The Best of Peter Tosh: Arise

Peter Tosh

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The Best of Peter Tosh: Arise Review

by Chris Nickson

While this might be a cheap-priced collection, it raises an expensive question: How can there be a disc that claims to be the best of an artist, but which doesn't contain his best-known material? Definitely a conundrum, but given that this doesn't contain "Equal Rights," "Legalize It," or "Stepping Razor," it's definitely stretching the best-of definition. Some of the Early Years would be a bit more acceptable, since the material, like "400 Years," dates back to the Wailers' days and features Tosh as just one part of the trio, with some nods to his '60s solo singles in Jamaica, back when he claimed to be the toughest around. So while there's absolutely nothing wrong with the material on here other than the fact that most of it has already appeared on countless compilations, it's very much a misnomer. Only partly Tosh's solos, and none of it the greatest recordings he ever made, it might better be called The Rest Of.

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