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REGGAE: PETER TOSH AT RITZ - The New York Times

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August 1, 1981

REGGAE: PETER TOSH AT RITZ By Stephen Holden

Simply because he was a founding member of the Wailers, along with Bunny Livingston and the late Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, the Jamaican singer and writer who appeared at the Ritz on Tuesday and Wednesday, has earned himself a place in the reggae pantheon. But Mr. Tosh's work as a solo artist hasn't always been consistent. ''Wanted Dread and Alive,'' his newest record, is a mixed bag of political sloganeering, Rastafarian cant and reggae-pop. Recorded with a peerless rhythm section that includes the bassist Robbie Shakespeare and the drummer Sly Dunbar, it is an uneven album in which Mr. Tosh pushes his outlaw mystique with a brashness that sometimes rings hollow. At the first of two shows Tuesday, Mr. Tosh and his seven-piece band, featuring different musicians than those on the album, played in a style that was strongly oriented toward English hard rock. Mr. Tosh's acrid, slithery singing was augmented by three-part vocal harmonies and aggressive lead guitar. A hard-rock drummer further emphasized Mr. Tosh's connection to the Rolling Stones, who signed him to their label several years ago. But if the set offered an effective blend of reggae and rock, with strong echoes of the Bo Diddley rhythmic signature, it failed to evoke the transcendent sense of community that the music has the power to do. Stephen Holden Copyright 2012 The New York Times Company

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