023
5

very cool

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Old School Reggae

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Thu Sep 10 2020
4

Not a big fan of Reggae but this was nice to listen to.

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Mon Sep 14 2020
4

This was pretty good! Legalize It itself is very good song, and the album (while short) is really solid. I think I'll definitely come back to it.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Actually pretty good. Definitely see how the rhythm section influenced other bands I like.

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Sat May 15 2021
4

Would have been timely on 4:20!

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

4.1

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Great reggae

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Mellow reggae. This is great weed smoking music haha

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Alles groovt erwartungsgemäß und doch ist das ein Reggae mit bluesy/folky Anteilen, Klavier Einsätzen, Dub Andeutungen, überhaupt super Songs, die eine oft generische Selbstbezogenheit des Genres mit Leichtigkeit transzendieren. Tolle Platte. 3.9

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Un dels clàssics del roots reggae, amb temes mítics, com 'Legalize It' o 'Till Your Well Runs Dry'; i d'altres també top, com 'No Sympathy' o 'Why I Must Cry'. Encara dins l'ona dels Wailers, un disc a l'alçada dels de Marley en aquells anys

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

No sé, siento que no necesitaba escucharlo antes de morir, pero sí que me parecieron chidas Igziabeher y Burial, no me esperaba un sonido tan dark en este disco y no simpathy de hecho está bastante simpática. Mood: Me da dos motas, por favor

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

I thought it was a solid 3 but then I was looking through for special mentions and more than half the songs - so I guess a 4 then...

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

3.6 enjoyable

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

As good as any Bob Marley album

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

A very nice and enjoyable album. I liked it.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Super vibey!! Not as good as Exodus for me personally, but would definitely listen again.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Good

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Fri May 07 2021
4

A grower. Has a lot of rasta spirituality infused in it. Took a while before I liked it, but it's good. Best song: Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised). Worst song: Ketchy Shuby.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Good shit, man. I'm not a huge reggae fan, never bought a single album, but I can listen to this all day.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Great chill music for the backyard

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Every song on this album is catchy and interesting. No low points. Great example of classic Reggae.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

Een van de muzikanten van Bob Marley die een eigen carrière begon ... Ik vind het eigenlijk nog best leuke muziek om naar te luisteren. Het eerste nummer is wel heel stereotiep, maar daarna is het eigenlijk best genieten. Naast het typische reggae ritme heb je geinige gitaarsolo's, wat electronische geluidjes en zo af en toe een heel poppie melodietje. Ik denk dat dit zeker in zijn genre een heel goed album is.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Iree! Good stuff. Treading familiar ground, but still nice. Makes a giod companion piece to Bob Marley's Uprising.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

As far as the genre goes, this is pretty clearly at the top with Marley. Not music I’ll likely listen to again but maybe on a beach vacation or something.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

A reggae classic

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Reggae is better when it's not boring bob

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Catchy tunes with plenty of depth, assuming you don't mind reggae.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

Powerful, dank and dirty. 4.5.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

On par with Bob Marley's best.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Peter Tosh and Bob Marley are like the Lennon & McCartney of Reggae. Both are absolute pillars of influence in the genre. While Marley gets the lion's share of attention, this album proves how capable and even masterful Peter Tosh was in the absence of Marley.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Good tunes, reggae up there with the greats.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Legalize it

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Classic Reggae sound. Haven't heard this album in a long time and really enjoyed it. Such a summer vibe.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
4

A-fucking-men.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Not my usual type of listen, but quite enjoyed it

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

Vaguely knew about Peter Tosh, but I had no idea he was a part of the Wailers until I got this album picked for me! Absolutely wonderful Reggae. Calming and catchy, just like it should be, and a nice break from the typical Marley dominated Reggae I'd been listening to. There were only a few places where I felt the album faltered a little, but overall it was a joy to listen to.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

It's good, loved the last song

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Wed May 04 2022
4

Peter Tosh almost at his best.

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Fri May 06 2022
4

Enjoyed it much more than expected, many of the songs were so easy to listen to with some being very catchy. Haven't listened to much in this genre but I'm sure there will be more to come. Favourite Songs: Legalize it, No sympathy

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

This feels so cutting edge for the time, the sound, the album cover. I would have thought this was a late 80s or 90s album. I like it!

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

Yep. Chalk this one up to another Reggae album i've not properly listened to. Great stuff

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Sun Jun 12 2022
4

Cooking outside, overlooking a lake, listening to this album. Just needed some weed to complete the vibe. -1* due to it not being legalised.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

The first song is really hard to get thtough, but after that it actually gets pretty good. 3 Best reggae album yet 4

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

I understand why I've never heard of Peter Tosh, but he knows how to put together a solid reggae album. Although there are only a handful of standout songs, this album is very easy listening. I found out I like reggae more than I expected! Best Songs: Legalize It, Till Your Well Runs Dry, Ketchy Shuby Worst Songs: Whatcha Gonna Do

