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Toughest [Capitol]
     

The Toughest [Capitol]

by Peter Tosh
 
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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0077779020126
catalogNumber:
540878

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Performance Credits

Peter Tosh   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
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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