My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Legalize It is the debut solo album by former Wailers member Peter Tosh. The album was recorded in Jamaica during 1975 and released in 1976.
What I think: Aside from the title track, this is a really great album. The music brings a lot of variety in a way similar to the Burning Spear album. I can feel the Soul and Blues in Tosh’s music which makes it multidimensional Reggae. That is especially true with the songs “What’cha Gonna Do”, “No Sympathy” “Why Must I Cry” and “Till Your Water Runs Try”. The latter of which I felt like was a take on William Bell’s “You Don’t Miss Your Water”, but there are no writing credits given to him.
I do want to talk about the title track a little. I get that it had political significance in Jamaica at the time, and has been adopted by those in favor of well… legalizing Marijuana. That’s fine and great, it’s certainly something I agree with, but in the end the song is just weak. It’s filled with bad rhyming and is loaded with cliche (and maybe it is cliche now and wasn’t forty years ago, I get that). So while it’s a worthy cause, it’s just not a good song.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I really do agree that this should be here. We haven’t had a lot of Reggae and especially Reggae I have enjoyed so this, for the most part, is really nice.
Rating (Out of 5) 4
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (292/376)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%