Equal Rights [Legacy Edition]

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All Music Guide - Toby Ball
Equal Rights was to be the album that propelled Peter Tosh to the top of the reggae world -- the rival to onetime fellow Wailer Bob Marley. Time has shown that this lofty aspiration was not borne out, but Equal Rights remains among the handful of best, and most influential, reggae albums ever recorded. Tosh was always the most militant of the original Wailers and this album reflects that outlook. Whether it is preaching about the unity of the African diaspora ("African"), protesting conditions in South Africa ("Apartheid"), or giving a more general call to arms ("Get Up, Stand Up"), Equal Rights is a political album. This is at times crippling, as some tracks are more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Toby Ball
Equal Rights was to be the album that propelled Peter Tosh to the top of the reggae world -- the rival to onetime fellow Wailer Bob Marley. Time has shown that this lofty aspiration was not borne out, but Equal Rights remains among the handful of best, and most influential, reggae albums ever recorded. Tosh was always the most militant of the original Wailers and this album reflects that outlook. Whether it is preaching about the unity of the African diaspora ("African"), protesting conditions in South Africa ("Apartheid"), or giving a more general call to arms ("Get Up, Stand Up"), Equal Rights is a political album. This is at times crippling, as some tracks are more effective as political statements than they are as songs. This, in fact, is a primary difference between Tosh and Marley -- Marley's political statements never overwhelmed his songs. Unfortunately, this is not always the case with Tosh. That being said, "Downpresser Man" (based on a folk standard), "Stepping Razor," and his definitive version of "Get Up, Stand Up" are as good a trio of songs as you will find on any album, reggae or not. Tosh's singing is angry and forceful and the music is intricate and distinctive. On these three tracks you can see why people thought that Tosh could become a transcendent international star. The rest of the album, however, shows why he never quite lived up to that potential. [This deluxe Legacy Edition of Equal Rights offers Tosh fans a wealth of desirable extras. Disc one features the original album along with seven previously unreleased outtakes. Disc two offers 15 rare tracks including dubplates, dub versions, and extended versions.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2011
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886977469121
  • Catalog Number: 774691
  • Sales rank: 34,409

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get Up, Stand Up (3:38)
  2. 2 Downpressor Man (6:28)
  3. 3 I Am That I Am (4:32)
  4. 4 Stepping Razor (5:50)
  5. 5 Equal Rights (5:59)
  6. 6 African (3:45)
  7. 7 Jah Guide (4:30)
  8. 8 Apartheid (5:27)
  9. 9 400 Years (4:27)
  10. 10 Hammer (6:46)
  11. 11 Jah Man Inna Jamdung (6:02)
  12. 12 Vampire (3:24)
  13. 13 Babylon Queendom (5:01)
  14. 14 You Can't Blame the Youth (4:53)
  15. 15 Mark of the Beast (4:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Get Up, Stand Up (3:31)
  2. 2 Dub-Presser Man (5:34)
  3. 3 I Am That I Am (4:21)
  4. 4 Heavy Razor (5:36)
  5. 5 Equal Rights (6:49)
  6. 6 African (3:15)
  7. 7 Jah Guide (4:26)
  8. 8 (Fight) Apartheid (7:11)
  9. 9 Vampire (3:39)
  10. 10 Jah Man Inna Jamdung (6:58)
  11. 11 Hammer (3:44)
  12. 12 Blame the Yout (4:10)
  13. 13 Babylon Queendom (3:10)
  14. 14 Vampires (3:31)
  15. 15 Get Up, Stand Up [Versi (5:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Tosh Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Harold Butler Clavinet
Dirty Harry Tenor Saxophone
Tyrone Downie Keyboards
Sly Dunbar Drums
Bobby Ellis Trumpet
Earl Lindo Keyboards
Bunny Wailer Background Vocals
Karl Pitterson Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Abdul Wali Guitar
Al Anderson Guitar
Carlie Barrett Drums
Technical Credits
Joe Higgs Composer
Bob Marley Composer
Lee Jaffe Back Cover Photo
Herbie Miller Liner Notes
Peter Tosh Composer, Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Roger Steffens Memorabilia
Jerry Rappaport Producer
Kim Gottlieb-Walker Cover Photo
Chris Feldmann Art Direction
Long Vu Art Direction
Sam Dion Memorabilia
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