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Peter Tosh — Johnny B. Goode
Album: Mama Africa
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Released: 1983
Length: 3:54
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Deep down in Jamaica, close to Mandeville
Back up in the woods, on top of a hill
There stood an old hut made of earth and wood
Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode

He never learned to read and a-write so well
But he could play his guitar like ringing a bell, yell

Go, Johnny, Johnny B. Goode tonight
Go, Johnny, Johnny B. Goode tonight

He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
Sitting in a tree in the railroad track
Old engineer in the train sitting in the shade
Strummin' with the rhythm that them drivers made

People passing by would stop and say
Oh my, oh my, what the boy can play

Go, Johnny, Johnny B. Goode tonight
Go, Johnny, Johnny B. Goode tonight

Mama said: Son, you gotta be a man
You gotta be the leader of a reggae band
People coming in from miles around
To hear you play until the sun goes down

Boy, someday, your name will be in the lights
Saying: Johnny B. Goode tonight

Go, Johnny, Johnny B. Goode tonight
Go, Johnny, Johnny B. Goode tonight
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After the first few bars the rest of this is unnecessary. We get it. It's the reggae version. Tosh has so much better work. Steppin Razor would be nice
This is one of the greatest covers ever
Bliss to my ears. 
Balm for my soul.

10 
First off, RIP Chuck.
Secondly, wow, what a thread of comments on this track! Some thoughtful, some mean; overall good discussion.
Lastly, I  like the original better  (9 or 10) and enjoy the slight change in the lyrics on this adequate cover, it gets a 6 from me. 
Great version!!  Pretty much anything pop-rock converted to reggae/ska is a sure winner in my book.  Sometimes even better than the original...and at the very least a fun homage.  Don't RIP Chuck...forever keep rockin' {#Bananajam}
I like this version but in light of Mr. Berry's passing, how about the original?

https://youtu.be/ZFo8-JqzSCM
  RIP Chuck Berry {#Cry}
RIP Chuck Berry. We'll miss  you.

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lackluster dull song
as bad as Toots doing an Otis Redding song
Fanf—gtastic! I'm afraid I cranked this way too high… I do it every time, though.
 run4more wrote:
Every time I hear this I think: this song would be great on its own; change the lyrics and you have a great song that's not a cover.  Guess I'll never change my mind on that.

 

Sometimes ya just need a little raggae music.... Shake your hips kinda music...
 oldfart48 wrote:

not by the thought police, by your own words, you know better yet you still express your hate for ALL music here, go back under the bridge you craweled out from under and shut down.

 
I rate your response a 1.  BTW kcar, you are actually very funny in your guise as OF.  Seriously.  Stick to that and spare us kcar....
9+
i recently transferred a bunch of old mix tapes to MP3 and this came popping out. bg vox yeah
Every time I hear this I think: this song would be great on its own; change the lyrics and you have a great song that's not a cover.  Guess I'll never change my mind on that.
I love it that Peter Tosh puts his on "spin" on the classic...  {#Bananajam}
 Raechel wrote:


 
right string, wrong yo-yo
 rdo wrote:
2 -- I am not going to write an essay to explain this-----It just sucks.  If I were paid, maybe I would write it.  Who would pay for that? Who would read it?  It is my opinion folks, you will have to live with it.  I guess that makes me a troll, by our resident thought police.

 
not by the thought police, by your own words, you know better yet you still express your hate for ALL music here, go back under the bridge you craweled out from under and shut down.
2 -- I am not going to write an essay to explain this-----It just sucks.  If I were paid, maybe I would write it.  Who would pay for that? Who would read it?  It is my opinion folks, you will have to live with it.  I guess that makes me a troll, by our resident thought police.
 fredriley wrote:

What a strange criticism. It's a cover, so it's by definition "predictable". At the time of writing it's been played 3 times in 30 days, which would be harsh to describe as "overplayed" (though maybe just one play is "overplayed" if you don't like a song). The lyrics may or many not be "juvenile", but they are the original Chuck  Berry lyrics. Do you have it in for this cover, or the original song, or both?

I love it as Peter Tosh has breathed new life into a standard song. A good cover should add something on top of the original, and in that sense this IMO is a good cover. It's nice to hear that the famous East Lincolnshire seaside resort is being praised once again in reggae - Skeggie, Skeggie :o)

 

I believe it would be better said that reggae is the definition of predictable.
Tosh's covers and reggae covers in general sometimes have something to be desired.  This is one of the very good exceptions.
Very good version. I like it better than the original. Only these bongos on the background bother me. Unnecessary.
 ziakut wrote:
So sick of reggae in general...but admit I kind of like this. Did I really say that? Oh my.

