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Peter Tosh's most "accessible" solo album, Mama Africa, would also be his best seller outside Jamaica, the only one his albums to break into the U.K. Top 50 and even push into the bottom reaches of the U.S. charts.
Tosh concentrated on the music, self-producing an album that sounds fantastic from start to finish. Every track on the album is just as memorable in its own way, as the artist combines styles, genres, moods, and atmospheres across songs old and new.
The album revisits while looking to the future. Updated songs like "Stop That Train", "Johnny B. Goode", a U.K. Top 50 hit that boasts an intricate rhythm, are included.1. Mama Africa
2. Glass House
3. Not Gonna Give It Up
4. Stop That Train
5. Johnny B. Goode
6. Where You Gonna Run
7. Peace Treaty
8. Feel No Way
9. Maga Dog$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Legalize ItPeter Tosh left the Wailers to pursue a solo career and in 1976, he released this bold statement proving he was a creative force in his own right. Often recognized as one of the best albums in Reggae history, Legalize It, features the hit anthem of the same name as well as Why Must I Cry, co-written by Bob Marley and it firmly established Tosh's position as a giant of the genre.
Legacy Recordings has gone to great lengths to present this classic album exactly the way it was originally intended, with all the warmth and nuance that only vinyl can offer!1. Legalize It
3. What'cha Gonna Do?
4. No Sympathy
5. Why Must I Cry
6. Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised)
7. Ketchy Shuby
8. Till Your Well Runs Dry
9. Brand New Second Hand$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The first two solo albums by Peter Tosh on Columbia Records were cornerstones of the roots-rock-reggae movement: 'Legalize It' (1976) and 'Equal Rights' (1977).
'Equal Rights' brought together Peter Tosh's dedications to the revolutionary movements growing in Africa, and his personal growth as a prophet, poet, preacher and world-class musical trailblazer. The album included a number of songs that became human rights anthems over the next two decades: "Get Up, Stand Up," "Downpressor Man," "African," "Apartheid," and the title tune.
Both 'Legalize It' and 'Equal Rights' will be commemorated with the release of Expanded Vinyl Editions. Each double LP package will contain fully remastered audio and Dub versions that were previously only available on very limited edition Jamaican dub plates. Both releases will include 2 detailed inserts.
• 180 grams audiophile vinyl
• Remastered Audio
• 9 Bonus Dub tracks
• Including 2 insert sheets
1. Get Up, Stand Up
2. Downpressor Man
3. I Am That I Am
4. Stepping Razor
5. Equal Rights
7. Jah Guide
1. Dub-Presser Man
2. I Am That I Am (ShaJahShoka Dub Plate)
3. Heavy Razor (ShaJahShoka Dub Plate)
4. African (London Sound System Dub Plate)
5. Jah Guide (Dub Plate)
6. Hammer (ShaJahShoka Dub Plate)
7. Blame The Yout (Dub Version)
8. Babylon Queendom (Dub Version)
9. vampireS (Dub Version)$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Bush Doctor is the third studio album by Jamaican reggae musician Peter Tosh. Along with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer he was one of the core members of the band The Wailers (1963-1974). Tosh also established himself as a successful solo artist. In 1978 he was contracted by Rolling Stones Records and the album Bush Doctor was released in the same year, introducing Tosh to a larger audience.
The single from the album, a cover version of The Temptations song Don't Look Back, performed as a duet with Mick Jagger, made Tosh one of the best-known reggae artists. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is also featured on the album, playing guitar on Bush Doctor and Stand Firm.
The re-issue with remastered audio is pressed on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.1. (You Gotta Walk) Don't Look Back
2. Pick Myself Up
3. I'm The Toughest
4. Soon Come
5. Moses - The Prophet
6. Bush Doctor
7. Stand Firm
8. Dem Ha Fe Get A Beatin
9. Creation$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rastaman VibrationFeatures Original Artwork
For Bob Marley, 1975 was a triumphant year. The singer's Natty Dread album featured one of his strongest batches of original material (the first compiled after the departure of Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer) and delivered Top 40 hit No Woman No Cry. The follow-up Live set, a document of Marley's appearance at London's Lyceum, found the singer conquering England as well. Upon completing the tour, Marley and his band returned to Jamaica, laying down the tracks for Rastaman Vibration (1976) at legendary studios run by Harry Johnson and Joe Gibbs.
At the mixing board for the sessions were Sylvan Morris and Errol Thompson, Jamaican engineers of the highest caliber. Though none of these cuts would show up on Legend, Marley's massively popular, posthumous best-of, some of the finest reality numbers would surface on the compilation's more militant equivalent, 1986's Rebel Music set. War, for one, remains one of the most stunning statements of the singer's career. Though it is essentially a straight reading of one of Haile Selassie's speeches, Marley phrases the text exquisitely to fit a musical setting, a quiet intensity lying just below the surface. Equally strong are the likes of Rat Race, Crazy Baldhead, and Want More.
