Sonntag, 7. Juni 2020

Peter Tosh - Equal Rights (1977)

Black Lives Matter!

"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.

Peter Tosh - Equal Rights (1977)
(320 kbps, cover art included)


1 Get Up, Stand Up 3:29
2 Downpressor Man 6:25
3 I Am That I Am 4:28
4 Stepping Razor 5:47
5 Equal Rights 5:58
6 African 3:41
7 Jah Guide 4:29
8 Apartheid 5:31

Bonus Tracks:
9 Pick Myself Up (Live) 7:11
10 African (Live) 4:45

9 Kommentare:

Il Commendatore hat gesagt…

I think the link is not working!

Cri hat gesagt…

Yepp, link is not yet ready. Best regards Cri

zero hat gesagt…

Sorry for the problem with the link:

I´ll try to repair the posting.

Cri hat gesagt…

Thx for the repair / link. Stay safe!

Mark hat gesagt…

I remember when this came out. Militant where Bob was seeming to become slighter. Ah, those days...


zero hat gesagt…

Thanks for your feedback, Mark. A different time with different music...

Il Commendatore hat gesagt…

Thanks for updating the link!
The album is amazing, a great listening experience! thanks for sharing

Bob Mac hat gesagt…

Thank you.

zero hat gesagt…

You are welcome, stay safe!

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