Peter Tosh

Island Zorro

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In the 1970s and 1980s, many of the reggae artists who were superstars in Europe and the Caribbean had more of an underground following in the U.S. Like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh could easily pack a larger venue in London, Paris, or Kingston but would turn around and play small clubs when he toured the U.S. In Los Angeles, Tosh's venue of choice was often the Roxy -- one of the best known clubs on West Hollywood's Sunset Strip. It was in 1979 that this rare Tosh bootleg LP was recorded live at the Roxy, where the reggae icon is backed by a solid, tight band and delivers inspired performances of "African," "Steppin' Razor," and other gems he was famous for in Europe. Tosh also has some inspired, passionate moments on Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up," Smokey Robinson's "Don't Look Back," and the controversial "Legalize It" -- a pro-marijuana anthem that was a major hit in England despite being banned from radio airplay by the BBC. (Tosh was so unapologetically pro-marijuana that NORML members inevitably showed up at his American shows gathering signatures in support of marijuana legalization). Obviously recorded from the Roxy's soundboard, Island Zorro boasts excellent sound quality.