Wanted Dread & Alive

Wanted Dread & Alive is the fifth studio album by the Jamaican reggae musician Peter Tosh.[5] It was released in 1981 in two different versions, one for Jamaica and the USA (EMI America) and one for Europe (Rolling Stones Records). It was reissued by Capitol in 2002, with bonus tracks. The lead single was the duet with the American singer Gwen Guthrie, "Nothing But Love".

Wanted Dread & Alive
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1981
StudioDynamic Studios, Kingston, Jamaica
LabelRolling Stones Records
EMI America
ProducerPeter Tosh
Peter Tosh chronology
Mystic Man
Wanted Dread & Alive
Mama Africa
Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert ChristgauB[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]
The New Rolling Stone Record Guide[4]

The album peaked at No. 91 on the Billboard 200.[6]

Critical reception

The New York Times deemed the album "a mixed bag of political sloganeering, Rastafarian cant and reggae-pop."[7] The Globe and Mail thought that "the title cut maintains the outlaw pose with music that easily makes the grade, but lyrics that betray Tosh's penchant for recycling old imagery."[8]

The New Rolling Stone Record Guide wrote that it contains "some of the best Sly and Robbie playing ever."[4]

Track listing

All tracks composed by Peter Tosh except where indicated.

EMI America and Jamaica (SO-17055)

Side 1
  1. "Coming in Hot"
  2. "Nothing But Love" (Ella Mitchell, Freddie Harris)
  3. "Reggae-Mylitis"
  4. "The Poor Man Feel It"
  5. "Cold Blood"
Side 2
  1. "Wanted Dread & Alive"
  2. "Rastafari Is"
  3. "That's What They Will Do"
  4. "Fools Die"

Rolling Stones Records (1A 062-64378)

Side 1
  1. "Coming in Hot"
  2. "Nothing But Love" (Ella Mitchell, Freddie Harris)
  3. "Reggaemylitis"
  4. "Rok With Me" (Jean Watt)
  5. "Oh Bumbo Klaat"
Side 2
  1. "Wanted Dread and Alive"
  2. "Rastafari Is"
  3. "Guide Me from My Friends"
  4. "Fools Die"

Capitol 2002 reissue (37693)

  1. "Coming in Hot"
  2. "Nothing But Love"
  3. "Reggaemylitis"
  4. "Rok With Me"
  5. "Oh Bumbo Klaat"
  6. "Wanted Dread and Alive"
  7. "Rastafari Is"
  8. "Guide Me from My Friends"
  9. "Fools Die (For Want of Wisdom)"
  10. "The Poor Man Feel It"
  11. "Cold Blood"
  12. "That's What They Will Do"
  13. "Rok With Me" (Alternative Long Mix)
  14. "Nothing But Love" (Long Version)




  1. "Wanted Dread & Alive - Peter Tosh | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" via www.allmusic.com.
  2. "Robert Christgau: CG: Peter Tosh". www.robertchristgau.com.
  3. Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 8: MUZE. p. 222.CS1 maint: location (link)
  4. The New Rolling Stone Record Guide. Random House. 1983. p. 514.
  5. "Peter Tosh | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  6. "Peter Tosh". Billboard.
  7. Holden, Stephen (1 Aug 1981). "REGGAE: PETER TOSH AT RITZ". The New York Times. 1. p. 8.CS1 maint: location (link)
  8. Johnson, Jerry (29 Aug 1981). "INSIDE THE SLEEVE POP Wanted Dread & Alive Peter Tosh". The Globe and Mail. p. F6.