Album #366 – Legalize It
Legalize It is Peter Tosh’s first solo outing since leaving The Wailers. It includes a who’s who of backing musicians: Sly and Robbie, Two members of the I Threes (Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt), Al Anderson, Organ D Downie and Bunny Wailer. Other than the title track, which advocates the legalization of marijuana and gives off a laundry list of reasons for its legalization, this album is not very political. It’s a surprise because Tosh has made some important political statements over the years. I loved this album because of how laid back it was. Tosh has a very different singing voice from Marley’s. It’s very low and mellow. Most of the tracks on Legalize It reflect that laid back vibe that is so essential to reggae. That is what makes it an essential listen for any reggae fan. What also makes this album refreshing is the fact that Tosh did not sever his ties from The Wailers completely. He co-wrote a song with Bob Marley and many members of that group contributed to this album. Usually when an artist leaves to go solo, his ties are severed from the group and they don’t really help them out with their first solo project. Luckily, this wasn’t the case here. Other highlights include: What’cha Gonna Do, Why Must I Cry, Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised) and Till Your Well Runs Dry. Overall, I give Legalize It, 5 out of 5.
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