Father And Sons
March 26 - 2005
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 3|
Here's a fresh new album from veteran roots group the Gladiators featuring group leader Albert Griffiths, his two sons, Anthony and Al, alongside Rudlowe Robinson and original member Gallimore Sutherland backed by musicians including Earl "Bagga" Walker, guitarists Dwight Pinkney & Clinton Rufus, hornsmen Tony Greene, Nambo Robinson, Chico Chin & Dean Dean Fraser, and percussionists Bongo Herman and Sky Juice. The Gladiators have been masters of the reggae arena since 1965. Albert Griffiths, known for his work at the legendary Studio One with artists like Ethiopians, Burning Spear, Mighty Diamonds and John Holt, lead the group to many hits including "Freedom Train" and "Rock A Man Soul", both cut for Lloyd Daley, and "The Race" for Randy's. However, across the first half of the 1970s, it was Studio One that released the bulk of the trio's recordings. Classic followed classic, as the trio unleashed a stream of roots masterpieces. "Roots Natty", "Bongo Red", "Jah Jah Go Before Us", and "Mr. Baldwin" were all huge hits in Jamaica. Like the Wailers, the Gladiators vocal abilities are matched by their musical talent, making them one of the rare Jamaican groups that actually are a band in the true sense of the word. Thus, while every vocal group has its own unique sound, the Gladiators created a distinct style, one that shone forth regardless of producer.