Scrolls of the Prophet: The Best of Peter Tosh

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Reggae's most committed revolutionary, the late Peter Tosh pioneered musical crusades for the legalization of marijuana and the dismantling of South Africa's apartheid system while swinging a guitar shaped like an M-16. This best-of album contains nine tracks culled from EQUAL RIGHTS and LEGALIZE IT. Also included: the title cut from Tosh's Rolling Stones Records debut, the enigmatic "Bush Doctor," featuring Keith Richards on guitar and Peter on autoharp. The R&B cover of the Temptations's "Walk and Don't Look Back," boasts Mick Jagger on guest vocals. An acoustic version of the quintessential uprising anthem "Get Up, Stand Up," an early '60s ska version of "One Love," and the previously unreleased "Mystery ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Reggae's most committed revolutionary, the late Peter Tosh pioneered musical crusades for the legalization of marijuana and the dismantling of South Africa's apartheid system while swinging a guitar shaped like an M-16. This best-of album contains nine tracks culled from EQUAL RIGHTS and LEGALIZE IT. Also included: the title cut from Tosh's Rolling Stones Records debut, the enigmatic "Bush Doctor," featuring Keith Richards on guitar and Peter on autoharp. The R&B cover of the Temptations's "Walk and Don't Look Back," boasts Mick Jagger on guest vocals. An acoustic version of the quintessential uprising anthem "Get Up, Stand Up," an early '60s ska version of "One Love," and the previously unreleased "Mystery Babylon" round out this package from the fallen reggae hero, truly one of the music's most fascinating personalities.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Scrolls of the Prophet is the first single-disc Tosh best-of to contain tracks from his Columbia, Rolling Stones, and EMI albums. Since the set originates with Columbia, the material from the other two labels is limited; there are five tracks from Equal Rights and four from Legalize It, with two from Bush Doctor and one from Wanted Dread & Alive, plus three rare or previously unreleased tracks. But the bulk of Tosh's most memorable tracks appeared on those first two Columbia albums, including his solo remake of the Wailers song "Get Up, Stand Up" and "Stepping Razor," "Equal Rights," and "Legalize It." Tosh was intense and directed, but not prolific. His tunes are sometimes borrowed; "Downpressor Man" is a rewrite of the folk-gospel tune "Oh Sinner Man." His themes are also repetitive, as the sequencing here -- which follows "Legalize It," his ode to the legalization of marijuana extolling the drug's medicinal qualities, with "Bush Doctor," a song that bears much the same message -- tends to emphasize. Nevertheless, he managed a surprising variety within the sometimes constricted reggae form, speeding things up on his hit remake of the Temptations' "Walk and Don't Look Back" a duet with Mick Jagger and slowing them down for the ballad "Fools Die," which has a haunting flute line.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/6/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646592144
  • Catalog Number: 65921

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get up, Stand Up (3:29)
  2. 2 Stepping Razor (5:47)
  3. 3 Downpresser (6:24)
  4. 4 Equal Rights (5:57)
  5. 5 (You Gotta Walk) Don't Look Back (5:15)
  6. 6 African (3:41)
  7. 7 Legalize It (4:40)
  8. 8 Bush Doctor (4:00)
  9. 9 Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised) (4:37)
  10. 10 Fools Die (7:35)
  11. 11 Mystery Babylon (3:30)
  12. 12 Ketchy Shuby (4:56)
  13. 13 Till Your Well Runs Dry (6:08)
  14. 14 One Love (3:19)
  15. 15 Get up, Stand Up (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Tosh Primary Artist
Mick Jagger Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bruce Dickinson Producer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd Producer
Wayne Jobson Liner Notes
Peter Tosh Composer, Producer
Robbie Shakespeare Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Peter Simon Photo Courtesy
David Corio Photo Courtesy
Bob Gruen Photo Courtesy
Bob Alford Photo Courtesy
Andy Freeberg Photo Courtesy
Kim Gottlieb-Walker Photo Courtesy
Chuck Krall Photo Courtesy
Pauline Morris Executive Producer
Aaron Rosenbaum Packaging Manager
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Its good....

    I think it is a great album but to compare it to "legalize it" and rate it better,i have to say something about that... Umm..yah..im going to have to disagree with you there....ummm...yah. Though it is one of my favorite of peters cds, but the title doesnt tell the whole truth, "The best of Peter Toshs". I think they could have taking some songs out and put some songs in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    PURE BRILLIANCE

    Peter Tosh is one of the most prophetic and, at the same time, overlooked voices in music history. This album captures his true genius at its peak, with songs such ''Stepping Razor'', ''Down pressor Man'', his live version of ''Get up, Stand up'', ''Igzhiaber'', and of course, ''Legalize it'', which is a song that proves he was the only artist at the time who had the guts enough to call for the legalization of marijuana.

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