These songs are tempered by buoyant, lighthearted material like Cry to Me, Night Shift, and Positive Vibration. Not quite as strong as some of the love songs Marley would score hits with on subsequent albums, Cry to Me still seems like an obvious choice for a single and remains underrated. Though record buyers may not have found any single song to be as strong on those terms as No Woman No Cry, Rastaman Vibration still reached the Top Ten in the United States.
.1. Positive Vibration
2. Roots Rock, Reggae
3. Johnny Was
4. Cry To Me
5. Want More
6. Crazy Baldhead
7. Who The Cap Fit
8. Night Shift
10. Rat Race$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UprisingFeatures Original Artwork
Uprising would be the final studio album featuring Bob Marley & the Wailers to be released during Marley's lifetime. Prophetically, it also contains some of the band's finest crafted material, as if they were cognizant that this would be their final outing. The album's blend of religious and secular themes likewise creates a very powerful and singular quest for spirituality in a material world.
Although it is argued that an album's graphic design rarely captures the essence of the work inside, the powerful rebirthing image of a rock solid Marley emerging with his arms raised in triumph could not be a more accurate visual description of the musical jubilation within. Musically, the somewhat staid rhythms often synonymous with reggae have been completely turned around to include slinky and liquid syncopation. Work, Pimper's Paradise, and the lead-off track Coming in From the Cold are all significant variations on the lolloping Rasta beat. The major difference is the sonic textures that manipulate and fill those patterns. The inventive and unique guitar work of Al Anderson -- the only American member of the original Wailers -- once again redefines the role of the lead electric guitar outside of its standard rock & roll setting.
Zion Train is awash in wah-wah-driven patterns creating an eerie, almost ethereal backdrop against Marley's lyrics, which recollect images from Peter Tosh's Stop That Train all the way back on Marley & the Wailers' international debut Catch a Fire. The final track on the original pressing of Uprising is Redemption Song. Never has an artist unknowingly written such a beautiful and apropos living epitaph. The stark contrast from the decidedly electric and group-oriented album to this hauntingly beautiful solo acoustic composition is as dramatic as it is visionary. Less than a year after the release of Uprising, Marley would succumb to cancer.1. Coming In From The Cold
2. Real Situation
3. Bad Card
4. We And Dem
6. Zion Train
7. Pimper's Paradise
8. Could You Be Loved
9. Forever Loving Jah
10. Redemption Song$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Old SockOld Sock marks the 21st solo studio album for the guitar legend, and is released on the Bushbranch Records label, a branch of Surfdog. This double LP also includes a download card.
On the heels of a sold-out Crossroads Guitar Festival and the announcement of a major world tour, Eric Clapton announced the release of his 21st studio album and his first album since 2010. The album, Old Sock produced by Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II, Justin Stanley and Simon Climie, features two original songs Every Little Thing and Gotta Get Over. Old Sock is released on Clapton s Bushbranch label, distributed through a collaboration with Surfdog Records in the USA and Canada.
The album is a collection of some of Clapton's favorite songs spanning from his childhood to present day that highlights his vast appreciation and knowledge of music. From Leadbelly to J.J. Cale; Peter Tosh to George Gershwin; Hank Snow to Gary Moore and Taj Mahal, this record is a celebration of so many who have inspired Clapton s rich musical life. Clapton has always had a remarkable ability to recognize great songs and a gift for knowing how to uniquely interpret them, as he does on Old Sock. The album explores romantic standards of the 30's, reggae, soul, rock, and includes a stand out playful collaboration with Paul McCartney, to create an experience that is quintessential Clapton.
Clapton assembled a band for the recordings consisting of longtime collaborators Steve Gadd (drums), Willie Weeks (bass) and Chris Stainton (keyboards) along with some surprise guest additions. JJ Cale joins the song Angel for backing vocals and guitar, Chaka Khan joins as backing vocalist for Get On Over, Steve Winwood on the Hammond B3 Organ on Still Got The Blues, Paul McCartney on bass/vocals on All of Me, Jim Keltner on drums for Our Love is Here To Stay.1. Further On Down The Road
3. Every Little Thing
4. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
5. Born To Lose
6. Till Your Well Runs Dry
7. All Of Me
8. Still Got The Blues
9. Good Night Irene
10. Gotta Get Over
11. Your One And Only Man
12.Our Love Is Here To Stay$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Catch A Fire (Awaiting Repress)
Catch a Fire was the major label debut for Bob Marley and the Wailers, and it was an international success upon its release in 1973. Although Bob Marley may have been the main voice, every member of the Wailers made valuable contributions and they were never more united in their vision and sound. All the songs were originals, and the instrumentation was minimalistic in order to bring out the passionate, often politically charged lyrics.
Much of the appeal of the album lies in its sincerity and sense of purpose -- these are streetwise yet disarmingly idealistic young men who look around themselves and believe they might help change the world through music. Marley sings about the current state of urban poverty (Concrete Jungle) and connects the present to past injustices (Slave Driver), but he is a not a one-trick pony. He is a versatile songwriter who also excels at singing love songs such as his classic Stir It Up.
