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All Music Guide - Ralph Heibutzki
Having flirted with commercial acceptance on Bush Doctor, the former Wailers guitarist reasserted his cranky contrarian militancy on this album -- which is why he never reached the mega-stardom of his countryman Bob Marley. Unlike his old Wailers bandmate, Tosh had little interest in leavening his music's fiercely political bent, which effectively cemented his acquired-taste status at least to American audiences. "Rumors of War" and "Fight On" explicitly address black majority rule in South Africa, a subject that few '70s artists even touched. Similarly, "Recruiting Soldiers" vows to physically round up enough fighters for the inevitable resistance, while "Jah She No" ...
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All Music Guide - Ralph Heibutzki
Having flirted with commercial acceptance on Bush Doctor, the former Wailers guitarist reasserted his cranky contrarian militancy on this album -- which is why he never reached the mega-stardom of his countryman Bob Marley. Unlike his old Wailers bandmate, Tosh had little interest in leavening his music's fiercely political bent, which effectively cemented his acquired-taste status at least to American audiences. "Rumors of War" and "Fight On" explicitly address black majority rule in South Africa, a subject that few '70s artists even touched. Similarly, "Recruiting Soldiers" vows to physically round up enough fighters for the inevitable resistance, while "Jah She No" casts the poor's struggle to survive in stark, elemental terms "Must righteous live in pain/And always look to shame?". "Mystic Man" is a proud declaration of Tosh's lifestyle, which he pointedly contrasts against Western consumerist decadence among other things, swearing off frankfurters, hamburgers, and any notions of drinking "pink, yellow, blue, green soda". "Buk-in-hamm Palace" is the biggest departure, building its outlaw theme of smoking marijuana in the Queen of England's home over a bubbling disco rhythm. It's easily the most accessible moment here, driven by Tosh's crack backup band of the time, Word, Sound & Power. There's no doubting Tosh's sincerity, though it sometimes founders in clich├ęs and clunky lyric writing like "Crystal Ball"'s coupling of "city" and "sh*tty". From a strict songwriting viewpoint, Mystic Man isn't as distinctive as its predecessors, but a representative snapshot of Tosh's provocative artistry. "The Day the Dollar Die" is a roots classic, in which Tosh pleads his case for capitalism's demise over a shimmering reggae-pop groove -- proof he could craft compelling tunes to match his message.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2002
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724353769628
  • Catalog Number: 540882

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mystic Man (5:56)
  2. 2 Recruiting Soldiers (4:27)
  3. 3 Can't You See (3:43)
  4. 4 Jah Say No (4:40)
  5. 5 Fight On (3:21)
  6. 6 Buk-in-hamm Palace (8:47)
  7. 7 The Day the Dollar Die (4:50)
  8. 8 Crystal Ball (5:11)
  9. 9 Rumors of War (3:32)
  10. 10 Buk-in-hamm Palace (7:43)
  11. 11 Mystic Man (7:16)
  12. 12 Fight On (3:41)
  13. 13 Recruiting Soldiers (5:11)
  14. 14 Dubbing Buk-in-hamm (8:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Tosh Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
The Tamlins Background Vocals
Gwen Guthrie Background Vocals
Mike Lawrence Trumpet
George Young Flute, Alto Saxophone
Howard Johnson Baritone Saxophone
Sly Dunbar Percussion, Drums
Ed Elizalde Guitar
Sammy Figueroa Conga
Robert Lyn Organ, Piano
Lou Marini Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Barry Rogers Trombone
Robbie Shakespeare Bass, Guitar
Keith Sterling Piano
Ed Walsh oberheim
Technical Credits
Geoffrey Chung Engineer
Clive "Azul" Hunt Horn Arrangements
Yvonne Lewis Contributor
Peter Tosh Arranger, Producer
Brenda White Contributor
Roger Steffens Liner Notes
Annie Leibovitz Cover Photo
Claire Parsons Reissue Art
Bea Feitler Cover Design
Word Sound & Power Producer
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