Reggae $aver$ ~ Valley Of Decision
Albert Griffiths & The Gladiators
June 14, 1999

Track list
  1. Bongo Red
  2. Consciousness
  3. Valley Of Decision
  4. Bad Habit
  5. Dog Bite
  6. Take Heed
  7. Songwriter
  8. Mr. Wicked Man
  9. Walk Foot Man
  10. Manners And Intelligence
  11. Tricks
  12. Beware
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
"Reggae $aver$" is a series of album reissues from the U.S.-based Heartbeat label which includes : the Alvin Ranglin produced albums "The Best Of Gregory Isaacs Volume 1." and "Volume 2.", The Sugar Minott compilation set "This Is Reggae", the Roots Radics album "Forward Ever, Backwards Never" and this "Valley Of Decision" by Albert Griffiths & The Gladiators.

The original Gladiators, comprising Albert Griffiths, Clinton Fearon and David Webber (during 1970 replaced by Gallimore Sutherland), topped the Jamaican charts in 1969 with "Oh Carol" for producer Coxsone Dodd. Over the following years they recorded a bunch of serious roots tracks for Coxsone Dodd, sampled on the 1979 set "Presenting The Gladiators" and the recently released Heartbeat compilation set "Bongo Red", which collects mainly rare and previously unreleased Studio One material. In the mid-seventies the Gladiators signed up with Virgin Records, and the result was the release of 4 solid albums which brought them international fame. In the eighties they split up, both Clinton Fearon and Albert Griffiths concentrating on a solo career, with Griffiths being the one who continued to present himself as the frontman of the (new formed) Gladiators.

On the "Valley Of Decision" album (originally released in 1991) Albert Griffiths - alongside Gallimore Sutherland and Cassel McPherson - breaks new ground with a more techno-oriented sound provided by such fine musicians as Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Chris Meredith, Brian Silverman, Lloyd "Obeah" Denton and, of course, Albert Griffiths himself. The album collects new songs and new interpretations of classics delivered by a veteran recording artist who many roots reggae lovers know and love for his raw, grainy tenor. As always, Albert Griffiths and the Gladiators serve up an uncompromising blend of uplifting harmonies and roots reggae riddims as they deliver their spiritual tunes full of righteousness. Once more Albert Griffiths proves that he is a soldier in the business !