Peter Tosh sings the lead vocal on two of his own compositions -- his powerful presence and immense talent hint that he would eventually leave for his own successful solo career. More than anything else, however, this marks the emergence of Bob Marley and the international debut of reggae music. Marley would continue to achieve great critical and commercial success during the 1970s, but Catch a Fire is one of the finest reggae albums ever. This album is essential for any music collection.1. Concrete Jungle
2. Slave Driver
3. 400 Years
4. Stop That Train
5. Baby We've Got A Date (Rock It Baby)
6. Stir It Up
7. Kinky Reggae
8. No More Trouble
9. Midnight Ravers$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Wailers' fourth album overall, Burnin', was their second for Island Records, released only six months after its predecessor, Catch a Fire. Given that speed, it's not surprising that several tracks -- Put It On, Small Axe, and Duppy Conqueror -- are re-recordings of songs dating back a few years. But they fit in seamlessly with the newer material, matching its religious militancy and anthemic style.
The confrontational nature of the group's message is apparent immediately in the opening track, Get Up, Stand Up, as stirring a song as any that emerged from the American Civil Rights movement a decade before. The Wailers are explicit in their call to violence, a complete reversal from their own 1960s Simmer Down philosophy. Here, on Burnin' and Lootin', they take issue with fellow Jamaican Jimmy Cliff's song of the previous year, Many Rivers to Cross, asking impatiently, How many rivers do we have to cross/Before we can talk to the boss? I Shot the Sheriff, the album's most celebrated song, which became a number one hit in the hands of Eric Clapton in 1974, claims self-defense, admits consequences (If I am guilty I will pay), and emphasizes the isolated nature of the killing (I didn't shoot no deputy), but its central image is violent.
Such songs illuminated the desperation of poor Jamaican life, but they also looked forward to religious salvation, their themes accentuated by the compelling rhythms and the alternating vocals of the three singers. Bob Marley was a first among equals, of course, and after this album his partners, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, quit the group, which thereafter was renamed Bob Marley and the Wailers.1. Get Up, Stand Up
2. Hallelujah Time
3. I Shot The Sheriff
4. Burnin' And Lootin'
5. Put It On
6. Small Axe
7. Pass It On
8. Duppy Conqueror
9. One Foundation
10. Rastaman Chant$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Natty DreadFeatures Original Artwork
Natty Dread is Bob Marley's finest album, the ultimate reggae recording of all time. This was Marley's first album without former bandmates Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston, and the first released as Bob Marley & the Wailers. The Wailers' rhythm section of bassist Aston Family Man Barrett and drummer Carlton Carlie Barrett remained in place and even contributed to the songwriting, while Marley added a female vocal trio, the I-Threes (which included his wife Rita Marley), and additional instrumentation to flesh out the sound. The material presented here defines what reggae was originally all about, with political and social commentary mixed with religious paeans to Jah.
The celebratory Lively Up Yourself falls in the same vein as Get Up, Stand Up from Burnin'. No Woman, No Cry is one of the band's best-known ballads. Them Belly Full (But We Hungry) is a powerful warning that a hungry mob is an angry mob. Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Road Block) and Revolution continue in that spirit, as Marley assumes the mantle of prophet abandoned by '60s forebears like Bob Dylan.
In addition to the lyrical strengths, the music itself is full of emotion and playfulness, with the players locked into a solid groove on each number. Considering that popular rock music was entering the somnambulant disco era as Natty Dread was released, the lyrical and musical potency is especially striking. Marley was taking on discrimination, greed, poverty, and hopelessness while simultaneously rallying the troops as no other musical performer was attempting to do in the mid-'70s.1. Lively Up Yourself
2. No Woman No Cry
3. Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)
4. Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)
5. So Jah S'eh
6. Natty Dread
7. Bend Down Low
8. Talkin' Blues
9. Revolution$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
True Democracy (Out Of Stock)Mixing impassioned political and social protest with stellar Rasta beats, these sons of Jamaican immigrants, led by David Hinds, rose out of humble Birmingham origins to become one of the U.K.'s all-time greatest reggae acts and a globally revered band. Often fusing elements of jazz, dancehall, hip-hop and Latin music into a roots reggae base, Steel Pulse will forever remain icons of the genre. True Democracy was produced by the venerable Karl Pitterson who also helmed Peter Tosh's Legalize It and Bob Marley's Exodus. Features the Steel Pulse classics Chant A Psalm, Ravers and Worth His Weight In Gold (Rally Round).1. Chant A Psalm
3. Find It...Quick!
4. A Who Responsible?
5. Worth His Weight In Gold (Rally Round)
6. Leggo Beast
7. Blues Dance Raid
8. Your House
9. Man No Sober
10. Dub' Marcus Say$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock