Peter Tosh - Legalize It - Review
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As a Wailer for all of his adult life until very recently, the 31-year-old Peter Tosh was a legendary figure by the time of his solo-debut in ’76. All the same, he still felt he had a point to prove, having felt marginalized within the confines of the larger-than-life group which had become the property of the World during his tenure. Via the album title and lead track, he immediately endeared himself to the Rastafarians by boldly calling for the legalization of marijuana on religious grounds – you’ve got to laugh. The album actually does carry a noticeably lighter tone than the recent Wailers albums, and is characterized by a laid-back, chilled-out vibe; wrong-doers and lovers are treated equally in relaxed fashion. The musicianship is top-drawer, virtually the equal of the Wailers, and his group are as adept with the soulful as they are with the roots-rock branches of the reggae tree. The case for Tosh, as he would say, is proven. Not that he had a case to answer.

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