 
Have you tried dub?
chuck be dancin'........{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajam}
Chuck Berry is rolling in his grave--wait a minute: Chuck's still with us but Tosh isn't!

Belay that statement.
 oldfart48 wrote:
need to hear some  different tunes from peter, he has a hell of a lot more than this{#Dancingbanana}you listening,  brother bill ?

 
ditto!
 fredriley wrote:

What a strange criticism. It's a cover, so it's by definition "predictable". At the time of writing it's been played 3 times in 30 days, which would be harsh to describe as "overplayed" (though maybe just one play is "overplayed" if you don't like a song). The lyrics may or many not be "juvenile", but they are the original Chuck  Berry lyrics. Do you have it in for this cover, or the original song, or both?

I love it as Peter Tosh has breathed new life into a standard song. A good cover should add something on top of the original, and in that sense this IMO is a good cover. It's nice to hear that the famous East Lincolnshire seaside resort is being praised once again in reggae - Skeggie, Skeggie :o)

 

I agree, however it is overplayed in that pete has a lot more fine stuff out that needs to get some love, not just this cover.
need to hear some  different tunes from peter, he has a hell of a lot more than this{#Dancingbanana}you listening,  brother bill ?
So sick of reggae in general...but admit I kind of like this. Did I really say that? Oh my.
 Misterfixit wrote:


E-flat Sousaphone, actually. But the sounds pretty much the same.  One's for marching and one's for holding like you're doing a Heimlich Maneuver on some fat mother-in-law at a party.

 
A simile surely born of bitter memories and a mis-timed impulse to help someone in distress...Did she live, Misterfixit? Or was your Heimlich a fit of strangulation? 
 fredriley wrote:

What a strange criticism. It's a cover, so it's by definition "predictable". At the time of writing it's been played 3 times in 30 days, which would be harsh to describe as "overplayed" (though maybe just one play is "overplayed" if you don't like a song). The lyrics may or many not be "juvenile", but they are the original Chuck  Berry lyrics. Do you have it in for this cover, or the original song, or both?

I love it as Peter Tosh has breathed new life into a standard song. A good cover should add something on top of the original, and in that sense this IMO is a good cover. It's nice to hear that the famous East Lincolnshire seaside resort is being praised once again in reggae - Skeggie, Skeggie :o)

 
Nicely put, Fred. {#Cheers}
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 k-man wrote:
I gotta say, this is my favorite version of this tune. Hendrix did a cover, the Dead. Even The Man Himself, while the Signature version, doesn't get me feeling the groove in the way that Tosh figured it. Even the guitar solo, sweet and not overplayed.
 
I believe you have overlooked Marty McFly's definitive and first version in Back to the Future, as copied by everyone else, including Marvin!

Your kids are gonna love it! 
Reggae is an abomination unto Nuggen

Stop it! 
 Andy_B wrote:
There's no way Chuck Berry wouldn't like this!
 
second that!
I gotta say, this is my favorite version of this tune. Hendrix did a cover, the Dead. Even The Man Himself, while the Signature version, doesn't get me feeling the groove in the way that Tosh figured it. Even the guitar solo, sweet and not overplayed.
 fredriley wrote:

What a strange criticism. It's a cover, so it's by definition "predictable". At the time of writing it's been played 3 times in 30 days, which would be harsh to describe as "overplayed" (though maybe just one play is "overplayed" if you don't like a song). The lyrics may or many not be "juvenile", but they are the original Chuck  Berry lyrics. Do you have it in for this cover, or the original song, or both?

I love it as Peter Tosh has breathed new life into a standard song. A good cover should add something on top of the original, and in that sense this IMO is a good cover. It's nice to hear that the famous East Lincolnshire seaside resort is being praised once again in reggae - Skeggie, Skeggie :o)
 
Amen, brother, amen.
8->9. I'm really digging it.
best ever interpretation of this classic rock & roll tune.....
 scraig wrote:
Enjoy reggae, but this is overplayed, predictable and lyrically juvenile.
 
What a strange criticism. It's a cover, so it's by definition "predictable". At the time of writing it's been played 3 times in 30 days, which would be harsh to describe as "overplayed" (though maybe just one play is "overplayed" if you don't like a song). The lyrics may or many not be "juvenile", but they are the original Chuck  Berry lyrics. Do you have it in for this cover, or the original song, or both?

I love it as Peter Tosh has breathed new life into a standard song. A good cover should add something on top of the original, and in that sense this IMO is a good cover. It's nice to hear that the famous East Lincolnshire seaside resort is being praised once again in reggae - Skeggie, Skeggie :o)
Rock n' Reggae.
Excellent.
 
