"The ultimate Peter Tosh experience"

12 Feb "The ultimate Peter Tosh experience"

The Weekly Gleaner
February 12, 2009

New multi-media release celebrates reggae legend, Peter Tosh


A NEW definitive CD & DVD Collection is attempting to shed light on one of Jamaica’s most controversial and talented artistic sons.

While the world has embraced reggae star Bob Marley and celebrates his February 6 birthday each year, far less observances have been made of the life and career of his one-time musical compatriot and “Wailers” partner, Peter Tosh.

This new multi-media package recently released by Shanachie Entertainment attempts to make that correction by offering an insightful portrait of this equally gifted reggae legend and political activist

The Ultimate Peter Tosh Experience is a three-disc package of rare recordings and photographs, previously unseen performance footage, interview, commentary and a documentary compiled by some of the people who knew him best.

It is perfect timing that this collection should be released now when the international community is celebrating Black History Month and Jamaica is once again observing February as Reggae Month.

The contributions of Peter Tosh to the development of reggae music is outlined in this two DVD/ one CD collection that establishes Tosh as a brilliant musical artist, actively engaged in political and social causes but an often misunderstood, human being.


The audio CD presents 15 outstanding Peter Tosh recordings including such classics as Get Up Stand Up, Rastafari Is and Downpressor Man as well as such rare recordings as Watcha Gonna Do (with Eric Clapton) from 1974, recorded in Jamaica in the wake of Eric’s success with I Shot The Sheriff

The first DVD presents the entire acclaimed documentary film Stepping Razor: Red X, which weaves together interviews, performance footage and commentary while the second DVD brings together a selection of concert footage, including from the historic One Love Peace Concert in 1979, the No Nukes concert (where Peter was the only reggae performer) in 1981, Reggae Sunsplash II from 1979 and Reggae Super Jam in 1982.


An added bonus is a beautifully produced thirty-page booklet that includes essays about Peter from three persons who knew him: Herbie Miller – his personal manager from 1975 -1981, reggae historian Roger Steffens and Shanachie Entertainment’s general manager Randall Grass who first encountered Peter in 1979 as a music journalist and radio show host.

Included also are a selection of rare photos by celebrated photographer Adrian Boot.