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

This is a great listen.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

I'm a very casual reggae fan, only owning 10+ essential albums at home (by Bob Marley, Toots And The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Lee "Scratch" Perry/The Upsetters or the Congos...), plus a few Trojan and Studio One compilations. If I had a little more room and money to spare, this one would be part of my collection for sure... But since I already have the historical title track on CD somewhere, I didn't go for it. Don't get me wrong, *Legalize It* is still a fine album. The songwriting can be very good sometimes, and some of the arrangements are top-notch. Take "Igziabeher", for instance: its dreamy piano flourishes, to which Tosh adds enigmatic wind sounds at the end, make for a trippy listening experience. Nice way to praise Jah, Peter. Here are the sort of nice touches that can take the genre up to the next level. Admittedly, some of the tunes are still a little light on the ear, especially compared to Tosh's former band, The Wailers. That comparison may seem unfair to a certain extent--Tosh is a more than decent songwriter--yet one can still sense this record sometimes lacks the mystical intensity of Marley's vocal performances, or the full-on inventive quirkiness of Lee Perry's productions, or the sheer soulfulness of Toots And the Maytals. But I can still get why *Legalize It* should be an album you must listen to at least once in your life. And this even if you're only a *casual* reggae fan, with not enough shelves in his living room. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 839 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 88 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 39 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 33

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Nice smooth album to help me get through the work day.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

I very much enjoyed this album. I've seen him live & it was the smokiest show I've ever attended. Solid listen.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Classic reggae, especially "Legalize It." I've always thought that it was pretty savvy of him to speak Capitalism in the song: "Legalize it and I will advertise is." Nothing like appealing to the greed of those in power. "Brand New Second Hand" was the only other track on this album that I was familiar with, but the entire album's solid. "Burial" is nice and funky, and "Why Must I Cry" has a pleasing little guitar solo in it. The only track I didn't particularly care for was "Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised)." Everything else was great.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Stoner reggae, but good.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Would revisit

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Sun Sep 04 2022
4

mellow

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Great smooth reggae

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Listened Before? N Grooovy! It's nice to hear some alternate Reggae instead of Marley. Love the weed theme and it seems like he was quite the guy. His death was brutal and a wild story. "The Day the Music Died" - Jamaican Version. Incredibly sad. Added to Library? N Songs added to playlist: Legalize It

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

Great reggae album.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Like most Americans, I haven't delved too far into reggae beyond Bob Marley. This feels pretty similar, maybe a bit more of a mellow vibe. Hard not to like it. And I fully agree, it should be legalized. 4 stars.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Classic reggae!

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

What an amazing debut. I always liked Peter Tosh because of the harsher political edge he brought to roots reggae. This one in particular pushes for the legalization of marijuana in Jamaica. Great songs on here.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

I always preferred Tosh’s voice to Marley’s. This record is really good but it’s no Equal Rights.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

Si

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Tue Dec 13 2022
4

Already started laughing at first song. Very fun relaxing album.

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Wed Dec 14 2022
4

Not listened to much Reggae - this was pretty decent

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Wed Dec 28 2022
4

Brand New secondhand is such a devastating insult

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Wed Dec 28 2022
4

Peter Tosh was one of the founding members of the Wailers (Bob Marley's backing band) before branching off on his own. This is his debut solo album, and covers topics such as the legalization of marijuana, poverty, and religion. This was some great reggae, not as polished as Bob Marley's stuff, but still very good all around. There were some tight guitar solos, and phenomenal beats throughout. Overall, I really liked this album. Very easy listening. I will definately revisit again! Favourite songs: Burial, Why Must I Cry, Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised), Whatcha Gonna Do, Ketchy Shuby, Till Your Well Runs Dry Least favourite song: Legalize It 4/5

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Thu Dec 29 2022
4

Great reggae music. Easy to just listen to and chill out. Being stoned made this album a lot better. It was also nice being given so many mixes of the songs.

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Thu Jan 05 2023
4

Actually really nice music and pleasant to jam to. 7/10.

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Tue Jan 10 2023
4

This album has staying power for something that came out in 1976, you've got to give it that. I recall these songs getting frequent play on college radio back in the 90s and imagine it still does in some quarters. That's funny, because the title track is one of the least interesting things on the album. This album is much better than I remember it being. It's a real classic for its genre and shows that Peter Tosh's talents weren't limited to what he could do in the Wailers. The songs have a variety of moods, delivered with depth, conviction, a dash of humor, and an earnestness of feeling that I'm really enjoying. Fave Songs: Burial, No Sympathy, Why Must I Cry, Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised), Till Your Well Runs Dry, What'cha Gonna Do?

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Sat Jan 21 2023
4

Loved this, listened too it late at night and I don’t normally listen to reggae but listened to it 5 times especially loved no sympathy

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Wed Jan 25 2023
4

Really great reggae album from start to finish. The only songs I knew going in were "Legalize It" and "Ketchy Shuby" but there are so many solid tracks here. In fact, I think the title track might be my least favorite of them all. It's a great message, especially considering the year it was released, but it's a repetitive song.

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Fri Dec 11 2020
3

grabe ang sad na relevant pa rin ngayon yung legalize it 2020-1976 (i cant do math) years later

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