Best cover in a long while...
If I could suggest as a complement to this tune, 

Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse

 


Who played the lead guitar on this track?  Wiki lists two lead guitarists for the original album this cut was on:  Mama Africa - Darryl Thompson and Donald Kinsey.
 lemmoth wrote:
This has got to be one of the greatest re-interpreations of a massively well known classic rock song ever.
 

Came here to say this.  The original is of course fantastic, but this is just in an entirely different direction — certainly deserves to be called more than a cover.  
 
meh
Love, love, love this Cool
This has got to be one of the greatest re-interpreations of a massively well known classic rock song ever.


I simply dig it.  A lot of reage gets old quick.  I guess maybe cause this is a re make that helps make me like it.
gutes Album  johnny BBBBBB
Dee-ooh-to...  Dee-ooh-to!
Tosh is awesome....
Johnny be good tonight?  What a travesty.  Horrible butchering of a classic.
Great themed threesome:
Ziggy Stardust > Stage Fright > Johnny B. Goode.
Even if it might be "lyrically juvenile" or "overplayed" I've always liked Tosh's version.
There's no way Chuck Berry wouldn't like this!
Enjoy reggae, but this is overplayed, predictable and lyrically juvenile.
 donnyballgame wrote:

No doubt.

Love the tuba line.

 

E-flat Sousaphone, actually. But the sounds pretty much the same.  One's for marching and one's for holding like you're doing a Heimlich Maneuver on some fat mother-in-law at a party.
 467214 wrote:
I could listen to Tosh all day long!
 
No doubt.

Love the tuba line.

I could listen to Tosh all day long!
 Businessgypsy wrote:
Jeeze, I wasn't being serious! It's only been a little over two hours since the last reggaeization of a non-reggae song.

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You know, I was just telling the dog "Dog, what I'd really like is more reggae on Radio Paradise. In fact, I think that they should take the whole playlist and convert it to reggae, no matter how inappropriate or outrageous".

And here we have it.

 
Yeah, between reggaeization and Cockerization, that about covers the repertoire.

Outstanding! What's not to like? Great groove, very tasty guitar, and Peter Tosh slaying the vocals. Cool. {#Cool}
What happens when a young Jamaican listens to American Rock and Roll... Most excellent.
I love the backing vocals on this.
Where's the love man? Peter Tosh only rates a 6.7? Harsh.
Man, the music RP is playing today is so cool.

Oh, snap!  It doesn't make me cry any more!
 Businessgypsy wrote:
Jeeze, I wasn't being serious! It's only been a little over two hours since the last reggaeization of a non-reggae song.

Posted: Mar 24, 2010 - 11:09
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You know, I was just telling the dog "Dog, what I'd really like is more reggae on Radio Paradise. In fact, I think that they should take the whole playlist and convert it to reggae, no matter how inappropriate or outrageous".

And here we have it.


 

I'm gonna upload some Dread Zeppelin.  I betcha Bill would playlist it.

I absolutely love this version of Johnny B. Goode, by the way.  For completists, also check out the Judas Priest version.  Killer.

Way too much reggae today, please make it stop {#Beat}


I love Peter Tosh - who else would have the nerve to do a Chuck Berry cover?  And reggae, to boot?  He could have tried to stay true to the original, but that would have been risky. I love that he went polar-opposite and did this lovely reggae version. No doubt that he paid homage to Chuck Berry, but he made the song his own... Yum.
Very cool.
Great cover, and nice to hear the references to that 'jewel' of the Lincolnshire East Coast and worker's playground, Skegness. At least, I thought I heard the backing chorus singing "Skeggie! Skeggie!".

I'll get me bucket and spade...
Yeeeeeeees!
Perfectly fitting after Dreadlock holiday. Next track should be Jimmy Cliff singing The harder they come.
{#Bananajam}
Best part of this version, besides the nasty deep Wailer-groove, is Donald Kinsey's fantastic guitar work.
Wow, this is most excellent. {#Roflol}
Yeap baby ,Johny be good!!!!! 10 points
Cool version. Maybe I'm a little euphoric at this time of night, but I really like the tempo and the timing they're playing.
Tasty!
Jeeze, I wasn't being serious! It's only been a little over two hours since the last reggaeization of a non-reggae song.

Posted: Mar 24, 2010 - 11:09
Artist: Easy Star All-Stars < more >
Song: No Surprises (feat. The Meditations)< Reply | Edit | Delete >

You know, I was just telling the dog "Dog, what I'd really like is more reggae on Radio Paradise. In fact, I think that they should take the whole playlist and convert it to reggae, no matter how inappropriate or outrageous".

And here we have it.


PT was huge back then . . . and cool as fook. - pardon my French ;)

More of this giant of reggae please?

