Peter Tosh Releases Bush Doctor on Vinyl in 1978

Peter Tosh, the Jamaican native, released Bush Doctor in 1978. It was put out by Rolling Stone Records and even features Mick and Keith on a few of the tracks.

Tosh, who was born Winston Hubert McIntosh changed his name to Peter Tosh after meeting Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. They started singing together in 1962 when they were introduced through singing coach Joe Higgs.

Tosh, a self-taught guitarist, put together the Wailing Wailers in 1964. It originally consisted of Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso and Cherry Smith. They had a huge hit with Simmer down and other successful hits before Braithwaite, Kelso and Smith left the band in late 1965. Things really took off in the mid sixties when Tosh, Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer when Danny Sims and Johnny Nash signed the trio to an exclusive recording contract.

They slowed down their ska roots and their collaboration gave birth to reggae music. Bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett and his brother, drummer Carlton Barrett, joined the group in the early 1970s and together they recorded some of the best know early reggae songs.

In 1976 Peter Tosh released his first solo album, Legalize It.

The review below is from The Jukebox Rebel

A good move for Tosh business-wise, his 4th solo album in 4 years was tied in with the Rolling Stones label, involved Jagger and Richards in the studio, and gained a lot of worldwide attention as a result. Album opener “(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back” (The Temptations, 1965) features the bold Mick clowning around on co-vocals, banging on about walking 100 miles barefoot. Oh, the japes. It’s alright actually, but my smile is slightly pained, you know that way? Fortunately, such capers are kept to a minimum, and the record flows fairly well, with his newly christened Word Sound & Power ensemble providing the backbone. Luminaries within the ranks include the Sly & Robbie rhythm section with guitarists Mikey Chung and Donald Kinsey (himself an ex Wailer). As if echoing the Wailers style, Tosh has his own version of the I-Three’s sweetening the backing vocals. In fact, the whole sound of the album is sweet, working the sunshine chords and breezy horns. The top cut for me is “Dem Ha Fe Get A Beatin’”, an update of an old Wailers rocksteady tune from more than 10 years earlier which Tosh had written. At odds with the album’s overall vibe, “Creation” ends things on a strange note, with some kinda birds and thunder nature soundtrack accompanying Tosh and his acoustic guitar for a song of praise and thanksgiving. This anomaly is solely responsible for reducing the album’s rating from “decent” to “average”. Whilst he can hardly make a bad record, this is the weakest of the six in my collection.

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