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.
Herbie Miller, who wrote the liner notes essay for EQUAL RIGHTS: LEGACY EDITION, is internationally known for his work as the trusted former manager of Peter Tosh and a highly-respected member of the Jamaican community. He is the director/curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, based in the Institute of Jamaica in downtown Kingston. A cultural historian and photographer, Miller has also annotated many historic reggae releases, including Live & Dangerous: Boston 1976 by Tosh, a previously unreleased chronicle (issued on Legacy, 2001) of his first American tour, in support of Legalize It..