Now with the summer coming over here: 18 degrees C today!
{#Daisy}HUGS TO BILL{#Daisy}
Love this music!!
this be good.
I heard reaggae for the first time with Peter Tosch. I really like him
 tom-kenna wrote:
Ranks up there with the E.L.O version of "Roll Over Beethoven" as one of the most unique and inspired Chuck Berry covers.
 
There is no such thing as "most unique."  "Unique" means "the only one." It comes from the same root as "unit."  "Most unique" is like saying "most pregnant."

But I do agree with your point!  LOL

 pimpbot5000 wrote:
Peter... Peter... It's Marvin, your cousin. Marvin TOSH. You know that new sound you were looking for? Well, listen to this!

 tom-kenna wrote:
Ranks up there with the E.L.O version of "Roll Over Beethoven" as one of the most unique and inspired Chuck Berry covers.
 
Yeah ... maybe a hip hop version of "Maybelline" next?

Pass the spliff this way, mon!
perfect for a friday afternoon!
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Peter Tosh is a discovery for me. I really like this cover!
ahhhhhh genuine reggae!! {#Bounce}
 burdell wrote:
Great guitar solo and wonderful arrangement. Peter Tosh is the man!
 
{#High-five} Yes! This song be good....for the ears LOL

Peter... Peter... It's Marvin, your cousin. Marvin TOSH. You know that new sound you were looking for? Well, listen to this!
 cochlear wrote:

But Bill likes this song.  And Bill is the boss.  {#Sorry}

 

I dislike 99% of the reggae out there.  And yet, I appreciate that Bill throws it into the mix now and then. 
It's the variety and his brilliant mixing skills that keep me hanging around here.

Long live Radio Paradise.

 Art_Carnage wrote:
If only this song could "B.Goode." Sadly, it's not.
 
But Bill likes this song.  And Bill is the boss.  {#Sorry}

What? Peter Tosh vs. ELO? Are you daft man? {#Beat} This is a pop reggae version of an innovative original.

 
tom-kenna wrote:
Ranks up there with the E.L.O version of "Roll Over Beethoven" as one of the most unique and inspired Chuck Berry covers.
 


Ranks up there with the E.L.O version of "Roll Over Beethoven" as one of the most unique and inspired Chuck Berry covers.
 burdell wrote:
Great guitar solo and wonderful arrangement. Peter Tosh is the man!
 

Sadly, WAS the man.
If only this song could "B.Goode." Sadly, it's not.
Be good there, Johnny...{#Motor}
{#Devil_pimp}thanks bill!
 RobRyan wrote:
If my mother had wheels she'd be a bus. I have heard the original. And dozens of other covers. And the original (which I've never heard on RP) defines an entire genre. This is a "because we can" cover. So no, there is no need for this.

The Be-Good Tanyas' "When Doves Cry" is a because-we-can cover (and they couldn't). 
Senor Coconut's "Smoke on the Water" riff is playful. 
Paddy Milner's "Unsquare Dance" is painful (though Dave Bribeck would probably like it). 
Peter Tosh's J. B. Goode is brilliant.  And I need it. 

And if my dog had wings, he'd be, umm ... a winged dog.
 

{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}    {#Bananajam}

 SpamNRice wrote:
Good cover, made it his own to some degree — good for an 8 — Chuck still OWNS this song though and is the only worthy 10...{#Bananajam}

 
be the leader of a reggae band :)

Good cover, made it his own to some degree — good for an 8 — Chuck still OWNS this song though and is the only worthy 10...{#Bananajam}

Love the background vocals!
Nope, I checked.  Nobody has called this song an abomination yet.  Well maybe just one.
Great guitar solo and wonderful arrangement. Peter Tosh is the man!
 RobRyan wrote:
There REALLY is no need for this. I guess he felt it necessary to show that any song can be done to a reggae beat. How about "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini"?

Or maybe Astronomy Dominie?
 
I agree with Rob.  
And I bet that many reggae purists would react similarly to one of their sacred cows being remade as a rock n roll tune.
 Teek wrote:
Good but overplayed.
 


Thanks Bill, was just asking for this - Tosh that is
Give this version a 9, the original a 10, but like em both.  {#Dancingbanana_2}
 MidLyfe wrote:
Pointless.
 
{#No}     In fact, this is pretty cool.

Good but overplayed.

amazing version of this song* was written by Chuck Berry and released in 1958 in album "Chuck Berry Is on Top"

*  "Johnny B. Goode" written by Chuck Berry in 1955, inspiration of  story a poor country boy becomes a star by hard work and inspired guitar playing.

remembering Mr. Winston Hubert McIntosh 

 ** 8  /  9 **