Legalize It
Peter Tosh
November 1976

Track list
  1. Legalize It
  2. Burial
  3. Whatcha 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
Peter makes what I'd call 'downtown market music'. The music of the people who bring country to town and town to country, who buy and sell country, who only have country money fe spend, who chat mocco chat, sell like experts, and love songs like "Brand New Secondhand", country music. Jamaican country music is different. It's lewd. You don't have to sound like the Starlites or Justin Hinds, and it's nothing to do with Johnny Cash or Dolly Parton, it's to do with the slang you use and the way your music dips and falls back. In fact down town market music has little to do with country. it's only 'cause Peter was born in Westmoreland and the maga dog he sung about was a country gal.

Peter's music has a hard backbone that jook' you (prods you suddenly) in a you back and make you move, and some old time slang like "you jawbone favour Spanish Town handcuff. . ." to make you remember' all you know about the people I was talkin' about just now. That is the essence of this album and all Peter's musical creations. The irritating thing about this album is that it is a lot better than it seems to be. To appreciate what I'm saying you'd have to hear it as it was before it was doctored, tampered with, diluted, flushed out, after its backbone, through the magic of the control boards, had been severely elasticated.

So that when Peter sings "Ketchy Shubby" the bass doesn't punch like a kangaroo, and the thunder and lightning and earthquake in "Igziabeher" does not shake down your house like it's supposed to. Yet this is a successful album all round. And if you disagree it's only because you don't know how little you know. I only wish "Till Your Well Runs Dry" was shorter and Family's bass was louder. "Burial", "Whatcha Gonna Do", "Ketchy Shubby", and "Brand New Secondhand" have that downtown market flavour, "Legalize It" is a concrete rocker that ought to be Nicky Horne's signing on tune (Your Mother Wouldn't Like It). The next album will please all those who don't know how little they know.