Black Dignity: Early Works of the Steppin' Razor

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Black Dignity is by no means the only Peter Tosh collection anyone should own, since it covers a tumultuous sliver of time. The tracks here are Trojan Records-associated songs that come from the early '70s, a time when Tosh was issuing solo singles out of resentment for the slow pace his band, the Wailers, was taking and resentment for the back seat he was taking to the Wailers' leader, Bob Marley. You miss the earlier Tosh carving out a solo career and all the post-Wailers success that was to come, but the Wailers' most distrustful and urgent member didn't issue anything without a purpose. The singles here are all important and as the excellent, career-spanning liner ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Black Dignity is by no means the only Peter Tosh collection anyone should own, since it covers a tumultuous sliver of time. The tracks here are Trojan Records-associated songs that come from the early '70s, a time when Tosh was issuing solo singles out of resentment for the slow pace his band, the Wailers, was taking and resentment for the back seat he was taking to the Wailers' leader, Bob Marley. You miss the earlier Tosh carving out a solo career and all the post-Wailers success that was to come, but the Wailers' most distrustful and urgent member didn't issue anything without a purpose. The singles here are all important and as the excellent, career-spanning liner notes by Rick Glanvill point out, the producers Tosh was working with were in their prime, most notably Joe Gibbs. It was a producer/singer match made in heaven with Gibbs tempering Tosh's venom with sweet but very certain soul. On the Gibbs tracks it feels like that tense moment right before the kettle is about boil, something you'll feel when the excellent "Maga Dog" comes through the speakers. Black Dignity fills a void just by including the heralded Gibbs version of the track, but it also includes no less than four mostly faceless dub versions of the song that contain little or no involvement from Tosh to be fair, the cover does mention "and friends". The wild "Here Comes the Judge" -- which is followed by two of its dubs -- and the earthy, nyahbinghi-flavored "Earth's Rightful Ruler" are also crucial cuts the collection makes easy to obtain, the latter featuring an appearance by a young, very different-sounding U-Roy. The Lee "Scratch " Perry tracks are the Tosh-centered cuts he did with the Wailers and do a good job of representing the singer's contribution to the group. "Brand New Second Hand" shows what the Wailers were like with Tosh at the controls and makes a great argument that there should have been more of it. The track list doesn't flow as well as one would hope, but this is a more academic outing without any best-of disguise. Taking that into account and looking at the scant bit of Tosh Trojan has in its vaults, one can't help but respect how well Black Dignity brings the singer's "lost years" into the light. Start elsewhere if you're a newcomer, because this is a gap-filling gift for hardcore fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/8/2009
  • Label: Ume Imports
  • EAN: 5050159924127
  • Catalog Number: 241
  • Sales rank: 81,239

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brand New Second Hand - The Wailers (3:11)
  2. 2 Them a Fe a Beaten (1:53)
  3. 3 Reuben - Winston Wright (2:03)
  4. 4 Stop the Train - The Wailers (2:22)
  5. 5 Here Comes the Judge (3:27)
  6. 6 Rebelution - Winston Wright (3:19)
  7. 7 Ah So - Destroyers (3:17)
  8. 8 Soon Come - The Wailers (2:20)
  9. 9 Memphis (2:08)
  10. 10 Arise Black Man (2:36)
  11. 11 Four Hundred Years - The Wailers (2:31)
  12. 12 Maga Dog (2:44)
  13. 13 Skanky Dog - Winston Scotland (2:36)
  14. 14 Boney Dog - Now Generation (2:38)
  15. 15 Fat Dog - The Love Generation (2:59)
  16. 16 Maingy Dog - Bunny Flip (2:57)
  17. 17 Go Tell It on the Mountain - The Wailers (3:12)
  18. 18 Nobody's Business (AKA Leave My Business) (3:11)
  19. 19 Downpressor - The Wailers (3:12)
  20. 20 Rudie's Medley - Soulmates (3:12)
  21. 21 Can't You See - The Wailers (2:42)
  22. 22 Black Dignity (3:36)
  23. 23 (Earth's) Rightful Ruler (2:33)
  24. 24 Brand New Second Hand - The Wailers (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Tosh Primary Artist
Destroyers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Composer
Joe Gibbs Producer
Jill Gibson Composer
Leslie Kong Composer, Producer
Peter Tosh Composer, Author
Lee "Scratch" Perry Producer
Marley Arranger
Chris Boyle Interviewer
Laurence Cane-Honeysett Creative Coordinator
Rick Glanvill Liner Notes
David Corio Cover Photo
Desmond Dacres Composer
Traditional Composer
Macintosh people Composer
Tibor Kovacs Mastering
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