The Toughest [Capitol]

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Wasting no time in the aftermath of Peter Tosh's murder in September 1987, his label, Capitol, quickly readied and released a retrospective compilation, which arrived in the new year. Obviously, the tracks were drawn from the six Tosh albums Capitol had rights to -- 1978's Bush Doctor, the following year's Mystic Man, 1981's Wanted Dread & Alive, 1983's Mama Africa, the following year's Captured Live, and 1987's No Nuclear War, Tosh's final set. It's hard to do justice to any of these sets, never mind the artist himself, in 11 tracks, but The Toughest, which oddly doesn't include "I'm the Toughest," does the best it can under the circumstances. Each of the albums gets...
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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Wasting no time in the aftermath of Peter Tosh's murder in September 1987, his label, Capitol, quickly readied and released a retrospective compilation, which arrived in the new year. Obviously, the tracks were drawn from the six Tosh albums Capitol had rights to -- 1978's Bush Doctor, the following year's Mystic Man, 1981's Wanted Dread & Alive, 1983's Mama Africa, the following year's Captured Live, and 1987's No Nuclear War, Tosh's final set. It's hard to do justice to any of these sets, never mind the artist himself, in 11 tracks, but The Toughest, which oddly doesn't include "I'm the Toughest," does the best it can under the circumstances. Each of the albums gets a look, with party songs like "Reggaemylitis" and "Coming in Hot" rubbing shoulders with the more introspective "Bush Doctor" and "Mystic Man," while musically pop and roots vie for attention. What's lacking, however, are any of Tosh's more militant songs, the ones that defined his reputation back home in Jamaica. No surprise there. While he was alive, Capitol was forced to accept this side of Tosh; once he was gone, they could safely ignore it. And so taking a stance they continue to hold, the label deep-sixed Tosh the revolutionary in favor of a creating a less threatening legend, a makeover Capitol has reinforced with every subsequent compilation. Apparently, this is precisely what American fans wanted -- or perhaps they just never had the opportunity to discover the true depths of the man turned reggae icon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 077779020126
  • Catalog Number: 540878

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Coming in Hot (3:39)
  2. 2 Don't Look Back (3:45)
  3. 3 Pick Myself Up (3:59)
  4. 4 Crystal Ball (5:12)
  5. 5 Mystic Man (5:56)
  6. 6 Reggaemylitis (6:33)
  7. 7 Bush Doctor (4:06)
  8. 8 Maga Dog (4:26)
  9. 9 Johnny B. Goode (4:03)
  10. 10 Equal Rights/Downpresser Man (6:10)
  11. 11 In My Song (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Tosh Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Bob Marley Vocal Harmony
Rita Marley Vocal Harmony
U-Roy Track Performer
Don Drummond Horn
B.B. Seaton Vocal Harmony
Roland Alphonso Horn
Glen Adams Keyboards
Gladdy Anderson Keyboards
Aston Barrett Bass Guitar
Carlton "Carly" Barrett Drums
Junior Braithwaite Vocal Harmony
Lloyd Brevett Bass Guitar
Ska Campbell Horn
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd Vocal Harmony
Marlene Gifford Vocal Harmony
Jah Jerry Guitar
Beverly Kelso Vocal Harmony
Lloyd Knibbs Drums
Bunny Wailer Vocal Harmony
Tommy McCook Horn
Jackie Mittoo Keyboards
Lester Sterling Horn
Lyn Taitt Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Constantine Walker Vocal Harmony
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis Guitar
J. Moore Horn
Winston Stewart Vocal Harmony
Alva Lewis Guitar
Maurice Roberts Vocal Harmony
"Deadly" Headley Bennett Horn
Bryan Atkinson Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
U-Roy Contributor
Chuck Berry Composer
Leroy Jodie Pierson Liner Notes
Michael C. Collins Producer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd Producer
The Glimmer Twins Executive Producer
Chris Kimsey Producer
Peter Tosh Arranger, Composer, Producer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Producer, Engineer
Robbie Shakespeare Producer
Errol Thompson Engineer
Roger Steffens Liner Notes
Neil Spencer Liner Notes
Eric Watson Cover Photo
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