From cofounding the great Jamaican reggae band the Wailers with Bob Marley in 1963 to singing with the Rolling Stones in the late ’70s, Peter Tosh (real name: Winston Hubert McIntosh) was a mesmerizing performer. A wicked guitarist with a beautiful baritone voice, his upbeat political songs urged legalizing marijuana, banning nuclear weapons and bringing equality to all races. Before being murdered by three gunmen in his Kingston, Jamaica, home in September 1987—just one day after the release of his final album, No Nuclear War—Tosh, then 42, recorded hundreds of songs for more than a dozen Jamaican and American labels.
This terrific three-CD set delves into those vaults to capture the full span and grandeur of this reggae master’s career. Among the 200-plus minutes of music are 19 early Jamaican singles, rousing live versions of such favorites as “Get Up Stand Up” and “Rastafari Is,” and popular album cuts including the revolutionary anthem “Stepping Razor.” Spiritual, uplifting, danceable and melodious, Tosh’s music shines in this generous collection. (Columbia/Legacy)