Wed, Apr. 1, 9pm EDT - 'Legalize It' by Peter Tosh

The Wailers split up in 1973 with Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley all pursuing separate paths.  Whereas Bob Marley became the most well known of the trio, it can be said that Peter Tosh had the most direct, passionate and often fiercest messages. While his second album Equal Rights would be primarily and definitively political, the themes on Legalize It, his debut solo effort, cast a much wider net.  In addition to the political songs, there are also compositions about love, women, death and religion.  In fact many make the argument that the opening title track calling for the legalization of marijuana is a cry to end the oppression of a religious herb, not just a recreational drug.  On the surface, when examining the lyrics, the interpretation seems like a stretch.  But when taking into consideration his Rastafarian beliefs, the link is well defined and easily believed.

Legalize It does not simply contain varied subject matter though.  The music also runs in different directions.  Although predominantly reggae, the talented supporting cast of players also help to impart influences of blues, funk and even some rock.  So don't fret if you don't love reggae.  If you love music this is an album worth lending your ears.  And if you do love reggae, you probably already know how great this 1976 release is!

April 1st. 9pm EDT. Peter Tosh. Legalize It. Join the event!

45 comments

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Hi All and Welcome to "Album Night": Here are a few links to reviews that might be interesting to read before or after tonight's listening experience: http://www.popmatters.com/review/143907-peter-tosh-legalize-it-legacy-edition-equal-rights-legacy-edition/ http://www.allmusic.com/album/legalize-it-mw0000192099 http://www.punknews.org/review/10377/peter-tosh-legalize-it-equal-rights-legacy-editions The link for the lyrics is missing a couple of songs but was the best I could find. You must click on the album name to see the other tracks and then view them one at a time. Certainly not the easiest, but if you like to read the lyrics as you listen it's better than nothing: http://www.metrolyrics.com/legalize-it-lyrics-peter-tosh.html

    Hi All and Welcome to "Album Night":

    Here are a few links to reviews that might be interesting to read before or after tonight's listening experience:

    http://www.popmatters.com/review/143907-peter-tosh-legalize-it-legacy-edition-equal-rights-legacy-edition/

    http://www.allmusic.com/album/legalize-it-mw0000192099

    http://www.punknews.org/review/10377/peter-tosh-legalize-it-equal-rights-legacy-editions

    The link for the lyrics is missing a couple of songs but was the best I could find. You must click on the album name to see the other tracks and then view them one at a time. Certainly not the easiest, but if you like to read the lyrics as you listen it's better than nothing:

    http://www.metrolyrics.com/legalize-it-lyrics-peter-tosh.html

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

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    Also, here's my usual important note for the event that I'd like to get out of the way:

    ***Please make sure to periodically refresh your browser during the event so you can see all the comments as they are posted. The site will not automatically update on its own.***

    I've been looking into embedding a chat room on the page to make remove the need to constantly refresh but I have yet to find one that does everything we need it to. If anyone has any suggestions I'm all ears. Thanks!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Anyone else out there?

    Anyone else out there?

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    hi john. just turned up. how's it going?

    hi john. just turned up. how's it going?

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Hi Sarah. Glad you could make it. I'm doing good, thanks. This will be our first reggae album of the "Album Night" series. Should be fun!

    Hi Sarah. Glad you could make it. I'm doing good, thanks. This will be our first reggae album of the "Album Night" series. Should be fun!

  • John T

    John T NY

    Hi John. Hi Sarah. Ready whenever you are. Haven't heard this one in quite a long time.

    Hi John. Hi Sarah. Ready whenever you are. Haven't heard this one in quite a long time.

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    yeah, i'm interested to listen to this. i've never heard it before. didn't know he used to play with bob marley

    yeah, i'm interested to listen to this. i've never heard it before. didn't know he used to play with bob marley

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yeah, i didn't know that until after i heard this album a bunch of times. Interesting for sure. Start in a minute

    Yeah, i didn't know that until after i heard this album a bunch of times. Interesting for sure. Start in a minute

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Album Night" officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Legalize It' by Peter Tosh. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

    "Album Night" officially starts now! Start track 1 (hit play or put the needle down on side A) of 'Legalize It' by Peter Tosh. Share your thoughts right here as you listen!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Hi John T! Thanks for joining. Glad we can get you back to a reggae classic that you haven't heard in while!

    Hi John T! Thanks for joining. Glad we can get you back to a reggae classic that you haven't heard in while!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    the vocals certainly grab your attention, but i'm liking listening to the bass on this one too.

    the vocals certainly grab your attention, but i'm liking listening to the bass on this one too.

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    It sounds like he just wants to legalize weed for recreational use. if it was just for religious purposes why would he want or need to advertise it? not saying i don't like the song but saying he wants it legal solely for religious reasons seems like a bit of a stretch

    It sounds like he just wants to legalize weed for recreational use. if it was just for religious purposes why would he want or need to advertise it? not saying i don't like the song but saying he wants it legal solely for religious reasons seems like a bit of a stretch

  • John T

    John T NY

    Legalize IT has a nice steady groove with an upfront social message. I think Tosh was the most politically conscious member of the Wailers.

    Legalize IT has a nice steady groove with an upfront social message. I think Tosh was the most politically conscious member of the Wailers.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah, I hear you Sarah. I always laugh when I hear the line about it being good for asthma. I suspect he was probably trying to have a double meaning

    yeah, I hear you Sarah. I always laugh when I hear the line about it being good for asthma. I suspect he was probably trying to have a double meaning

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yeah, I agree John. I want to check out his 'Equal Rights' album which they say was the most political. I like the line in this song (Burial): You taught us this just as well That the rich man heaven is the poor man's hell

    Yeah, I agree John. I want to check out his 'Equal Rights' album which they say was the most political. I like the line in this song (Burial):

    You taught us this just as well
    That the rich man heaven is the poor man's hell

  • John T

    John T NY

    Tosh has always been out there - a little bit of an odd duck so to speak. He became more vocal in his views as the years went along and I don't think he really tried to hide his opinions. That said the his groove and harmonies are quite accessible and straightforward which I guess make you focus on his lyrics more.

    Tosh has always been out there - a little bit of an odd duck so to speak. He became more vocal in his views as the years went along and I don't think he really tried to hide his opinions.

    That said the his groove and harmonies are quite accessible and straightforward which I guess make you focus on his lyrics more.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    nice to hear some harmonica on this one! "Whatcha Gonna Do".

    nice to hear some harmonica on this one! "Whatcha Gonna Do".

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah, I want to check out the reissue on this one which has the jamaican mix of the album which was never released back then anywhere. supposedly the vocals are even louder which must grab your attention ever more. curious to hear the mix though

    yeah, I want to check out the reissue on this one which has the jamaican mix of the album which was never released back then anywhere. supposedly the vocals are even louder which must grab your attention ever more. curious to hear the mix though

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    they get into some really nice grooves

    they get into some really nice grooves

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Why Must I Cry was written with Bob Marley

    Why Must I Cry was written with Bob Marley

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    "Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised)", track 6, starting now. Assume we're all in the same area

    "Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised)", track 6, starting now. Assume we're all in the same area

  • John T

    John T NY

    John, interesting on the Jamaica mix - I didn't know that and will seek it out. I have the Jamaica mix of the Wailers first album "Catch a Fire" and I think it is much better than the US release.

    John, interesting on the Jamaica mix - I didn't know that and will seek it out. I have the Jamaica mix of the Wailers first album "Catch a Fire" and I think it is much better than the US release.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    he's got a strong message in this one. Like you say John, he doesn't hold back. he's straightforward in his approach. he's not afraid to put forth a darker message either.

    he's got a strong message in this one. Like you say John, he doesn't hold back. he's straightforward in his approach. he's not afraid to put forth a darker message either.

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    yeah, this isn't the happy song i would think of when thinking of reggae

    yeah, this isn't the happy song i would think of when thinking of reggae

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    i meant that about let jah be praised. ketchy shuby is much more playfull. all the dread of the previous track just floats away

    i meant that about let jah be praised. ketchy shuby is much more playfull. all the dread of the previous track just floats away

  • John T

    John T NY

    The groove becomes hypnotizing after a while. The more the album goes on he more you realize how deep into religion and political activism he music conveys. Given the poverty they are/were surrounded with you can understand much of his perspective but none of the other Wailers were into that as much as he was.

    The groove becomes hypnotizing after a while. The more the album goes on he more you realize how deep into religion and political activism he music conveys. Given the poverty they are/were surrounded with you can understand much of his perspective but none of the other Wailers were into that as much as he was.

  • John T

    John T NY

    Compared to the other songs Ketchy Shuby sounds downright commercial. Could be a top 40 hit!!

    Compared to the other songs Ketchy Shuby sounds downright commercial. Could be a top 40 hit!!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah, i find Ketchy Shuby to be a nice break from all the political songs. At the same time I'm looking forward to listening to the Equal Rights album where it's all political. It will be interesting to compare and contrast the albums from that context It definitely seemed that Tosh wanted to make the political changes and wasn't afraid to be blunt about it. I agree that I think he was struggling with all the turmoil and poverty in Jamaica at the time and wanted to help improve things for the oppressed

    yeah, i find Ketchy Shuby to be a nice break from all the political songs. At the same time I'm looking forward to listening to the Equal Rights album where it's all political. It will be interesting to compare and contrast the albums from that context

    It definitely seemed that Tosh wanted to make the political changes and wasn't afraid to be blunt about it. I agree that I think he was struggling with all the turmoil and poverty in Jamaica at the time and wanted to help improve things for the oppressed

  • John T

    John T NY

    I really like Till Your Well Runs Dry - together with Ketchy is really picks up the mood of the album. Refreshing!

    I really like Till Your Well Runs Dry - together with Ketchy is really picks up the mood of the album. Refreshing!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    yeah it was getting a little grim there... this one has a nice catch. the chorus really draws you in

    yeah it was getting a little grim there... this one has a nice catch. the chorus really draws you in

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    wow. that song didn't feel like it was over 6 minutes. great song!

    wow. that song didn't feel like it was over 6 minutes. great song!

  • John T

    John T NY

    Am I seeing double or does Ketchy come on again at the close?

    Am I seeing double or does Ketchy come on again at the close?

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Guess you could say he's finishing off on a religious note...

    Guess you could say he's finishing off on a religious note...

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    should be "Brand New Second Hand" as the closer

    should be "Brand New Second Hand" as the closer

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    4:07 track length

    4:07 track length

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    are you listening online John?

    are you listening online John?

  • John T

    John T NY

    I am playing this on Spotify and the last song is another even more commercial version of Ketchy. Maybe it was included as a streaming extra track??

    I am playing this on Spotify and the last song is another even more commercial version of Ketchy. Maybe it was included as a streaming extra track??

  • John T

    John T NY

    I agree that Brand New Second Hand should be the closer - one of the best tracks on the album.

    I agree that Brand New Second Hand should be the closer - one of the best tracks on the album.

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    for a first listen i was impressed. will listen again and probably end up liking it more as i absorb more. definitely worth adding to the collection. maybe i'll check out some of his other stuff too! thanks for turning me onto some new music John!

    for a first listen i was impressed. will listen again and probably end up liking it more as i absorb more. definitely worth adding to the collection. maybe i'll check out some of his other stuff too! thanks for turning me onto some new music John!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    Yeah I agree that the album finished very strongly. There's some really great tracks throughout this one

    Yeah I agree that the album finished very strongly. There's some really great tracks throughout this one

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    sorry to hear about the spotify snafu john. I guess that must be a bonus track from some other edition. Maybe it's on the reissue we spoke of earlier

    sorry to hear about the spotify snafu john. I guess that must be a bonus track from some other edition. Maybe it's on the reissue we spoke of earlier

  • John T

    John T NY

    I see there is an expanded reissue with a lot of additional tracks on it so I will give it a listen. Definitely a nice change of pace John and a reminder of how good classic reggae was. I confess I don't listen to it a great deal nowadays so a good way to go back and access some of the other lost classics from that era. Thanks again for another great album night session.

    I see there is an expanded reissue with a lot of additional tracks on it so I will give it a listen. Definitely a nice change of pace John and a reminder of how good classic reggae was. I confess I don't listen to it a great deal nowadays so a good way to go back and access some of the other lost classics from that era.

    Thanks again for another great album night session.

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    What's next you ask? "Album Night" will return on Wed, April 22 with 'Five Leaves Left' by Nick Drake. (*note that this has been rescheduled from April 15th) Thank you Sarah and John T for joining tonight's event!

    What's next you ask?
    "Album Night" will return on Wed, April 22 with 'Five Leaves Left' by Nick Drake. (*note that this has been rescheduled from April 15th)

    Thank you Sarah and John T for joining tonight's event!

  • John Banrock

    John Banrock

    You're welcome John. Thanks for attending tonight's event! It was nice to mix in some reggae to change things up. See you all next time!

    You're welcome John. Thanks for attending tonight's event! It was nice to mix in some reggae to change things up. See you all next time!

  • Sarah

    Sarah NY

    thanks John! see you guys next time!

    thanks John! see you guys next time!

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