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These music on vinyl releases are great and this Equal Rights is no exception, maybe Peter Tosh's best album in a close field. The pressing and sound quality are excellent, the bonus disc of dub mixes is nice to have but the sound quality isn't quite as good. Highly recommended!!
It's a classic. The musicianship ( Al Anderson on lead, Sly and Robbie the rhythm section) is superb throughout and each song provides a new twist on familiar reggae themes. It is a wonderfully fat sounding production and the odd thing spinning around in the mix is part of what makes this a very 70's album that would sit alongside Pink Floyd more than the (reggae referencing) punk that was emerging as this was being made. Lyrically there are no punches pulled here - these are songs are often angry and reference Rastafarianism. I Am That I Am is almost a hymn to his faith. But Peter had a way with a hook line and it is impossible not to sing along with songs like African, however odd the words might seem coming out of my mouth. That's the song where a sly ( no pun intended) sense of humour pops up as well. The bonus tracks don't add much but neither are they terrible.
Totally brilliant and thoughtful, by one of the best ever songwriters in the universe, so savagely murdered. No justice. Everyone should listen to Peter Tosh, seriously. Thank you so much for this, and at great price.