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Equal Rights (Legacy Edition) Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued

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Equal Rights brought together Peter Tosh s dedications to the revolutionary movements growing in Africa, and the mysticism and wonders of his personal growth as a prophet, poet, preacher and world-class musical trailblazer. The album included a number of songs that became human rights anthems over the next two decades: Get Up, Stand Up, Downpressor Man, African, Apartheid, and the title tune. There were also intensely personal songs of his revelations as a Rasta: I Am That I Am and Jah Guide ; and the ultimate rude boy, proto-punk declaration of Stepping Razor, by reggae s original roots-rock and Rasta ragamuffin. EQUAL RIGHTS (LEGACY EDITION) presents the original eight-song, 40-minute album as it has been embedded in listeners heads for decades. Then the the disc follows up with seven previously unreleased outtakes from the original album recording sessions, offering a different program of compositions. CD two presents a well-sequenced mix of 15 tracks about half of which are previously unreleased . These include original session alternate and extended versions, and extremely rare dubs.

Disc: 1
1. Get Up, Stand Up
2. Downpressor Man
3. I Am That I Am
4. Stepping Razor
5. Equal Rights
6. African
7. Jah Guide
8. Apartheid
9. 400 Years
10. Hammer (Extended Version)
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Disc: 2
1. Get Up, Stand Up (Alternate Version)
2. Dub-Presser Man (Dub Version)
3. I Am That I Am (ShaJahShoka Dub Plate)
4. Heavy Razor (ShaJahShoka Dub Plate)
5. Equal Rights (Extended Version)
6. African (London Sound System Dub Plate)
7. Jah Guide (Dub Plate)
8. (Fight) Apartheid (Alternative Version)
9. Vampire (Demo)
10. Jah Man Inna Jamdung (Demo)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Channon on February 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I don't remember the first time I heard this album or where I bought it or how I even knew to buy it, but I've owned Peter Tosh's "Equal Rights" since I was 14 or 15 (well over 15 years ago now). I can't recall listening to reggae without listening to this and I loved it then as much as I enjoy it now. Growing up with it for half of my life and being one of my all time favorites, it was only a matter of time before I bought this digitally remastered set with bonus tracks by Columbia Records.

I have fond memories of sitting outside in the summertime listening to this album either with friends or by myself with no school and nothing to do; they seemed like simpler times. I never listened to a lot of "mainstream" music even as a teenager. My radio consisted of the CDs I owned (or borrowed) which was largely an assortment of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Toots & the Maytals and like artists preferring Reggae to most other music.

Being constantly around Reggae through friends and their older brothers, I like to think I had an ear for good Reggae even back then but the fact that I loved "Equal Rights" right away probably had a lot to do with my dad who raised me listening to Rock groups like Journey, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks etc. Because this album is an excellent crossover between both genres it's not hard to see why it appeals to me and so many other people as well. Of course, that doesn't mean most fans of Rock will like it. After all, it is still Reggae.

Peter Tosh's second solo album after leaving Bob Marley & the Wailers is definately his greatest (in studio). His music has matured significantly since his first album, "Legalize It" and backed by the "rhythm twins" Sly and Robbie, this album becomes a classic by monumental proportions.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By W. T. Hoffman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 6, 2011
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The LEGACY EDITION for this album, is out and out the VERY BEST LEGACY EDITION I own, and I own a lot of them. EQUAL RIGHTS has always been one of my favorite reggae albums, filled with many of my favorite songs (Steppin Razor, Get up Stand Up, I Am That I Am, Equal Rights, etc.) However, the LEGACY EDITION has done something REMARKABLE. IT has culled from the original sessions, an entire LP worth of NEW MATERIAL. So, where did all these new songs come from? Well, like the LEGALIZE IT album, the EQUAL RIGHTS album was recorded years after TOSH left the Wailers. Tosh's early solo albums included songs recorded with the Wailers, as well as "SINGLES" recorded for the Jamaican Market back in 1973-1976. For those of your who have Tosh's HONORARY CITIZEN box set, you already own versions of many of these songs included on the LEGACY EDITION as bonus cuts. BUT! You dont own the 1977 RERECORDED versions of those songs cut during the EQUAL RIGHTS sessions. Playing the Jamaican single versions of VAMPIRE (aka DRACULA), MARK OF THE BEAST, or YOU CANT BLAME THE YOUTH next to the versions on the Legacy Edition, sounds like playing poorly made demos with the bass cranked up too high, next to top notch recordings from world class studios. (BTW, these original JAMAICAN singles were recorded at RANDY's STUDIO, where the riddim tracks were also recorded for EQUAL RIGHTS album. Then, the songs' drum and bass parts were brought to Miami, so Columbia Records could make sure TOSH was recording an album for the international market.) EACH BONUS TRACK (outtake) has the same excellent production quality, that you have on any other song from EQUAL RIGHTS. After all, by this time, LEGALIZE IT was a huge international hit, and TOSH's star was rising fast.Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sean M. Kelly on September 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Few lps in any genre can be defined as absolute classics. Reggae has a few such lp's (Burining Spear's "Marcus Garvey," the Wailers' "Catch a Fire," Big Youth's "Screaming Target," Lee Perry's "Arkology" box set), and among them is "Equal Rights," Peter Tosh's tour de force.
The tracks on this lp are second to none- Scatching, rebellious, on the edge, much like Tosh himself. Few lps have as potent a 1-2 opening punch as "Get Up Stand Up" and "Downpressor Man" offer this lp, only to be reinforced by the amazing "Stepping razor," "African," and "Apartheid" (Tosh's being the 1st vocal anti-apartheid song in reggae, so far as I know), and "I Am That I Am" and "Jah Guide" reinforce Tosh's roots credibility as a rastafarian. Add to that the 2 bonus live tracks and you have a nearly flawless lp.
Few lps have the complete start to finish impact of this one, and therefore this lp for me ranks with Burning Spear's "Marcus Garvey" lp as the most powerful in the history of reggae. An absolute must have in your reggae collection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kirk A. Gauthier on July 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
"Equal Rights" is arguably the greatest album of Peter Tosh's solo career. Ever militant in his quest for the legalization of marijuana, the end of apartheid in Africa, and equal rights for all, the songs of this album simply drip with his political fervor. If "Legalize It" was a polite reminder of the global injustices of the late '70s, "Equal Rights" was a combat boot to the side of the head.

Orignally 8 songs in length, "Equal Rights" debuted in 1977 and had a distinct message. What the recently-released Legacy Edition does is give its listeners the whole message in its entirety. From 15 songs came an album of 8, and those extra songs give an even greater shape to Tosh's vision. It doesn't take long to understand that the 8 songs from the original album release are clearly the strongest amongst the rest, but the scope given is impressive nonetheless. It's almost a shame it took 34 years to hear all these songs together on one CD.

Unfortunately, as powerful and awe-inspiring as the first disc is, the second disc falls a little flat. It begins with an alternate version of the album's classic Wailers track "Get Up, Stand Up" and meanders back and forth from dub versions to demo versions of the songs from disc 1. These are mostly throwaways until you get a little over halfway through the disc; the demo version of "Jah Man Inna Jamdung" is far better than the outtake on the previous disc. Chances are you'll spend much more time listening to the first disc and not much time at all listening to the second disc.

Not for the casual fan or the timid, this release is well worth owning for any and all Tosh fans. Definitely better than the Legacy Edition of "Legalize It" and far less repetitive.
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